Avalon Flower Shop News
Floral Art: The challenges of working in an ephemeral medium - Chippewa HeraldTuesday, January 30, 2018
We have done flowers for a new baby, then their prom flowers, and now a wedding. We love working with a couple on their wedding and seeing their lives evolve and then seeing their family grow.”Avalon European FloralAvalon European Floral, like other Valley flower shops, is run like an old-school business. Call them and you won’t have to select one, then two, then one, and then forget what that last question was and have to begin again. People answer their phone, and their customer service just begins there, as a phone call begins by them listening so that they tailor floral arrangements for their customers. That’s especially key for a wedding, where Avalon Floral has arranged flowers from $200 to $25,000.Sandy O’Connell, owner, said, “We meet expectations by listening to their desires.”Weddings comprise about 20 percent of Avalon’s business, and it’s a fifth that has considerable challenges.O’Connell said, “When it comes to suppliers delivering needed flowers, weather and natural disasters can play big part.”Openings are narrow, as wedding dates don’t change and set-up has to happen the day before or the day of the wedding.“It gets tricky when the venue is not set up on time. We have to keep flowers from freezing in winter and relocate outdoor weddings due to rain. That means moving a natural, living produ... http://chippewa.com/business/businessreport/floral-art-the-challenges-of-working-in-an-ephemeral-medium/article_f8fc8b05-ec75-5716-b71f-a64fc7c75341.html
11 Mother's Day gifts for mom - Atlanta Journal ConstitutionMonday, May 08, 2017
Maryna Cocktail Shaker, $54 at Anthropologie. CONTRIBUTEDThe Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionShake up a summer cocktail for mom with the Maryna Cocktail Shaker, $54 at Anthropologie stores including Avalon, 4180 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta, and Lenox Square, 3393 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta.Soulflowers is a new Atlanta-based flower subscription service perfect for the mom who enjoys fresh blooms. CONTRIBUTEDThe Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionSoulflowers is a new Atlanta-based flower subscription service perfect for the mom who enjoys fresh blooms. Sign up for one-, two- or three-month subscriptions, which include two bouquets per month. Prices start at $76 for the one-month subscription. Visit YoungBloodBoutique.com/flower-subscription/ or sign up in-store at 632 N. Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta.Lalabu, the shirts that make baby carrying and nursing simple. CONTRIBUTEDThe Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionNew moms (and dads) will appreciate products from Atlanta-born Lalabu, the shirts that make baby carrying and nursing simple with an all-in-one design. The Lalabu Soothe Shirt features a pouch and inner mesh panel that calms newborns and a built-in nursing bra for easy breastfeeding. It costs $75 and is available online at lalabu.com.Help mom upgrade her style by booking an appointment with The Service at the Shops Buckhead Atlanta. Clients enjoy complimentary personal styling and shopping with the expertise of top Atlanta stylist Amy Nelson and her team. All purchases made through The Service can be gift-wrapped and delivered to a nearby home, hotel or office. For information, call 404-939-9275.The Frye Casey Leather Tote is available at Nordstrom. CONTRIBUTEDThe Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionThe Frye Casey Leather Tote will hold mom’s most precious items. It costs $358 (but is now priced at $189.97 for a limited time) at Nordstrom, Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road NE, or Perimeter Mall, 4390 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE, Atlanta.Mom’s Night Out at STK Atlanta is May 11-14, and the three-course dinner menu, which is $65 per person, gives you some options along the way. CONTRIBUTEDThe Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionEnjoy Mom’s Night Out at STK Atlanta, May 11-14. The three-course Mother’s Day dinner menu is $65 per person (not including tax and gratuity) and includes a first course of... http://www.ajc.com/lifestyles/shopping/mother-day-gifts-for-mom/aQrTN2SuyZmbGnEmLe8lfK/
Spring flowers are arriving - The CourierTuesday, April 25, 2017
Flowering trees are also giving us a great display with plums, cherries, pears and even my peach all in full blossom.My new peach Avalon Pride took over from Peregrine which got devastated by peach leaf curl.However peach leaf curl resistant Avalon Pride is flowering very late, so although I see plenty bees around I still need to hand pollinate as the flowers are so small that I doubt if any of the bees will bother much with them.Spring flowers continue with the white scented shrub Viburnum carlcephalum, and Camellia Donation a star attraction soon to be followed by a large Kerria japonica which has been allowed to grow full size.© SuppliedHand pollin...
