I cannot imagine a more beautiful way to end a day of walking a side street than stepping into a magnificent floral shop and engaging in a conversation with the lovely owner, Banchet Jagaila. This particular shop opened at the beginning of 2013. With the exception of some of her breathtaking orchids that come from Thailand, all of the flowers are flown in directly from the fields of Holland. Banchet described for me the colorful flowers that she remembered as a child growing up in Asia and the disappointment that she felt when she arrived in the States in the ’80′s only to find “carnations and mums.” She knew that there had to be more, and she promised herself then that someday she would change this. Springtime was her favorite season while living just outside of New York, as she loved the peonies and the cherry blossoms that would grow outside her apartment window each year. She believes that she was inspired by these soft pink colors and began making bouquets with them. Today, Banchet has two shops and adores planning events both in her space on 16th Street and anywhere else that she is beckoned.