Arroyo Grande Flower Shop News
Services planned for Ventura County victims of Las Vegas shooting - Ventura County StarTuesday, November 07, 2017
The shooting left 59 dead and hundreds injured.On Friday a funeral for Taylor will be held at 1 p.m. at New Life Community Church, 990 James Way, Pismo Beach. Burial will take place afterward at Arroyo Grande Cemetery in Arroyo Grande.Taylor is a 29-year veteran of the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and headed the state conservation camp near Camarillo. He was at the Las Vegas concert with his girlfriend Denise Cohen, 58, of Carpinteria, who also died.Read more:: Five dead in Las Vegas shooting had ties to Ventura CountySimi Valley school office manager among dead in Las Vegas shootingShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideServices for Laura Shipp, 50, will take place in Malibu on Oct. 29.Shipp is from Thousand Oaks but moved to Las Vegas several years ago. Her mother, Joyce Shipp, said Laura will be cremated in Las Vegas and buried in Thousand Oaks. There will be a celebration of life open to anyone who knew Laura.Laura was at the concert with her son, Corey Shipp, a 23-year-old Marine, who survived the shooting.The celebration of life will take place 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the Malibu West Beach Club, 30756 Pacific Coast Highway.Family members of Chris Hazencomb of Camarillo said details of services have not been finalized. Hazencomb's mother, Maryanne Hazencomb, said because her son was such a sports enthusiast, she would like attendants to wear their favorite sports jersey to the services.Hazencomb, 44, a popular employee at the Camarillo Walmart, was with a close friend at the Route 91 Harvest festival. When the shooting started, Hazencomb used his body to block the bullets and saved his friend's life.A celebration of life for Susan Smith, 53, will be held Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. at Cornerstone Community Church, 2080 Winifred Street, Simi Valley. Those attending are encouraged to wear Smith's favorite color — purple — or their own favorite color, instead of black.Smith, an avid country music fan, was at the Route 91 Harvest festival with friends. As the office manager at Vista Fundamental School in... http://www.vcstar.com/story/news/2017/10/10/services-planned-ventura-county-victims-las-vegas-shooting/748503001/
Movement pushes local, American Grown flowers - Vancouver Business JournalMonday, May 08, 2017
Cowlitz County residents can take some pride in the nationwide effort.Benno Dobbe, Dutch immigrant and owner of Holland America Flowers in Woodland since 1982, established a second location in Arroyo Grande, California in 1986. He serves as a board member of the California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC).“Most people in the U.S. do not know where their flowers are coming from,” Dobbe said. “Statistics indicate that 80 percent of all cut flowers bought by customers in the U.S. are coming from other countries. When I came to this country in the early 80’s it was the other way around.”Armed with this information, Dobbe and his fellow board members launched the American Grown campaign. A Certified American Grown Flowers identifying logo was created to grace the protective sleeves of all cut flowers that meet the standard. It communicates to the consumer that the flowers and foliage are grown in the U.S. by American farmers and that all ingredients in mixed bouquets are 100 percent grown and assembled in the U.S.As the program gains support, more and more American Grown sleeves are being seen throughout flowers shops and even the flower departments of larger grocery chains.Another key piece in the awareness process is to bring the story of U.S. flower growers to the attention of lawmakers who can have a significant impact on promoting American Grown flowers.Also sitting on the CCFC Governmental Relations Committee, as chair, Dobbe and his fellow committee members have been lobbying Washington D.C. representatives and secured Clark County’s own Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Camas) to become one of the first four co-chairs of the Congressional Flo...
