Address: 6283 Fremont Road, East Syracuse, NY
Phone: 315-656-2236 or 1-800-330-2236
Social Media: @whistlestop.florist (Facebook); @Syrweddings (Twitter)
I’ll start off this post by admitting that I rarely purchase flowers for the inside of our home. As a person with allergies who also loves flowers, I tend to purchase flowering plants for our yard instead, and I always buy flowering plants that aren’t too fragrant. However, I have found that flowers purchased from a high-quality florist tend to bother my allergies far less than the cheaper bouquets you can pick up at the grocery store. And they usually last longer.
Furthermore, I grew up and was married in New Jersey, so I haven’t yet had the opportunity to interview florists in Central New York for a wedding or other big event. As a result of my relative inexperience with local florists, this blog post required some additional research.
After visiting a few local florists, and after reading multiple Google and Facebook reviews, I narrowed it down to three florists, and visited each of them. Upon entering Whistlestop, I knew this was the florist I would feature first.
It’s called Whistlestop because of its proximity to the rail yards in East Syracuse, which may make it easier to find. The store is nestled into a beautiful old building just north of the bridge over the rail yards. Look for the sign below on Fremont Road to find the entrance to the parking lot.
The entire store is tastefully decorated and designed to make you feel right at home. The scent of flowers was pleasant and not at all overpowering for this sensitive girl. They carry a nice selection of gifts to accompany flowers, as well as lovely silk flowers and dried lavender.
Being a snowy January day, the lighting wasn’t ideal for a great picture even in a room with several sky lights, but I’d still like to show the picture below. This is one of Whistlestop’s indoor plant rooms with seating for reviewing flowers for events, such as weddings. So much care has clearly been put into the atmosphere of every room in the store. For me, that’s a sign that they have not just the technical know-how but also the artistic flair to make flowers really stand out.
Whistlestop has a personal touch that was clear from the first moment I walked in. The store clerk asked me if I needed help, and then gracefully allowed me to browse when I said I was just looking. And when I made my purchase, he thanked me by name, having looked at my credit card. It may seem like a small thing, but I take it as a sign that a store cares about my business when they make the effort to learn my name.
And if you are in the market for a wedding or other large event, I noticed that they have received high ratings from some well-known reviewers. Whistlestop has been awarded five stars from Wedding Wire’s Couples’ Choice Awards for several years running, including their awards for 2019. They have also been selected for The Knot’s Best of Weddings, and were a featured teleflora florist on The Knot in 2012.
The constant theme in all of Whistlestop’s online reviews is that this store cares about its customers. My experience only reinforced this feeling. Ordering online is extremely easy, and they deliver throughout the Central New York area, so even if Whistlestop isn’t close to home or work, purchasing flowers from them would be very convenient.