Baker’s Baskets Bringing encouragement through smiles (and flowers)


It's a simple question really. "Do you know someone who could use a smile today?" The truth is that almost everyone knows someone who could use a smile, a little cheering up and a gesture of caring when life gets painful. This simple and yet profound question is the same question that weighs on the mind of Lisa Baker every day when she wakes up and every day when she goes to work at her cozy shop, Baker's Baskets. Lisa opened Baker's Baskets in 2010 following the death of her cherished son, Evan, to pay homage to his life of kindness, selflessness and generosity. Baker's Baskets was a way for Lisa to honor her son's name and to preserve his legacy of goodness by encouraging people to think of others, especially those in need.

Baker's Baskets is a visually beautiful shop of fresh flowers and unique and timeless gifts, located across the street from Mickey Stevens Complex. Along with fragrant blooms, every nook and cranny is filled with such delights as Yankee candles, treats, keepsakes, cards and any number of treasures that, when combined, create thoughtful baskets of goodwill and love.

When Lisa first opened Baker's Basket's, she felt strongly about implementing a program of "random acts of kindness" wherein unsuspecting people would receive an anonymously sent, surprise flower arrangement. Lisa knew this would be a special way to bring the memory of her son to complete strangers, many of whom were struggling through difficult times themselves. This inspired idea, known as "Evan's Smile", is now moving full speed ahead; in fact, throughout August, Lisa and her loved ones delivered over 25 arrangements! Remarkably, there is no charge for these flowers and no thought for return, except to see the recipient of the flowers smile ~ a true "Evan's Smile" that might live on in the hearts of others.

To partner with Lisa Baker in her effort to bring smiles and joy to others, all you have to do is go to Baker's Baskets and nominate someone in need of some cheer. Lisa has set out a special hatbox with Evan's photo on it where a "vote" can be cast (with a name and address) for someone deserving of this unexpected gesture. The sender is anonymous, but a card, signed by Baker's Baskets, is attached to express Lisa's desire that Evan's infectious smile might touch them and inspire them to come in and vote for someone as well.

Come in today and vote for someone in your life who could use an uplifting smile. Baker's Baskets is located at 16 Freeborn Street. The hours here are M-Th, 10:00am - 5:00pm, Fridays, 10:00am - 6:00pm, and Saturdays from 10:00am - 4:00pm. You can reach them by phone at 401-451-4787, fax them at 401-681-4804, or visit their website at


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