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COVER STORY | Floral Extraordinaire Ari Wise Shares On Her Love for Local Markets & Summer Favorites



FIND OUT WHAT THIS FLOWERPRENEUR'S LOCAL SUMMER FAVORITES ARE

DOWNERS GROVE/WHEATON–Don't forget to stop and smell the roses is of course the phrase that inspires Ari daily as she is the owner of Ari’s Flowers which is known for always having fresh and beautiful flowers at various farmer's markets on Saturdays; such as The Wheaton French Market, the Downers Grove Farmers Market, and also at the Park Ridge Farmers Market.


She is energetic, hardworking, and finds true joy in spending time with her family, and delights in the happiness her flowers bring to her customers that have become true friends.


“I've known some of our customers’ babies since before they were born through watching them go off to college or get married,” Ari says. “Flowers truly mean joy to me and that makes my job very rewarding. Every weekend, I look forward to seeing many of the same faces, the smiles and the joy the flowers bring.”



She cherishes spending quality time with her boyfriend, and two sons (21 and 22), and looks forward to building summer memories.


ARI'S SUMMER TO-DO LIST


1. Attend Arbor Evenings at the Morton Arboretum

2. Enjoy a getaway to South Haven, Michigan

3. See Teatro ZinZanni; a Cabaret-Style performance

4. Dine in the tents on Hale Street in Downtown Wheaton and

go to The Ivy and Choun's Thai Restaurant, and Altiro Latin Fusion

5. Go to The Cellar Door in Downtown Downers Grove and try Bar Chido

6. Looking forward to spending quality time with extended family

7. Working on a new planting area in front of our house and also looking to have the exterior bricks stained.

8. Excited to attend Rib Fest which is moving to Wheaton this summer.

10. Downers Grove Concert Series in Fishel Park