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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Nouveau Fleur Closes Its Doors

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Today was the last day for Nouveau Fleur's location at 500 H Street. The building recently sold and the new owners raised the rent. I'm told they will still do orders over the phone while they shop new locations. Here's their number: 202-543-8616.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

They were great. Sad. I am sure the new owners will think they can open some type of new bar or joint and do well. I bet it will stay empty for a year.

Laura said...

I'm really sad about this. Nouveau Fleur did flowers and a wreath for my grandparents' gravesite at Arlington Cemetery several times, and she did a great job AND emailed photos. I have really enjoyed all of the flowers I got from there, and thought they were great quality as well. I hope she can find a place to open back up.

Anonymous said...

This was a great local business. I wish them well.

Anonymous said...

anyone know what's up with la granier? if i'm not mistaken, I think it just got a fresh coat of paint on the outside. wasn't it supposed to open in july?

Dannielle Hawk said...

So sad...I just raved about the floral designs last night! Hopefully, she can find a new home near H Street.

Nate said...

Damnation. I love Nouveau Fleur... she always made the best bouquets for me, and was a pleasure to talk to every time I came in. AND I have a vase of hers that she let me borrow last time that I need to return. Thanks for posting the number - hopefully she can find a way to continue exchanging flowers for money long into the future.

Anonymous said...

Loved this shop. Debbie is an excellent designer. What a loss.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to hear. Debbie did the flowers for my wedding (which were fabulous) and she's such a delightful person. I'm glad she'll be continuing with orders and like other commenters, here's hoping she can find another location for her business.

Anonymous said...

This is the kind of business that I would hope the new Union Market could attract as a neighbor. Assuming the cost per square foot is lower, she could branch out into a full-on garden store (like the one that used to be on 14th, but was turned into, of course, a bar).

Anonymous said...

It's like people don't do anything but eat and drink in this city.

Anonymous said...

i lived across the street from this place on 5th street....i loved having a beer on the patio and admiring their flowers and landscaping. superb. hope they can find a place in the area to stay - maybe union market???

also - anyone know what is going up on the 300 block of H across from the giant? something has been quickly built and they actually built the top floors before working on the bottom floor.

Jeff said...

What a shame! This is the only store I trusted to provide quality flowers for my wife. Debbie is very kind and always greeted me with a smile. I hope she finds a new space in the neighborhood soon. I love the improvements being made to H Street, but this is a serious loss for our community.

Anonymous said...

Debbie is temporarily renting space in Eckington until she finds a new location but the business name, website, phone and email will remain the same she tells me.

Anonymous said...

I liked this shop too. I probably went there about 5 times. Unfortunately, 3 of those times were on a Sunday, so they were closed. I think after a while I just kind of forgot about them.

Anonymous said...

Maybe she couldn’t pay the rent because she didn’t have enough customers willing to put up with her erratic hours.
If you post business hours on the door, you have to be open during those hours. On time. Every day. I went once and it was closed during “business hours”. The second time, also closed during “business hours”. I didn’t go back a third time. Many of my friends reported the same thing.
Debbie is one of the most talented floral designers in town and this business should have been a blow out success on H Street. But not with the lack of attention to running the business.

Several other business on H Street should take heed. If you are serious about running a business, we expect you to be reliable.
Or you will fail.

Anonymous said...

Nothing wrong with the rent going up! Gentrify me baby!!!!

Papa Zulu said...

Debbie is an amazing florist and an amazing person. It sucks to see another small business squeezed out due to rising rent. I hear she plans to launch a website soon and that Nouveau Fleur will continue to live on. I plan to continue to use her especially since I have yet to find another florist that comes close.