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Best Flower Bar Miami 2008 - Flower Bar

Flower Bar

Flower Bar

9612 NE Second Ave.

Miami, FL 33138

305-759-2217

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The term florist just doesn't cover this gem, which moved to its current location in time to be covered by construction dust from Miami Shores' downtown renovation. Not only does Flower Bar deliver some of the most stunning arrangements you'll ever see, but also it's an art gallery. And a tearoom. Plus, you'll be able to buy gourmet sweets there pretty soon. Finally, don't forget the greeting cards and fragrances. Started as an art gallery in a seedier neighborhood by a guy named Alex Rodriguez (not the baseball player, you ninny), it moved to its latest spot last fall. The place has garnered some of the classiest jobs in South Beach, providing flowers for the Tides hotel and Table 8 restaurant. Our favorite service is the flower cantina: For $125 a month ($275 for three months), you get a small but hugely creative floral delight. Or if you want to show your lady you really love her, try an orchid a month for three months at $160. And everything is delivered right to your doorstep, so you don't have to drive through the Shores' improvement mess. "That's the way Miami is," says 74-year-old part-time employee Donald Englert. "There will always be construction."
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Guest
Guest

WOW!! so im not the only one that got ripped off by this scum bag? this dickhead gave me the keys to his cart and hired me to work there...by work i mean (RUN HIS 2 KIOSKS ALONE AND WITH ABSOLUTELY NO TRAINING OR INFO ON WHAT TO DO) after i worked my ass of like a slave and told him i wont be returning he pretty much told me that he wont pay me for the days work...hes a fucking piece of shit and deserves whats coming to him...i hope he loses everything and ends up on the street

ALEX IS A BITCH
ALEX IS A BITCH

THE OWNER ALEX.RODRIGUEZ IS AN IDIOT AND DOES NOT KNOW.HOW TO HANDLE HIS BUSINESS HE'S IN DEBT BECAUSE HE'S BROKE HE'S A NO LIFE GUY WHO LOVES PICKING ON PEOPLE HE'S A PUNK ALL THOSE BAD COMMENTS.ARE TRUE HE'S EVERYTHING THOSE PEOPLE SAY.HE IS , DISABLED BASTARD.

Gopan
Gopan

Well I have to say I must retract all the great things said about Alex Rodrigues and flower bar. The guy is a major scam artist and crook, A severe pathological liar who doesnt pay his employees and gets away with it. he owes me thousands of dollars over many months back wages all under the lying words that i was more than an employee but his new best friend, yeah right!!! he has such a bad reputation for not paying his workers, his rent, his bills and his vendors. Always scheming ways to fool the public and sell them something, not a good person, Beware!!! Not only was I his head designer, but he gave not only me but his delivery person authority to write and sign checks for him, when he felt like giving me a piddly pay hea allowed me to write and sign my own check as well as another employees. When about a year passed and I was fed up waiting and waiting for my pay which escalated into the thousands I wrote myself a check and split it with a vendor who came in for his pay, that day I quit when Alex once again tried to slave me out for the miami shores street fair, Consecuently it was over, he threw a tantrum and even called the police on me and my roommate who came to help. We explained the incident and the officer just said go home and stay away from Mr. Rodrigues. I thought that was a chapter over, i recovered a mere 300dlrs of the thousands, close to 10thousand dlrs to be more accurate in the check I wrote myself. Adding insult to injury 3 months later this guy sent a detective to my house with charges of check theft and forgery!!! after all the money he stole from me. I was arrested and spent a night in jail, was released on pre-trial due to my excellent record. They appointed me an amazing lawyer whom I sat down with and he put together a file thick against Alex Rodrigues of all his wrongdoings, I had witnesses, former employees and clients testimonys on my behalf. As justice would have it my lawyer said if Alex shows up for the court date it will just open up a can of worms against him, and he was lucky he didnt show up. The judge immediately dropped the case.Things do happen good for good people, If anyone gets victimized by this guy be aware there is a new law passed in Miami-Dade for labor wage theft that does not allow in anyway this kind of abuse and victimizing by employers. I send a warning to everyone stay far away from this guy he is poison.

Danny
Danny

I love flower bar!!! its crazy to read all those untrue bad comments!!! its just not true what this group of conspirators wrote fueled by a former disgruntled employee. Alex is a great guy that I have seen go way out of his way to help others, This thanksgiving he threw a lovely event at the flower shop hosted by the legendary drag performer Adora. The event was to collect canned goods and food for the homeless and needy familys of Miami and Alex drove around thanksgiving day handing out the care packages to all the sadd, hungry homeless on the streets!!! He has a big heart and I am friends with his head designer Gopan who is a major flower artist and alex treats him as his own family. His other employee and sales clerk Don is a joy to be with, an older elegant and sophisticated gentelmen and very down to earth and adorable. Flower Bar is a gorgeous gem in Miami Shores with a really super amazing owner, Alex has an incredible eye for beauty and design and is a fun loving guy, he often has his employees over his house for dinners and I have been a guest. Flower Bar has a great flower design school which takes place on saturdays and is taught by Gopan whom teaches upscale flower design techniques and mixes it with good humor and laughs. Once you go to flower bar you will be hooked for sure.

jeff
jeff

I truly don't believe these negative comments. I know Alex and think he is an incredible person with a great vision. His designer is awesome and so creative with over-the-top designs.

