Local Flower Shop News
Shop Talk: College Terrace Market to open, flower shop could close - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, June 13, 2017
Werness' vision to open a store with the look and feel of a neighborhood market ultimately won over the Palo Alto City Council in 2014, which allowed the mixed-use project to move ahead. The store will include an open-air produce section along the sidewalk, outdoor seating, a bakery, a full-service meat department, a deli, meals to go and groceries that can be ordered in advance for quick pick up. Most of the products will be made or provided by small-scale, local food manufacturers and farmers. And the market's ultra-local focus doesn't end there. The names of neighborhood streets -- College, El Camino Real, Oxford-- appear on green street-like signs hanging above each aisle, paying homage. Workers were moving wooden produce bins and shelves into the store last week as Werness looked to fill some remaining vacant cashier positions. This will be Werness' second stab at running a grocery store in Palo Alto. The local grocery veteran operated the acclaimed but financially troubled Miki's Farm Fresh Market at Alma Village for six months before it folded. "It's not that I failed. I just tried something that didn't work. It was an inferior site. And the store faced the wrong way," Werness said at the time. He called the College Terrace location much better. -- L.T.
END OF A LEGACY? ... The iconic bubble-gum pink store that has supplied corsages and boutonnieres for generations of high school prom-goers may be permanently closing its doors unless someone steps up to carry on its 72-year legacy. Owners Michaela Dieffenbach and Steve Wong are retiring in June. The tiny store at 453 Waverely St., currently known as Michaela's Flower Shop, opened as Stapleton's Florist in 1945. Dieffenbach and Wong, both longtime Stapleton employees, took over the business and renamed it Michaela's in 1999 after original owner Olga Stapleton retired. (The name Stapleton's still r...
Arranging flowers 101 - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, May 23, 2017
Filoli in 1993. Committee members asked if she had any experience with flower arranging. Dolby recalled saying, "Actually, I took a flower arranging class."
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2018 Best Florist: Lucky FlowersTuesday, June 19, 2018
These days, the petal pros now offer same-day delivery in the Tri-Cities area. The florists at Lucky Flowers strive to give each bouquet an artistic element, implanting color and texture to give each piece a spirited, vibrant appearance. Lucky Flowers offers a wide variety of seasonal blooms, including rare, harder-to-find flowers, and its commitment to stocking the freshest flowers means that bouquets stay healthy and sweet smelling longer. In addition to specialty bouquets for all occasions, Lucky Flowers has a unique and fun assortment of gifts in its shop, including chocolates, gift cards, bath and body products, and even a little bubbly to make your delivery extra exciting. 1. Lucky Flowers 6827 W. Clearwater Ave., Kennewick ... http://www.tri-cityherald.com/customer-service/faq/readers-choice/article212545099.html
Society of American Florists Prom Promotion Generates 2.4 Million ImpressionsTuesday, June 19, 2018
Society of American Florists Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 3:42PM EDT ALEXANDRIA, VA — A new social media campaign conducted throughout April by the Society of American Florists scored big with prom-goers, garnering 2.4 million impressions. Targeted to girls ages 15 to 18, the campaign featured a short video posted on Instagram to promote customized prom flowers and entice teen girls to take a quiz to discover their prom flower personality. The campaign drew 571,394 video views and inspired 24,424 teens to take the quiz. "The goal of this promotion was to make sure prom flowers are top of mind among teens, whether they saw floral reminders as they scrolled through their Instagram newsfeed or took the time to take the quiz," said SAF Vice President of Marketing Jennifer Sparks. "The results show impressive numbers in reaching teens to think flowers when they think prom." Drawing traffic through paid promotions, the 26-second video invites viewers to find o... http://www.perishablenews.com/index.php?article=0068636
BC woman angry at online florist after Mother's Day flowers arrive late and wiltedTuesday, June 19, 2018
Jemma Palmer said.Two days before Mother’s Day, Palmer placed an online order with Bloomex.ca, which dubs itself “Canada’s Official Florist.”“I wanted to get her something nice and to me they looked nice. They advertised nicely. The flowers looked good,” Palmer said. Story continues below Palmer said she paid just under $62 to have the flowers delivered to Summerland from Coquitlam. The arrangement was scheduled to arrive the next day. READ MORE: Flower delivery service receives wilting criticism from B.C. customers Instead, they showed up at her mom’s house after Mother’s Day. When the delivery finally arrived, the flowers were damaged and wilted.“You picked them up and the flowers would fall off,” said Palmer.On top of that, the chocolates that accompanied the bouquet had melted.Palmer contacted Bloomex immediately. After repeated calls and emails, Palmer said she finally got through to a customer service representative, but hit a roadblock because she didn’t have an order number.WATCH: Vancouver Island farmer scrambles to save flowers Palmer says she never received one. She then contacted Consumer Matters. In less than 24 hours, Bloomex gave Palmer a full refund a... https://globalnews.ca/news/4222705/b-c-woman-angry-at-online-florist-after-mothers-day-flowers-arrive-late-and-wilted/
Gypsophila Helps Ecuador Lead the Way in Flower Exports to ChinaTuesday, June 19, 2018
Yánez. "You can give somebody 10 or 15 stems of gypsophila and it's already a flower arrangement. Whereas in other countries it is usually used a filler flower."Gypsophila on display at a florist in an upscale shopping mall in Shanghai"The China market is totally different to all other markets," says Alejandra García Olivo, Global Purchasing Director at Mimame, which imports and distributes Ecuadorean roses and gypsophila in China. According to Olivo, other markets remain relatively stable in terms of demands for certain shapes, colors and other characteristics, "but China is all about new. New varieties, new colors, anything new."The only exception is white, which remains a somewhat less popular color because white flowers have traditionally been used in China only at funerals in China. Therefore, much of the exports of Ecuadorian gypsophila has been naturally green varieties or tinted gypsophila.China's well-developed internet and social networking culture helped fan the flames of the gypsophila phenomenon and spread it from first tier cities into second and third tier cities, says Sky Liu, owner of Spring Florist, a high-end florist with four retail locations in Shanghai.So far, Ecuador has benefited from China's low domestic gypsophila production. And even if domestic production does pick up, it is likely that Ecuador will maintain an edge in quality. Yánez reports that farmers in Ecuador are already increasing their gypsophila plantings based on projections of continued growth in demand from China.More exports of premium agricultural products such as flowers may be one way for Ecuador to close its trade gap with China, the largest among its trading partners. "In two years China and Ecuador will celebrate 40 years of very positive relations," says Karina Morales Herrera, Consul General for Ecuador in Shanghai, who notes that Ecuador is a leader in social responsibility, gender equality and fair trade in the flower industry. "We are developing a mutually beneficial relationship with China. China is willing to open the door for high quality Ecuadorian products. It's not easy, but over... http://www.producereport.com/article/gypsophila-helps-ecuador-lead-way-flower-exports-china
Positively Upstate: Local artist creates sash of flowers for horses at SaratogaTuesday, June 19, 2018
Belmont Stakes the blanket of carnations will be made by none other than Saratoga’s own Susan Garrett.“I’m very honored.” Garrett tells CBS6 from inside Dehn’s Florist of Saratoga Springs. “I can’t believe that artwork of mine could actually adorn a Triple Crown winner.”If you’re a fan of the Saratoga Race Course you’ve most likely seen Garrett’s work. Any blanket draped over a horse in the winner’s circle, she created. In fact, the winner of the Travers, the country’s oldest stakes race, never even had a blanket until Garrett suggested it in the mid-1990’s.“Who would have thought in ’94 when I suggested to the New York Racing Association, let’s put a blanket of flowers on the winner of the Travers, that I would be doing this now.”Garrett says to make a blanket for any Triple Crown race is a dream come true. Now, she not only has one but *seven* blankets going to Belmont park this weekend; one possible to a Triple Crown winner.To keep them fresh, blankets aren’t created until the day before or of the race. So, Friday will be crunch-time for Garrett and her team at their workspace at Dehn’s Florist. Each individual flower is cut and hand sown into the quilt. Altogether, Garrett says there’s usually 750 to 800 flowers on a single blanket.“So, I have a team of volunteers and friends and my husband. We bring in pizza and we do it. Each blanket, just hand sowing them, it’s around 5 hours.”Friday at midnight a ref... http://cbs6albany.com/community/positively-upstate/positively-upstate-local-artist-creates-sash-of-flowers-for-horses-at-saratoga