Local Flower Shop News
Let a hundred flowers bloom in honor of Zeke the Sheik - The Pasadena Star-NewsTuesday, September 10, 2019
Mostly newspaper reporters.And some judges, on down the line.That’s ‘cause Zeke, aka Tim Dundon of Altadena, was the proprietor of a famous heap of organic matter hard by Mountain View Cemetery that was 30 feet high and covered almost all of a 50-foot by 217-foot lot near his garden.Cemeteries throw off a lot of grass clippings, and Zeke’s chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese deposited what he liked to call a lot of doo-doo. Still, even for a prolific gardener like Zeke — tomatoes and whatnot, boring squash, but also plenty of weed, back when that was under Prohibition — there was more compost than a person knew what to do with. I mean, you can only fertilize so many zucchini. If the pile weren’t there, or were smaller, he could have grown a bushel and a peck more veg.But, as our Janette Williams noted in these pages nine years ago, Zeke saw the compost itself as his life’s work. When after much legal wrangling it was bulldozed on April 20, 2005 when the property was put on the market by the cemetery — the owner of the lot on which Zeke squatted — it was a traumatic experience Dundon told Janette he never gotten over.Janette, our beloved late longtime reporter and then city desk editor, was one of many journalists who made a tremendous amount of hay out ... https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2019/08/14/let-a-hundred-flowers-bloom-in-honor-of-zeke-the-sheik/
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet program - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, January 08, 2019
The following morning, Bantz's floral creations landed at the Rose Kleiner Center in Mountain View, where clients in the memory-care program could admire them and choose one to take home.
Krause, Bantz and the other volunteers came together earlier this year to form the group when the nonprofit Random Acts of Flowers of Silicon Valley called it quits after its monthly rent doubled to $8,000. During its three years of operation, the nonproft — which was part of the national Random Acts of Flowers organization that is still in operation elsewhere — delivered nearly 32,000 bouquets and recycled more than 39,000 vases, according to its website.
The Silicon Valley group also developed a cadre of exceptionally enthusiastic volunteers, some of whom were working as many as four days a week and participating in every step, from picking up leftover flowers, rearranging them and personally delivering them to the bedside.
"When it closed its doors, people were broken hearted," said Klause, who had been four-day-a-week volunteer. "It was awful, just awful. There were several people who said, 'We've got to keep this up. Even if we make only five bouquets and deliver them to the VA once a week, that's what we'll do.'"
Klause was among the volunteers who came knocking on the door of nonprofit senior services agency Avenidas in a bid to find a new home for the activity.
"We heard about (the closure of Random Acts of Flowers) and decided to reach out and let the volunteers know we planned to do the same mission here," said Jyllian Halliburton, volunteer program manager at Avenidas in Palo Alto.
"We started to get contacted by the volunteers and we got about 30-plus volunteers reaching out to us. They were just so excited."
For now, Avenidas has made space for flower sorting and arranging in a large classroom at its Cubberley Community Center site every Wednesday, but workers are already ag... https://paloaltoonline.com/news/2018/10/07/volunteers-band-together-to-revive-recycled-bouquet-program
Flower Shuttle brings new life to used arrangements - WRAL.comTuesday, September 10, 2019
By Rick Armstrong, producer and Gerald Owens, anchor/reporterRaleigh, N.C. — Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, weddings and funerals keep many florists in business. When the heartfelt emotions that the flowers convey are over, it's typically time for the flowers to be carted off to the dump.Now, "The Flower Shuttle" organizers and volunteers delay that trip to the landfill so that those flowers have another chance to shine.Every Tuesday morning, Raleigh Moravian Church becomes a recycling center for those blooms that have yet to lose their full appeal."Nothing of potential value in the operation is wasted," volunteer Mary Currin explained as she pointed to buckets of flower tubes, rubber bands and preservative packets. "So we recycle the flowers plus the things that come with the flowers."Whether flowers come from florist shops or grocery stores, once they are past their expiration date, the blooms cannot be sold. Flower shuttle regulars are always ready to intervene and breathe new life into the bouquets.Katherine McVey helps coordinate the volunteer effort at the church. She says many of them were once paid to do what they... https://www.wral.com/flower-shuttle-brings-new-life-to-used-arrangements/18431878/
The Florists - Martha's Vineyard TimesTuesday, September 10, 2019
