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A bright new source for flowers and plants has taken root on Greenwich Avenue. One of Boston’s oldest, most respected florists, winston flowers, is bringing in a breathtaking array of fresh blooms, with deliveries four times weekly from Holland, Italy and Asia, and a full-service design studio for event flowers and container gardening. “We love the energy down here,” says David Winston, who with brother Ted, runs the third-generation family business and notes the synergy between Greenwich and his hometown: “It’s amazing how many people have family here and in Boston.”
Inside the high-ceilinged store, seasonal flowers are arranged by color, including high-quality garden roses, Clooney ranunculus, and obscure varieties that you can’t buy elsewhere; the company’s long-term relationship with overseas growers and local farmers ensures top selection. Planning a special dinner party? There are six on-site designers who make house calls and will come up with arrangements to suit your décor. Winston also handles weddings and larger events; there’s a consultation area in back where you can watch images of floral décor from past galas and weddings on a flatscreen TV. Above the store there’s an expansive rooftop garden anchored with Sempre teak tables, Domani zinc planters, an Extremis firepit and other Belgian garden accessories, all of which can be ordered through Winston. This chic space that showcases the company’s talent for ‘scaping’ a patio is also available for alfresco parties. 382 Greenwich Avenue, 203-622-4222; winstonflowers.com.
Strike a Pose
Photograph by Tom Rosenthal
Many women in town credit yoga for their toned, flexible bodies. But Sonia Jones considers Ashtanga yoga, which she began practicing twelve years ago, “life changing in every aspect.” She says, “Taught correctly, traditional Ashtanga yoga helps with so many things—anxiety, stress, medical issues. I tell everyone I know, you have to try this.” Now it will be easier for Greenwich residents to learn the discipline because Jones, wife of financier Paul Tudor Jones, has opened a studio called jois yoga. Named for Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, who first taught the method, the local shala offers daily classes with teachers who were trained directly by members of the Jois family in Mysore, India. A classical form of yoga that involves movements, deep breathing and meditative gazing, Ashtanga is part of the fitness regimes of Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sting (who attended the opening party for Jois in Greenwich along with his wife, Trudi). The new location also showcases the Jois Yoga clothing collection; profits from apparel sales go to the K. P. Jois Foundation, which aims to bring Ashtanga yoga to children by making it a part of public school curriculum. All the more reason to feel good about visiting this place that Jones calls, “an oasis away from the stress and hustle and bustle of everyday life.” 8 Dayton Avenue, 203-340-9196; joisyoga.com