Best Of 2019

Best Quick Succulent Stop: Gia and the Blooms

Yuliya Bui opened Gia and the Blooms — named after her rescue pit bull Gia — in Over-the-Rhine in 2016. She and her team have a passion for organic floral design; the shop specializes in both building and delivering bouquets (burlap-wrapped daily seasonal selections start at $35) and doing flowers for weddings and events, but they also carry a hearty selection of houseplants in their small, urban storefront. The counters and other surfaces, including whitewashed brick walls, are covered in ferns, fiddle leaf figs, ivy, air plants and tons of succulents. And if you happen to be a brown thumb who wishes they were a green thumb, it’s a perfect quick pit stop to pick up a new Hen and Chicks or two if you’ve happened to kill off your other ones. Little potted plants can go for as low as $5 and selections are abundant: String of Pearls, Donkey’s Tail, jade, cacti and aloe — the names are almost as fun to say as it is being caught in the cycling of constantly buying and killing low-care greenery. And if you want advice (for the first or 30th time) for how to keep your new plant buddy alive, the team at Gia will gladly provide expert care instructions before you bring home your new acquisition. Gia and the Blooms, 114 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine,