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Mission District flower shop Ampersand to open Castro location

Mission District flower shop Ampersand to open Castro location

Ampersand’s original location at 80 Albion St. | Photo: Steven Bracco/Hoodline A new flower shop is headed for the third and final ground-floor retail space at apartment complex The Duboce , at Market and Sanchez streets. Early next year, Mission-based florist Ampersand (80 Albion St. at 16th St.) will open a new location at 2190 Market St., right between beer garden Willkommen and laser hair removal clinic SEV Laser . Ampersand, whose original location is at 16th and Albion streets in the Mission, will help fill the neighborhood floral void left by Church Street Flowers, which closed in 2016 , and Ixia, which departed the Castro this spring. The neighborhood has long been a mecca for florists, with Urban Flowers, Not Just Flowers, Guy’s Flowers , Blumen and Flower Corner all in operation along the nearby blocks. Flower shop Ampersand is opening at 2190 Market St. Benjamin Boso and Emerson Boyle founded Ampersand in 2014, offering a wide selection of fresh-cut flowers and bouquets from a converted former carriage house on Albion Street. An off-site location in Portola handles larger floral arrangements for weddings and events. “Our core value since opening our first location is to be a space that is inclusive, positive, nature-infused, and a breath of fresh air from the city’s chaos,” said Boyle. The pair, who live in Duboce Triangle, say they’re excited about opening a larger location nearer to their home. They still haven’t decided whether or not they’ll close their Mission location after they open in the Castro. Boso said he and Boyle contemplated opening the new location for a long time before making the final decision. “It’s really intimidating opening a small business,” Boso said. “[But] we have our customer base now.” Ampersand’s Emerson Boyle and Benjamin Boso. The couple signed a lease […]

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