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Sweets After V-Day!
Tuesday February 18th 2014, 5:55 pm
Filed under: Floral,Produce,Specialty Candy

If you need a little something to help you come down from your Valentine’s Day sugar-rush, we have two great ideas for you: Compartes Chocolatier and Heirloom Navel Oranges.

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Well, this one won’t really help you come down as much as it will keep you flying, but if you’re still in the mood for chocolate, you’ll fall in love with Compartes Chocolatier. Compartes’ chocolates have been handmade in Los Angeles, California since 1950. These artisanal confections are made with only the freshest ingredients and never include any artificial flavors or preservatives.  From single-origin South America cacao to fresh fruits from the Los Angeles Farmers Markets, Compartes sources the best ingredients to create amazingly rich flavors.  From their gooey and decadent caramels, to the best praline nuts and uber-sophisticated chocolate bars, Compartes will not disappoint.  Their chic packaging further elevates the whole chocolate experience, giving you eye candy to go along with their sophisticated, sensual flavors.  Stop in our Ann Arbor or Old Town Chicago stores and have a taste for yourself!

If you’re looking for something sweet, but want to switch to something healthier, you can’t go wrong with this old fashioned flavor-bomb: the heirloom navel. “The heirloom,” as we call it, is the same fruit that got California’s citrus industry booming.  It’s the original or “old line” Washington Navel. Over the years, the citrus industry bred the navel orange to produce more fruit, easier, and faster, but without considering flavor. What’s left is a watered down, uninteresting piece of fruit. It’s no surprise, on the other hand, that heirloom oranges maintain their original punch: the word heirloom means something passed down from generation to generation. In this case, it’s the bright flavors. Heirloom navels are grown using certain farming practices in which growers give special attention to the soil, just like they did when navels were first brought from Brazil to America in the 1800s. The secret is to use only the best sour root stock, but this practice isn’t commonly used anymore because the trees don’t produce fruit as heavily or as quickly as the newer root stocks. Doing things the right way is what gives these heirlooms their amazing taste.

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Find the Perfect Gift for Your Valentine
Tuesday January 28th 2014, 7:31 pm
Filed under: Floral,Mad Picks | Wine, Beer, & Spirits,Specialty Candy


The go-to gifts for Valentine’s Day are chocolate, wine, and flowers. But what kind of chocolate? Which wine should you pick up? Flowers? What?! Don’t get caught waiting until the last minute and having to get chocolates from the corner pharmacy! Tell us a bit about your Valentine and we’ll tell you exactly what to pick up on February 14th. Find a Plum Market location near you.

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Once you know your Valentine’s style, use our guide below to find the perfect Valentine’s Day package:

Sweet&Sophisticated

Sweet & Sophisticated
Go with the Vosges Volupte Pink Heart Bon Bons, a bottle of Moet & Chandon Rosé Brut Impérial, and a dozen pink roses.

 

Classy&Refined

Classy & Refined
Go with the classic See’s Candies Red Heart, a bottle of 2010 Allegrini & Renacer Enamore, and you won’t go wrong with a bouquet of traditional red roses.

 

Glamorous&Irresistible

Glamorous & Irresistible
Your Valentine will devour the Godiva Chocolatier Gold Ballotin with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. Design your own bouquet by selecting an assortment of exotic blooms, picked just for her.

 

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Exquisite Stationary
Wednesday September 05th 2012, 4:28 pm
Filed under: Floral,Specialty Candy

We’re thrilled to announce a local partnership with Lisa Samartino Designs.  Lisa creates award-winning, exquisite stationary, and she has been working with Plum Market to launch a new card line.  It is now available in all stores (stop by the Floral department) so you can top off that perfect gift with a modern or vintage-inspired card that has been creatively designed by our friend, Lisa Samartino. Check out Lisa’s Pinterest page to see what inspires her design: Lisa Samartino Pinterest

We have a fabulous selection of cards for every occasion. Have fun trying to decide:

 

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Invite Spring in with Tulips
Wednesday February 22nd 2012, 8:09 am
Filed under: Floral

What better way to invite Spring into your home than with a beautiful, fresh bunch of tulips from Plum Market?


Many people don’t know tulips are one of the few flowers that continue to grow after they are cut.  They may grow straight up, or they may swoop and bend gracefully in many directions.  They may even follow the sun throughout the day!  It is always exciting to see what shape your tulips will take and how it will transform your arrangement.

Unleash your inner florist with a bunch of tulips from Plum Market—choose one color or buy a couple bunches for a beautiful array of colors.  One bunch is available for only $6.99!



Bring Tropical Home
Thursday January 12th 2012, 11:06 pm
Filed under: Floral

You can find Tillandsia plants in our Ann Arbor store’s Floral Department.  They’re easy to grow since they require no soil (water and nutrition is taken in through the leaves) and the roots or for anchoring the plant:

Tillandsias are a part of the pineapple family (bromeliads) and are native to Latin America.  When the Tillandsia blooms it will produce off-shoots from the base of the plant which you can leave connected or divide.

Easy care instructions:  Bright light, but filtered.  Grow 6′ from a bright window or outside under a tree or patio cover.  No direct sun in summer, late spring or early fall.  Thoroughly wet your Tillandsia 2-3 times per week; more often when it’s hot and dry, less often when it’s cool and humid.  Temperature should be 45-95F.  Fertilize monthly during spring, summer, and fall using any high quality fertilizer at 1/4 the recommended strength.

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Even Prettier in Person
Wednesday July 27th 2011, 11:12 pm
Filed under: Floral

We’ve recently started working with our growers to hand select classic and exotic stems and combine them into stunning arrangements. See the Dutch Delight and Willow Bird bouquets below.

We’re taking the work off your plate so all you have to do is grab a bouquet, pop it in a vase, and display your fresh cut blooms on the table.  Selections will vary by color, size, and style so you can switch up your festive display depending on your mood or decor.

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Roses Are Red (and Yellow, and Pink…)
Wednesday July 20th 2011, 10:00 am
Filed under: Floral

We’re really excited about our Ecuadorian roses we’re getting from a new grower, so we’re sharing our excitement with you, along with some rose care tips, so you can share these buds with a loved one.

The roses are delivered 4 days a week to every store so they’re always fresh and bloom beautifully in your home.   When you get them home remember to keep them in a cool area, change the water and trim the stems daily to keep your roses velvety and vibrant.  Remember: don’t use scissors to cut the stems!  Our floral expert recommends you grab a sharp knife and cut on an angle.

*From 7.20.11-8.2.11 you can get a dozen medium stem roses for $7.99 (regular $10.99)



Exotic Blooms
Saturday August 07th 2010, 9:37 am
Filed under: Floral

Surely, you’ve walked by our floral department and stopped to smell the lilies or hyacinth, or perhaps just stopped to admire all of the exotic colors and textures.  When it comes to choosing a floral arrangement either for yourself or that special someone, you should know a few things about our floral department.

We operate more like a florist than a traditional grocery store because we have more than packaged bouquets.  We have a single stem and leaf program so you can personalize your own arrangement.  If you just want one Gerbera Daisy to stick in the vase of your VW Beetle, you can do that, too.

We receive daily deliveries of the best Ecuadorian roses so you know they are of the absolute freshest blooms you can find and will last for days. During the summer, we work with local growers bringing you many Michigan grown flowers and plants to choose from.

Some of our favorites are: 

Monstera leaves

Bird of Paradise

 

Proteas

 

Dendrobium Orchid