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The Empty Vase

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Time Out says

It’s hard to miss the exterior of this LA institution—it’s covered with massive topiaries of every variety. Inside, the possibilities are endless with the exceptional selection of fresh flowers and the experienced staff’s know-how, garnered from years of crafting spectacular florals for just about everyone in town. Owner Saeed Babaeen started Empty Vase in 1988, and it’s his background in architecture that sets the tone for the company’s aesthetic—bold, luxurious and contemporary. They only do show-stopping here as evidenced by their unparalleled selection of incredibly diverse flowers, exotic plants and hard-to-find seasonal blooms. For those swinging by the West Hollywood destination for a bouquet for others—the store’s lovely selection of gifts, lighting and other home décor items might just mean you’ll be taking something else home for yourself.

The Empty Vase says
The Empty Vase first opened its doors in 1988 in West Hollywood. When we first opened, it was a very simple and straightforward storefront with a flower market style set-up inspired by the flower markets of Paris. Since then, the Empty Vase has expanded to include a luxury home décor boutique, floral sculpture and topiary specialists, and has gained a reputation as one of the most highly recognized high-end special events floral boutiques in Los Angeles. From carefully crafted classic rose arrangements to an octopus made of flowers hanging from the ceiling of a ballroom, we do it all.

At any given day at the Empty Vase, there are metalworkers welding custom frames for larger-than-life topiaries, event coordinators dreaming up special events out of a fantasy novel, designers teaching clients the basics of how to create their own arrangements, and sales staff helping customers browse our bloom bar to curate their own personalized bouquets. There are a lot of moving pieces at Empty Vase, and the energy and passion for the floral arts is palpable upon stepping onto our large corner property. The transformation of Empty Vase from a simple flower-market storefront to a creative artists’ studio with a life of its own has created a culture here based on attention to high quality design and emphasis on the value of personal relationships. Empty Vase is not just another florist – we are a lifestyle.

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By: Alexis Johnson



Address: 9033 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 8am-6pm; Sun 9am-5pm
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