Yuliya Bui grew up in a small European town close to the outdoors, and she saw cute flower shops on every corner. When she didn’t find anything like that in Cincinnati, she decided to create one. “I spent a lot of time outdoors so taking care of plants and arranging flowers and branches feels very natural to me,” Bui says. When the right space with the right lighting opened up in Over-the-Rhine, Gia and the Blooms was born.
Gia and the Blooms is not your average flower shop, though. It doesn’t sell typical flower shop staples such as carnations or baby’s breath, or goodies such as chocolate, teddy bears, or fruit baskets. Instead, Bui and her crew of two full-time flower designers and a part-time driver comes up with a single new flower arrangement every day and offer that in three different sizes.
“We ask our customers to trust us with the flower selection when we offer one daily arrangement, and it’s been working out great,” says Bui, who worked as a user interface designer for three and a half years before starting Gia and the Blooms. “The element of surprise is definitely there,” Bui says.
All bouquets are made fresh every day, wrapped in burlap, and accompanied by a free handwritten note. The shop also offers a selection of other plants, pottery, and Brooklyn Candle Studio’s candles. Bui also touts that the office is in one of OTR’s “historical gems” and says that “old buildings geeks” will enjoy the ambience of the shop.
Bui makes sure the prices are the best in town. Next-day delivery is free, and same-day delivery is $10. Small bouquets are $35, medium bouquets are $55, and large bouquets are $75. Part of the proceeds are donated to the SPCA, where Bui adopted her beloved dog Gia, “the best thing ever” and the namesake of her shop. Gia and the Blooms started selling floral arrangements on the website in February 2016, and found their brick and mortar location in OTR in early May 2016.
Bui is happy with the way things are. “I am so fortunate to have the best people on my team who have been doing amazing-amazing work and I’m confident that we can take on a project of any size at this point,” she says. “The goal for us is to continue doing high quality creative work, enjoy interactions with our customers, choose quality over quantity, have lots of fun on the way and not screw up.”
Gia and the Blooms is located at 114 E. 13th. st. Cincinnati, OH 45201. To learn more, visit www.giablooms.com.