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Readers Pick Arrow Florist as Best in Cranston

They started in 1963 and have been going strong ever since. Patch readers recongized Arrow Florist as the best florist in Cranston in this week's Readers' Choice poll.

"That's wonderful!"

Thos were the words of Joyce Pagliarini, founder of the business, when she heard that Patch readers overwhelmingly v in this week's Readers' Choice poll.

"I knew that when I joined Patch when you were first coming around it was the right thing to do," she said.

And according to readers of this site, getting your flowers from , which opened in 1963 and has been going strong ever since, is the right thing to do.

Business is much slower than it was about 10 years ago due to the bad economy and high unemployment. Flowers are often considered a luxury purchase and when families are cutting back, fresh cut flowers end up on the table less frequently.

But as a family-owned business, has held on and is still doing well because of a simple formula, Pagliarini said: "We don't change our ways. What we have to sell here is service first."

The current owner is Joyce's son, Don.

The shop ran away with 51 votes in our poll.

Coming in second was , with 18 votes.

"Twigs Florist is the best. The flowers are always fresh, and the staff is always friendly," said Reader Scott Grzych.

Lauren Bush cast her vote for the , which finished in third with six votes.

They "has the nicest staff around! They did my wedding flowers, and they were absolutely beautiful! They lasted for weeks!!" Bush said.

Also receiving votes was , , and . And don't forget — they got one vote.

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