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September, 16 2019

Mi Casa Su Casa

Tags: At LoCoFlo

We built the LoCoFlo studio in 2013 to be a place for our team to do floral work. It was pretty simple: design space, interior loading for the van, a walk-in cooler, meeting space, storage, kitchen, bathroom. We styled the space with art and, later, an exterior mural to inspire creativity. We have a perpetual dried flores installation hanging from the rafters. It got muy dope, muy fast. More dope than we thought it ever could be. Dope-gestalt.

Before we knew it, the dopeness started to change our business and people wanted to hang out at LoCoFlo. We scheduled our first weekly in-studio event: Sat@LoCoFlo. Then we began offering classes. After that, it was Open Studio every Wednesday. Add in a few annual events: Bloom Battle and Makers Alley, and our clubs: Book and Flower - now there's always something going on at the Flo.

But there's even extra. Our friends started to do cool stuff at the studio: vegan cooking demonstrations from professional chefs, a political campaign kick-off, an instameet, non-profit farm fundraisers, an underground gourmet multi-course dinner y mas.

Join the fiesta! Make LoCoFlo the place for you to do cool cosas:

Rent the Space
The LoCoFlo studio is an inspiring and versatile place for parties, meetings, work, etc. (Check out our donation request form for fund-raising/community/charitable events.)

DIY
Do your own flower design. We have all the tools and inventory. We can even provide expert advice, storage in our cooler and delivery services. Do it right. Do it fun. Do it yourself at LoCoFlo.

Private Classes
Our instructors (mostly Ellen) can customize a private class for your group (at the studio or on the road). Great for team building, jardin clubs, bachelorette/birthday parties, mom friend group. You get me.

Email or call Ellen (ellen@locoflo.com | 410-262-1494). She will hook you up. Te mola a LoCoFlo, Corey Booker.

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August, 29 2019

This Sombitch Got Inside The Van

Tags: Bugs

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August, 07 2019

Hunnid Bands Bucket

Tags: Farmers, Flower Profile

We got the Money Plant. It has a lot of names and a lot of stories. And it's weird: how it looks, how it grows, how to harvest it, how we prep it, how we use it. Even how we get it. All of this makes it one of our favorites.

Lunaria (from the Latin meaning moon-shaped) is the botanical name. Money Plant is the most popular common name. It is also called Chinese Coins, The Pope's Money, Silver Dollar and Coins of Judas. Obviously, the unique silver color and flat round shape of the seed pods are what gives Lunaria so many monetary nick-names.

Not to be outdone by Jess, Stacy grew ours. It's a biennial. Stacy planted the seeds last Fall and it sprouted up this Spring. Lunaria is easy to naturalize - it reseeds itself. Set it and forget it. When they're young, they flower and their seed pods are green. As they season, the seed pods brown and the stem turns a pied purple. The signature silver color of the pod is achieved by letting the plant age in the ground. But that is when the work begins.

After cutting the plant, each of the pods has a dull husk that needs to be peeled back, like gold foil on chocolate coins, to reveal the shiny silver disks. Do that 100 times per plant and it's finally ready to go. It's a real money shucker.

That's one reason so few people are growing it, but the response we get from customers is worth all the hassle. One Lunaria lover stopped by Open Studio because she remembered it growing in her grandmother's yard. The nostalgia even prompted her to pack Lunaria as her carry-on to share the memory on a trip to visit her mother in California. Yeah! Maryland flowers going to the west coast.

According to Feng Shui, the Money Plant is to be placed in the Bagua area of shop to enhance the energy of wealth and prosperity. We just display it among our other seasonal local flowers. It's a treasure, even if we are still looking for those hunnid bands.

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July, 28 2019

Flower Club

Tags: At LoCoFlo, Friends, Nerdy AF

The first rule of Flower Club is: You MUST talk about Flower Club.

But, before you talk about Flower Club, you have to know all about Flower Club.

Former Bloom Battlers Jen and Meredith were gabbing at Open Studio one Spring Wednesday night. They missed the competition of Bloom Battle and wanted a new challenge.

Meredith: "What if LoCoFlo had a 'Chopped' style competition, where we wouldn't know what the flowers were and we would need to include unusual elements in the design!"
Jen: "Ooh, that would be fun. Or like 'Nailed It', where we would try to arrange a complex floral installation."
Meredith: "Yeah, that would be fun!"
Jen: "Yeah!"
Meredith: "Yeah!

Ellen then put her MBA training to use and recognized the customer need.

Ellen (internal monologue): "I bet I could get this floral shop cookin' with a new LoCoFlo event: Flower Club! It would be a fun floral activity night for our flower MVPs and new friends. Wow, I'm really good."

Ellen workshopped the idea with some other Bloom Battlers, Heather and Liz, and, boom, the ideas kept flowing: floral bingo, large group project, speed dating flower edition, flower trivia night... The possibilities, and flower fun, are endless.

If you love flowers you're already a member of the club. Some meetings will be drop-in, some will require registration. All will be awesome. Look for the schedule on our Classes and Events page, social media and our email.

Join Flower Club. You probably won't get punched in the face.

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July, 21 2019

Sat@LoCoFlo: Your Weekend Routine

Tags: Sat@LoCoFlo, At LoCoFlo, Friends

Saturdays at LoCoFlo has become our favorite event. It's the bomb. We get to talk about flowers, show off our weekly local display from the farms and our dope shop, hang out with friends, meet new people, have kid and animal visitors. It's chill. It's different. It's its own thing.

We didn't even plan it. Sat@LoCoFlo grew out of customer demand from the 32nd Street Farmers Market.

When we first moved into our space our entire business was wedding flowers. We were the florist to over 100 weddings a year! The studio was perfect for us: we built a big cooler, we had lots of space to design, storage for everything. We didn't give much thought to the market down the street each Saturday morning.

With our bay doors open, wrapping the wedding bouquets and packing up the van with centerpieces, we started getting market-goers peering in. Then a few questions. Then some people hanging out. Ellen, with her MBA training, recognized the opportunity: we should sell flowers out of the shop.

Genius!

Today, we are doing less than half the wedding work we used to and Saturday mornings are our jam. Now we have dozens of regulars who make visiting LoCoFlo part of their Saturday routine.

What is it?

Sat@LoCoFlo is our weekly flower hang out. Bring your Blacksauce. Build a bouquet. Design an arrangement. Pick up your PickUp. Every Saturday 8:00AM-12:00PM the shop is open to buy local flowers.

How it Works

Just drop in. We're only a half-block from the farmers market. We display all of our flowers. You can pick them out by the stem or we can make a bouquet for you. We also have a design table set up. Chat with our knowledgeable team about the varieties, the farms and design. It's the place to be.

Hope to see you there!

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