Albany Flower Shop News
Out of flowers? Flour? Businesses contend with supply crises - Colorado Springs GazetteWednesday, April 11, 2018
While shortages are an obstacle for many small businesses, some owners have actually made materials in short supply the heart of their business.Albany Woodworks uses reclaimed wood from demolished houses, barns and other buildings to make flooring and paneling. When Richard Woods started the business more than 40 years ago, reclaimed wood was easy to find and he had no competition. But demand has grown from renovating homeowners and groups restoring historical sites, and so has the number of rival firms."We are constantly having to network to find new suppliers that may have quality wood," says Woods, whose company is located in Tickfaw, Louisiana. His suppliers are demolition companies, and most sites with the wood he needs are in industrial revolution-era towns in New England and along the Mississippi River. "We go wherever we have to," Woods says.At Widespread Electrical Sales, owner Scott Vaughn also travels the country in search of equipment that may be decades old."We rely on big industrial plants that are closing, buy the right to their power distribution systems, and rip them down," says Vaughn, whose company is based in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. He also gets obsolete equipment from decommissioned call centers and data centers.Widespread Electric sells about half a million breakers a year, with some costing as much as $25,000. The cost is worth it for a business that otherwise would have to retrofit its power systems.Supply shortages are an inherent part of the electrical business, Vaughn says."It's directed by the manufacturers themselves," he says. "They put out a product line and sell it with a planned obsolescence program behind it."_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenberg... http://gazette.com/out-of-flowers-flour-businesses-contend-with-supply-crises/article/feed/553985
Businesses adapt to supply crises - Arkansas OnlineWednesday, April 11, 2018
While shortages are an obstacle for many small businesses, some owners have actually made materials in short supply the heart of their business.Albany Woodworks uses reclaimed wood from demolished houses, barns and other buildings to make flooring and paneling. When Richard Woods started the Tickfaw, La.-based business more than 40 years ago, reclaimed wood was easy to find and he had no competition. But demand has grown from renovating homeowners and groups restoring historical sites, and so has the number of rival firms."We are constantly having to network to find new suppliers that may have quality wood," Woods says. His suppliers are demolition companies, and most sites with the wood he needs are in industrial revolution-era towns in New England and along the Mississippi River. "We go wherever we have to," Woods says.At Widespread Electrical Sales, owner Scott Vaughn also travels the country in search of equipment that may be decades old."We rely on big industrial plants that are closing, buy the right to their power distribution systems, and rip them down," says Vaughn, whose company is based in Wheat Ridge, Colo. He also gets obsolete equipment from decommissioned call centers and data centers.Business on 04/05/2018... http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2018/apr/05/businesses-adapt-to-supply-crises-20180/?f%3Dbusiness
MORRIS: Taking time to smell the roses - Evening News and TribuneTuesday, March 27, 2018
NEW ALBANY — Lana Aebersold got a taste of retirement last month, even though it wasn't planned.In bed with the flu, she was unable to work at her usual spot inside Aebersold Florist leading up to Valentine's Day for the first time in more than five decades. The busiest two or three days in a floral designer's year, and she was at home, trying to get back on her feet."I was miserable," she said. "I would have rather been here. I was just too sick to worry about it."But in 11 days, she will be taking a permanent break from the business. At 71, and with more things to accomplish, Lana is retiring. Although she will still help out if needed since she lives within an earshot of the business.Lana has worked at Aebersold Florist for 55 of the 110 years the business has been open. She met David Aebersold when she was 16, the two started dating, and she asked his mother for a job."She said if you break up you can't leave," Lana said.The two married four years later and she has never strayed too fa... http://www.newsandtribune.com/opinion/morris-taking-time-to-smell-the-roses/article_eda3c98e-1fe9-11e8-90bc-bf7ffe7847ca.html
Gardening: Flower shows offer spring in deep winter - The Providence JournalSunday, February 11, 2018
