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Wouldst thou garland thyself with flowers?

It’s August! And do you know what that means? A day at the Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo, NY! This yearly event is well-loved by so many because it is immersive— one enjoys it best not as a spectator but as a participant.

Every weekend until October 6th, you can step back in time 500 years to Elizabethan England. Caper around the Olde Village without a care and spend your shillings on ale or mead. You can attend a jousting tournament as a courtier, or try your skill at archery.

The easiest path to participation is cosplay. Doublets and hose for the Lords and finery for your Grace? Or perhaps thou art a poxy outlaw brigand in disguise, or a slatternly tavern wench?

God’s teeth, such raiment in the summertime? By your leave, we humbly offer a suggestion— Flower Crowns! They come in a variety of colors, price points, and styles. We have some made of dried flowers, fresh blooms, or silk ones.

Our Shoppe offers reasonably priced flower crowns for small princesses and grown fayries. Order yours today!

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine:
There sleeps Titania sometime of the night,
Lulled in these flowers with dances and delight.

Oberon, Act 2 Scene 1
— A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare

The New York Renaissance Faire

By God’s Bones: Medieval Swear Words

42 Old English Insults

The History of English: Early Modern (Warning: serious word nerds only)

Grammercy, Mistress Elisa, for suggesting Upper Village Blooms offer RenFaire flower crowns!

And we thank all of our flower crown models from the bottom of our hearts.

Upper Village Blooms Launches Online Flower Ordering!!

We are thrilled to announce that Upper Village Blooms is an e-tailer!

You can now purchase our Luxe Blooms arrangements on our website, which makes ordering flowers super convenient for our customers in different time zones.

To access, click on the top right red Send Flowers button on our homepage.
This will bring you to a direct link to our e-shop.

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We’d like to thank our co-partner Dan Cummings of DC Digital who is working with us on our SEO, e-commerce, and other digital projects to make your Upper Village Blooms experience a pleasure. He took several separate and vital platforms and seamlessly merged them into our online shop, and this is just the beginning of our offerings!

If you have a small business, we highly recommend you consider Dan’s professional SEO and digital marketing services. Visit DC Digital’s Facebook page and website for more information.

Thank you so much for your support!

Buying Local Flowers

When it comes to buying flowers, you can order online at a reseller, go to a supermarket, or order from a local florist. We understand that you have choices, and that sometimes one is a better choice than another. 

At an online reseller, your flowers choices are limited to what’s on the screen. Look at the photos and you will see that each floral design can be broken down into a very specific recipe to allow it to be cheaply and easily re-created. If the vendor belongs to a wire service, each layer of service provider (POS, florist, delivery, etc) takes a percentage of your money. The hard-earned, post-income, pre-sales tax $100 that you spent has dissolved into $75 worth of flowers. And after commercial shipping, they look rather worse for wear. 

At a supermarket, your money buys a lot of cut stems. These flowers are standard varieties and grown in the cheapest conditions. The design and care given to these flowers are minimal, and that’s all we really need to say.

Some local florists belong to wire services, and for this they pay fees every month. As above, your flowers are compromised by the percentage slices claimed by this marketing chain.


Upper Village Blooms takes orders only from our customers. Therefore, we do not pay wire services to bring in volume business. 

We drive ourselves to the flower wholesale markets twice weekly to hand-select the freshest flowers available. The flowers we choose are above-market and are not available to supermarkets and wire services. When we return to the shop, we typically spend 3-6 hours cleaning, trimming and preparing them. We give them another quality check, and only then do they go into custom arrangements or are available for you to choose as a single bloom. 

When we sell you flowers, we expect to see you again. Either because we’re neighbors or our kids are in the same school, or perhaps because our flowers are extraordinary. We care for them tremendously, it is what we do. We also sneak more flowers into our arrangements and bouquets because it is another way to show how much we love our flowers!

