Lindsay Flower Shop News
Liz Cooper & The Stampede Debut Album 'Window Flowers' Receiving Rave ReviewsTuesday, August 14, 2018
Album artwork; Photo credit: Lindsay Patkos Liz Cooper & The Stampede is featured on today’s WXPN “World Café”—listen here. Hosted by NPR’s Ann Powers, the performance and interview were recorded live from Nashville’s Sound Stage Studios and features songs from the band’s acclaimed debut album, Window Flowers. Of the set, World Café proclaims, “Call it psychedelic, call it classic or call it the sound of new Nashville. Liz Cooper & The Stampede are leading the rock pack in Tennessee right now…[Window Flowers is] one of the summer’s most refreshing listens.”Window Flowers is out now on the band’s own label, Sleepyhead Records, via Thirty Tigers. (stream/purchase here) and continues to receive widespread critical acclaim…In celebration of the release, the band will join Phosphorescent and Houndmouth on tours this fall. These shows follow the band’s busiest touring year-to-date, which fea... https://guitargirlmag.com/news/music-news/liz-cooper-the-stampede-debut-album-window-flowers-receiving-rave-reviews/
What You Need to Know about Milwaukee's Newest Flower-powered Startup - Milwaukee MagazineWednesday, April 11, 2018
Dreams, operates out of Chicago and Milwaukee and is slated to open a brick and mortar store in Walker’s Point in less than a month. In anticipation of the event, we sat down with marketing manager Lindsay Leinenkugel to ask her about the company and its charitable focus. How is Flowers for Dreams unlike a traditional florist?First and foremost, we give back 25 percent of profits to charity every month. And we’re actively putting on events with the charities and partnering with them. Flowers for Dreams is a modern company. It’s not your average florist offering balloons and gifts. All of our flowers are locally crafted, and we source locally grown flowers as much as we can. Photo courtesy of Twin Lens WeddingsHow do you decide which charities to donate to each month?We open our charity application every year in October. We invite nonprofits in Milwaukee and Chicago to apply. And we get the core team together to pitch our favorite charities to each other. Some of the charities hit really close to home for some of us. After that, we all vote. Teens Grow Greens is our April charity. It’s a really cool organization that provides local kids with paid internships and teaches them about sustainability. We support both small and large charities. The Hunger Task Force and Milwaukee Public Library get our support too. Who’s a typical Flowers for Dreams customer?Everyone loves flowers, and they make such a cool and thoughtful gift, so anyone can really appreciate the bouquets. But Milwaukee-area Millennials seem to love the company’s charity aspect especially. Do weddings account for a large portion of your sales?As a whole, weddings and events are a big part of our business. We’re going to do more than 500 weddings this year, but daily deliveries still play a major part too.Why did the company want to expand to Milwaukee?Proximity to Chicago was important. We needed to be close to the next location, so the drive would be easy. Know...
When Mom Cancels Appointment to Take Care of Sick Son, Company Sends Her Flowers - Good News NetworkTuesday, February 27, 2018
Sometimes it’s the smallest good deeds that mean the most to us. In Lindsay Pualoa’s case, it was a bouquet of flowers that was delivered to her door on Monday.The mother from Ashburn, Virginia had spent most of the might taking care of her son AJ. The toddler had been feeling sick, and by the time the sun came up, he wasn’t feeling any better.“He was still a hot mess (in the) morning so I cancelled an annual furnace check I had scheduled with our HVAC company,” Pualoa wrote on Facebook. “I just apologized for the late notice, said I had a sick kid at home, and didn’t think much more about it. Three hours later, my doorbell rings and there is a florist at my door.”The HVAC company, AllTech Services from Sterling, had sent Pualoa flowers with a note saying that they hoped AJ felt better soon.“I’m floored! I’ve never had something like this happen before,” she added.WANT TO READ MORE STORIES ABOUT BUSINESSES DOING GOOD? CHECK OUT THESE OTHER ARTICLES FROM OUR GNN ARCHIVES… (Photo by Lindsay Pualoa)When Girl Asks For a Day Off For Dad, Google Gi...
