Sip Artisanal Coffee While Shopping Exquisite Blooms from the Iconic New York Flower Shop’s Newest Location That Fuses Flower Shop with Cozy Café
PlantShed, the Upper West Side staple for over 60 years, is pleased to announce the opening of their newest location at 555 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024. The second outpost for the PlantShed brand introduces a never-before-seen retail concept that fuses exquisite fresh blooms with artisanal coffee in one gorgeous space. Here, plant life and bouquets carefully crafted for the shop by PlantShed’s team of in-house designers will be served up alongside light bites and an extensive coffee menu (featuring floral-inspired blends) from Brooklyn-based specialty roasters Toby’s Estate.
Whether craving a great classic cup of coffee or seeking to experience something original like a lavender latte or a rosewater tea, PlantShed’s rustic-designed café is sure to become a neighborhood oasis for locals and visitors alike seeking a serene escape away from the bustling city. With plans to expand beyond the Upper West Side, this new and innovative concept is the beginning of an exciting new journey for the PlantShed family.
“We are very excited to be taking the PlantShed company in a bold, new direction with our plant store / coffee shop concept,” says Eric Mourkakos, owner of PlantShed. “Previously, PlantShed has been focused on providing a wide selection of floral and garden center products and services to our Upper West Side customers and corporate clients nationwide. Now, as the company expands to additional locations throughout the city, we want to offer a different kind of retail experience: one that is interactive, curated, and comfortable. A place where we can learn, share, and connect. A place where hospitality meets wellness and balance.”
Rustic fixtures and vintage wood furnishings that help create a cozy and inviting atmosphere were selected for the design of the newest PlantShed setting. Orchids, ferns, cacti, along with countless other plants fill the space from floor to ceiling; experienced plant specialists are ready to help customers find the perfect bloom for their home or office and floral designers are on site to create custom arrangements with only the freshest cut flowers.
PlantShed customers will be surrounded by the beauty of nature as they enjoy handcrafted beverages made by highly talented baristas. When it comes to the PlantShed curated Food and Beverage program, no detail was spared with the team’s relentless focus on quality in developing the menu – for example, customers have the option to supplement their beverage with Battenkill Farm Fresh milk or 6 other types of vegan milks. The team has worked closely with roaster, Toby’s Estate, for coffee education to ensure PlantShed baristas are methodically trained to dial in each shot of espresso and to steam milk to its proper temperature. PlantShed’s newest offering of iced lattes include a chai with activated charcoal, a vanilla matcha, and a chocolate beetroot — all garnished with edible flowers.
This Spring, PlantShed will also begin their workshop series where expert floral designers, horticulturalists, and baristas will share their knowledge with kids and adults alike. Classes will be offered on a wide range of topics, such as “The Secret to Fairy Gardens” and “How to Make a Slammin’ Centerpiece.”
Expansion plans include the opening of additional locations in Manhattan in the next 2 months, as well as a pop-up store in Montauk. “We want to bridge the identities of the plants with the café dining experience,” adds Mourkakos. “The dream for us is to become a meeting place for the community. We want PlantShed to become a place to host events, workshops or to just meet a friend. Everything we do at PlantShed is intended to enhance beauty and improve quality of life. For us, the future is bright, because we know that New Yorkers will want to be a part of this as well. We’ve created an oasis in this city. Anyone looking for a retreat will surely find one at PlantShed.”
As a family-owned business that has been providing unparalleled service and high-quality plant life to New York since the 1950’s, the second PlantShed location serves as an extension of its original 10,000 square foot flagship and rooftop greenhouse on West 96th Street (in which the company has operated since 1981 and will continue to keep open). From this facility, PlantShed has become the go-to floral destination for New York locals as well as interior designers, creatives and luxury brands nationwide offering seamless e-commerce shopping as well as plant installation / maintenance and custom gifting solutions to corporate accounts. A design-centric company that has collaborated with global brands like Chanel, KITH, WeWork, Aime Leon Dore, Victoria’s Secret, The Grammys, Kirna Zabete, Rochambeau, Palmiers du Mal, and beyond, PlantShed’s exceptional team has a diverse background in landscape design, floral design, fashion and horticulture – allowing them to create customizable and tailored arrangements for any occasion.
PlantShed’s newest location is sure to become a getaway unlike any in New York. Spring’s sweet reprise brings a refreshing excitement to the spirit of the city, and where better to experience spring fever than by caffeinating amongst a canopy of flowers?
Since the 1950’s the PlantShed family has been immersed in the floral and botanical community in New York. With each generation, the PlantShed family strives to make their community stronger and the team has developed a deep understanding and appreciation for staying current with changing trends, technology and continue to set the standard for quality and affordability. Housing a 10,000 square foot rooftop greenhouse on the Upper West Side, which PlantShed has occupied since 1981, the company is able to curate a gallery of native grasses, dramatic evergreens, blooming annuals and a dense forest of tropical plants all housed in the best growing conditions.
Offering an ever-evolving pottery collection, PlantShed staff finds a unique balance between current trends and a timeless, natural look that pairs well with their diverse selection of interior and exterior plants. PlantShed’s dedicated buyers and designers travel extensively throughout the world visiting flower farms, attending trade shows and developing relationships with vendors to bring fresh, unique and affordable flowers and plants directly from the farm to you. Being well versed in proper care and conditioning of all types of flowers and foliage means the team only allows the best blooms to leave any PlantShed store – ensuring beautiful, long lasting products hand delivered to your door.
PlantShed strives to make purchasing plants and flowers an easy, exciting and informative process so that their customers can experience the same joy we have in working with nature. Their exceptional team has a diverse background in landscape design, floral design, fashion and horticulture – allowing the company to create customizable and tailored arrangements for every occasion. Whether they are transforming a space with a dense forest of tropical foliage or helping style an intimate gathering, PlantShed approaches every event with a personal, professional and seamless touch.
Experience the PlantShed difference at one of their New York locations or through online shop at www.PlantShed.com