Local Flower Shop News
Gay-friendly wedding vendors positioned to profit as market develops - Tribune-ReviewWednesday, July 05, 2017
If you're not reaching out to the (gay) community, how do they know they're welcome?” said Christine Bryan, spokeswoman for the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh, a Downtown-based an LGBT advocacy group. The average cost of a heterosexual wedding was $32,359 in Pittsburgh and $31,213 nationally in 2014, according to The Knot, a New York-based wedding resource. The average cost of a same-sex wedding is $15,992 for men and $13,055 for women. ‘Like any other couple' Wedding-related businesses marketing themselves as gay-friendly could do so with literature featuring gay couples, advertising on wedding websites as “gay-friendly” vendors, and supporting community events that advocate for gay rights, marketing experts said. The Downtown-based Omni William Penn Hotel has a wedding brochure geared toward same-sex couples, said Bob Page, director of sales and marketing. The Omni and a sister property, Omni Bedford Springs Resort, shared a sponsorship of the Pittsburgh Pride event last year. Of the 85 weddings the North Side-based Priory Hospitality Group hosted last year, one was for a same-sex couple, President John Graf said. The group owns the Priory Hotel; the adjacent Grand Hall at the Priory, which is a banquet facility; and Priory Fine Pastries, which sells wedding cakes. “It's a market that we're actively trying to develop and educate ourselves in,” Graf said. In the fall, the company's senior catering manager completed an online course with the Chicago-based Gay Wedding Institute, which was founded in 2010 and offers live and webinar courses on how wedding businesses can attract and serve same-sex couples. “We just wanted to make sure that we were handling our same-sex clients with an appropriate level of sensitivity,” Graf said. That includes taking care with nomenclature and asking the right questions, such as who proceeds down the aisle first and who stands by the altar, he said. Several businesses said they aren't marketing specifically to gay couples but get business through word-of-mouth referrals. “I honestly don't think it's catering to them; I think it's treating them like any other couple. ... Love is love,” said Amanda Byrne, director of special events at Bella Christie & Lil' Z's Sweet Boutique bakery in Aspinwall. Allison McGeary Florist Inc. in Lawrenceville served... http://triblive.com/business/headlines/8913186-74/couples-gay-wedding
After 81 years, Charleston flower shop will relocate from peninsula - Charleston Post CourierTuesday, April 04, 2017
Dec. 9 and Dec. 16. All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier.Northwoods shoppers can also help those in need through Dec. 14 by stopping by the Salvation Army Angel Tree. The Delta Sigma Theta Gift Wrap shop is near Sears.Bi-Lo Holdings Foundation has given $295,000 to 29 nonprofits throughout the lower part of South Carolina. Locally, the recipients include Charleston Jewish Family Services, One-Eighty Place Crisis Ministries, East Cooper Community Outreach, Humanities Foundation, James Island Outreach, Junior League of Charleston, Kiwanis Club of Beaufort, Lowcountry Food Bank, Meals on Wheels of Summerville and MUSC Children's Hospital.Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise. http://www.postandcourier.com/business/after-years-charleston-flower-shop-will-relocate-from-peninsula/article_cf98c730-b07a-59d3-b9b1-32340358c253.html
Broomfield couple starts eco-friendly floral business - Broomfield EnterpriseWednesday, March 14, 2018
S. Taylor Ave., Suite D-2 in Louisville.Leah, who runs the shop and who used to be an anatomy and physiology professor, said she is learning from Kim Green, the company's florist."Kim is the flower boss," Leah said. "She's taught me a lot."Green, who has been in floral design for 20 years, said she selects flowers based on how they feel and whether the colors are found in nature. Since the flowers are made from materials, including latex covered fabric and polyether polyurethane foam, they can stand up to extreme heat or cold. She also enjoys making flower crowns and flower collars for pets, including Mijo, the two-year-old shop dog.Compass Rose Floral got its name from Leah's father, a man who loved to travel and who died of cancer before their wedding. She and her husband held a smaller ceremony at a friend's Mediterranean restaurant before the big ceremony so he could participate.AdvertisementJaysin Anderson, a project manager, said he and Leah got into the business after they learned now expensive their own wedding flowers could be.The company uses high-end faux flowers that they arrange, rent out for events and then strip down to be used again."Everything we clip off — the stems and leaves — we use it again," Leah said. That wish to be kinder to the environment translates to their home where they compost and recycle. Solar panels designed by Elon Musk and a Tesla are on their list for future purchases.Faux flowers line a display case at Compass Rose Floral. (Jennifer Rios / Enterprise Staff)Jaysin Anderson said the company charges about half of what a typ... http://www.broomfieldenterprise.com/news/ci_31717907/broomfield-couple-starts-eco-friendly-floral-business
Business in bloom - Hollister Free LanceWednesday, March 14, 2018
And one that quite literally can save the day.As an event coordinator who offers clients “packages” by finding vendors for special events, Christin realized finding a florist for her brides was becoming a frustrating task. So she allowed them to choose their own florists.One day, however, Christin was hit with an unexpected challenge. On her way home after setting up a wedding, she received a phone call from her assistant.“She said, ‘The flowers are supposed to be here,’” Christin recalls. “I said, ‘I don’t even know who their florist is!’”Feeling helpless, Christin decided to do the flowers herself.It ultimately became a game-changer in her event planning.“I kind of put together a price list for myself, and I thought well, would somebody ask me to do their flowers for them?”Christin, who owns Fox Creek Events, has been the event planner for Fox Creek Ranch for the past three years.Now, she has ventured out by opening her own flower shop, The Flower Girl, in San Juan Bautista on Feb 1.With the help of consultant, Michelle Roberson, Christin has learned the “tricks of the trade,” she says.But she hasn’t needed much help with the business aspect of her store.Both Christin and her husband, Greg Burda, have been owners of La Casa Rosa in San Juan Bautista for more than a year.And in the process of completing the restaurant renovations, Christin had a vision of putting a flower shop behind the restaurant. Greg, however, suggested to open a sh...
