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Violet Crush

Fleurish’s Nisha Kelen to open Orchidée, a boutique devoted to her most loved bloom

November 25, 2009


"I’ve had a crush on orchids ever since I can remember. They’re the one flower that keeps seducing me in a way that nothing else does."

That’s Nisha Kelen, the designer behind Fleurish, a floral studio known for gorgeous wedding and high-style event work. And she does love orchids, so much so that she’s branching out and opening a Capitol Hill boutique devoted to them.

Fleurish-Orchidée, opened in December across from La Spiga and adjacent to Barrio at the base of the Trace Lofts. And it dealsl exclusively in orchids. Exclusively.

I tried to think of another local boutique with such a tightly focused and unique niche… and I couldn’t. But Kelen doesn’t see it as all that extraordinary. In fact, she likens it to a wine shop. Instead of stopping somewhere to pick up a bottle of Syrah for a hostess gift, you can stop by Fleurish-Orchidée and pick up a couple of Canadian grown cut orchids, a glass vessel with river rock and floating blooms, or a small potted stem surrounded by reindeer moss.

Should you be in the market for something more extensive, Kelen is also bringing in artisan-crafted vases and pots and creating little worlds inside them.

Fleurish, the studio, will continue to operate as usual, which means that if you’re planning a wedding, you might consider calling on them to create uncommon bouquets and centerpieces. Kelen’s favorite bridal piece is actually an all-white arrangement of gardenias, but next to that, she loves – of course – an all-orchid arrangement of striped lady slipper orchids.

Coincidentally, the current of Seattle Met Bride & Groom, on stands in January, features six very striking single-bloom bouquets. I think I smell a trend in bloom.


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