The name “Richmond Flower Shop” conjures images of flower shops tucked away in the suburbs, but in fact the shop in the city center is one of the most visited flower shops in the state.
It has a huge selection of over 1,000 varieties of blooms and a wide range of flowers, from roses to tulips.
“Our staff are passionate about the floral business and they do a great job of it,” said Tonya Robinson, the store’s owner.
“People come to us for the roses and they come for the tulips and they are really happy.
I’m happy for them.”
A little more than a mile away from the flower shop is the Covington, Kentucky, flower shop.
Located at 714 E. Washington Street, Covingtson Flower Shop has been the state’s largest indoor flower shop since 2010.
The shop’s sales have been rising, with sales of tulips up 18% from last year.
“It’s a really cool place,” said Amy Burchill, who has been a customer for 18 years.
“There are really great prices and it’s just a really nice shop.”
A similar shop in New York City sells flower at the same time as a big indoor flower market.
“I really like the way it’s done.
I love the whole process,” said Covingtons flower seller, Laila Davis.
“They’re kind of like the kids in the neighborhood.”
Davis, a college student, says the atmosphere of the Covedons shop is much more relaxing than the one she experienced in Richmond.
“You can walk in and have a coffee and a glass of wine and talk shop.
That’s my favorite part,” she said.
“The way they treat you, the way they care about you.”
The Covedtons shop has the same outdoor seating and is a little larger than a typical flower shop but its seating is also a lot more spacious.
“One of the reasons that I love being a flower shop owner is because I get to be part of the whole thing,” said Davis.
A customer walks through a large section of the outdoor seating area at the Coveys flower shop on February 1, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Davis says the Coves indoor flower garden is one the best she’s had.
“When I see someone who has flowers, I want to be there.
That is just my favorite thing about it.”
Another customer takes her picture at the flower show at the end of the day on February 4, 2018 at the New Orleans Convention Center.
Davis said the CVS is also one of her favorite places to visit, because it’s a shopping center with an outdoor seating lot.
“Because of the way the place looks, it’s kind of a hidden gem,” she explained.
“This is the best shopping center I’ve been to.
It’s not like there’s any other store.
They have so many flowers that they have a different type of seating, which is kind of cool.
It makes it a lot of fun.”
Davis is the second Richmond flower shop to open up in the past five years.
In 2013, Covets flower shop opened its first indoor flower farm in New London, Connecticut.
Since then, the Richmond flower shops have been expanding.
In 2016, the Crave flowers shop moved to the old Covingtons flower shop next door to the Cravo’s.
“We really enjoyed our first year, and we really enjoyed it.
I think it was a very successful year for us,” said co-owner, Dan Ruggiero.
“Every year we’re just expanding.
We’re going to be a bit bigger, and it seems like every year we just grow.”
Davis said she is planning to keep the Cvets location open for a few more years.
For the most part, she’s happy with the change.
“Being a mom, I love it.
It really helps out your children and you get to spend time with them and have some fun,” she added.
“For a lot people, it might be their first time in a flower store.
I like it.
They come in and I make them feel at home and have their hair done and have fun.
That makes it so much better.
It just helps them feel like they belong.”
Davis was happy with how the Richmond Flower Shop opened and says she hopes the new owners make it a more pleasant experience for all customers.
“With the new owner, I hope that they make the shop as inviting and fun as it can be,” she told ABC News.