Anaheim Flower Shop News
Man charged with hate crime after attack on Anaheim flower seller - OCRegisterWednesday, March 14, 2018
SANTA ANA — A transient was charged with a hate crime Tuesday for allegedly attacking a man selling flowers alongside an Anaheim street while calling the victim a “wetback.”Daniel Owen Kelley, 57, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and violation of civil rights with violent injury, both felonies. He is also facing sentencing enhancements for a hate crime and a hate crime with a prior conviction, according to court records.Kelley is accused of beating a 19-year-old man with a cane at Beach Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue about 3:25 p.m. Sunday as the victim was selling flowers, Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.Kelley allegedly called the victim a “wetback” during the attack, Wyatt said. http://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/28/man-charged-with-hate-crime-after-attack-on-anaheim-flower-seller/
A favorite fall blooming shru - Houston HeraldTuesday, September 26, 2017
Immature peppers will wither and turn an odd orange color as they dry.Any type of pepper can be used to make a ristra, but typically they are made with thick skinned pepper like Anaheim, Thai, Serrano or other pepper that has an elongated pod of at least six inches. It takes a lot of peppers — about four pounds or three-quarters of a bushel — a ball of sturdy twine or a roll of fishing line, a long piece of thick wire or sisal rope to make a full size ristra.Clusters of three peppers must be held by the stems and the string wrapped around the stems three or four times. Then, wrap one loop of the string over the base of the stem and pull the string around the peppers tight. Continue this with three more peppers, tying the peppers about three inches above the last one.After all of the peppers have been grouped together and tied up, the sisal rope or piece of wire should be hung from a door knob or long nail. Braid the chiles around the rope like a child’s hair is braided. The rope or wire acts as one strand and the stems of two peppers are the other strands. Push the peppers down and braid the next cluster. There should be no empty spaces in the ristra.To preserve the ristra for a very long time, the dried pods can be sprayed with a clear lacquer. Remember, lacquered pods cannot be eaten. Pods that are not lacquered can be eaten and processed as needed.Chiles will continue to dry and will turn dark red and become brittle as they age on the ristra. If the ristra is not placed in direct sunlight, the peppers may last for a year or more. Ristras should be hung in a well-ventilated area so the chiles do not rot or attract insects.Ristras can be used for decoration with a ribbon, a piece of evergreen or other decor may be added to the top of the ristra. In the Southwest, a ristra is hung in a home to represent luck. Ristra are also used as décor for the holidays in the Southwest in the place of holly or poinsettias. http://www.houstonherald.com/columns/guest_columns/a-favorite-fall-blooming-shru/article_05e7e280-9cac-11e7-ab22-4b65baaf5c3a.html
Can you keep that Easter bunny and other creatures at home? Cities, HOAs, have rules - OCRegisterTuesday, April 18, 2017
According to recorded information on their phone line, the county animal services currently supports the cities of Anaheim, Brea, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Lake Forest, Midway City, Orange, Placentia, Rossmoor, San Juan Capistrano, Tustin, Villa Park, Yorba Linda and all unincorporated areas in the county.Be careful, though. If you live within the boundaries of other cities, differing city rules will prevail.But wait, it gets more complicated. If your home has a homeowners’ association (HOA,) they may have their own rules regarding the number and type of pets you can keep at home. You must check the covenants, conditions, and restrictions for your HOA to determine pet rules. HOA rules prevail.A representative from Mission Viejo Animal Services, which serves Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, and Rancho Santa Margarita, said there is no limit to other “domestic” animals such as rabbits, turtles, guinea pigs, birds, iguanas, tarantulas, or bearded dragons.However, if your collection of uncontrolled critters becomes a public nuisance (via excessive noise or foul odors), a law enforcement officer may pay you a visit to check out your situation. They judge on a case by case basis and are looking at the specifics of the public nuisance, as well as signs of humane (or inhumane) treatment of the animals, to determine the indicated course of action.As with any pet you keep at home, if a bunny recently joined your family, be sure to have a plan for proper care, be aware of whose rules you need to follow, and be courteous to your neighbors.Please note, ferrets are illegal in the state of California. http://www.ocregister.com/2017/04/15/easter-bunnies-welcome-dogs-and-cats-not-so-much/
Santa Ana florist Has Been Delivering the Goods on Valentine's Day for 95 years - Orange Coast Magazine (blog)Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Michael Macres delivers flowers, he usually has a minute for that bygone rarity, a personal chat with the customer.In their busiest times in the past half-century, the Macreses ran shops in Anaheim, Laguna Beach, and Orange as well as four shops near each other in downtown Santa Ana. The oldest family flower shop in the county, the Macreses’ business not only tells us something about who we are as people, but it also gives us a glimpse into who we are as a county.Now reduced to one shop, Macres Florists is a quiet pass-by on Broadway in downtown Santa Ana that has had the same “Say it with Flowers” logo embroidering the roofline in old-school cursive for the past eight decades. Valentine’s Day this month is big for many small florists, and it makes up about a fourth of Macres’ annual business.On the 14th, Michael Macres and his wife, Tricia, usually have to start around 2 a.m., just like the old days when they had to go to the Los Angeles Flower Market for their wholesale stock. (They were able to get the flowers in Orange County starting in the 1970s.) Michael got involved in the family business as a kid, long before he graduated from Orange High School in 1964. Tricia grew up in a well-known Orange family, the Trewetts, who owned a blacksmith and welding shop.Valentine’s Day is a big payday, but not as big as it might seem. There are all sorts of added expenses, including renting vans and refrigerated containers and hiring more drivers. Wholesale flowers a... http://www.orangecoast.com/essays/santa-ana-macres-florists/
Florist to the mob had offers he couldn't refuse - Los Angeles TimesTuesday, January 17, 2017
Vegas. He recently opened a shop in this bedroom community after a five-year hiatus from selling roses.Ferraro works in an area known for its underworld roots, one that promotes its mob museum like Anaheim pitches Disneyland. But he was schooled in the world of organized crime long before he ever arranged a bouquet here. He learned the trade in New York, where for 15 years he owned Bartel's flower shop in the South Bronx.One lesson: Flower shops were often the domain of tough guys, or more specifically, wiseguys. In the 1930s, Ferraro's Uncle Joe owned Marywell Florist, a suspected front for a racketeering operation run by mobster Dutch Schultz.Over the years, guys got whacked — good customers Ferraro knew personally, such as Richard Costello, a union leader who patronized his shop for years. He and his son Richie were shot execution-style in the longshoreman's office, a crime police assumed was a hit by the Gambino crime family.Those were the halcyon days in the old neighborhood, where guys in nice suits made deals you couldn't refuse. These days, Ferraro still flinches when he takes a call that begins, "Hey, Johnny, I got something for ya."In the Bronx, his specialty was funerals. His shop was next door to a mortuary that funneled him clients.Often, Ferraro didn't want to know any customer's back story. He never asked questions. But often he would read about a mob hit in the New York Daily News, and days later, he'd be fashioning wr... http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-mob-florist-20150501-story.html
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 ...
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...
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
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...