As a HUGE fan of the LA Flower Mart, I was thrilled to learn about the Oakland Flower Market. Both BZ and I really enjoy having fresh flowers in the home, and because the LA Flower Mart is both affordable and special, I had high hopes.
Located in downtown Oakland (parking is available in the back or on the street) the market is a wholesale and retail floral company catering to both the general public and trade businesses. It's a one stop shop for all floral needs, providing a nice variety of flowers and greens, general supplies, vases, floral tools, ribbons, sticks, moss, etc.
Because it was smaller than I had imagined, I asked about it's history and learned that years ago, the flower market flourished and had multiple vendors, but sadly over time all but one vendor closed down. As a result it feels like a smaller and less impressive venue (especially compared to the LA or San Fransisco Flower Mart (which was kinda a bummer). Due to this small size, I found that the prices weren't that competitive (BOOO) so the convenience of having everything under one roof is really the only reason to go.
With that said, BZ was able to put together a beautifully simple arrangement (that continues to look healthy and vibrant) for much less than a florist (but not less than Trader Joe's or the Farmers Market).