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    North of NYC North of NYC By Houlihan Lawrence By Houlihan Lawrence by

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    There’s something new blooming beside the Bedford Playhouse this spring. Lauren Chillemi, a Bedford-bred horticulturist, purchased the former Bedford Village Florist from long-time proprietor Maureen Laning in November and has been busy making the place her own in recent months. Chillemi, who lives in South Salem, renamed the sun-filled storefront the Bedford Village Flower Shoppe and redesigned the interior to reflect its new identity. Along with new décor, comes new “grab & go” inventory, too.

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    Chillemi, who studied horticulture at the New York Botanical Gardens, owned Simply Gardens, a container and vegetable garden design and maintenance service, before plunging into retail. “In the shop, I want to focus on gardening as well as arrangements,” she says. To that end, she now sells Botanical Collection, a new line of ceramic pots for indoor and outdoor use. Chillemi donates a portion of the proceeds of each sale to London’s Royal Botanic Gardens.

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    Everyone knows that fresh flowers can enhance home décor, and Bedford Village Flower Shoppe makes it easy with full-service floral design and delivery—everything from cut flowers and custom designs to full-blown special events. The arrangements—whether designed for a Houlihan Lawrence open house or a lavish wedding reception at Caramoor are “all premium”—no filler.

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    If you’re more of a do-it-yourself type, stop by the shop at 641 Old Post Road this weekend (or any weekend) for Shop & Sip Saturdays. You can have a glass of wine and shop for “no thrills/ no frills” flowers at flower market prices (i.e., that’s about 50% off retail), simply wrapped in paper for you to take home and arrange yourself.

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