Floral artisans re-create de Young Museum's works with flowers - San Francisco ChronicleWednesday, March 14, 2018
McLellan Tayler regularly shops the Flower Mart, as she did last week while preparing her annual floral entry into the de Young Museum “Bouquet to Arts” exhibition.For the past 34 years, select florists and floral artisans have been invited to re-create pieces from the de Young’s collection of artwork — with flowers. One hundred and 20 (give or take) “exhibitors” select or are assigned one piece of artwork, including the really modern stuff like video installations, and interpret it with flora and fauna. The fragrant results remain on display throughout the museum for a single week. And then, for the most part, they die.“I got my first choice,” McLellan Tayler said of the artwork she’d chosen to re-create with flowers. She has participated in 32 of the 34 “Bouquets to Art” exhibitions, and she fully intends to take part next year.Basically, exhibitors like McLellan Tayler spend a day in January exploring every inch of the de Young. Nearly all of the museum’s pieces are up for floral artistry grabs, and each artist submits their top five choices to re-create in petals and leaves. It then comes down to Exhibitor Chair Lisa Harris, who spends an entire month trying to match exhibitors with art they like. “It’s a huge puzzle,” Harris said.Monday night was the Gala Preview, an opportunity for donors and exhibitors to take a peek at this year’s show before the public took over. McCall’s catered a gourmet buffet with rack of lamb, fresh rolled sushi and some wildly popular mini grilled cheese sandwiches. Open bars served cocktails and Champa...
Frank Kreutzer, florist for 47 years, trades roses for retirement - WCPOWednesday, March 14, 2018
NEWPORT, Ky. - It's the end of the line at Kreutzer & Dorl Florist.After more than 65 years, the family-owned busiess is closing its doors for good.The owner, 73-year-old Frank Kreutzer, says he's trading in roses for retirement. Kreutzer has been working six days a week for the past 47 years."My parents started it in 1953. I grew up in it,” Kreutzer said.He's seen the highs and lows."I have a lady who was a customer for 50 years. Customer for my parents. She did all her daughter's weddings." But times have changed, he said."When you think about it and look around, you don't see many of them any more. There's just not a lot of floral shops here," he noted.Kreutzer said he's no match for big businesses like amazon. And it's a shame. He says local businesses provide an opportunity to know your community. "I think that's what's missing when you get them from a mass marketer - that's just shipping them in a box,” he said. “That's all it is. Flowers shipped in a box. I think the end of an era is coming from that standpoin...
Local florist beats breast cancer, opens own floral shop after being fired - Fox 4Wednesday, March 14, 2018
FORT MYERS, Fla. - For local florist Renee Mason, Valentine's day is one of the busiest days of the year. At her store, The Petal Patch Flower Shop, she was finishing orders until two in the morning and returned to open her shop for Valentine's day just a few hours later.She's been busy, but she says it's a good kind of busy compared to last year around the same time."We had to stop taking deliveries today because I had so many", she told Four In Your Corner. When Fox 4 stopped by Renee's shop, she was putting together bouquets for last minute Valentine's Day orders. But this time last year, she was in a completely different space. Mason had just been let go from her job at another flower shop. She says she was told her treatment schedule was hurting their bottom line. At the time, she had a grueling chemotherapy schedule and was in the middle of battling breast cancer. "My first thought was, 'oh my God! What am I gonna do? How am I gonna pay my bill? I'm going into treatment!'".Thankfully, Mason ha...