FYI - I get all of my floral arrangements from here as well as gifts for the office and not once have I felt unwelcome, taken advantage of or short-changed. In fact, when I leave from there, the flowers make me happy all week.

If you don't believe me, stop by and check the place out yourself but beware, you may end up as another happy customer.

Josh
Josh

I'm a customer and I love my floral arrangements. The store is always so welcoming; the flowers so fresh, the designer is awesome and they have my business for all events. Thanks for the great service guys!

Gopan
Gopan

Furthermore in conclusion just step foot into Flower Bar and you find yourself in a chic, gorgeous, flower and decor boutique with cutting edge modern floral art, The crew is gracious, friendly and very talented, a reflexion of the amazing owner Alex Rodrigues. He is a great guy and has a fantastic eye for beuty, design, and decor. Anyone who paints a negative picture of him has got some mental issues. Alex will do anything to help his workers, is always there to talk with about anything job related or on a personal level. He has created a majical and enchanting space to work in and it shows in his employees dedication and creative talents. To see the real picture just drop by Flower Bar for a visit and a bouquet and you will love it!!!

Lucy
Lucy

Just received the most beautiful orchid arrangement from Flower Bar, as usual. These arrangements are always done with such class and last forever. They also have a selection like no other.

Gopan
Gopan

I am Alex Rodrigues head designer at flower bar and I am appauled and furious about all the horrible, evil minded, negative comments about his character. Since day one that I worked for him he treated me like family, took the food from his own plate to make sure I was eating, numerous lunches and working verey close with each other.Alex bent over backwards to find me an adorable new apartment walking distance from work, He always makes sure I have money in my pocket, He is a total joy to be with and work for and I have seen in my 20 yrs experience in the floral Industry a couple of flower shop owners as thiefs, criminals, and slave drivers, are all you people sure your not mixing him up with that super criminal scammer who owned the White Tulip Florist in Miami Beach??? now that shop was unreal and abusive!!! First and formost Alex has upheld my talent and been there for me in many many ways as more than a boss but a friend. I have a hunch that these negative comments about him is a conspiracy born from one of his former disgruntled employees whom I heard was a psycho...Flower Bar deserves the best of Miami award in every sense and Alex is one of the most amazing guys that has come into my life!!! shame on all of you bitter negative conspirators!!!

jim
jim

I love this store it a great place

George
George

I never, write comments but after having a very bad experience with the owner of this store, I went online to see if others have also shared similar experiences. Not to my surprise, there have been many. Alex Rodriguez, is a criminal. He never pays his bills. He is a pathologic liar. and he prays on peoples innocent nature. please think twice before doing any business with this store or with the owner. God knows, all about Alex and will deal with him in time. For the rest of us, just stay away

Emil
Emil

Hi my name is Emil and as some people who know me have already mentioned. The Flower Bar can appear to be whatever it appears to be just as a civilian iraqi woman could be greeting American soldiers right before she activates the bombs strapped to her beneath her clothing. I worked for half a year for the Flower Bar and I enjoyed it very much but the owner Alex Rodriguez was paying me below minimum wage against our salary agreement and against the law. When confronted about the money he owes me he fired me and told me to hand over the keys and get out of his store. I involved mediator who he tricked into telling me to go pick up my "last" check only to be kicked out with the threat of having the authorities called on me. I did nothing to deserve that kind of mistreatment. He took advantage of me as a first time worker. It was my first job. We agreed on a settlement in front of a judge which he did not honor, and 3 years later only tomorrow is he finally going to be confronted again in court and made to pay me the money I worked hard long hours for. I wont judge those who do business with such a criminal or snake - they don't know.. but those who do, I look shamefully on. Since this article I have boycotted the New Times - how dare you grant the title "Best" to such a person. Why don't you write a follow up article on that.

Loki
Loki

That may be, but the owner Alex Rodriguez is a thief and deprives his own employees of wages they work long and hard to earn. I believe any business with this company is doing business with dishonest petty criminals. Dont be fooled by the facade, there are more affordable and more talented florists in Miami to look for.

Lesther
Lesther

Alex is notorious for not paying up. Just ask his former employees

Tom
Tom

I normally don't complain about customers who don't pay their bills, but after seeing this company reported favorably, I have to make this comment. We have been supplying Flower Bar with flowers for several months and they have given us many bad checks and now have a very high unpaid balance. I recommend that nobody trust them.

Annie
Annie

This is an actual customer of mines. I have had a negative experience with this store. Balnace due from Jan. and still no payments. They do not respond to my phone calls or letters. Can't figure how a company with horrible reputation can be named "BEST OF THE BEST"

Roz
Roz

I have received flowers from the Flower bar and they are beautiful- different and they last a very long time. I get so many compliments from friends and visitors.

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