The New Wave in Floral Arrangements - New York TimesTuesday, September 26, 2017
By LINDSAY TALBOTSpiked Bismarck palm fronds, dramatic clusters of flamingo-pink anthuriums, flowering quince branches — MetaFlora’s bold arrangements are unexpected and irreverent, marrying ikebana-inflected minimalism with a dash of kitsch. Founder Marisa Competello, a former fashion stylist, constructs her sculptural compositions — which she often coats in layers of spray paint — from her Chinatown studio in Manhattan. ‘‘My work is an overdose of the ’80s,’’ she says.Competello is one of the highly individual, personality-driven floral designers who are pushing the craft in new directions. Rather than fetishizing a particular flower or color, their focus is on composition — the more distinctive, the better — a clear departure from the tidy, symmetrical centerpieces that defined the early 2000s floral aesthetic. Their styles may differ wildly — spare and undone, Pop Arty and daring, or wild and painterly — but along with form, the thing that unites these young designers is the depth o...
Business is blooming at local flower farms - Toledo BladeTuesday, August 15, 2017
Laura Brewster, of Barn Swallow Farm, said they hear similar positive comments about their locally grown bouquets at farmer’s markets.“We’re kind of following the paradigm of local food,” said Lindsay Daschner, who supplies area florists with a comparatively larger operation in Fairest Flowers. “People are like, ‘I want to know where my food comes from.’ The next thing is: Where do my flowers come from?”But there are practical reasons to look local, too, as growers like Ms. Daschner and florists like Mrs. Geiman are quick to point out. Local growers can often provide a wider variety of blooms, including more delicate ones that would not weather an overseas journey well.Vibrant and multi-petaled dahlias, which have been blooming in local fields and greenhouses recently, stand as one example.Local growers can also test out less-than-common varieties, and in turn offer those to florists at a reasonable price, with a versatility that larger overseas farms often cannot.“Maybe we can grow just a little patch of something that might be expensive to ship in,” Mrs. Brewster said. “For us it’s no big deal. [Florists] can afford to play with it.”And, as both florists and consumers tend to appreciate, local growers can generally offer fresher and consequently longer-lasting blooms than their out-of-country counterparts. Whereas an imported flower might be cut immaturely, so that its petals will be ready to open by the time it’s unpacked from a dry box, growers like Ms. Daschner or Miss Van Houtte can afford to wait for ideal conditions.“Our flowers are at peak ripeness,” Ms. Daschner said. “There’s no compromise in color or fragrance or vase life.”Local operations range significantly in scope. Fairest Flowers, which began under Dean Miller about 30 years ago, operates as a full-time business year-round through heated greenhouses. Ms. Daschner, who works with Mr. Miller, said they supply about 75 area florists.That compares to Ms. Berry, of Posey Jane, who first planted her half-acre or so of flowers beside her home three years ago. Her interest was piqued when she and her sister did their own floral arrangements for a handful of family weddings. Ms. Berry sells primarily at farmer’s markets and considers her flower business something of a hobby and side job.Somewhere in between those two is Barn Swallow Farm, where Mike and Laura Brewster tend fields totaling 2 to 3 acres with the help of their five children. The children range in age from 5 to 15, and each keeps an eye on their own special crop.The Brewster family has been supplying local florists since the late ’90s and, this year, began selling their own bouquets at a farmer’s market in in Whitehouse. (Mrs. Brewster and 10-year-old Rosemary are the family floral designers.) It’s a full-time operation for the family in the summer, when Mr. Brewster, who is a science teacher at Otsego High School, can dedicate the time to fields of dianthus, lisianthus, celosia, and the always popular sunflowers.The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers... http://www.toledoblade.com/Gardening/2017/08/08/Business-is-blooming-as-buy-local-movement-spurs-growth-at-flower-farms.html
Perspective | This D.C. florist's secret to surviving 114 years and four generations - The Washington PostThursday, May 02, 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 conversation with War... 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
Falling for Flowers - Argonaut OnlineThursday, May 02, 2019
