Laurie and I met up downtown just to see what there was to see. I never get that leisure! I kept telling Laurie how much fun it was to not be under the gun, to be able to just meander and hit shops I’ve always wanted to see. I finally had time to stop by a container shop called Basket. I will be sure to add it to my regular stops now, because they had such cool stuff. I was able to get five rolls of stunning ribbon for $20. This is good because I love ribbon! (In fact, Laurie just called me to tell me she found the most perfect ribbon at Costco and purchased it for me. I have one whole drawer dedicated to just ribbon — but I digress.)
I know the mart by heart and usually head straight to my favorite spots because they’re always reliable in quality and price. Mayesh , a wholesaler that sells to the public after 6:00 a.m., has fabulous greens, great orchids and a neat array of flowers, so I hit them first. If I wait till last, I know I will lose. Officially the mart is open to the public until 12:00 on Saturdays, but, trust me, most vendors have packed up by 9:00 and the place is a ghost town. If I don’t find the greens I want at Mayesh, I’ll go to the Greenery.For exotics, I choose Tayama next and for roses and everything else, Mellano. Mind you, these are by no means the biggest or only places. The mart is huge, with hundreds of vendors — and I’ve visited most of them.
Some of the vendors have websites; many do not. Here’s a list of vendors and their phone numbers.