Rooted in Maine.” There will be 14 display gardens, 115 exhibits of plants, hardscape, arbor and garden supplies, and many workshops and seminars.A show I only recently heard about is near Albany in Troy, New York. In its 31st year, it is called the Capital District Garden and Flower Show and will be held March 23 to 25 at Hudson Valley Community College. I hope to go. From their photos and write-up, I imagine it will be similar in size and scope to the Vermont Flower Show — which is now an every-other year show, and is not occurring this year.Bangor, Maine, has an annual flower show, though I’ve never attended. This year it will be held in the Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine, on April 20 to 22. If you go, please contact me so I’ll learn more about it.Last year I crossed one more item off my “Bucket List”. My partner Cindy Heath and I flew to London and attended the Chelsea Flower Show. It is in a league by itself, both in size and scope. Mostly outdoors, it includes displays with full-sized trees planted for the week. Under a big tent are displays of flowers of every ilk: hellebores, alliums, iris, narcissus, tulips, vegetables, carnivorous plants and much, much more. To see my article about the show and see a dozen photos, go to dailyuv.com/feed/905682.The Chelsea Show is held this year May 22 to 26. If you plan to go, join the Royal Horticulture Society to get reduced prices and access before the rest of the world (the first two days are just for RHS members). One member can bring in three guests. The Brits love their flowers, and know how to celebrate them. Bring a flowered dress or vest and bowtie, and walk around drinking champagne if you wish — many people do.I called my friend Jill Nooney of Bedrock Gardens in Lee, New Hampshire, to talk about the flower shows. Jill has exhibited at the Boston Show seven times, winning many awards for her garden designs. I asked her, why go to the flower shows? “Nobody can resist the smell of humid mulch-filled air in the middle of March,” she said. I agree. We all need that taste of spring before all the snow has gone.— Henry Homeyer’s blog appears twice a week at dailyuv.com/gardeningguy. Write to him at P.O. Box 364, Cornish Flat, NH 03746. Please include a SASE if you wish a mailed response. Or email@example.com. http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20180119/gardening-flower-shows-offer-spring-in-deep-winter
How this flower shop rebounded after fire ripped through downtown Cohoes (Video) - Albany Business ReviewTuesday, December 05, 2017
Albany Business ReviewHow this flower shop rebounded after fire ripped through downtown Cohoes (Video)Albany Business ReviewMike Rizzo was in his Cohoes, New York, florist shop today shearing thorns and petals off roses for a birthday arrangement as firefighters sprayed water on a pile of smoldering rubble across the street. Remarkably, Rizzo's House of Flowers was open ...Cohoes businesses hit hard by fire -- but fighting back WRGBWRGBMan trying to imitate TV show sparks massive NY inferno, mayor saysCBS NewsMayor: Amateur bladesmith started massive Cohoes blazeAlbany Times UnionAlbany Times Union -Syracuse.comall 119 news articles »...
Harry and Meghan's royal wedding florist opts for white roses and peonies - CNNWednesday, April 11, 2018
London, Hampton Court Palace, and designers Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior.More wedding details revealed Last week, the royal couple revealed that pastry chef Claire Ptak, who was raised in California and now owns London-based bakery Violet Cakes, would be creating their wedding cake. According to the palace, the couple asked Ptak to make a "lemon elderflower cake that will incorporate the bright flavours of spring" rather than the more traditional fruitcake. It will also feature buttercream and fresh flowers as decoration.More than 2,600 people, many of them ordinary members of the public, will be invited into the castle grounds to watch the arrival of the bride and groom and their guests.Last month, the royal family revealed the route of the procession following the ceremony, when the newlyweds first emerge as husband and wife.They will leave Windsor Castle in a carriage and travel along High Street through the town of Windsor, before returning to the castle by the Long Walk, according to the palace. Windsor is about 40 km (25 miles) west of central London.'This crazy journey together'Prince Harry and Markle announced their engagement in November, when Harry told reporters he knew Markle, an American actress, was "the one" from "the very first time we met."In an interview with the BBC, Markle said the couple first met in July 2016 on a blind date set up by a mutual friend. After a second date, the couple took a camping trip to Botswana, where they could finally be alone."We were able to really have so much time just to connect," Markle said, "and we never went longer than two weeks without seeing each other, even though we were obviously doing a long-distance relationship. We made it work."Harry proposed on a "cozy night" in early November at Nottingham Cottage, Markle told the BBC, with an engagement ring he designed himself. It features a diamond from Botswana, flanked by two smaller diamonds from the jewelry colle...
