Anyone using Avenue Flowers?
I've been on several florist appointments ( AW, Petals, Santos, and Avenue). Out of the all of them I liked AW the best but a bride was already booked for my day when I called to book. Anyway my second favorite was Avenue Flowers in Elizabeth for the price and the creative vision I was able to imagine in my meeting. But I was a little turned off at my appointment. First I showed him(Nathan) a picture of mason jars lining the aisles of the ceremony space, but I said that since my ceremony space has cobblestone floors glass isn't a good idea so I told him I wanted tin buckets since my venue used to be a dairy farm (Perona Farms). I thought that would be cute and it was actually a suggestion from another florist (Petals) that works there often, but the guy laughed at me, like I was coming up with crazy whimsical ideas. And then he answered the phone during our meeting (I understand that he might have had to do that if no one was around) but he answered it on speaker phone and told the person that was checking on an order (it wasn't a customer, it was a company that uses them for local flowers like Teleflorist) and he was super rude to them saying that he isn't a 5 year old child and they don't need to check up on him and then hung up on them. Also his mother was working in the vicinity and she was asking him questions and he was really rude to her too. I want to go with him but this encounter irks me. I saw reviews on the North Jersey weebly and it describes the owner as a nice patient man, so maybe he was having a bad day? I want to give him benefit of the doubt and book him based on the price and creativity, but I'm worried that this decision might bite me down the road and cause me extra stress if I'm dealing with a vendor that's rude to me. What do you guys think? Is anyone using this florist and had a great experience so I can ease my nerves?