Emily Coulter, ownerMorrice Florist149 State Rd., Vineyard Haven508-693-0392morriceflorist.comHow did you come to own Morrice Florist?Five years ago, I took over the business. It completely changed my life. I had never worked with flowers — I didn’t know this profession existed. I never bought flowers to have in my home … they were something you would order for a funeral; they were something that the wealthy people had in their homes. I didn’t think it could be an everyday thing for everyone to enjoy. Now, I am amazed at how many people treat themselves to flowers or use flowers as a thank-you. It’s a whole world I didn’t know existed.My dad was a friend of the previous owner of Morrice, who thought of me as a good replacement for her as she decided to move on from the business her grandfather had started in 1940. She saw something in me — I said yes instantly. It was a bit crazy! I was involved with wedding planning at the time, and busy raising two kids. I had seen what people were doing for wedding flowers, an... https://www.mvtimes.com/2019/08/28/the-florists/
The 3 best florists in Arlington - Yahoo NewsTuesday, September 10, 2019
A8A.HD0xxIMShDETMupBHA--/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTEyNDI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/hoodline_545/40c77b0dab8138eb796d25b7b78151d1" Photo: In Bloom Flowers/YelpWondering where to find the best florists near you?Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top florists in Arlington, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture next time you're in the market for florists.1. In Bloom FlowersPhoto: in bloom flowers/Yelp" src="https://news.yahoo.com/3-best-florists-arlington-100327309.html" data-src="https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/Q5yxL6Qj6RXp5oc9icYSgQ--/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTEyNDI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/hoodline_545/6c2a04168279c826a3eadc868d00f601" Photo: in bloom flowers/Yelp" src="https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/Q5yxL6Qj6RXp5oc9icYSgQ--/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTEyNDI-/https://media.zenfs.com/en/hoodline_545/6c2a04168279c826a3eadc868d00f601" class="caas-img" Photo: in bloom flowers/YelpTopping the list is In Bloom Flowers. Located at 4311 Little Road, the florist and floral designer spot is the highest-rated business of its kind in Arlington, boasting four stars out of 27 reviews on Yelp.2. Divine Floral & GiftsPhoto: divine floral & gifts/Yelp" src="https://news.yahoo.com/3-best-florists-arlington-100327309.html" data-src="https://s.yimg.com/ny/api/res/1.2/CDtO3A0kyprQSQD26T5aiA--/YXBwaWQ9aGlnaGxhbmRlcjt3PTEyNDI-/https://media.zenfs.co... https://news.yahoo.com/3-best-florists-arlington-100327309.html
Explore the 4 best budget-friendly florists in Santa Ana - Hoodline Los AngelesTuesday, September 10, 2019
Wondering where to find the top florists near you?Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable flower shops in Santa Ana, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the most popular spots to venture next time you're on the hunt.1. South Coast Wholesale Flowersphoto: south coast wholesale flowers/yelpTopping the list is South Coast Wholesale Flowers. Located at 231 E. Dyer, Suite C, in Delhi, it's the highest-rated inexpensive florist in Santa Ana, boasting five stars out of 69 reviews on Yelp. The shop says it specializes in fresh flowers at a wholesale price, including Ecuadorian roses, Colombian hydrangeas and New Zealand premium cymbidiums.2. Aladdin Gift FlowersPhoto: aladdin Gift Flowers/YelpNext up is Aladdin Gift Flowers, at 2208 N. Main St. With four stars out of 26 reviews on Yelp, the florist has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for an affordable option. The shop is a neighborhood staple, having been in business since 1954. 3. Magdas Flower Mar... https://hoodline.com/2019/08/explore-the-4-best-budget-friendly-florists-in-santa-ana
Inside UrbanStems' Mission to Remake the Flower Delivery Business: 'There Are Great Days and There Are Horrible Days' - Inc.Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Jeff Sheely. They launched UrbanStems, a direct-to-consumer flower delivery company that bypasses the traditional model, in which consumers buy bouquets via national aggregators who then use local florists for delivery.The D.C.-based startup has had some growing pains--including a disastrous 2017 Valentine's Day-- but it's blossomed into a flower powerhouse, landing at No. 385 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private U.S. companies.At UrbanStem's D.C.-area warehouse, shown above, bouquets get a final trimming, packaged, and then handed to couriers for same-day local delivery. Prior to delivery, quality control workers remove any unhealthy flowers, but leave damaged outer-layer petals in place on buds that are otherwise in good shape. This helps protect healthy petals during transportation, and the customer can remove the damaged petals upon delivery.UrbanStems tries to make its customers feel like a community by engaging throughout the year. "In October, we did something for breast cancer awareness," says CEO Seth Goldman. "My wife was diagnosed in July, and I sent out a very personal letter. The response we got from people was amazing. We have the kind of product that allows us to have authentic, emotional conversations with our customers."Valentine's Day is an intense time for any flower company, but February 13, 2018, is a day that Goldman will always remember vividly. Having recovered from the disastrous Valentine's Day the year before, the company decided to partner wit... https://www.inc.com/magazine/201909/kate-rockwood/urbanstems-seth-goldman-ajay-kori-flower-bouquet-delivery-2019-inc5000.html