Local Flower Shop News
New online flower service helps florists in Inland Empire, nation - San Bernardino SunTuesday, March 19, 2019
The online startup BloomNation, based out of Santa Monica, is helping local florists connect more closely to customers in the Inland Empire and nationwide.Among the benefits, according to the company, is that customers get to bypass wire services to deal directly with flower providers, without having to pay additional service fees. Customers also get to see actual photos of products from the florist shop, as opposed to stock photos used by wire services.“Bloom Nation was born out of the frustrations of me and my other two co-founders trying to send flowers online and seeing the same boring cookie-cutter designs and paying all these extra fees to place the order online and ultimately getting flowers that looked nothing like the stock photo online,” said CEO and co-founder Farbod Sharoka. “Now, we know it’s a catalogue of stock photography and no real reflection on the florists’ talent.”Sharoka said he and his partners David Daneshgar and Gregg Weisstein began the tech startup as an easier alternative to wire flower serv... https://www.sbsun.com/2014/05/03/new-online-flower-service-helps-florists-in-inland-empire-nation/
Wedding of the Week: Stacey Barclay and Christopher McCann - Daily RecordTuesday, March 19, 2019
Gary Barclay and Kieran Rooney. Honeymoon The newlyweds travelled to Las Vegas for their honeymoon. Photography Maureen Bell Photography. (Image: Hamilton Advertiser) Flowers Busy Lizzies Florist. Cake Kimmy Cakes - Couture Cake Design. Thanks The couple want to thank all of their family and friends who shared their big day with them, giving them memories that they will cherish forever. How to take part It’s free and easy to feature as our Wedding of the Week. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and we’ll get back to you. https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/wedding-week-stacey-barclay-christopher-14094463
Stourbridge florist Laura Leong to take part in Interflora World Cup - Dudley NewsTuesday, March 19, 2019
A STOURBRIDGE florist has been picked to represent the UK and Ireland at one of the most prestigious floral design competitions in the world. Fresh from being crowned Interflora Florist of the Year at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show last summer - Laura Leong, of The Flower Basket, will be competing at the world-renowned Interflora World Cup at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show in Pennsylvania. The 46-year-old faces tough competition as she takes on 22 of the finest floral designers from five different continents, each aiming to go home with the top accolade. She said: "It’s an absolute honour to have been chosen to go through and represent the UK and Ireland at the 2019 Interflora World Cup this year off the back of winning the UK’s Florist of the Year competition. "As competitions go, it doesn’t get much bigger than this and my opposition couldn’t be tougher, but I’m definitely looking forward to the challenge." During the competition, Laura - who has work... https://www.dudleynews.co.uk/news/17461178.stourbridge-florist-laura-leong-to-take-part-in-interflora-world-cup/
Gustaf's Greenery flower shop closing after 42 years - Sioux Falls Argus LeaderTuesday, March 19, 2019
A long-time local florist shop is closing next week. Gustaf's Greenery will close Dec. 27, after 42 years in business. Owner Pat Gustaf is retiring, due to a battle with kidney cancer and the changing market in the flower business. On Thursday afternoon, Gustaf sat at a table in the flower shop on 1020 S. Minnesota Ave., its sales floor busy with shoppers eyeing the 75 percent off retirement deals. Gustaf has been fighting renal cell carcinoma for more than two years, and has faced down multiple times he's been told to make his peace with the end. He's fought on, and looked for a time at selling the business. But over the last couple of months he's come to the decision it's time to close up shop, he said. "No regrets. Truly no regrets at all," he said. "I think we've made our mark on the world." ... https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/business-journal/2018/12/20/gustafs-greenery-flower-shop-closing-after-42-years/2381620002/
Master instructor shows art of flower arranging - Budapest TimesTuesday, March 19, 2019
Putting together her love of flower arranging and her fluency in English, she began to make her way to an outstanding career.
She found an opening to teach non-Japanese students at the famed Goto florist shop in the Tokyo district of Roppongi. She began her own class there. Until then, her only experience was in assisting. "I had no idea how to ask people to come to my class," she says. However, the place was right, the time was right, and she was doing what interested her and associating with the congenial people she sought.
A dozen years later the Japan Foundation chose her to go on a lecture-demonstration tour of six South American countries and three Asian countries.
From her present pinnacle, Ms Fukushima says she was not sufficiently well prepared then to give demonstrations with different materials in unfamiliar surroundings. Japanese Embassy ladies who were detailed at the time to look after her were, however, full of praise. She learned the characteristics of different flowers, appreciated their exoticism, and accorded them respect and dignity. She believes that each individual flower, like each individual flower arranger, has personality that should shine through.
Ikebana arrangementsShe was sent overseas again by the Japan Foundation. On a separate tour she accompanied the charismatic Hiroshi Teshigahara, who succeeded his father as president of the Sogetsu school. Although making annual overseas trips became her routine, there was nothing routine in the conduct of each one. "Every time I was received very differently. Some audiences had some basic understanding of ikebana. Some had never seen it."Ms Fukushima rose to every occasion, dealing with the unexpected, and joining in with anything going on. She learned to dance the flamenco. She liked to sing jazz. She practised her Spanish and Italian. With Arab ladies, she dressed from top to toe in black robes. She was responsible for a flower show at Westminster Cathedral, London. Overall she sharpened her individuality, freely using other materials as accessories to flowers, and carefully choosing containers.
She gave a solo exhibition of iron containers. She has designed her own glass receptacles. She has become known as an artist who designs stainless and titanium flower vases, finding imaginative effects in her materials’ unique properties.
Some of her arrangements have been huge, built in public places and outdoors. Some have graced the displays in department store windows. She says she is "charmed by cloth, handmade Japanese paper and thread," and incorporates them, as descendants of organic materials, in her arrangements. They have inner spirits, she says, but "plant material is the first for the arranger to think of."Once she taught an ikebana class of blind women. Their adjustments to life impressed her, and from them she learned a new vision for herself. "To touch with the eye, to taste with the eye, to sense fragrance with the eye, to catch sound with the eye — such an expression is the goal of my ikebana."https://www.facebook.com/koka.fukushima https://www.hu.emb-japan.go.jp... https://www.budapesttimes.hu/2019/02/19/master-instructor-shows-art-flower-arranging