Cute Shop: Flora Arte, Berkeley CA

As we all know by now, Berkeley is the city in the Bay that serves as home to me. I’ve been pretty happy to have my routine established here – Saturday farmers markets, at least a monthly visit to my favorite bar, and a solid list of restaurants to take friends to. Also, I know parking in this city like the back of my hand now.

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My flower buying routine, however, was gloriously disrupted when Flora Arte burst onto the scene back in June. Owned by the sweetest friend-duo from Korea, Ms. Hong and Jin, who met in college before opening the shop in Berkeley.

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Jin, one of the owners, says his style when arranging his flowers is mostly English and Asian. Both characterized, by fully and foliage-heavy arrangements that are often monochromatic.

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Both owners keep a busy schedule – with daily visits to the SF Flower Market at 5 a.m. each day and keeping the shop open until 8 p.m. daily. Ms. Hong also works as a full-time accountant in the city.

The duo also makes their own gemstone soaps and hand-poured candles to fill their store. Flowers in the shop come from all over the world, but Flora Arte never refrigerates them. What you see is as fresh as it’s going to get, and might just be the prettiest bunch of flowers in the East Bay.

 

Flora Arte
2070 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704

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