(Hanna Schoenrock of Write Well Services) If you like flowers and all things beautiful, you will love Albertine Florals, Gifts, and Wine. Denver resident Judy Armstrong owns and operates Albertine in Denver, located in the Brothers Bagel Shopping Center on Highway 16. Albertine is not only a full-service florist with gorgeous designs for pick-up, delivery, weddings, home décor, and special events, but Judy has recently expanded to include a wine bar with regular tastings in addition to the whimsical gifts, jewelry, greeting cards, and gourmet foods.
Judy opened Albertine Florals and Gifts six years ago as a full-service florist with a shop-front full of fun gifts. Why a florist? “I had a shop and a Bed and Breakfast in Illinois for ten years and then moved here. I’ve always loved the floral business and felt it was where I should be,” Judy explained.
Simply walking into Albertine is an experience: the fanciful decorations, the exotic smells of flowers and gourmet foods, the interesting trinkets, and a friendly greeting are enough to make a person want to have a seat on a bar stool at the wine bar and stay awhile.
Along with the new wine bar (and the new shop name!), Albertine Florals, Gifts, and Wine is now offering custom gift baskets with same-day delivery. Included in the vast assortment of options for these baskets are wine, flavored vinegars, dips, dipping oils, Stonewall Kitchen Specialty Foods, stuffed olives, and Boar’s Head cheeses and salami.
Judy is also thrilled to announce that she plans to open Albertine in the evenings to provide a place for local entrepreneurs to have a venue to get exposure for their businesses. She also would love to host Girls’ Nights Out, Book Clubs, birthday celebrations, Couples’ Nights Out, or any reason to get together with friends over a glass of wine. She will provide the place, wine by the glass, gourmet snacks to taste, and a beautiful environment. She is excited to offer this opportunity, as it helps to keep her connected to the people around her. In her words, “I have great customers and this is a wonderful community!”
In an area where, sadly, many businesses come and go, Albertine has remained, which is a testament to Judy’s relationships with her customers, her willingness to change with the times, her fabulous offerings that never disappoint, and her top-rate customer service. In addition to all of the great things that Albertine has to offer, the local people who work there with Judy feel a camaraderie with the customers and with one another and really do love their jobs, which a customer senses immediately upon walking into the shop. A staff of employees who are invested in the business are an asset, and at Albertine’s, it shows.