EAST VILLAGE — A local florist is now crafting custom bouquets with Holland flowers and local greenery out of a new storefront on East Ninth Street.
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Beetlebug quietly opened its doors at 441 E. Ninth St. on Feb. 4 — and on Feb. 14, the shop was busy putting together bouquets of roses for lovebirds.
"We were slammed earlier," said shop owner Libby Myer, noting the reception from East Village locals looking for colorful arrangements has been overwhelmingly positive.
"It's been fantastic — I can't tell you how lovely everybody's been, people in the neighborhood. People have responded so well, welcoming me. There's been a lot of support."
Myer, who designed flower arrangements for events before opening Beetlebug, her first brick and mortar shop, has many of her flowers shipped from the famed "flower haven" of Holland and others, such as anemones and sweet pea flowers, from upstate New York.
Aside from the blossoms, the shop hawks an assortment of goods made in state — the cozy throws from Alicia Adams Alpaca are made with wool from an alpaca farm in Hudson Valley, and Elo lip balms are handmade in New York.
"It's all a lifestyle — it's real, it's New York-based," Myer said.