Langdon Florist of Tribeca owner brings business to Staten Island - SILive.comTuesday, May 01, 2018
I make them come to life. I always handle the best quality flowers from all over the world," said Rizzo, noting he imports from Holland, Ecuador, Columbia, California and Miami, among other areas.WORK ETHIC LEADS TO SUCCESSBrought to this country as a child after being born in Sicily, Italy, Rizzo was raised by an asphalt worker and seamstress. From a young age, he learned the value of hard work, he said."We didn't get another pair of sneakers unless there was a hole in them. And they were Keds. if you had Converse in those days you were king," said Rizzo."My mother taught me how to save money in a little bank. I learned at a young age that nothing comes free, and you have to work to make money. ...I always worked. I worked at pizzerias, and as a stock boy. I always had money in my pocket," he added.So ever since his daughters were young, he has been illustrating how hard work pays off."One day when Gracie was about 9 years old, she was playing with flowers in a basket at the store, and she ended up making an arrangement that I sold for $20. When I got home, I handed her the money. She said, 'Daddy when can I come back to work for you?'," he recalled.A LESS COSTLY PLACE TO DO BUSINESSAnother catalyst for the relocation was that Staten Island is also a more cost-effective place to do business."Manhattan got ridiculous -- rents, parking tickets, etc... " said Rizzo. "It's rough right now for a small business owner in Manhattan."BIG-NAME CLIENTSChirlane McCray, the first lady of New York, and Mayor Bill de Blasio are two of his most loyal clients."I remember when they were dating, and Chirlane would come in and point to some flowers, and she'd say, 'Tell Bill to get those for me'," recalled Rizzo."We built a relationship for many years. ... I did [the flowers] for [de Blasio and McCray's] wedding," he added, noting his relationship with New York mayors dates back to the Koch administration.GROWING UP IN THE FLORIST BUSINESSRizzo's first job was working in his cousin Paulie's flower show in Brooklyn."Him and his partner owned Shore Road Florist in Bay Ridge. I basically grew up in the business delivering, and filling up water tubes. After high school, I just went to work for him," he said.After seven years of full-ti... http://www.silive.com/northshore/index.ssf/2018/04/manhattan_mainstay_langon_flor.html
Nostalgic for Last Year's Super Bloom? You Should Really Go to Carlsbad - LA MagazineTuesday, May 01, 2018
Museum of Ice Cream opened a month later). Yes, the super bloom of 2017 was epic. But while this year won’t bring another “Flowergeddon,” a weekend trip to Carlsbad, California, will cure what ails any Angelenos yearning for a botanical outburst.Located just 87 miles south of L.A., Carlsbad is home to 50 acres of radiant ranunculus that grow in color-coordinated rows. (It’s also home to Legoland—arguably just as colorful, but decidedly less fun for frolicking.) The blooms here are commercially grown, so you’re guaranteed some bud sightings worthy of your journey down the 5. And because the city is so proud of its flora, it’s brought back the Petal to Plate celebration for a second year. Through April 15, Carlsbad will become a haven for flower fanatics, with blossom-focused food, cocktails, and spa treatments at local restaurants and hotels. Here’s how to create your own weekend super bloom.SeeFor the main attraction, stop by the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, which are open to the public through May 13. In addition to rows of ranunculus, there’s a rose garden, a cymbidium orchid greenhouse, and a labyrinth made of sweet peas (like a corn maze, but better smelling). 5704 Paseo Del Norte, CarlsbadStayThe flower festivities at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa run the full month of April, so don’t stress if you can’t... http://www.lamag.com/culturefiles/carlsbad-flowers/
Flower Shop Owner Missing En Route to Visit Family in Washington Found Alive in Shasta County - NBC 7 San DiegoTuesday, May 01, 2018
USFS) checked the campground but did not find Bax, McGregor said. The Shasta County Sheriff's Office did not have any luck finding her either, he said.An all-points bulletin was issued for Bax in California, Oregon and Washington, her family said.Bax was traveling with her dog, ...
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle select florist for royal wedding - ABC NewsTuesday, May 01, 2018
Prince Charles.After the wedding, the couple has arranged for the flowers to be donated to various charities.Earlier this month Kensington Palace announced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had selected California native Claire Ptak, owner of Violet Bakery in Hackney, East London, to design a lemon elderflower wedding cake with buttercream icing and fresh flowers as decorations.Harry, 33, and Markle, 36, are "very much looking forward to sharing this cake" with their wedding guests, the palace said.Ptak's bakery is notable for using seasonal and organic ingredients in cakes.The pastry chef gives people a glimpse into her beautiful delicacies on Instagram. Some of her recent posts include fresh flowers on cakes, as Markle and Harry have requested for their wedding. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Culture/prince-harry-meghan-markle-select-florist-royal-wedding/story?id%3D54150046