In the age of internet shopping, a boutique with an individual touch is a real find...
Blossoms is tucked in the picturesque city of Birmingham, Michigan, just outside of Detroit. Our founding company Silk and Morgan began in 1977 with the two owners, Norman Silk and Dale Morgan, providing flowers for wedding and social parties for discerning Detroiters.
Our staff of 15 employees work Monday through Saturday to provide beautiful, fresh, handmade bouquets and arrangements for all occasions. Our styles and products are unique- as we gather our products from all over the world, creating one of a kind arrangements that are hand delivered to the entire Metro Detroit area using our own delivery vehicles.
We are found on the recommended list of the areas best hotels and clubs.
Always on the cutting edge of new trends, BLOSSOMS was the first in the metro Detroit area to offer "Garden Style" arrangements. Flowers were loosely arranged in clear glass vases, now a classic look. Blossoms has been voted "BEST FLORIST" many times over the years by various newspapers and magazines, and again this year as Hour Detroit's "Best Florist."
Our goal is to provide beautiful flowers, decor, plants and gifts for all of life's occasions. We look forward to making flowers part of your lifestyle. We are proud of this and work hard at bringing the best varieties and colors of flowers from growers all over the world.
We have a skilled team of designers who collaborate in order to meet our clientele's needs for corporate events, social events, weddings, birthdays, funerals, anniversaries, and all major holidays.
The personal connection is important- We have customers who came to us planning their weddings, their children's bat and bar mitzvahs, their childrens weddings, and onto their grandchildren's mitzvahs. Our loyal clientele has been a joy to work with over the years.
"As the original owners, we are humbled that you have supported us for more than 36 years, celebrating all of life's moments with flowers. We look forward to serving you with our talented staff for many years to come."
In the late 1970s Silk and Morgan started their special event business Silk and Morgan from their 1885 Victorian house on the cobblestone street, West Canfield Avenue in Detroit's first and smallest historic district. While they were renovating they worked in the space that would become their kitchen. Rapidly growing they looked for nearby space and found a vacant building that contained 3 storefronts. They rented space in the former Topless Shoe Shine Parlor and Willis Show bar in Detroit Cass Corridor. Their well-respected BLOSSOMS shop, still under the same ownership after nearly 40 years, is returning to the same location in what is now known as MIDTOWN Detroit.
Willis Show Bar was established in mid-1940 at Third and Willis in Detroit as a bar with live entertainment. Third Street had many neighborhood bars, including Andersons Gardens, and Jumbos. In the 1960s the neighborhood became Detroit's red light district. Willis Show Bar featured jazz and was known as a bar with prostitutes. Many old small hotels nearby offered rooms by the hour. In the mid 1970s a topless shoe shine parlor, Beavers Boutique, was opened next door. In 1975 the bar and shoe shine parlor was closed by order of the city.
MANY longtime residents remember the bawdy past of the Willis and have a story to tell. It's part of the history of the neighborhood that should be remembered. It is this history that sets it apart from other locations and should be embraced in an updated version.
While using the space as a design center for their special event business, they opened retail stores in Millender Center, downtown Birmingham and on the "hill" in Grosse Pointe Farms. In the 90s they moved the design center to Berkley where they added another retail store. Subsequently their business success became too taxing with more than 50 employees and multiple locations to manage. As leases expired they consolidated to one location on Woodward in Birmingham where they currently have a staff of a dozen people that create and deliver beautiful arrangements to Detroit and more than 50 suburban cities.
While the building was leased to others in the past years, Silk and Morgan were excited about the positive changes that were coming to Midtown. The energy was exhilarating, sparking their desire to realize a dream of having a store in Detroit again. They began working with Sue Mosey of Midtown Development, hired architect Steven Flum and planning began on the restoration of the 1949 Art Moderne building.
Years of paint have been removed from the original steel enamel facade revealing burgundy and peach tiles and the original bar sign, a mint green storefront displays a ghost sign of the original Drug store. At the entrance to Blossoms- the name Marlene, has been revealed, etched in terrazzo which was the original name of the clothing store from 1949. A new stainless steel light band will wash light on the historic façade, and the original storefronts have been returned. Trees planted on the Willis side will provide shade to the new outdoor dining patio for the bar/restaurant which will occupy the former Willis Show Bar space. The deco ceiling with vast amounts of recessed lighting will be spectacular and something not found in new construction or suburban restaurants. The streamline modern design is a rare piece of original architecture from that time period.
At the corner of Third & Willis, we invite you to check out Blossoms Midtown, & Willis Show Bar
Blossoms in Midtown offers fresh flowers, creative arrangements, plants and home fragrances in a garden like setting for carry out or delivery. The Birmingham store and design center will continue to offer full floral services, city wide delivery and boutique special events.
Our address is 4152 Third Street at Willis, Detroit, Mi 48201
In the neighborhood:
2 blocks west of Avalon Bakery and the shops at The Auburn, 3 blocks from Shinola, 2 blocks from Will Leather Goods, across from Nordin Brothers Sculpture Gallery, 2 blocks from Selden Standard, across from the new eco houses, around the corner the restored El Moore apartments and roof top hostel cabins, and just a few blocks from the new arena district as well. If you haven't been to midtown in a while take a drive... You will be pleasantly surprised.