Local Flower Shop News
Four Floral Businesses To Receive The Century Award In Palm SpringsTuesday, August 28, 2018
September in Florida, the 2017 Century Award recipients will be honored alongside the 2018 honorees. The 2017 Century Award recipients are: Johnston's Quality Flowers in Fort Smith, Arkansas Mitchell's Flowers and Events in Orland Park, Illinois Wistinghausen Florist & Greenhouse in Oak Harbor, Ohio Read about the history of their businesses here. Any industry company that has served the floral industry for 100 years or longer qualifies for the Century Award. The award was first presented in 1982. For information about the Century Award or to apply for recognition, visit safnow.org/awards or contact email@example.com. ### About SAF The Society of American Florists is the leading organization representing all segments of the floral indust... http://www.perishablenews.com/index.php?article=0069973
Johnston's Quality Flowers, Inc. Offers an Extensive Collection of “Summer Rose Specials” - Digital JournalTuesday, August 29, 2017
Fort Smith Florists Quality Flowers, Fort Smith ARLeading florist in Fort Smith, AR, Johnston's Quality Flowers, Inc. now offers an extensive collection “Summer Rose Special” for all occasions.Fort Smith, Arkansas - August 29, 2017 - Everyone loves getting roses! Red stands for love and enduring passion. There’s nothing secret about the red rose’s symbolism of love. With this in mind, Johnston's Quality Flowers, Inc., the leading florist in Fort Smith AR now offers an extensive collection called “Summer Rose Special” for all occasions.Johnston's Quality Flowers, Inc. has been proudly serving the Fort Smith area since 1916 by offering an extensive collection of the freshest cut flowers at the best prices. They also offer a wide range of flowers and gifts for all occasions, including – dried floral arrangements, gourmet and fruit baskets, gift baskets, wedding floral arrangements, traditional arrangements and funeral designs and more. While explaining the “Summer Rose Special” offer, th... http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3465918
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/
Richard Rico: A bouquet for the Rose - TheReporter.ComTuesday, March 19, 2019
S impossible to say how many weddings, anniversaries, birthdays or funerals they decorated, but if anyone — or anything — deserves a bouquet, it’s the Lopez family’s Rose Florist. After about 62 bloomin’ years, the Main St. shop next to McCune Garden Chapel closed Dec. 31 for the last time. If it looks like a cottage, it’s because it was—for years the home of mortician Del McCune, wife Elizabeth and their daughter Barbara. They built it in 1938, the same year they bought the funeral home. They moved out in 1956 and converted it into the shop begun by John and Rose Lopez—it’s named after her. Rose is now 92. John died several years ago, at 84, leaving a lifetime trail of rose petals behind him. Their daughter Janet Lopez Balcom took over the shop in 1990, with a hand up from husband Curtis, for 31 years a fleet manager for Solano County. The family opened Rose Florist in Fairfield, managed by Janet’s brother, David, and his wife Juanita. The family roots run deep here; siblings and Papa John graduated Vaca High; Rose, from Winters High. It’s as hometown as it gets. It’s a picture of kids who helped out at the s... https://www.thereporter.com/2019/01/13/richard-rico-a-bouquet-for-the-rose/
Flower Pot florists inadvertently attracting lovers of pot, not peonies - Montreal GazetteTuesday, March 19, 2019
There are also green plants galore. But none of the aforementioned can be smoked.No matter, people continue to call or drop into this florist shop on Notre-Dame St. W. and inquire about purchasing pot. That has everything to do with the name of the place, Le Pot de Fleurs / The Flower Pot.In spite of the fact that the only shops permitted to sell pot in Montreal are the provincially run Société québécoise du cannabis outlets, the message has clearly not been registered by some stoners.And so it is that Flower Pot proprietors Pia and Herbert Teichmann have been deluged by those in search of marijuana.No sooner was cannabis made legal here than the couple learned that would-be buyers went online to Google “weed stores near me” and their shop was among the destinations listed.“So I started getting phone calls asking how long the lineup was around our store,” Pia says. “Other callers wanted to know if I had any edibles or oils in stock. Then some started dropping by and wanted to know about all the different kinds of pot we carried. I had no idea there were so many different varieties of pot. At first, I didn’t even know what the people were talking about, because I’m not a marijuana person.”The deluge hasn’t stopped.“No matter what we say, we’re still getting requests. It’s nuts. But, clearly, the weed business is better than the flower business,” Herbert says. “We’d definitely be making more money at it.”But they’re not the only florists or shopkeepers dealing with this.“It seems that anyone who has &lsqu... https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/flower-pot-florists-inadvertently-attracting-lovers-of-pot-not-peonies
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
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/