We are a small retail shop in an amazing Rivertown with foot traffic, wheelchair accessibility and parking. When we say we are proud to be a part of our community, we mean it —we do not charge a standard delivery fee within 10520. 

Come visit us and see how the Upper Village is Blooming!













Getting ready for Valentine's Day Part 2

Oh the flowers!

We cleaned over 600 roses alone and it was worth every scratch and heavy bucket. We’re not sure if we can trust anyone who doesn’t like dogs or roses.

No, it’s not too late to call to order flowers for pick up or delivery tomorrow!

Getting ready for Valentine's Day Part 1

We have been busy over here, getting ready for our first Valentine’s Day!

Despite the snowstorm, we received a giant shipment of TokyoMilk products. We re-stocked some favorites and ordered a few new scents, such as La Vie La Mort and Honey & the Moon. We added Pretty Rotten perfume and Kabuki Shea Butter Hand Creme. We are grateful that we had the chance to put this out in time for Valentine’s Day.

Our Bath & Body wall, includes TokyoMilk, Root, Branch & Blossom, Lovewild Design.

Our Bath & Body wall, includes TokyoMilk, Root, Branch & Blossom, Lovewild Design.

TokyoMilk Date Night. Includes Dead Sexy #06 Eau de Parfum and Lip Gloss packaged set in a luscious tin. Extremely limited stock.

TokyoMilk Date Night. Includes Dead Sexy #06 Eau de Parfum and Lip Gloss packaged set in a luscious tin. Extremely limited stock.

Silken Body, Silken Lips

It's perfectly easy to begrudge St. Valentine's Day, which is based on Valentine of Rome, who was martyred in 269 CE. He is the patron saint of beekeepers, happy marriages, affianced couples, and against fainting. 

Since we opened, we have proudly stocked Root, Branch & Blossom's all-natural and effective personal care products, such as Silken Lips, All-Clean Hands, and Slumber Salts. For this Valentine's Week only, we are pleased to offer a thoughtfully-curated special.

Exclusively at Upper Village Blooms is the Love is in Blooms Bundle! This includes Silken Lips, Silken Body, and the ever-popular Slumber Salts. At $24.50, this is a perfect gift for your Valentine. It also is a spectacular savings, with $7 off the retail price! 💗
It’s like getting Slumber Salts for nearly free!

Silken Body, Root, Branch & Blossom’s signature Skin Smoothing Oil, is a coconut/safflower oil based blend with a subtle scent that includes lemon peel. geranium, lavender and rose absolute. This is a light weight oil that offers a smooth glide for post-shower or massage that melts into the skin. We are offering it at $19 for this Valentine’s Day, or $5 off regular retail price.

Root, Branch & Blossom is one of the main lines of Attract Essentials, the creator of Intention-Based Aromatherapy™. We are so pleased to be one of their retail partners.

http://attractessentials.com/

@attractessentials


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Valentine’s Day Specials

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❤︎ One dozen Hearts Roses in vase $95.00

❤︎ One and a half dozen Hearts Roses in vase $135.00

❤︎ Six Hearts roses wrapped bouquet $45.00

All roses are accompanied by our lush wild greens assortment. 

Please contact us to reserve a special color or flower.

Our signature red rose variety, Hearts, is a luscious garden-style bloom with large rosettes and multi-layered ruffled petals.

In addition to red Hearts, we offer premium roses in various Valentine’s Day colors, standard and ruffled Tulips, and our ever-popular Mixed Signature Blooms!

 

Take 10% off Flower Orders Placed by 2/9


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What's Your Intent?

Do you believe you have a purpose?

Could you be kinder to yourself?

Do you need help focusing on the positive?

I’m not alone in constantly trying to make my life a little better by adopting healthy attitudes and habits, or letting go that which does not serve me. And in addition to that reminder app, I also seem to need a physical token to prompt me down the road to consistency.

Intention has proven to be an effective change catalyst, however we all need reminders and gentle nudges to help us on our way to enduring change.

If this is resonating with you too, please read on!

