Best Of 2005

Best Florist: Studio Flora

Best Florist
Three years ago Lori Cox was robbed at gunpoint coming out of her new Lafayette Square shop, Studio Flora, on the eve of its grand-opening bash. She threw the party anyway -- and the karma at her adorable floral outpost has been splendid ever since. Cox grew up identifying flowers before foods. Her grandparents were florists on "Flower Row" off Jefferson Avenue, and she worked at their shop fresh out of school before eventually taking it over. Then a midlife divorce left her penniless, and the shop shuttered. But it wasn't long before Cox's faithful customers found her at home, and she was soon back in the pretty business. Today Studio Flora does a brisk trade, supplying weddings, window decorations for area businesses and everything in between.

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