Rose O’Berry has moved her A Special Rose Florist to the Shoppes at Amberly in Tampa Palms, where she offers fresh-cut flowers from all over the world for any occasion. (Photos: Charmaine George)

If you live in New Tampa or Wesley Chapel, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve visited my long-time friend Rose O’Berry at her A Special Rose Florist & Event Specialist on Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd., just south of Tampa Palms.

Well, after 18 years, New Tampa’s favorite flower shop has a new location — at the eastern end of the Shoppes at Amberly plaza in Tampa Palms, next to You Do The Dishes.

Rose says, “I’ve been working with flowers since I was 16 and it was always a dream of mine to open my own shop, so in 2003, I opened A Special Rose on Bruce B. Downs.” 

But, because Rose did so well in that location south of our New Tampa distribution area, she started talking to me several years ago about expanding her business to the north, and jumped at the chance to be able to be in a busier plaza to generate more walk-in traffic. 

“We bring in flowers from Ecuador, Holland and all over the world fresh every day,” she says, “so we can provide whatever types of flowers you want, from a nice variety of roses, hydrangeas and lilies to tulips and even seasonal flowers.”

A Special Rose also can put together custom-designed gourmet baskets, with hand-dipped chocolates, fresh fruit and other delicacies, plus flowers, plants, plush toys, balloons and other unique items.

When you walk into A Special Rose, Rose, floral designer Erica Daniell or another employee will ask you if you want the flowers you choose wrapped or in a vase, “and we work with them to determine if they have a favorite flower or flowers, and if they want a certain color scheme.”

In addition to weddings, Rose says A Special Rose also does flowers for a lot of corporate events, Christmas parties, memorial services, sweet 16s, quincañeras, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and will deliver what you need when you need it, “all over Tampa Bay. We also can do nationwide delivery, where we work with other (flower) shops in other states.”

As for what sets A Special Rose apart from other florists (don’t even talk to her about flowers from the local grocery stores), Rose says it’s, “Our experience. I have been working with flowers since I was 16 and have trained Erica since she was 16, so you always get your choice of the freshest flowers arranged the way you want them. We also bring in fresh flowers every day, whereas some shops only get theirs once a week.”

And, A Special Rose always has great specials on flowers, so please call the store or visit ASpecialRoseFlorist.com for this month’s specials.

A Special Rose Florist & Event Specialist is now located at 15353 Amberly Dr. in Tampa Palms. For more information, call (813) 979-9453 or check out our “Lo & Ro On The Go” video on our “Neighborhood News” Facebook page.

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