I was strolling through the neighborhood recently when I stumbled upon a charming and intriguing flower shop near the South Street Seaport. Emily Thompson Flowers is located at 142 Beekman Street (the former home of Salud restaurant), and has been open since February 2014. Owner Emily Thompson has a background in fine art and sculpture, and her arrangements have a wildly artful and sculptural quality. "Flower design with teeth" as she says. She uses a lot of locally grown and foraged materials, with plenty of wild greenery and foliage. The shop offers a variety of arrangements for delivery, and also provides custom designs for weddings, art installations, corporate events and more. Keep reading for a tour of the shop, and a peek behind the scenes of this busy Manhattan flower studio:
The South Street Seaport is one of New York City's oldest neighborhood, and full of historic charm. Emily made this octopus creation during her earlier days studying sculpture:
They wanted to keep the interior design simple with white hexagon floor tiles, dark walls, and sleek, versatile metal shelving. The space has been beautifully restored after suffering damage from Hurricane Sandy several years ago. The goal was for the the design to retreat - creating the elegant bones of the space, and allowing all of the beautiful objects and foliage on display to shine.
The adorable retail shop features a number of unique gift items and artist projects.
So much cute stuff for sale. I want everything.
Behind the scenes the shelves are stacked high with vases and blooms galore. The black plexiglas guillotine sculpture looming over the sink was created by artist Heather Rowe, and is a joking reference to the flower butchery that happens there.
Emily has a team of 5-7 people at any given moment, busily working to deliver flowers and manage events all throughout the city and beyond.
Be sure to check out the shop in the historic seaport neighborhood for a selection of gorgeous flowers, unique gifts and artist projects!