Flowers on Essex is making a move to Grand Street, taking over the space previously occupied by Isabella’s Oven. The shop has been located at 51 Essex Street for about 7 years. A short time ago the owner, Bill Frazer, told me he’s looking forward to expanding in a larger storefront, which comes with a fairly large backyard.
Frazer plans to set up a nursery in the back, stage occasional art shows and maybe even add a pumpkin patch for the kids before Halloween. A “soft opening” is anticipated in about three weeks, with a grand opening party in 7 or 8 weeks.
Meanwhile, the old location on Essex will be converted into a wine bar. It will be called Sweet Grapes. Look for an opening by mid-summer or early fall. Frazer also operates the Flowes Cafe on the corner of Essex and Grand.
Isabella’s, of course, met its demise in spectacular fashion in early 2009. For several months last year, Jesse Hartman fought unsuccessfully to open a new restaurant in the Isabella’s space.
The Grand Street storefront is owned by the Seward Park Co-op.