Although we cringed at the thought of pledging to a sorority during our college years, we are ready to fork over our dues to join Botany’s. Stephanie Schur and Stacie Rubaum have created the warmth and sisterhood of a sorority while producing striking floral arrangements in their sidewalk floral and gift shop, Botany, located in the Brentwood Country Mart. Within the twenty minutes we spent admiring the fresh cut flowers, the designing duo had no less than four regular visitors stop by for a quick chat—one even donated her old empty vases to be given life with the aroma of fresh-cut flowers.
These two busy worker bees were all abuzz with life and energy in their simultaneously quaint and striking two-room shop. Polished concrete floors mixed with glossy white walls, gilded with a gold pattern and accented with pops of dark magenta and green within the décor, gives this shop a decadently romantic feel. Despite the small square footage, Botany is a full service florist, supplying flowers for weddings, parties and other events.
Our favorite worker bees are busily gearing up for every flower lover’s favorite holiday, Valentine’s Day. Some cynics may cringe at the sound of aforementioned Hallmark-plastered-holiday, but upon being gifted a floral creation from Botany, those same cynics will be praising the diaper-clad Cupid and his pesky bow and arrow. Feel free to anonymously forward this review to any possible Valentine’s who have repeatedly reaped the benefits of your home baked banana bread. They can receive a ten percent discount if they step up to the plate before February 10th.
If flowers strike you as fleeting, Botany also provides thoughtful gifts such as gardening tools, lotions, candles, and even flavored jams. The shop is clearly curtailed to local clientele, as the warmth and apparent friendship of its owners creates a small-town atmosphere. Stephanie and Stacie appreciate this vibe, as they are arranging monthly events at the store such as guest speakers, teas and classes, to give back to the community. These events will commence at the end of February with a children’s gardening class. This is a store where everybody knows your name, and favorite flower! Unfortunately, our favorite daffodils are hard to come by in February; we might just have to cross our fingers for roses!Botany The Brentwood Country Mart 225 26th Street, Suite 41 Santa Monica 90402 www.botanyflowers.com