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Havana florist and doll shops are among businesses prohibited for American shoppers - Miami HeraldWednesday, March 14, 2018
November in a move designed to keep financial resources out of the hands of enterprises owned or controlled by the Cuban military. Also on the prohibited list are a Mercaderes Street florist shop where buckets of yellow, lavender, pink, coral and red roses and small floral arrangements await customers, and several other picturesque Old Havana stores that were launched by the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana to increase Old Havana’s charm factor.Except, Cuban officials say, it’s a mistake. The Muñecos de Leyenda (Legendary Dolls) store, the florist shop, and the other gift and souvenir stores aren’t controlled by the military or the military’s sprawling conglomerate GAESA (Grupo de Administración Empresarial).A boy passes Muñecos de Leyenda, a doll store in Old Havana that is on the restricted list. Mimi Whitefield mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com The State Department’s list includes all the stores, restaurants and hotels that used to fall under the umbrella of Habaguanex, a corporation that belonged to the Office of the Historian and generated revenue to finance historic preservation in Old Havana and social projects in the neighborhood.In 2016, Habaguanex was absorbed by GAESA and the hotels and restaurants became part of the Gaviota Tourism Group, which belongs to the military. Habaguanex, GAESA and Gaviota are all on the restricted list.Orlando Ramos Blanco, the president of the San Cristobal Tourism Agency, said the stores shouldn’t be on the list. They remained with the Office of the Historian, which is directed by historian and preservationist Eusebio Leal, he said. San Cristobal is the Historian Office’s touri... http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/cuba/article201834119.html
Portland Flower Market coping with flower shortage after semi crash - kgw.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
Saturday.“Normally, our coolers are just at this point overflowing with flowers, you rarely see any space at all like this,” explained Angie Lopez.Lopez is a buyer with Frank Adams Wholesale Florist, one of several wholesalers inside the Portland Flower Market running low on supplies.Lopez got a call Saturday that the semi full of flowers crashed south of Redding, California. One of the truck drivers died.Lopez says her heart goes out to the family during this difficult time, and at the same time she’s hard at work, even working together with others at the Portland Flower Market, piecing together flowers from various parts of the country to make up for the lack of flowers.“Everyone was very understanding, had really kind words for us to get through everything. What can we do? Maybe we take a collection for the driver’s family,” Lopez said. “Then, just keep going. It’s all wheels going at all times. We just have to push forward.”Lopez says while there was a shortage of flowers Monday and Tuesday, she expects it to be business as usual by Wednesday. © 2018 KGW... http://www.kgw.com/article/news/portland-flower-market-coping-with-flower-shortage-after-semi-crash/283-523796760
Why yes, that is a giant flower bouquet in a Raleigh trash can; here's who's behind it - WRAL.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
N.C. Museum of Art is behind this ... well ... work of art.As I wrote last week, the museum's annual Art in Bloom event will run March 22 to March 25 and will feature more than 50 florists from around the country. Florists are randomly assigned a work of art in the museum's permanent collection and tasked with building a floral display inspired by the art.During the four days of Art in Bloom, tickets are required for admission to the permanent collection in the Museum’s West Building. East Building and the Museum Park will remain open and free to visitors. Tickets are $18. It's free for kids 6 and under. As part of Art in Bloom, the museum will offer a flower-themed scavenger hunt from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 24 and March 25. The drop-in event lets visitors, who have purchased tickets, follow clues on a scavenger hunt card to find flowers and "artful" treasures in the galleries.The trash can bouquet is part of the museum's effort to get the word out about the event. Eventually, five corners of downtown Raleigh will be decorated this week with these colorful floral displays. They are created by Steve Taras of Raleigh's Watered Garden Florist and are inspired by a similar effort in New York City called Flower Flashes.The public is encouraged to take photos of the displays and post to social media using hashtag #NCMAbloom and #PNCartinbloom for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the event.And be on the look out for more trash can bouquets. Can't wait to see the rest ...More On This... http://www.wral.com/why-yes-that-is-a-giant-flower-bouquet-in-a-raleigh-trash-can-here-s-who-s-behind-it/17411735/
Florist refused to deliver flowers to grieving mum who lost her baby because they were 'too scared to go to her ... - The SunWednesday, March 14, 2018
AN online flower delivery service failed to send out an order to a grieving mum whose baby had died — because the florist did not want to go to a travellers' site.Online retailer eFlorist told Lindsey Roberts, 36, that her £50 order to a close friend had been refused because because staff "did not feel comfortable" visiting the address.SWNS:South West News Service eFlorist customer Lindsey Roberts said her £50 order for a grieving friend could not be delivered because they lived in a travellers' siteLindsey, a mum of five, believes that the act is discriminatory against people from travelling backgrounds.She said: “I placed the order on February 22 as a small gesture to my friend.“It included some flowers and a teddy, and I never thought that there would be any issues when I submitted the order and entered the address, part of a permanent site near Bicester, Oxfordshire.“I was shocked and disappointed when I was told that I would have to go and collect my money because the local florist didn’t want to carry out the order."SWNS:South West News Service Lindsey, 36, said eFlorist had shown discrimina...
One Month at a Time: Compassionate lessons in the world of floral arrangements - Charleston Gazette-MailWednesday, March 14, 2018
She told me she joined Young Floral in 2004.“But I left for a few years, had a baby and came back three years ago,” she said.Before coming to Young Floral, she worked at a couple of florists, including one at The Greenbrier.She said the job varies from day to day and hour to hour, particularly during the Valentine’s Day season, when they see a lot of TeleFlora orders.Teleflora is a company that partners with florists to form a network. Customers place orders through TeleFlora, which passes along the orders to area florists who arrange and deliver according to TeleFlora’s specifications.For Valentine’s Day, Young Floral offered several Teleflora specials. Using pictures on the TeleFlora website, customers can order arrangements and send them just about anywhere.The participating florists are tasked with making the arrangements as close to these pictures as they can, which isn’t incredibly difficult, but it does take some attention to detail and some speed in getting the arrangement completed.During Valentine’s Day, Young Floral sells dozens of them.“For us, it’s like working with a recipe,” Lori said. “I have to have so many carnations, so many lilies, so many whatever.”The arrangement is supposed to be a certain height and look very similar to the arrangement in the picture.“I see it as a kind of puzzle. The trick is to make it fit together,” Lori said.While Lori patiently encouraged me, I had limited success with repeating the Valentine’s special. I was a little wasteful with the materials, handled the delicate flowers like string beans and while my arrangement looked OK, I’d have to say it wasn’t a great copy of what Lori was doing.And I was slow. Really slow. It would have taken me all day to do what Lori did in probably an hour or two.Partly, this was how I handled the knife used to cut the flower stems. After a series of traumatic, childhood incidents involving pocket knives, I learned to keep the sharp end of the blade away from my hands.Because of this, I still have all 10 of my fingers.Lori held the knife differently than I did. By cutting toward her hand she was able to snip flowers and ferns much more quickly.I tried to do the same but couldn’t manage to make it work. I ended up getting snagged and perilously close to taking off my thumb before she finally said, “It’s OK. Sometimes we use clippers.”She handed me a pair of small shears.It made the snipping go faster.Brides and rosesI also worked with Heather, who does floral arrangements, but she specializes in bridal work, which can get very intricate and particular, she said.Women planning their weddings will often spend weeks looking through magazines and at websites like Pin...