No, I’m not speaking in code. Saipua is the name of a soap and flower shop in Red Hook, Brooklyn (and I found out today from browsing their website that “Saipua” is actually derived from the Finnish word for soap. who knew!). I’d heard of this sweet family-owned business from my friend Marina, a great blogger and lover of dresses, flowers, and cooking. And whales. She loves whales. Marina ocassionally will mention Saipua’s bouquets and arrangements and feature gorgeous photos of them on her blog. From following the endless web of links from her blog to others and beyond, I’ve caught wind of the fact that Saipua is fairly adored – it seems that they’ve become somewhat of a local celebrity, and a buzzword for Brooklyn brides on the search for the perfect flowers.
I know that Saipua’s been around for a little while, but now that I’ve been bitten by their bug, I am delighted to discover them for the first time. To hear of their local and far-reaching success makes me incredibly happy, on two counts. One, their flower arrangements suit my taste to a tee, and are so simple and gorgeous that I feel they deserve every bit of praise and success that comes their way. Two, it warms my heart to hear of yet another successful family-owned small business with a solid fanbase and devoted customers. And they have a boutique in Brooklyn!
So it seemed only fitting that my first trip to their store was with Marina. This past Sunday was a gorgeous day and everyone was out and about (you would not believe the swarm of people that were at the Atlantic Antic Festival, the largest annual street fair in Brooklyn). Marina and I met up for an impromptu day in Red Hook. It was my first time in the neighborhood and I couldn’t get enough of it! On bike, we explored some New Orleans cuisine at a yummy lunch spot, discovered the hidden waterfront gem that is Steve’s Key Lime Pies, and I spent the better part of my day tucked away, eating a perfect broccoli cheddar quiche followed by a delectable sea salt caramel cupcake (and I also took some scrumptious sweets home for later!) at Baked. Guys, I could go on and on about this perfect bakery, but not now, another time. I’ve gotten distracted. This post is about Saipua!
Soo….we finished the day with a treat: the anticipated trip to the flower and soap shop, Saipua.
Their modestly-sized store is rustic and romantic. It’s like a little hideaway, in every corner a little mason jar bursting with rich colors and textures that I’ve never seen in a flower. And the incredible scent (fresh and earthy) seduces you in from the street. Marina and I had the good fortune of having the store to ourselves for almost our entire visit! And one of the owners, Eric, couldn’t have been more helpful and kind (if you’re reading this, Hi Eric!). He was patient as I asked a million questions about typesofflowers and caringforflowers and howlonghaveyoubeenintoflowers, and then he even complimented the little arrangement I finally put together. (I say “finally” because I was so thoughtfully and delicately selecting the few stems for my mini bouquet that I must have taken at least 15 minutes to pick 3 stems)! Oh well, when in Rome. Assembling and picking my own bouquet was highly satisfying. I recommend it to anyone looking for a random pick-me-up. It’s cheaper than a manicure and it looks so nice in your home! You can check out Marina’s sweet bouquet and her photos from the day here.
I hope to go back and visit soon. Hopefully I can make at least 1 more bicycle trip to magical Red Hook before the chilly weather gets the best of me. And even when it does get a little too bitingly cold, there’s always the Spicy Brownie at Baked to warm me up.