February 4

Feel-good Flowers

South Lake Union Bouquet is here to brighten up the Seattle gloom.

It’s time to turn our eyes to pretty things after our city’s record-breaking rainy streak in January. Stop in to South Lake Union Bouquet (2132 Seventh Ave.) at The Regrade to shop for flowers, plants, and an abundance of colorful goods, including a wide variety of cards and stationary, that are sure to add cheer to gray days.

The store’s owner, Emily Kopca, opened up the SLU location of Bouquet in 2019 on the tails of her Columbia City shop’s longstanding success. “There is a super fun vibe in SLU with the bustle of people. It is full of great restaurants and is becoming a destination neighborhood in Seattle. It is changing a ton, but with every building that finishes, the neighborhood is coming together as a pedestrian centered space for urban living. It feels like we are in the heart of it all where neighborhood residents, workers and visitors collide. We love the diversity of our clientele and all the people we get to meet and serve,” she said.

Bouquet offers up floral arrangements for every occasion—birthdays, anniversaries, funerals, and yes, everyday counts as an occasion for flowers. Indoor plants with gorgeous planters ranging from little succulents to bigger species are available at Bouquet. You can stop in at the store or shop online and share the specifics you’re looking for.

“Early winter is our favorite time of year for flowers! End of January and into February is when some really interesting and beautiful flowers start popping up. There are delicate blooms that hit the mix and our local growers start their flower season. Two of our favorites are hellebore and anemone.”

Outside of the prearranged flowers you can find in-store, the folks at Bouquet are keen on customization. Just share your occasion and flower, color, and style preferences, and the team will put together a thoughtful arrangement.

Using a lush Pacific Northwest aesthetic that’s full of greens and blooms, the team at Bouquet builds custom wedding proposals ranging from a la carte pieces to full design and floral installation.

And, which plants are best for our gloomy Seattle weather? “It is all about light and lack thereof in Seattle. We are always a fan of a sansevieria (snake plant) as it will do well in all light varieties and doesn’t like a lot of water. They are great first plants. For more color, we love all varieties of calatheas, especially the lancifolia.”

Story by Ethan Chung and photographs courtesy of South Lake Union Bouquet.

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