By Kara Hallissey, Staff Writer
(Feb. 8, 2018) Mike Vadella officially opened Burley Florist on Pitts Street in Berlin last Monday, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
“The reception from the Town of Berlin has been fantastic and I am so happy to be back downtown,” said Vadella, who previously co-owned Rainbow Florist in Berlin and Ocean Pines.
Dozens of different floral arrangements or bouquets can be found at the shop, including multiple colors of roses, gerbera and regular daisies, hydrangeas, sunflowers, tulips, lilies, carnations, larkspurs, blue delphiniums, baby’s breath, waxflower, silver dollar and ruscus.
“If someone wants a specific flower, I can usually get it in by the next day,” Vadella said. “I have a good relationship with suppliers and buy local when possible. We deliver to all of Worcester County and if the flowers don’t last a week, we will replace them.”
On Valentine’s Day, Burley Florist will stay open until there are no flowers left. A dozen roses will run $75 and anyone who places their order by phone or in person before the close of business on Feb. 13 will receive free delivery on Valentine’s Day. There will also be pre-wrapped bouquets and other specials available as well, not to mention some ease of use improvements for the store.
“Since there is no parking lot, we offer curbside services,” Vadella said. “I have a background in the service industry and want to make it easy for people to buy flowers.”
Chocolates, balloons and cards can also be purchased at Burley Florist.
Vadella was a co-owner of Rainbow Florist in Berlin and Ocean Pines since 2014.
“I wasn’t sure if I was going to open another flower shop, but customers kept calling this past summer and I realized this is what I have to do,” he said. “A week after reactivating the phone number [in August], I found out this spot [on 12 Pitts Street] was opening up and pieces started falling in line.”
Vadella moved into the space in February and repainted with the help of his daughter and friends, before receiving his first flower delivery this week.
Burley Florist is open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
“I will still answer the phone after hours for flower emergencies and love to be a part of weddings and special occasions,” Vadella said. “It is always cheaper to contact a local florist directly.
“There is [also] an online order option at burleyflorist.com,” he added. “We have the 21st century convenience with the benefits of a local florist, and can take care of sending flowers long distance.”
Burley Florist regularly updates its Instagram account with pictures of flowers in stock. Follow “Burley Florist” on Twitter for daily and weekly specials.
For more information or to place an order, call 410-641-2432 or visit www.burleyflorist.com.