BEST FLORIST - 2005
This local start-up, featuring two of the Twin Cities' most creative floral designers, already has created a buzz in its first few months off the ground: Sarah Lambert and Sarah Brunsvold do the funky weekly floral arrangements for upscale bistros A Rebours and Pane Vino Dolce. Their daring floral designs are done by appointment only, so you can't drop in and get a bundle of long-stem roses to go--or for delivery for that matter. But even better than getting a vase of thorny flowers delivered to your doorstep, this design duo will show up at your house with an armful of variegated ivy and showy leucadendron and whip up wholly unique window box and urn arrangements that will last the entire season--even in the dead of winter. Each flowery creation is site-specific, of course, but Sassafras is known for its decadent designs, which in the spring and summer could include gigantic French pussy willows or specially created topiaries. Sassafras also creates arrangements for events and weddings, and will adorn even the dimmest of yards with inspired landscaping that's sure to make the Joneses jealous. And when the season permits, the Sarahs use flowers and branches from local organic growers. Did we mention they come to your house to do all of your flowerpots and landscaping? Finally, no more monthly do-overs.