Stems Brooklyn was founded in 2013 by Suzanna Cameron in the front of a tiny, darkly lit speakeasy bar and has since grown into the bright and beautiful warehouse style studio & retail shop it is today!
Stems is all about family, community values and working towards a more equitable and sustainable future in floristry. Taking care of Mother Earth is vital to ensuring a better future for tomorrow which is why we go above and beyond to practice the following eco conscious operations; sourcing local florals, recycling/upcycling, excluding floral foams, chemical dyes & bleach and composting our organic floral waste!
As a team we are always doing our best to support each other’s needs and take so much pride in what we do by holding ourselves accountable for each and every interaction and design. We are so grateful you continue choosing us to serve all of your flower needs!
Where do our flowers come from?
We source seasonally which means our flowers are coming from right here in New York City, to Vermont, California and as far as Europe. During the warmer months we prioritize local farms which means flowers coming to us by vehicle without having ever taken a trip on an airplane. When importing from outside the US we prioritize fair trade certified farms.
Our local farms grow without the use of pesticides. We have personal relationships with all of our local farmers! Sourcing a close to Stems as possible during the warmer months is our best practice.
What eco conscious facets are part of Stems?
Part of being eco conscious is about what we don’t use as much as what we do use. For us, we only carry naturally dried flowers for our dried flower selections. We never use chemically altered materials such as spray paint, harmful dyes or chemically laden bleached products.
Composting is part of our everyday life to ensure our carbon footprint is offset as much as possible by diverting organic waste from landfills.
Foam free! We use chicken wire or floral tape to ensure our flowers stay in their vases. Flower foam is a single use micro plastic that ends up in our oceans and can be harmful to those humans using it in flower shops.
Recycling any and all paper, rubber bands and up-cycling packing is also highly important to us. We are always looking to how we can avoid extra waste, part of why you won’t see ribbons on our designs and compostable twine instead!
Why shop Stems?
Our values support several mutual aid groups and non profits around our neighborhood by hosting a reoccurring event called Solidarity Sunday. To us, building a business that is inclusive and gives back to our community is of the upmost importance. We believe in equality for everyone!
At these events we donated our time, product and donate 50% of our shop sales to local organizations making a difference, some of our favorite groups are: Bushwick Ayuda Mutua, BK ROT, Educated Little Monsters and G_rebls
We support local artists by selling hand crafted retail goods in our shop with priority given to women owned, BIPOC owned and Bushwick artists that are part of our community. Equity matters.
Name: Suzanna Cameron
Hometown: Asheboro, NC
Favorite Flower: Pincushion Protea
Why do you work at Stems Brooklyn?: I started Stems Brooklyn in 2013 all by my lonesome, to have a team of likeminded individuals who help me on my journey is awe inspiring! I could never have imagined Stems would become what it has! I want to have the best flower business in Brooklyn!
What you do in your parallel universe: I am a mom, a free spirit, a risk taker, a scuba diver, a mountain climber, all the things! Being a mom to my son Ace!
“And a, and a wise man told me, man, like
Life is like a table
Full of like glasses of water
And your job is to keep ’em all full
You know what I’m sayin’
So everyone’s happy
At the same time, you gotta keep your pitcher full of water
So you could fill everybody else up”
Name: Julia Masotti
Hometown: Rockville Centre, NY
Favorite Flower: Cosmos
Why do you enjoy working at Stems Brooklyn?: To work somewhere so committed to sustainability and to the growth, joy, and health of all the people who come through its doors is a privilege. I started as an intern here, and I feel so grateful to have been able to learn and expand as a florist and as a person over the years.
What you do in your parallel universe: A farmhouse. A garden of flowers. The ocean. A sunroom for painting. A library of books.
Favorite quote: “When it’s over, I want to say: all my life/ I was a bride married to amazement./ I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.” -Mary Oliver
Name: Shannon Cowan
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Favorite Flower: Delphiniums
Why do you enjoy working at Stems Brooklyn?: I enjoy working here because it’s a space that encourages me to pursue my interests and empowers me as an artist.
What you do in your parallel universe: I live in an apiary filled with exotic birds and only eat fruit!
Favorite quote: “If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”
— Lewis Carroll
Name: April Massey
Hometown: South Lake Tahoe, CA
Favorite Flower: Ranunculus
Why do you enjoy working at Stems Brooklyn?: The flowers & people! Stems commitment to sustainability & taking an active role in the community is inspiring.
What you do in your parallel universe: In my parallel universe, I’m an actress *dramatic pause*.
Favorite sustainability tip: “Make Compost, Not Trash!” Check out makecompost.nyc for everything you need to know about composting in NYC!
Name: Katie Bershadsky
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Favorite Flower: Marigolds
Why do you enjoy working at Stems Brooklyn?: I get to spend my days surrounded by creative people that push me to grow and learn!
What you do in your parallel universe: Writing and directing horror movies
Favorite quote: Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative. – Johnny Mercer