Flowers — as gifts or home decor — can add beauty and magic to our lives, but they often disappoint us within a week or two when they inevitably die. And none of us need more disappointment in 2020. Iruda Atelier, a Griffintown flower shop run by florist Iruda Kim, solves that problem by making bouquets out of "premium dried flowers," which are designed to last up to 24 months.
What's even more impressive is that Kim offers the option of putting the dried flowers in bubbles, which are unlike anything typically seen in Canada.
They're giving us major fairy-tale vibes. Remember Belle's enchanted glass-encased rose in Beauty and the Beast? Yeah. That.
Plus, you can also carry around them with you since the bubbles are more durable than typical balloons.
Basically, this is what would happen if a balloon and a bouquet of flowers had a baby. And wouldn't that be the ultimate present or decoration?
To celebrate its new location in the Old Port of Montreal, One Babo is serving up $2 bubble teas all day Saturday starting at 12 p.m., as long as you follow its Instagram page. The first 50 people will actually get their boba totally free.
One Babo, formerly called One More Thé, has another location on Chemin Queen Mary in Côte-des-Neiges. This is its second time opening in the Old Port after the previous location had to close last year due to COVID-19.
"This year, we were lucky to be able to open once more in our favourite place in Montreal, but in a different spot," said Karen Chen, One Babo's external coordinator.
Chen described One Babo as an international expansion of a Taiwanese boba chain.
"We specialize in authentic Taiwanese boba drinks with an innovative twist, with unique flavours and toppings for everybody to enjoy," Chen said.
Here's what you can expect to find on the menu on July 3:
Classic One Babo Milk Tea
Jasmine Tea Jelly Lemonade
Black Iced Tea with Boba
Violet Crystal (Yakult®)
Grapefruit Green Tea
Pouchong Rice Honey Tea with Boba
The drinks will be served in "regular fat cups," according to Chen, and they will all include a topping!
$2 Bubble Tea at One Babo
When: Saturday, July 3, from noon to 9 p.m.
Address: One Babo (previously known as One More Thé), 3, rue de la Commune O., Old Port of Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Taiwanese bubble tea in fat cups for $2 or possibly even free — this is a boba lover's dream.
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In its Instagram post, the shop said Frank & Oak "[continued] to promote this shirt on [its] Instagram page even after we had expressed our disagreement."
The family-run flower shop is a beloved Mile End spot with its signature colourful storefront and iconic owner, Tamey.
"Larger businesses that use small local businesses, like ours, to further their own agendas while ignoring the wishes of communities is not something we choose to align ourselves with," the Instagram post continued.
Dragon Flowers said it was "this lack of respect for our voice and space" that led it to write to its followers on Instagram.