The Baltimore Florist opened a florist at 920 Light St. in Federal Hill. The Baltimore florist is taking over an approximately 1,000 square foot space that housed Berries by Quicha before moving to a larger adjacent storefront.
Stephanie Brooks started her business in a downtown storefront in 2010, moved to sublet space within the Rooster & Hen store in Cross Street Market in late 2020, and moved to Light St. on March 1 .
While Rooster & Hen closed in September last year, Brooks continued to rent out its section of the store on a monthly basis while looking for a permanent home. Brooks considered renting his own stall at Cross Street Market, but said the price was a bit out of his comfort zone. She also loved the idea of having her own storefront and doing window displays.
“I was looking for a space within a block or two of the market,” Brooks said. “I gained all these really great, loyal customers at Federal Hill.”
“People who live in this neighborhood are very small business oriented,” Brooks said.
She noted how customers tell her they’ll be back and they actually do. She also likes being next door to Berries by Quicha, as some customers have come for flowers after buying chocolate-covered strawberries, and being in a block with ice cream parlors such as Moo Moo Cows and BMORE LICKS.
Brooks has also become a resident of Locust Point over the past year.
The Baltimore Florist is a full-service florist that does flower arrangements for weddings, funerals, and parties, as well as bouquets for customers who want something on the spot. The store will also sell balloons, chocolates, stuffed animals, wreaths, home decorations and additional gifts.
The Baltimore florist is a family business as Brooks’ father, Cliff Brooks, is one of its main delivery drivers and his mother, Cindy Brown, helps decorate the shop.
The shop is open from Monday to Saturday. Brooks said the hours are generally 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.
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