My only real problem with the place is that they carry pet fish - betta splendens, otherwise known as siamese fighting fish - in small, plastic cups. This is sad. As a pet owner, I don't like to see the fish stocked in this way. It's not a nice way for them to live. Furthermore, the practice of selling bettas in floral/plant arrangements (which was a fad a few years back) is problematic. Florists will tell you that these little guys will just eat the roots and stems sitting in the plant water (and they will) and need no other care, but this is both untrue and fairly cruel. They are carnivorous fish and need protein and real attention to be healthy. That said, sometimes I want to buy a betta as a gift and it's nice to know that Spadina Flowers has them. (And it's also nice to feel like I'm making a rescue of sorts.)
But back to the flowers: as I said, they're okay, and this is one of the few places to get them in the neighbourhood. On Valentine's Day, it was funny to see every second man carrying arrangements in the same wrapping. They'll make bouquets in any style you like, and if you want foil balloons and the like to go along with your flora, they'll oblige.
My advice is this: pop in if you need a hostess gift or something, but don't hold fast to your preconceived ideas of what you want. You'll probably find something you like, but it might not be what you envisioned in the first place.
It's a good option, but not a flower-lover's dream.
360 Bloor Street W
Toronto, ON M5S 1X1
*Photo by Kay Pat from Stock Xchng.