UPDATE: Sister says missing florist has been found - Redding Record SearchlightWednesday, April 11, 2018
Facebook message to the Record Searchlight that Bax had been found Monday. Burrows Monaco said Bax was being airlifted to a hospital in stable condition. Lt. Gene Randall said a California Highway Patrol helicopter spotted Bax's RV around 4:30 p.m. Monday, and searchers then found her nearby. He said her RV had gotten stuck and she was being treated for a complaint of pain. Burrows Monaco said on Facebook that Bax had been in a Mercedes RV with a golden retriever and en route to Washington for Easter. Penelope Bax was reported missing near Redding in late March. (Photo: Shasta County Sheriff's Office)Randall said the family reported Bax, of Vista, missing about 5:15 p.m. Saturday. Randall said Bax was headed to Bellingham, Washington, and left her home March 26. He described her vehicle as a white and gray Winnebago with a silver Mercedez-Benz logo on the grill. Deputies learned that Bax had stayed overnight at the Hirz Campground, Randall said, though he didn't specify how they developed that lead. Crews searched the campground and the surrounding area but still hadn't found Bax's RV as of Monday afternoon, Randall said. This is the 2017 Mercedes RV Penelope Bax was driving when she went missing in the Redding Area in late March. (Photo: Shasta County Sheriff's Office)Burrows Monaco was asking Shasta County residents to be on the lookout near Fenders Ferry, Gilman and North Salt Creek roads. NBC San Diego reported that Bax is blonde and about 5 feet 9 inches tall. The report said ...
Shop Talk: Floral studio owner on how staying small helped business flourish - Anchorage Daily NewsTuesday, March 27, 2018
Alaska. At Bloomsbury Blooms' small shop downtown on Fourth Avenue one recent morning, Wildeve arranged foraged birch branches and spruce along with California roses, poppies and other flowers at a table in the back of the studio for a customer order. One goal at Bloomsbury is to use a foraged item — mostly from the shop's Sutton farm, called Bloomsbury Gardens at Eska Ridge — in all arrangements. The studio also focuses on locally made pottery for the vases. Wildeve talked to the Anchorage Daily News about her business.How did it go in the beginning with this business, with something you were unfamiliar with? I had no background in how you source flowers in Alaska, which is really complicated. I had to learn about shipping and what things ship well and what things don't. What things I could grow here, seasonality of flowers, what's available when, is a lot to learn.How do you source flowers in Alaska? It varies on the time of year. I always do a little bit of foraging, no matter if it's summer or not. And then in the winter I predominantly order from a company called Florabundance in California. … And then I also order through Cedars (Wholesale Floral Imports) which is just like a flower warehouse here. That's in the wintertime. And in the summertime, we have a flower farm and grow flowers, it's it Sutton. And then I buy from other flower farmers, too, and I do a lot of foraging in the summer.Tell me a bit about how the economy (recession) in Alaska is affecting you. We're pretty small. We're not like a fast, get 100 things out of here. … The thing that's...
Success Story: Enchanted Florist - taosnewsTuesday, March 27, 2018
And we get to be more one-on-one with customers,” said Reyes.Valentine’s Day specialsEnchanted Florist buys its flowers from specialty providers all around the world, such as California, Holland and Colombia.“Our roses are the Rolls-Royce of roses. The quality is superior to the ones purchased at the grocery store. Also, roses have changed over the years; they now last longer, are larger, open more beautifully and some varieties can last up to 10 days,” said Perry.As a full-bucket shop, customers can walk in and pick their own single flowers. Any day of the week, wrapped bouquets and pre-made arrangements are ready to go, but especially during the Valentine’s Day season for delivery or carry out.“With a lifetime of experience with big life events, the sentiment is there and the emotions are there. We take the time to work with our customers and make their events special,” said Perry.The “one-on-one” touch with customers is a key part of Enchanted Florist’s success and that includes speedy service on last-minute occasions. Whether it is a forgotten boutonniere for prom or bouquet for a grieving family, you can be assured Enchanted Florist will be there to meet your needs. Personal wedding serviceEnchanted Florist also specializes in wedding floral design, working with local brides and “destination brides” who come to the Taos area to get married.“Brides have a hard time knowing what to expect. To alleviate the already stressful process of planning a wedding, we offer them a free consultation where we break down the details step by step,” said Graves.Potential brides are encouraged to visit www.taosflorist.com to see Enchanted Florist’s past and present wedding work and designs. Customers have also ranked the shop. One ecstatic bride named Emily said: “Cory and the entire Enchanted team created BEAUTIFUL flowers for my wedding. They went out of their way to accommodate every request I had (and believe me, I had a lot), and they were so patient and helpful through the entire planning process. I cannot recommend them enough.”Some of their weddings take the florists to the most beautiful and scenic areas in Taos. “In the past year we have done several weddings in Red River. One in particular I just finished setting up this beautiful, all-white spring wedding, when a herd of deer showed up expecting lunch. I had to patrol the area to make sure that it didn’t turn in to an ‘all-you-can-eat buffet. It was an interesting and terrifying experience,” said Reyes. http://www.taosnews.com/stories/success-story-enchanted-florist,46120