MyIntent Jewelry is a wonderful way to incorporate positive thinking in our daily life. With some guided thinking, choose a word or phrase that communicates your Intent. Perhaps you want to overcome a challenge, start a new habit, or commit yourself to specific change?

Take three deep, slow breaths. Be present, accepting, and kind to yourself.

Your word will come to you, and when it does, we stamp it on a steel token that you can wear or reflect upon daily. My bracelet reminds me to FOCUS. Janelle has a token hanging on her mirror, stamped CHECK THE BOARD. Kanye’s is BEAUTIFY (lol).

For more information, visit their website or pop into Upper Village Blooms. We can help you come up with your word and we will personalize it for you.

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Twist Bracelets $25, Classic Bracelets $25, Dainty Necklace $35, Chain Necklace $25, Bead Necklace $25, Token only $12-15.

For help finding Your Word, visit the MyIntent.org Word Finder

If you like nice smells and impeccable design...

Skeem Design is a husband/wife team who creates stunningly designed gift items for the home. 

They combine quality scents with gorgeous design, and to further this brilliance, they design to eliminate unnecessary packaging.

Field Jar Candles and Vintage Matches

Field Jar Candles and Vintage Matches

Most of their containers are easily reusable.  They have a sensual way with scents —just sample their strong Arabica Coffee Field Jar candles or Palo Santo soap. Their soy-based candles and match bottles are “hand-made in small batches in the USA”.

Here, we feature selections from their Talisman collection, which is based upon the legendary Four Thieves blend. Here’s the quick story:

Six or seven-hundred years ago during the Bubonic Plague, four thieves stole the possessions from the myriad dead. Legend claims they stayed alive and avoided the Black Death because of a special blend of essential oils in vinegar. The recipe for vinaigre des quatre voleurs was known as:

Take three pints of strong white wine vinegar, add a handful of each of wormwood, meadowsweet, wild marjoram and sage, fifty cloves, two ounces of campanula roots, two ounces of angelic, rosemary and horehound and three large measures of champhor. Place the mixture in a container for fifteen days, strain and express then bottle. Use by rubbing it on the hands, ears and temples from time to time when approaching a plague victim.

Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, Gattefosse’s Aromatherapy (CW Daniel Company, Ltd. First published in Paris, France in 1937 by Girardot & Cie.), 85-86.

There are as many different recipes for this blend as there are variations of the story, but the effectiveness of the blend is due to the anti-microbial properties of essential oils.

We offer the Talisman essential oil roller ball and soy-candle. Use the roller ball to combat fatigue, as a mnemonic aid for studying, or simply to transport your senses to a calmer place. Pair the candle with the astronomy matches and you have a lovely gift to give someone.

Skeem Design’s Talisman Collection with Astronomy Matches.

Skeem Design’s Talisman Collection with Astronomy Matches.

#skeemdesign

For more information on the properties of essential oils, try the

National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy










Painted Tongue Press

Upper Village Blooms offers an exclusive selection of greeting cards that is unlike anything you’ll find in these hinterlands of NYC, and we take pride in it. It’s eclectic, sometimes irreverent, polite, and always tasteful.

Painted Tongue Press immediately caught our eye with their letterpress botanical cards. They are pressed on creamy, substantial paper and colored delicately. Unlike anything we’ve seen though, Painted Tongue Press cards are pressed on both the front and back.

We got excited over some gorgeous floral-themed cards and then saw the envelopes! Most people do not notice envelopes, those hard-working postal messengers, but you cannot help admire these. And so will the lucky person receiving them. 

Use them for absolutely any occasion and they will convey how much you care. They are the anti-thesis of a text message. Or a blog post.

Painted Tongue Press

Oakland, CA

Callifornia Poppies and Queen Anne’s Lace

Callifornia Poppies and Queen Anne’s Lace

We left the protective film on these cards, hence the shininess.

We left the protective film on these cards, hence the shininess.