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A fresh name and they’re ready to grow: Flower to the People is (still) open for business

By Hannah Manning on September 18, 2020

What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;

Fear not, plant lovers— a staple in the ByWard Market isn’t gone. They’ve just undergone a name change. As of September 18, the shop at the corner of Dalhousie and St. Patrick will be known as Flower to the People. A fitting name, seeing as that’s what they’ve been bringing since the day they opened their doors back in April 2018.

Run by Krista Evans and Caity Paine, the flower shop has become a community hub offering up fresh hand-tied bouquets, interesting plants and pots, and a variety of workshops (that is, during non-COVID times). They have an interior wall devoted to local artists who can showcase their material and have featured everything from paintings to wall hangings.

To celebrate their new name, they’ve got a new sign and local artist @falldowng has doodled some foliage and flowers out front. Be sure to check it out the next time you’re nearby—they’re at 246 Dalhousie Street and offer curbside pickup and delivery Tuesday through Saturday. You can order online or visit them in person Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-3pm, but check their latest hours online at or on Instagram @FlowertothePeople613.

Here’s an excerpt of an interview with the duo that first appeared on the blog in 2018. The name has changed but their enthusiasm for bringing flowers to the people hasn’t.

Apt613: When did you open? How has it been since then?

We opened at the end of April of this year (2018). On our opening day we (like nervous teenagers) anxiously awaited the arrival of people for our Grand Opening Celebration. At 5 minutes to 5pm, we turned to each other and asked ourselves “what if no-one shows?!” When the clock struck 5pm… our little shop was jam packed and it stayed that way until 11pm when we were FINALLY able to close the door… We are thrilled and grateful and overwhelmed by the love and support we have found here on our little corner of Lowertown.

What made you decide on North Dal?

We didn’t decide on North Dal per se, we decided on the space. We fell in love with it halfway down the block on our first visit to come see it. It was early March and we had only tossed around the idea of opening a shop together. We found this listing online and we decided to go see it for fun. As we walked from the car to the corner of St. Patrick our excitement grew with every step… Before we even walked inside, we both just knew that this would be the place where our dreams would finally be realized.

What has your experience in the area been like?

Since opening, we have fallen in love with North Dal too. This is an incredibly warm and welcoming community. A proud community and they have so graciously invited us into their fold! We celebrate the loyalty of our new found client base every day, as well as thank all the clients who have followed us from our past and continue with us into our present and hopefully our future!

Is there anything else you want readers to know?

We are a full service flower shop! We always have a cooler full of really interesting fresh cut flowers. We do anything and everything to do with flowers, including delivery. We also have an abundance of house plants that are really interesting. Come by and see us!

Flower to the People is located at 246 Dalhousie Street. You can order online or visit them in person Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-3pm, but check their latest hours online at or on Instagram @FlowertothePeople613.