What we like:

A selection that goes above and beyond everyday bouquet.

What they offer: This Newtown florist strives to offer blossoms that not only are hard to find in the flower department of local supermarkets, but amongst their head-to-head florist competition.

The vivid colors of celosia cristata, that has the visual texture of a human brain; the seemingly infinite petals in the round of a golden ranunculus; and the ruffled-shirt look of the long-lasting lisianthus are some of the flowers shop owner Cindy Flynn says are a cut above.

The shop offers everything from a single stem to a spray for the ages. Flynn buys from wholesalers around the world. She strives for a unusual look, buying leafy plants from Africa and Australia, including leucadendron. A wrapped bouquet starts at $25; and vased arrangements at $50.

Background: The flower shop has been at its current location for more than 40 years and was started by Newtown resident Honey Clark, Flynn said. Several owners later, Flynn began working at the shop, and in 2005, she purchased the business.

Flynn's family helps out in the shop and each member of the staff has a specialty. Tara Stemborski's is table arrangements; Marta Anderson, corsages; Flynn's is bridal; and Christine Edmonds supplies the record player that provides the music for the shop's cozy ambience.

Where: 101 N. State St., Newtown. 215-968-2420

Hours: Monday by appointment "or by chance" because Flynn says she is often in the shop; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday.

- Kristin E. Holmes