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RF florist to take a 'modern approach'
Peter Kingston has always wanted to work for himself, and he's always wanted to open a flower shop.

"I actually get to pursue my dream," Kingston said of Tulipia Floral Design, his flower shop that opened at 7617 W. Lake St. in River Forest last weekend.

Kingston, an Oak Parker the past 22 years, searched for about a year for the "absolute correct and ideal location" for a shop. He chose the space for all of the foot traffic generated by a church, hair salon, dry cleaners and kids' gym?#34;all nearby.

"It's just a real friendly block that we're on," he said.

He has been a floral designer the past seven years, and before and during that time he worked with men's clothier Hart Schaffner Marx.

At Tulipia he plans to take a "modern approach" to floral design, including more clustered-type arrangements and single-variety arrangements.

"There's no Baby's Breath in the shop," he said.

He and his partner, Ashley Kelly, did most of the work on the build-out of the space, including installing the new slate floor.

Tulipia will offer everyday flowers, full-service floral arranging for weddings, funerals and other events, and floral and plant glassware and pottery.

Biz districts go bagless for holidays
Downtown Oak Park reports in its most recent newsletter that it, like "several" business districts, "has asked the Village of Oak Park not to 'bag' our parking meters on weekends during the holiday season."

The explanation for going bagless is to keep the spaces open for new customers.

"We do not want the parking spaces occupied all day by people who then leave the DTOP area (which was happening last year)," the newsletter reads in part.

DTOP encourages customers to park in  garages nearby which are free on all weekends, and will be free all day on Dec. 23 and 24.

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