Cottonwood Flower Shop News
Shop owner returns to doing what she loves - Albuquerque JournalMonday, December 17, 2018
Now that my door is open, I can’t wait to meet with the diverse group of people that come through here on a regular basis.”A ribbon of strength A salon being built in the Cottonwood area spotlights the owner’s personal battle with cancer with logo and name.Pink Ribbon Nail Salon, which the Journal featured earlier this year, will open before Christmas, according to manager Tina Carmichael.ADVERTISEMENTSkipCarmichael, who has been battling breast cancer for over a year, said starting the business was her way of having a purpose while going through cancer treatment.“I remember when the doctor called me and told me I had cancer,” she said. “I hung up the phone and rolled up on the floor for, like, 30 minutes. It took a while for me to wrap my head around the idea I was going to die.”Since her diagnosis, Carmichael has found new strength with her husband and business partner, Joe Nguyen, helping her every step of the way.“Now I am busy living and want to help other women who have similar situations,” she said. “I want Pink Ribbon to be a place where other women can offer advice, laugh and most importantly cry because it is healing to be surrounded by those who understand this journey.”The 1,800-square-foot space at 10301 Cottonwood Drive, will offer manicures, pedicures, waxing and artificial nails. Carmichael said she estimates hiring five employees when the store is fully open.Carmichael said 5 percent of the company’s proceeds will go to help with her cancer treatment.ADVERTISEMENTSkip“I have the energy to be the boss, but I do have to take time to fight daily, too,” Carmichael said.Birds of a featherThe Grey Heron, 9132 Montgomery NE, offers refurbished old products that have been distressed and repainted. (Stephen Montoya/Albuquerque Journal )A new store with refurbished old products that have been distressed and repainted with a modern aesthetic is making a mark in the Northeast Heights.Grey Heron, 9132 Montgomery NE, sells Farmhouse, Modern Farmhouse, French Country and a little Boho Chic style housewares, furniture, clothing and chalk paint supplies.Owner Kayla Miller, who opened the store in September, said she was apprehensive about starting her own store after many told her how hard it would be.“Many people told me to be patient because it can take up to a year to get a good clientele,” Miller said. “But since I’ve opened the doors, we’ve haven’t had that problem.”ADVERTISEMENTSkipMiller said she and her husband look for items to refurbish and put in the store. Miller said she has two storage containers full of product, with many of the floor items already sold.img class="wp-image-1258250 size-large" src="https://d3el53au0d7w62.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/16/mb03_jd_17dec_5retail-630x473.jpg" alt width="630" height="473... https://www.abqjournal.com/1258191/new-heights-store-makes-old-stuff-new-again.html
The successful Greeley businesswoman's playbook - Greeley TribuneTuesday, January 30, 2018
Like iron sharpening iron, these people have been instrumental in our growth," she said.A willingness to learn and the understanding once she had purchased Cottonwood Florist in Greeley it was all hers was how Judy Jackson sees her success. She purchased the long-running floral shop from Connie Otto in 1998.Both Jackson and Otto, who opened in 1976, saw the business model change from one focusing on antique furniture, handmade chocolates and a few flowers to its current emphasis on flower design, gifts and home decor.Putting customer satisfaction first and acceptance of change was part of why the doors are still open, Jackson said.Although Jackson began on the business side, after she bought out two other partners, she learned by doing under the tutorship of Otto and other floral designers. Learning to address new competition from grocery stores and an aggressive internet presence where online "order takers" negotiate with florists to accept jobs at the lowest fee keeps her reaching for new ideas and strategies.Set Personal Boundaries...
As wedding costs top $25000, couples and businesses adjust - AZ Big MediaTuesday, January 16, 2018
Wedding costsAngela Kowal, an Arizona bride from Cottonwood, didn’t spend nearly that much for her wedding in 2009.“I believe people are missing the point of a wedding. In weddings today, it looks more like a competition of who has the better dress or who has the best wedding theme,” Kowal said. “There’s so much stress, and people go into debt just to celebrate one day. I am not against big weddings, I just see a lot of couples do more than what they can afford.”Kowal and her cousin/bridesmaid, Chemin Alldredge, spent about $500 on the ceremony and receptions after donations from family and friends.“At first we wanted a courthouse wedding because we didn’t want anyone in our families to have the pressure in being part of it,” Kowal said. “I believe that it all came together naturally and willingly. I loved how traditional and simple it was.”Alldredge said there were 20 to 30 guests, the groom hired an inexpensive caterer, alcohol was provided by the groom’s brother as a gift and the local grocery store made the wedding cake.“I had the groom buy all clear disposable plates and silverware, then, when it came to the toast, we realized he forgot to buy cups. So we had no cups for the toast or dinner and we had to beg the brother of the groom for his stash,” Alldredge said. “He didn’t want to give them up and finally his dad made him. We toasted the bride and groom with red Solo Cups.”“Everything was very simple and very D.I.Y., “ Alldredge said. “We hung white Christmas lights on the fencing, used black tablecloths and put tea lights everywhere.”The ceremony and reception were held on family property. The flowers were purchased from the local grocery store and arranged into bouquets by the wedding party. Photos and videos were taken by all of the wedding guests; professional photography was gifted to...
