Steven Dyne of Flowers for Dreams offers a bouquet to Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Second Ward Alderman Peter Braithwaite on Jan. 23.RoundTable photo

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Anyone who orders a flower arrangement from Flowers for Dreams is sending two gifts: one to the lucky recipient of a beautiful bouquet and another to a Chicago Public School student in need of school supplies.

Steven Dyne, who operates the business at 2000 Greenleaf St., said
for each arrangement ordered the company will donate one backpack. Just before school starts in the fall, the backpacks are outfitted with school supplies by Supplies for Dreams, the not-for-profit arm of Flowers for Dreams, he said.

Flowers for Dreams uses demand inventory, said Mr. Dyne – keeping nothing on hand and placing orders for flowers only when orders have been placed with them. Doing this not only saves the customer money, he said, but also provides fresher and longer-lasting flowers. 

“Our flowers are sourced organically and sustainably,” Mr. Dyne added. 

Second Ward alderman Peter Braithwaite said, “We’re happy to welcome you to Evanston and to the West End Business Association.”

Representatives of several of those businesses attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Flowers for Dreams on Jan. 23. Barbara Schwarz of Nature’s Perspective, which owns the building and has its offices there, said, “It’s great to have them here; Evanston is a great place for them.”

“A socially conscious florist should be in Evanston,” said Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl. “What took you so long?” She added, “Welcome to town. We’re glad you’re here.”