Ballard Blossom for Exquisite Florals and Gifts

Ballard BlossomCertainly I’d be the first to admit there are florists all over the city.  Not to mention the great bouquets available in the markets, of course in Pike Place Market the flower seller section has lovely ones, and allChoices the Farmer’s Markets have at least one as well.

But when you need a real florist, you need them.  For those who call Ballard home, as well, I suspect as many from the surrounding neighborhoods, Ballard Blossom has long been known as a place you can get high quality and predictably interesting arrangements for any occasion.

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My recommendation is actually to stop by, don’t wait till you need flowers.  You will get a sense of what this highly rated florist shop offers, and certainly it’s more than the arrangements.  But let’s focus on those for a moment.  The big open florist’s work studio takes up a perfect roseslarge area in the middle of the store, and when I stopped in there were three gifts and fun stuffflorists arranging non-stop as well as two other clerks circulating and making sure customers were taken care of.  It’s large, varied, and very tempting.  You may enjoy just watching them put together for the tablearrangements for a while, and browsing the really great ideas arrayed all over in vases that are chic and far from ordinary.  The “impact” or “message” or whatever flowers do is very high level I thought (although you are dealing with an amateur here, most of my experience with florals is when I took some ikebana lessons when I lived in Japan, but I certainly know what I like?!), and the “message” of the different arrangements was quite varied, so I guess it’s a matter of something for any occasion.

It should be no surprise that Ballard Blossom has  lovely arrangements.  They’ve been in business (in Ballard, first right across the street before buying their building and moving to their new location still on NW Market Street) since 1927.  They are Seattle’s largest florist and I learned that they are rated among the top 50 FTD florists nationwide!  You can see choices on the website, but what was in the store struck me as even more unusual and striking.

Temptation continues in the retail part of the shop with all kinds of fun and yummy gift ideas.  I doubt many people leave here empty handed.  And that ‘s nice too because if you are bringing flowers to a friend or hostess you might very well want something little and cute for the juniors too.

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About Edy Kizaki

Edy's perfectionism and dedication result in attention to detail during every stage of your search and purchase experience.

Edy and her family came to the area seven years ago and fell in love with it. The size, natural beauty, people, culture and educational resources all make it an exceptional place to live, work, and play. Edy brings her experience in business, management and negotiation to her work in real estate. But it is her love of people and her joy in being involved with your important moments of change and decision in the process of life that make her dedicated and unfailing in the pursuit of your goals.

As a realtor and most recently the team leader at SeattlePowerSearch.com, the Seattle branch of eXp Realty, Edy has been involved in over 150 real estate transactions in the past five years, involving homes from Vashon Island to Duvall, Snoqualmie Ridge to Bellingham! What a great and inspiring way to learn about this amazing place. Of course, her GPS has been invaluable to the process...now Edy feels like she's "from" Seattle, but with the added ability to understand what it means to relocate here and which knowledge is first tier, which is better to follow after. She works extensively with relocation clients in Seattle and on the Eastside, including from Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, University of Washington, and their subsidiaries. She lives in Richmond Beach, part of Shoreline five minutes north of the Seattle 'border', and loves Queen Anne, Magnolia, Fremont, Ballard, Wallingford, Green Lake, Ravenna, and the areas along the west side of Lake Washington, as well as Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, and Edmonds. On the Eastside she has spent most time in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Woodinville, Sammamish and Issaquah. She has also worked extensively on luxury condos in Belltown and Downtown, and enjoys comparing views with the best of them!

Edy's involvement in real estate began in the 1980's when she was part of a Project Development Team for a real estate company in San Francisco for two years. After having worked on several major San Francisco and Lake Tahoe projects, she became most interested in buying and leasing of properties, including sales of business opportunities. She was also the official company photographer. There followed a period of work in finance, but an interest in travel led her to Japan, where she lived and worked teaching in university for 12 years. In addition she founded and ran her own large private school and formed Currents, a group that produced art exhibitions in Japan, America, and Australia, and arranged tours of New York and on the West Coast.

Eventually Edy returned to Monterey, California, where she taught Japanese, designed instruction, was a project manager for multimedia products, a product developer for early childhood educational products, and helped manage a five-star resort hotel, all while completing a masters in Multimedia and Instructional Design. Upon relocating to the Pacific Northwest with her family, she pursued her real estate license and is now deeply involved in helping her clients search for the perfect property in the local real estate market. When not at work, Edy practices Aikido and takes advantage of the local boating, picnicking and hiking riches with her family and friends. Oh, yes, and the great restaurants!

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