Small gesture blooms into big smiles for senior citizens - Greeley TribuneTuesday, July 18, 2017
I used to," said Clay, 82, with a laugh. Once a nurse working in a senior home in Windsor, Clay is now retired, living at the Life Care Center in Greeley, 4800 25th St.On Monday, Cottonwood Florist, working with Teleflora of the Rocky Mountains, delivered 75 flowers and mugs to the Life Care Center in Greeley, with plans to deliver 200 more flowers and mugs throughout the week to The Bridge Assisted Living, 4750 25th St., and Grace Pointe, 1919 68th Ave.This is the first year Judy Jackson, owner of Cottonwood Florist, 4681 W 20th St., has gotten involved with Make Someone Smile Week. "I think it's wonderful," Jackson said. "It only costs us labor."It's their way of giving back and getting involved in the community. The flowers arrived early Monday morning in large white and yellow bouquets, unfit for being presented to the residents. That's where Mariah Kern and Roxanne Martinez came in.Kern and Martinez, activity assistants at Life Care Center, then prepared the flowers, taking several bundles of flowers and trimming them to fit them into 75 mugs. For Kern and Roxanne, resident smiles were rewards for the tedious work. "Coming from a medical background, finally getting to be part of the day where we're just having a good time. That makes my day. I love it," Martinez said.Resident Luwanda Kelsey, 70, said getting a small bouquet brings her back to her youth."At first when you go through life, you're getting flowers before you get married, from the guys at dances, and that's really neat," she said.Now retired and married, she said the small act of getting flowers is a part of giving back to ot... http://www.greeleytribune.com/news/local/small-gesture-blooms-into-big-smiles-for-senior-citizens/
Greeley businesses anticipate increase in sales for Easter this week - Greeley TribuneTuesday, April 11, 2017
Easter lilies, violets and azaleas are the flowers of the hour at Judy Jackson's west Greeley flower shop. Jackson and her team at Cottonwood Florist, 4681 20th St., have started to prepare centerpieces for Easter celebrators and those trying to meet the yearly quota of holiday-themed flowers for their moms. She expects to see more customers in her door come Tuesday and Wednesday. Yep, Easter is only one week away, and it actually came about three weeks later this year than last. According to the National Retail Federation, that's benefiting most businesses. The NRF's annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics found Americans will spend more on Peeps, baskets full of rabbit-shaped goodies and Easter brunch this year than they have in the past. Easter spending this year is expected to reach $18.4 billion, up 6 percent from last year's record-setting $17.3 billion, according to the survey. "Most consumers have almost an entire extra month to shop for Easter this year, and by the time the holiday comes the weather should be significantly warmer than last Easter," NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay sa... http://www.greeleytribune.com/news/business/greeley-businesses-anticipate-increase-in-sales-for-easter-this-week/
This D.C. florist secret to surviving 114 years and four generations - The Washington PostWednesday, March 06, 2019
The florist’s all-time customer list has featured Washington Post cartoonist Herblock, the late Mayor Marion Barry, the Washington Nationals, television/radio host Larry King, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, astrologer Jeanne Dixon, civil rights and women’s rights activist Dorothy Height and half the hotels in town.Florist shops in the United States average about $350,000 in revenue a year and pocket about $50,000 in profit, according to the Society of American Florists. With $2 million in revenue, Caruso must be raking in profit.Cheryl Diaz MeyerFor The Washington PostRob Mittemeyer of Caruso Florist loads flowers into the van for delivery within a 25-mile radius of downtown Washington.“The business supports a lot of people,” said Mike Caruso, 59, Phil’s son who runs the day-to-day operations at the florist. Four Carusos work there; three brothers and father Phil, who is the president. There are 23 full-time employees and five trucks delivering flowers seven days a week. The big expenses are labor and flowers. [Here’s how rich you have to be not to worry about getting dragged from a plane]The five trucks together typically make more than 100 deliveries a day, dropping off fruit baskets at hospitals, flowers at churches and a dozen roses at a Potomac home. Ninety-five percent of orders arrive by phone and Internet. The business has computer files on thousands of its regular customers. About 40 deliveries are standing weekly orders for drop-offs at the University Club, a dentist’s office, the hotels and a law office — anything within a 25-mile radius of downtown. Caruso Florist is known for higher-end pricing and service, with orders from $35 for a basic arrangement to $30,000 to decorate the Hay-Adams for an over-the-top wedding. Mike Caruso arrives before sunrise every Monday. He spends the morning organizing the day, which may mean unloading 1,000 roses flown in from Ecuador or checking on the Gerbera daisies that just arrived from Canada’s eastern provinces at 6:30 a.m. “We have five trucks out on the road today,” Mike said last Monday. “Probably close to 100 deliveries. August is the slowest month of the year. Once Congress goes out, things kind of calm down.”December, February and May make up half the business. There are three weeks of heavy traffic leading up to Christmas. Mother’s Day is bustling. And then, of course, Valentine’s Day.It’s do-or-die day. The truck fleet grows to 30 just for Valentine’s Day, and the staff doubles.[My conv... https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/this-dc-florists-secret-to-surviving-114-years-and-four-generations/2017/08/18/ee1a0152-836e-11e7-b359-15a3617c767b_story.html
