Sam Rao Florist

Sam Rao Florist has been at its original location for more than seven decades.

For Mother’s Day, customers can choose from a variety of floral arrangements – current owner Richard Bunce said they are usually his most popular item for the holiday. But that’s not all you can find in the shop.

“We also have an extensive line of giftware, artificial arrangements and artificial wreaths. We do everything seasonal,” said Bunce. “A lot of times, when people hear ‘flower shop,’ they think it’s just fresh flowers, but we offer quite a bit more.”

Location: 104 Myron Road, Syracuse.
More information:

1. Angel, $29.95
2. Artificial wreath, $24.95
3. Silk flower arrangement, $65

Syracuse Soapworks at Salt City Artisans

Syracuse Soapworks first began selling its products in 2003.

These days, it has its own gift shop in the Hawley-Green neighborhood, offering a line of liquid soaps, bar soaps, butters, lotions and lip balms – and everything is crafted by hand with natural ingredients. “There are no synthetic colors or fragrances in anything we make,” said Owner/Manager Rick Reina.

The shop also displays the work of 40-50 local artisans, with jewelry, ceramics, textiles, woodworking, glass, fine art and photos all available for purchase.

Location: 226 Hawley Ave., Syracuse.
More information:

1. Mommy-Baby Vase, $9
2. Earrings, Natural Creations by Nancy, $15
3. Syracuse Soapworks gift set, $19.99


Courtney Kless is the Editor in Chief of Family Times. Courtney is originally from Maryland. She earned her Master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism from Syracuse University. Courtney began her career as a sports journalist, then spent several years working in higher education, before joining the company in August 2019. She enjoys traveling, reading and hiking, and recently adopted a Labrador Retriever, Bailey.

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