Prospect Heights – Following a temporary Department of Health & Mental Hygiene-imposed shut-down earlier this summer, the flower shop Stems has moved from the space it shared with the beloved Ditmas Park bar, Sycamore, since 2013.
“We, sadly, had to leave Sycamore Bar due to a DOH regulation that made operating out of their space unsustainable for Stems moving forward,” Stems announced on Facebook on August 10.
The floral designers relocated to 639 Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights on August 2 and now share a space with the new yoga studio, Juniper. This location features a retail section at the front of the space and a studio downstairs where the Stems team creates their floral arrangements for weddings and special events.
Stems owner Suzanna Cameron told BKLYNER Monday afternoon that she had been looking to expand and was searching for a second location when Deborah Bagg, a customer of Stems’ Ditmas Park location and a co-owner of Juniper, asked if she wanted to open a flower shop inside her soon-to-launch yoga studio.
Cameron seized the opportunity and decided to relocate Stems’ operations altogether. The Vanderbilt shop meant she would no longer have to move all her flowers in the retail space at the end of each day to make room for bar patrons as she had to do at Sycamore. The addition of a large studio space at Vanderbilt also meant that she could consolidate her business and move her studio out of her home.
The Prospect Heights location allows Cameron to broaden Stems’ retail capabilities. The new shop includes plants, handmade ceramics, greeting cards, crystals, macrame, and chocolates—all items made and produced in Brooklyn.
Cameron loves Stems’ new Prospect Heights neighborhood. “It’s awesome,” she says. “I love the community that comes with having a brick and mortar store,” she adds.
Cameron says she has “so much gratitude” for the Ditmas Park community, noting that Sycamore and the clients there allowed her to grow her business over the years and develop a team of florists.
She hopes “everyone who came to Ditmas Park will come visit us on Vanderbilt.”
Stems will continue to host workshops at their new location where they’ll teach attendees how to arrange flowers and make flower crowns. Check out their workshop schedule here.
Sycamore meanwhile, is looking for a new flower shop to join them at their Ditmas Park outpost. “We are sad to see Stems Brooklyn go and wish them great continued success in their new location (Congrats! guys),” the bar states in an August 11 Facebook post.
“The front of Sycamore is now available for the next flower success story to blossom in Ditmas Park,” the post adds. “Sycamore is excited to share with that special someone the next, bright chapter of this eight year plus love story of Brooklyn’s only bar and flower shop.”
639 Vanderbilt Avenue (between St. Marks Avenue & Prospect Place), Prospect Heights