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‘Expressions of Love’ shop creates gifts of floral art

“People want to share gifts with each other, especially this time of year,” began Marie Middleton, owner of Expressions of Love Floral & Gifts in Atwater. “Being family oriented really counts.”

She has a passion for making every gift into a one-of-a-kind work of floral art.

If you visit their Facebook page, you won’t find a typical set of national bouquet styles in small, medium or large. Instead you see some examples of creative, personal arrangements and stories of delighted customers. You see Middleton wants to talk to her customers either in person or on the phone to get the feeling they want to share.

“This is a custom order shop. We do ‘made-to-order’ only,” Middleton said. “Ask us to make something special. And we’ll take it to your people by ‘special delivery’.”

Middleton mixes cut flowers, live plants, gifts items and gourmet chocolates to make a “wow factor” approaching a full ten. And the assortment of gift items will keep you looking around the shop for more than a few minutes.

There are angels for collectors, statues and plant ornaments. Some really nice stuffed animals cry out for a hug. Wall art, wind chimes, patio and outdoor pieces, and fountains are all waiting to follow you home. And among Middleton’s personal favorites are a selection of mermaids.

“I like to bring the feeling of water into our homes. Mermaids are mystical and serene. They are a beautiful gift,” Middleton said.

Before Thanksgiving a family dropped in. They had traveled to visit relatives for the holiday and wanted to take them a gift. “While they waited for me to make their order, their children sat and colored and the parents enjoyed walking down Broadway and doing a little shopping,” smiled Middleton.

Expressions of Love will make special orders of any size. For parties or group events, Middleton prepares single flowers to hand out to guests. Or, she can work with budgets as small as $20 for wrapped bouquets or bud vases.

“Whether it’s a Christmas centerpiece or a birthday surprise, I will make a floral art piece you will be proud to give,” Middleton promises.

Give her a call at 358-3660 or visit her shop at 1486 Broadway Ave. in downtown Atwater.

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