The Best Florist In Town: Readers' Choice

Who's got the best bouquets, planters and floral arrangements?

Local florists are there to witness many of life's milestones: a birth, a wedding or an anniversary; a passing or a promotion; an apology, a fancy dinner or prom.

With prom and graduation season upon us -- not to mention Mother's Day on May 13 -- we're thinking about the power of the flower. And did you know? This week is Administrative Professionals Week (formerly known as Professional Secretaries Week), a time to remind your secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists and other administrative support professionals that you can't do without them.

So this week's Readers' Choice focuses on florists. Beginning today -- Monday, April 23 and through 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, we'll be asking for your recommendations for who is the best florist in town -- the professionals who put together floral arrangements, planters and bouquets.

Give us your recommendation in the comments section below. With your help, we'll put together a list of nominees. Then look for our poll on Thursday, April 26 and vote! We'll select a winner at 5 p.m. Friday, April 27 and announce it in a story on Saturday, April 28.

In judging, we'll consider comments, poll votes and reviews in our complete directory of local businesses. Be sure to check out our contest rules in the PDF at right.

Katie Elwell April 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Fraccis - no question!
Carla Farone April 23, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Always loved Fraccis!
Mike V April 23, 2012 at 12:59 PM
I have gone to Havel's for years and they have the best arrangments.
T Me April 23, 2012 at 01:01 PM
J.D. Ballantine always does an incredible job!!
Mentor Mom April 23, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Bleil's Secret Garden has made many beautiful arrangements for us. Great place!
Shauna April 23, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Susan Daniels April 23, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Weidig's in Chardon.
Lee April 23, 2012 at 03:17 PM
HAVEL's !!! Reasonably priced. Always fresh flowers. I have purchased arrangements from them that have lasted two weeks or more.
patti and teak April 23, 2012 at 10:45 PM
J.D Ballantines....is the best I have been a Realtor in Mentor for over 36 years and Kevin the owner is an expert in exotic's. Everytime I send a client an arraigment from him their jaws drop......
patti and teak April 23, 2012 at 10:46 PM
We are voting in Mentor Not Chardon.......
patti and teak April 23, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Havel's...isnt that in Painesville....WE ARE VOTING HERE IN MENTOR PEOPLE!!
patti and teak April 23, 2012 at 10:49 PM
That's in Painesville Twp.....NOT MENTOR
patti and teak April 23, 2012 at 10:51 PM
When Nancy Bliel owned it ....IT WAS A GREAT PLACE.....I took my kids in there when they were young and well behaved...the owner yelled at me for bringing children into their shop......NEVER went back!!
M burger April 24, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Kevin and his staff at JD Ballantine are the best ever! Creative as well to stay in your budget!!!
kim April 24, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Havel's for sure! And, for the record, they are in Mentor.


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