South End Shops
46 Waltham St., South End
An outdoor market in New York City led John Joss and Don Carney into a love affair with buttons and wool. Inspired by vintage flea-market finds and a simple desire for good old craftsmanship, the two began making delicately embroidered-hats embellished with those vintage, flea-market-find buttons. New Yorkers developed quite an appetite for these distinctive hats, and Joss and Carney’s success only grew from there. They went big with scarves, bags, fashion items, and, eventually, home décor, forming what is now a full lifestyle design studio, appropriately named Patch NYC, in homage to their made-from-scratch origins.
977 Tremont St., South End
A neighborhood shop located in Boston's South End, Lotus Designs welcomes walk-ins and also delivers all over town (about a 20-mile radius from the store) provided your flower order is a minimum of $60-plus. And you can place orders online, too. Their cut-off for same-day delivery is 3pm. Lotus Designs carries a little bit of everything but they specialize in fresh cut flowers and orchids. And they also do weddings and events.
Table & Tulip
461 Shawmut Ave., South End
Table & Tulip is known for their whimsical, romantic designs. Their fresh-cut floral arrangements, which you can pick up in the store or order online, are stunning and often fabulously inventive (for example, artichoke stalks mixed with roses). Also great: Table & Tulip offers a two-hour floral design workshop where you can learn the craft of arranging flowers with their design experts while enjoying some apps and champagne—and the arrangement you make is yours to keep.