3 Startups that are Disrupting the Flower Biz — And Helping Farmers, Too - Modern FarmerTuesday, December 20, 2016
Holland America Flowers—put together the bouquets and ship them to the consumer. Holland American Flowers employs about 140 workers on two farms, one in Arroyo Grande California, the other in Woodland, Washington. Dobbe says that in the last two years of working with Bouqs, they’ve seen “exponential growth.”“I think what’s important is that both companies have benefitted. Bouqs has gotten a different customer base because of us, and we now have a different aspect of the market that we hadn’t touched on before because of them,” Dobbe explains. “We’re really helping each other out.”The traditional flower industry model involves farmers growing the flowers that they send to distributors, who sell to wholesalers, who then sell to florists, who then sell to the customer. That’s a fairly long supply chain that often means the farmer and the consumer are getting the short end of the stick—ahem, stem—since farmers don’t always get paid a decent price for their product due to reduced margins and consumers get a product with a short shelf life at an inflated price. Add to that the historically bad working conditions for many flower farm workers across the globe and you’ve got a pretty untenable situation. These three startups have come up with a variety of ways to try to fix these problems.The Bouqs CompanyBouqs was born out of a friendship between founders JP Montúfar and John Tabis, who meet at the University of Notre Dame. After college, Montúfar returned to his native Ecuador, where his father had been a flower farmer. Tabis and Montúfar kept in touch and during several phone conversations realized that there was an opportunity to do something big in the flower business since the industry’s two main stakeholders—the grower and the consumer—were losing out on “some level of value,” Montúfar tells Modern Farmer in a Skype interview. He and Tabis launched Bouqs in 2012. The company is headquartered in California, where Tabis, the CEO, lives, while Montúfar, the COO, handles his end, growing and managing the export of flowers from other Ecuadorian farms. “The farmers work so hard to produce beautiful flowers, but because of the seasonality and delicacy of the product, along with the many stops along the way from the farmer to the recipient, the farmers were getting undercut and the recipient was receiving a mediocre product that only lasts a few days before dying, which also creates more waste,” says Montúfar.The company was featured on the ABC show “Shark Tank” in 2014. Bouqs solved the supply chain problem by cutt... http://modernfarmer.com/2016/12/3-startups-disrupting-flower-biz-helping-farmers/
Flower Power: Volunteer team distributes blooms to assisted living and hospice - New Times SLOThursday, February 04, 2016
BRIGHTENING DAYSNora, Elayne, Ruth and Phyllis (left to right), residents at Oakpark Manor in Arroyo Grande, joyfully arrange the flowers delivered to them by Flower Power.PHOTO COURTESY OF STEVE BENNETTStaff members at the nursing homes and hospice care centers can attest to the flowers’ impact on their residents.“They brighten up the day of the patients,” said Steve Willey, volunteer manager for Wilshire Hospice. “We have patients who have Alzheimer’s, for example, and they’re not getting a lot of connections. They are really, really appreciative of the flowers. All the nurses who go out in the homes really look forward to them also because it is a nice gift to bring.”On the rare holiday that Flower Power is unable to deliver, Bennett always calls beforehand to let the recipients know.“We do definitely miss them on those rare occasions,” Willey said.GIVE IT AWAYJose and Luis at Koch nursery in Nipomo load up a cart with roses for Steve Bennett and his Flower Power team. Koch and three other nurseries in Nipomo donate their surplus flowers to be delivered weekly.PHOTO COURTESY OF STEVE BENNETTBennett and his colleagues feel deep fulfillment knowing the emotional connection that their service brings to people, many of whom are in the last stages of their lives.“We just get a really good feeling that somebody is thinking of these people,” Bennett said. “Many of them have very few visitors; a lot of them don’t g... http://www.newtimesslo.com/strokes-and-plugs/13387/flower-power-volunteer-team-distributes-blooms-to-assisted-living-and-hospice/
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 ...
Embrace drought and plant a more beautiful garden - Sacramento BeeTuesday, March 27, 2018
Drought tolerant" doesn't mean dull. For California gardeners, saving water can be beautiful, not boring.The key is color – not paint, but plants and the neon-bright palette that flowers can add to a landscape, even with water restrictions."I believe flowers belong in our lives," said longtime California horticulturist and author Maureen Gilmer. "And right now, everybody needs a refresher on what 'drought-tolerant' really means."A syndicated columnist and author of 18 gardening books, Gilmer is on a crusade to return big flower color to our gardens without increasing water demand. Just released, her latest book is a handy guide for making the transition to a less-thirsty landscape: "The Colorful Dry Garden: Over 100 Flowers and Vibrant Plants for Drought, Desert and Dry Times" (Sasquatch Books, 214 pages, $22.95)."I'm hoping this book starts a little revolution in California," Gilmer said in a phone interview. "If you love flowers, grow them. They're good for humanity, good for nature. They may be the perfect panacea that we ... http://www.sacbee.com/entertainment/living/home-garden/article204769359.html
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