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The Gilded Lily Florist Announces New Owner

SPRINGFIELD — The Gilded Lily Florist, a Sixteen Acres business for more than 30 years, announced a new owner, Springfield resident Brian Grisel.

Grisel began working in a flower shop during his teens and is currently a floral designer with more than three decades of experience. Having attended the University of Connecticut where he obtained a degree in horticulture and business management, he aims to bring a sense of style and sophistication to floral arrangements and has previously worked with florists in Farmington and West Hartford, Conn.; Westerly/Watch Hill, R.I.; and, most recently, Springfield.

Previous clients include Katherine Hepburn, Andy Williams, Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King, Barbara Bush, Conan O’Brien, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolph Nureyev, Lee Radziwill (sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis), the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild, Princess Maria Trubetskaya, Princess Irina Bagration, Countess Sophia Cheremteff, the Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza, as well as several previous governors of Connecticut and other local politicians and corporate heads.

Regarding his floral style, Griesel said he is most influenced by the European Garden style but also displays contemporary, Japanese influences. “Our motto at the Gilded Lily is affordable elegance. We strive for unique design and great value in our floral arrangements,” he added. “The Gilded Lily uses Pioneer Valley-grown flowers when possible and has sourced with local farmers, which also give our arrangements a very unique look.”

The Gilded Lily is a full-service florist working with both fresh and silk floral arrangements and specializes in weddings, events, bar/bat mitzvahs, home decorating, and holiday decor. It serves the communities of Springfield, Wilbraham, Ludlow, Longmeadow, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Chicopee, Holyoke, West Springfield, Agawam, as well as Enfield and Somers, Conn.