Local Flower Shop News
Florist trades LoHi for Wash Park - BusinessDenTuesday, October 24, 2017
The Highlands have changed,” she said. “It’s nice to have breathing room.”The florist moved to a 1,500-square-foot house with a front lawn and black fence near the corner of Pearl Street and Alameda Avenue. Hornstein said she liked the charm of the West Wash Park neighborhood and its central location.She owns the former two Highlands units and has started renting them out as residential.Hornstein purchased the property on Pearl Street in July for $485,000, according to property records. The former occupant was a marijuana grower, but now different kinds of plants fill the two-story house.The florist’s new location at 285 S. Pearl St. (Lynn Yen)Every Wednesday new flowers fill the workspace – a converted living room and dining room.Hornstein’s favorite flowers of the moment are dahlias, which are sourced form Arrowhead Dahlias in Platteville and CityGal Farms in Lakewood. She began arranging flowers part time at a floral shop while attending the University of Colorado Boulder.Now the company has grown to a staff of three full-time employees with 20 contracted workers.Hornstein said weddings make up 75 percent of the business, and can cost $5,000. Plum Sage does about 130 weddings annually. The company also decorated the Denver Debutant Ball at the Brown Palace Hotel last winter and will again this year.Another florist, Flower Power, is moving one block west of its current location at 2101 E. Virginia Ave. this November.About the author: Lynn Yen View all posts by Lynn YenLynn is a reporter who covers the restaurant industry, startups and real estate. Sh... http://www.businessden.com/2017/10/02/florist-gets-air-new-wash-park-digs/
Alternative gifts: Tips for meaningful holiday giving - San Jose Mercury NewsFriday, November 27, 2015
There he met fiber artist Amy Brown, who creates her plushy creations for her Jumbo Jibbles line in a studio at San Jose's Alameda Art Works. For a friend who loves succulents, Ramirez bought a "cactus" in a pot made of vintage fabric.Aaron Nipper received her whimsical ski mask with unicorn horns for Christmas and loves the idea of supporting local artists: "When you buy local, you're supporting people who make these (works), and you make your city a place where people live and stay."Practical romanceGloria Gates, of Fremont's Niles district, lost the last of her three children two years ago, so she prefers to keep the holiday low-key.Still, her husband, George, loves to treat her, so she lets him buy her something she regularly uses in the kitchen. He individually wraps up rolls of wax paper, often in different-sized boxes designed to "fool her," he jokes. He also buys her nonlatex gloves to wash dishes and stuffs a stocking with Hershey bars."I'm a big spender, as you can tell," he says. Gloria laughs, adding, "It's very romantic."Workplace philanthropyIf well-paid Bay Area workers feel a keeping-up-with-the-Joneses pressure to dazzle colleagues with stylish iPhone docks or $260 Ecuadorean chocolate, Point Richmond executive coach Donna Stoneham sends her clients gifts that she hopes lets them feel like they are making a true difference in people's lives. Stoneham makes don... http://www.mercurynews.com/spotlight/ci_29160634/alternative-gifts-tips-meaningful-holiday-giving
How to design your own holiday centerpiece - Purdue Agricultural CommunicationsTuesday, January 08, 2019
He added that differently textured foliage should be used to give the piece a dynamic look.Many winter greens can be found in backyards and neighborhoods, eliminating the need to purchase from a florist. “White pine, for example, can be found in many neighborhoods,” Cotterman said. “When it comes to blooms for the centerpiece you might need to visit a flower shop, but greenery can be found everywhere.”After disguising the dish and base with greenery, Cotterman suggested choosing several different blooms to intersperse throughout the arrangement. A variation of colors, textures and sizes will enhance the arrangement and produce an inviting fragrance. When it comes to adding the blooms, don’t go overboard, Cotterman advised, and stick to an odd number of flowers.Perhaps most importantly, sink the stems of blooms and greenery into the base by at least half an inch. If a bloom needs to be moved, the stem must be re-trimmed and inserted into a different location.“This is so we don’t clog the stems. We want the stems to be able to soak up as much water as possible,” Cotterman said.While decorating is an important part of the holidays for many families, decorations should never come at the expense of guests, he continued. Floral arrangements can be aromatic, so be sensitiv... https://ag.purdue.edu/stories/how-to-design-your-own-holiday-centerpiece/