Photos by Fanny ChuThe persistence paid off and has led to collaborations with brands such as TOMS shoes, Airbnb Experiences, street and surf wear company Banks Journal, and most recently Northern California cannabis company Humboldt Farms, which has partnered with The Unlikely Florist to bring bouquets in the zeitgeist of the California super bloom (and cannabis education) to dispensaries and public spots across L.A. this spring. On Saturday, (aka 4/20, that most sacred of pot holidays) they’ll set up along Abbot Kinney, so keep an eye out. The Unlikely Florist will be handing out penny bouquets, and Humboldt will be offering information and discount codes for the canna-curious.Marketing aside, Falls says the true mission of his bouquets is to spread appreciation and positivity.“Flowers to me are like the most positive thing there is in the world — they’re pure nature, they’re pure beauty, they’re just so pure,” he emphasizes. “That was probably the reason why I fell in love so much with flowers and being a florist — the sheer appreciation and the experience of making flower arrangements for people. You sit in the van and you put out a bunch of flowers and you hang out and people come up and they’re so happy. They’re looking to celebrate; they’re looking to thank someone; they’re looking to show love, show appreciation. There’s nothing negative about it.“I think unfortunately at this moment in time, we have many reasons in California and worldwide to feel real f**king gutted about what’s going on in the world — whether it be because there were fires that ripped through California and took many lives and f**ked up many homes, or the political state of the world, or the fact that like cathe... https://argonautnews.com/falling-for-flowers/
This is how the Easter lily became the holiday's flower - NOLA.comThursday, May 02, 2019
By 1945, there were about 1,200 growers producing bulbs up and down the Pacific coast, from Vancouver, Canada to Long Beach, California. And, believe it or not, right here in southeast Louisiana.The following information is quoted from Louisiana – A Guide to the State compiled by Workers of the Writer’s Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Louisiana, first printed in 1941.“Between Junior and Venice, interspersed by orange groves, are small farms devoted to a new and interesting industry – the cultivation of the Creole lily."The Creole lily (Lilium longiflorum) is generally called the Easter lily; its local name merely exemplifies the tendency of this section to apply the term ‘Creole’ to both people and things. The flower of this special stock, which is well suited to home gardens, is said to be more vigorous, prolific and resistant to disease than other varieties. Each stalk bears from 3 to 18 white blossoms, which reputedly last 4 or 5 days longer than those of the Japanese stock. More emphasis is place on the production of the bulbs for shipping than the sale of the flowers. "In the spring the blooms are nipped, allowing the bulb to retain the full nourishment of the plant juices. In midsummer the plants are dug up and the bulbs placed in a hamper protected from the sun by palmetto leaves. … the lily roots are shipped by express to northern cities, where they are kept in cold storage – 32 to 40 degrees – through the winter. In early spring florists set them out to bloom for Easter and Mother’s Day.” 32 summer-flowering bulbs to add to your garden Most summer-flowering bulbs are native to tropical and subtropical climates and will reliably bloom here for many years. These were tall growing Easter lilies grown for cut flowers, not the shorter types used for growing in containers which is more common these days.But, producing quality, consistent lily bulbs proved to be an exact and demanding science with specific climatic requirements, and bulb production diminished in Louisiana. Over the years, the total number of Easter lily bulb producers dwindled down to just ten farms in a small, isolated coastal region straddling the Oregon-California border. This re... https://www.nola.com/homegarden/2019/04/this-is-how-the-easter-lily-became-the-holidays-flower.html
Never Mind Flowers, Marijuana Might Be 2019's Hot Mothers Day Gift - ForbesThursday, May 02, 2019
Mothers Day weekend was triple its typical market share. Some of the current best sellers in the category according to LeafLink are Muscle Freeze CBD by Mary's Medicinals of California, Body Balm by Colorado company Nordic Goddess and Extra Strength Dragon's Balm created by Oregon’s Medicine Farm. Unsurprisingly, the top ten sellers all came from states where recreational use is allowed, along with medical use. The unofficial cannabis holiday April 20th saw sales jumps in different categories. According to Flowhub, during the weekend, nearly 150k pre-rolled joints were sold. Overall, flower sales dominated 420, accounting for 54.1% of total sales. The second best selling product category was concentrates at 30.8%, followed by edibles at 11.3%. Even mothers in more conservative states may be soon in possession of marijuana gifts. Marijuana Moment reported that the Texas House of Representatives just voted to approve a marijuana decriminalization bill. https://www.forbes.com/sites/julieweed/2019/04/30/never-mind-flowers-marijuana-might-be-2019s-hot-mothers-day-gift/