28 December 2009

Gloria Florist

Somewhat recently, I learned that the rather nondescript-looking Gloria Florist on Court Street in Carroll Gardens had a long history in the neighborhood. Before plying blossoms on Court, it used to have a storefront on the other side of the BQE, around Columbia Street. It moved to Court some time in the 1950s. So I went to look at the shop to see if I could spot any evidence of its oldness. Inside, it looked like any florist; nothing antique about it. But then I glanced down as I left. The small step leading up to the entrance contains a beautiful, marble mosaic feature the store's name against the image of a rising sun. It's easy to miss. Check it out next time you visit.

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