What Fashion Week Is Like for a Florist - FashionistaTuesday, January 08, 2019
I might like to pick up a small bouquet of tulips when we do our weekly grocery shopping: Flowers, according to professional florist Michael Putnam, are the ultimate luxury. Michael has grounds to speak on the subject with authority, as he's one-half of Putnam & Putnam, the New York-based boutique floral design studio that's an unequivocal favorite amongst the fashion (and bridal) industries. ADVERTISEMENTThanks for watching!Visit WebsiteTogether with his husband Darroch, Putnam & Putnam brings a romantic, almost overgrown quality to every project it takes on. And while weddings certainly contribute to a significant portion of the company's business, Michael and Darroch are themselves professionals in the fashion space, working with some of New York's most high-profile designers (including Jason Wu, with whom Putnam & Putnam also collaborated for Fall 2018) while also maintaining excellent retail partnerships (like Bergdorf Goodman). ADVERTISEMENTThanks for watching!Visit WebsiteADVERTISEMENTdiv class="m-ad-outstream--endcard m-ad-outstream... https://fashionista.com/2018/02/fashion-week-florist-putnam-flowers
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet program - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, January 08, 2019
Random Acts of Flowers: Blossom Buddies in Menlo Park and Flowers of Comfort in San Jose.
Many of the volunteers have maintained their earlier relationships with local donor retailers, florists and markets.
"There's nothing that excites us as much as a bucket of day-old or week-old flowers," said Palo Alto resident Barbara Levin, as the group cheered the arrival of a new bucket of leftovers from Mills Florist. Levin is a longtime volunteer who routinely collects cast-offs from Trader Joe's in Palo Alto. Others pick up from Trader Joe's in Menlo Park and a branch of Whole Foods.
"We never know what flowers or vases we're going to have to work with, so every time we come in it's a new and interesting experience and it's a way of showing off our creative side," Levin said.
The women have no trouble unpacking funeral wreaths and other event-specific arrangements to "create something more interesting," Klause said. But in some cases the used flowers are not fresh enough for a second life and must be discarded.
Volunteer Sandra Bachman, a Woodside resident, said her favorite place to deliver is Stanford University Hospital.
"To go in and see patients that do not have any flowers or visitors and walk in with a bouquet and for five minutes they forget about their problems," Bachman said. "They open their eyes and to get that smile, and to hear through that family what a difference that can make for healing ... A lot of the nurses say it helps them heal. It brings the outside in, the sunshine in."
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Protea flowers a rare treat from down under - West Hawaii TodayTuesday, January 08, 2019
This latter method is especially suited to types that have a tendency to bend over as they lose their freshness.ADVERTISING If you are not familiar with protea, ask your local florist to show you the various types now being produced, what each is called, and how long they will last. If you’re looking for something special, proteas are worth checking out. Other long lasting floral gifts include dendrobium, cymbidium orchids, anthuriums, birds of paradise, heliconias and other flowering Hawaiian exotics.For further information on the protea family, contact your local UH College of Tropical Agriculture Extension Service office in Hilo or Kona. Several books are available like Sunset’s Western Garden Book to give you tips on growing these amazing plants. Share this story... http://www.westhawaiitoday.com/2018/10/21/features/protea-flowers-a-rare-treat-from-down-under/
New shop AY Flowers opens its doors in Glendale - KABC-TVTuesday, January 08, 2019
What a nice place to be." "Best flower shop I've ever been to," added Yelper Anna P. "Amazing selection, great florist and good customer service."Interested? Stop by to welcome the new business to the neighborhood. AY Flowers is open from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.) ... https://abc7.com/business/new-shop-ay-flowers-opens-its-doors-in-glendale/4410976/