Bobby Flowers NYC: Floral Design in Hoboken for Over 40 Years

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Nothing says happiness like a bouquet of flowers, and Bobby Flowers NYC is clearly in the happiness business. The owner behind it all, Bobby {aka “Bob”} Flowers comes from a long line of florists spanning four generations and 105 years. 

A true Hoboken gem, Bobby recovered from stage 4A throat cancer in 2017 and now considers floristry his greatest passion in life. Lovers of his floral arrangements can find his shop inside Cork, Wine, & Spirits, an uptown Hoboken wine store at 1450 Washington Street. Bobby Flowers NYC designs floral arrangements for any event from everyday occasions to extravagant weddings {oh, and not to mention, his flowers are gorgeous — just in time for Valentine’s Day}. Read on to learn more about Bobby, his shop, and his story. 

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About Bobby

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Bobby has been in the floral business for over 40 years in Hudson County. He supplies Cork, Wine, & Spirits with flowers out of his warehouse in Union City and also owns a wholesale storefront in Paterson. His inventory is selected from the best producers in South America and Miami. 

Sadly, four years ago, Bobby was diagnosed with throat cancer and reluctantly had to put floristry on hold. Bobby credits his family for getting him through the tough experience and helping him back on his feet. 

“One day, I felt a little better,” he said. “And that’s what I grabbed onto. And little by little, I came back.”

In 2017, he started up the business again and the rest is history. Dedicated to a healthy lifestyle at 58, Bobby now lives in Weehawken and makes the easy commute to the Hoboken storefront almost every day.

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How He Got into Floristry

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Bobby learned the art of floristry from his father Robert, who he worked with for over 30 years. He said right after dinner, his mother would tell him and his older siblings to go help their dad with the flowers. “It taught us all a great work ethic,” Bobby said. “And all my brothers and sisters translated that into what they do today.”

Similar to Bobby’s trajectory, Bobby’s oldest son is coming to learn the ropes of the floral industry from him in August 2020 so the legacy of Bobby Flowers NYC can live on. 

From Garden to Art

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^ Bobby’s gorgeous holiday displays!

Bobby always has daily walk-in clients and around 60 to 80 weddings and events per year. During the busy season {typically April to October}, there are up to 15 people who help Bobby with arrangements, orders, and office work.  He also does some seriously amazing holiday arrangements, for when they roll around each year.

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He says it’s a difficult job, but wouldn’t trade it for the world. Bobby Flowers NYC doesn’t have a huge social media presence, but the florist says most people find out about the shop through word of mouth.

“I love when people call me after events and tell me how much they loved and appreciated our arrangements,” Bobby said. “This job is really about making friends for me. That’s what I love.”

Bobby and his employees do all the work from wholesale purchasing to retail to design to prep work to delivery, so clients never have to rely on a third-party. They even create arrangements on-site for larger events.

The most popular blossoms Bobby Flowers NYC offers are hydrangeas, lilies, and peonies, Bobby says. If you’re not sure how you want the arrangement, he is happy to craft something to fit exactly what you need. Bobby is a master at gathering sentiment into flowers for every event at a reasonable price {about $50 to $100 per arrangement}.

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Of course, none of these amazing floral arrangements would be possible without an amazing team supporting him. Bobby especially wants to thank Mike, Jay, Carlos, and Jaylene at Cork. He loves working with them every day and appreciates the support they’ve given him over the years.

Looking ahead, Bobby and his son plan to create a website and revamp the whole business to reach more customers. He says his goal is to become the number one florist in the world.

Bobby Flowers NYC is typically open Thursday through Saturday 3:00PM-7:00PM, but Bobby is normally available by appointment. Just call 973-800-4509 or email to schedule.

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Originally from Allentown, Pennsylvania, Megan is a Jersey Girl at heart with a passion for writing and content creation. She is an alumna of Rutgers University-New Brunswick and currently works in media relations for a Fortune 500 company. In her free time, you can find her at Crunch Fitness or exploring new brunch spots, dive bars, and local boutiques with her friends. Megan covers human-interest stories and lifestyle news geared toward young professionals and the every day Hoboken Girl.