by Dorothy Puch Lillig

Want to let your family and friends know you miss them during this time of physical distancing?

You can text, call or schedule a Zoom meeting. Or, you can make it more special and, well,  say it with flowers.

The Spring Branch District’s City Flowers is still fulfilling online orders with contactless delivery to homes and is offering a beautiful “Missing You” arrangement that customers can send to their loved ones. The cost of the bouquet is $37 and includes delivery to the Spring Branch area.

“We really do hope that friends and families can be cheered with this fresh flower arrangement,” said City Flowers owner and florist Ma. Teresa Salcedo. “Larger arrangements are also still available, but we just want to make an affordable option for everyone.”

As many businesses have had to close or change their business practices due to the county-wide mandate to stop the spread of the coronavirus, City Flowers is exempt as long as they ship or deliver goods or services directly to homes.

Before the pandemic, Salcedo had been preparing for the Grand Opening of the City Flowers showroom at 10331 Londonderry Dr. Those plans have been put on hold but the locally owned shopped is still serving the “warm and friendly” Spring Branch area, she said.

“Much like food delivery, flowers can nurture and raise spirits. We are glad to be serving the community during this time,” said Salcedo.

Salcedo and her husband moved to the area in 2013 from Dallas where they worked for years for a flower business in Arlington.

“This is where we got most of our experience and the inspiration for pursuing the floral business,” she said.  City Flowers opened on Valentine’s Day in 2019.

Before the coronavirus was a thing, Salcedo said she picked Spring Branch because of the people and their love for the community.

“They love their community and they collectively invest in it. It is evident by how the community reacts to various needs with the prime example being the recent factory explosion and the reaction of the residents to aid those who were affected,” Salcedo said.

The community has once again come together during this difficult time for businesses and others.

Weddings are a specialty of City Flowers but many events are now on hold. Luckily, Salcedo’s “#1 specialty” is custom arrangements.

“I like to be very personal and put myself in the shoes of those who are requesting something special for their significant other, relative, or office family. I always think about what it will be like for the recipient to get their arrangement — the feeling of surprise, excitement and love from their sender. Many times, the client asks for suggestions and I get to use my imagination to captivate the client and their recipient.”

Salcedo looks forward to being able to reschedule her showroom grand opening. “We will be happy to host our customers in this space and consult with them on their floral needs as well as provide them with some options that are readily available for purchase,” she said.

City Flowers has a free same-day delivery policy for recipients in Spring Branch and the nearby Memorial area. “We are committed to offering our community a simple way to order via our site, by phone or by email, and to offer a quick turnaround delivery and low cost,” Salcedo said.

City Flowers also delivers to Cypress, Katy, the Heights and Medical Center for an additional fee of $15. Arrangements vary in price from $45, with large ones closer to $95 and up, depending on the flowers chosen and the size.

Salcedo said she takes pride in being a local, independent and woman-owned business serving the diverse Spring Branch area. Spring Branch has a lot to offer, she said, from shops to office spaces to entertainment.

“SBMD has done an excellent job ensuring that our infrastructure is up-to-date, that the community is appealing to the public, and that new small and large businesses succeed in our community. One of our favorite improvements has been the renovation work on Gessner and its new streetlights, which have made this main artery a cute and homey road,” Salcedo said.

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