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lower light, try a peace lily, ivy, vine or spider
plant. She also loves the crispy wave plant.
Don’t be afraid to get a fake plant, either.
Fiorentinos said studies show they can boost
moods as well as a real plant. As part of her
business working with corporate clients, she
often installs faux plant scapes in buildings.
Luludi offers sand art terrarium classes,
crystal terrarium classes, herb classes, kids’
classes, holiday classes and more. They
range from $40 to $75. She attracts all types
of people, such as women in bachelorette
parties — a group walked in as I was on my
way out — dates, men, women, families, Wall
Street workers who want to be creative and
unemployed people who need a mood
boost. She has taught terrarium classes for
companies for groups as large as 500.
Fiorentinos started Luludi in 2012 as a
cart in Roosevelt Field Mall, but after Hurricane
Sandy Hit, mall traffic plummeted.
She opened her store in Astoria seven years
ago. She got into the business because, after
working in the corporate media world,
she wanted to do something creative.
“I love people; I love plants,” she said. “I love
the combination of the two — to see how their
world starts and what it ends up with.”
When we all left, we had a living plant
world wrapped up in a box with care instructions
— and for me, the confidence to
bring plants into my home and the motivation
to keep them alive.
Photos: Danielle Brody/BORO
LULUDI LIVING ART
2307 24TH AVE., ASTORIA