Best Combined Business (2008)

The Bee & the Buttercup

While some East Village­ites still mourn the passing of Rescued Estates—a peculiar boîte that specialized in gourmet ice cream and preowned furniture—the cradle of gentrification still boasts a number of shops satisfying charmingly diverse consumer needs. There's a store on Avenue A where you can shop for gourmet goodies while your month's worth of laundry courses through its spin cycle, and we all owe our thanks to the entrepreneur who dreamed up the Two Boots pizza-and-video hybrid. But my vote for best goes to the Bee & the Buttercup. At this wicker-laden florist and confectionery, caramel-praline truffles rub shoulders with cream-colored roses, iced cakes idle with gerbera daisies. A decadent's dream.


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