Southern California Will Soon See Another Booming Superbloom - Smithsonian.comTuesday, March 05, 2019
In the next few weeks, parts of Southern California may experience a superbloom, which is when the desert landscape comes alive with blossoming wild poppies, verbena, lilies, primroses, prickly pear and dozens of other species of ephemeral native spring wildflowers, reports Evan Nicole Brown at Atlas Obscura. The term superbloom is used to describe years when excess rain causes chaparral and desert landscapes to produce more flowers than normal, with carpets of wildflowers sometimes covering entire landscapes for a brief period, explains Eleanor Imster at EarthSky. The seeds of desert wildflowers are made to last—they often have thick or waxy coatings and are able to survive in a dormant state for years or decades. Tiffany Camhi at KQED reports that the best superblooms occur after extended drought has had time to kill off invasive weeds that compete with native wildflowers for sunlight, followed by above average rainfall. When the excess rain soaks and softens the ... https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/southern-california-cusp-another-jawdropping-superbloom-180971466/
Obituary of Donald McNaught - The Union of Grass ValleyTuesday, March 05, 2019
Life will be held at 1 p.m., on Saturday March 16, 2019, at the Alta Sierra Country Club. Light refreshments will be served.Don was born to Herbert and Luetta McNaught on May 31, 1933 in Berkeley, California. He attended schools in Salinas, Fresno, and San Mateo, and received a BS from UCSF Pharmacy School in 1957. Don loved pharmacy and was president of McNaught Enterprises, Inc., doing business as Foothill Medical Pharmacy in Sunnyvale, California for 30 years. After retiring and moving to Grass Valley to build their dream home, Don worked for several pharmacies in the area. Pharmacy was in his blood.Don was also a former member of the Los Altos Golf and Country Club, Fairbrae Tennis, Palo Alto Elks, CA Pilots Association, CA Pharmacist Association, Alta Sierra Country Club, Music in the Mountains, and a Nevada County Volunteer Deputy Sheriff.He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Priscilla; children Jeffery and Lisa; grandson Brycen; and several nieces and nephews.The family wishes to thank Golden Empire Nursing and Rehab Center for their wonderful care. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.Arrangements are under the care of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. https://www.theunion.com/news/obituaries/obituary-of-donald-mcnaught/
Flower power: Eden Floral utilizes local growers for bouquets, floral crowns, and other engaging arrangements - New Times SLOTuesday, March 05, 2019
Born in Missouri, Manuele moved to California while still a child, but old enough to remember and miss the rolling green hills. She spent her youth and early adulthood admiring and foraging for the indigenous plant life that surrounded her. In her early 20s, Manuele took up both gardening and hiking as hobbies and found herself combining the two passions through floral art, coming home from a hike with a sprig of mountain sage and plopping it into a jar with some lavender and roses from her garden. "I was foraging long before I even knew what the word 'foraging' meant," Manuele said. "I would bring bouquets to friends made up of my latest hiking adventure and whatever was blooming in my garden." click to enlarge
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GARDEN OF EDEN Rachael Manuele (pictured) turned her passion for nature into a career with the creation of her fine art floral design company, Eden Floral.
This era in Manuele's life rolled into friends asking her to design their flower arrangements for bridal showers and weddings. Before long, friends of those friends, who had attended the showers and weddings, were contacting Manuele to seek her services. It wasn't until she began getting inquiries from people she didn't know that Manuele decided to start an official floral design company. She wound up choosing a name synonymous with paradise. "The name Eden translates my love of the natural world as it is. It's my tribute to this Earth and all that it gives to us," Manuele said. "The resilience of our Earth is an inspiration to me." click to enlarge ... https://www.newtimesslo.com/sanluisobispo/flower-power-eden-floral-utilizes-local-growers-for-bouquets-floral-crowns-and-other-engaging-arrangements/Content?oid=7641365