Valencia Flower Shop News
Santa Clarita Florist, Community Fixture Dies After Complications From Fall - KHTS RadioTuesday, August 15, 2017
By Pearl ObispoLongtime Santa Clarita resident Steve Hanauer – the “Steve” in Steve’s Valencia Florist – died Wednesday night from complications stemming from a fall he sustained the previous day.Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox.Not just a florist, Hanauer was also a fixture in the Santa Clarita community, known for his generous support of local charities including the SCV Senior Center and the SCV Boys and Girls Club.“He was very proud of this valley,” said his widow, Jan Hanauer. “He loved the people. He was very prominent with the ‘old-school Santa Clarita’ community and was always willing to help.”The local entrepreneur owned and operated Steve’s Florist since 1974 – which makes it the oldest full-service flower shop in Santa Clarita. Prior to the Santa Clarita location, Hanauer owned flower shops in San Fernando and Brentwood.The business expanded at one point to three locations in the Santa Clarita Valley, but Jan Hanauer said they later decided to dwindle it down to one – the original and current locati... http://www.hometownstation.com/santa-clarita-news/community-news/santa-clarita-florist-community-fixture-dies-after-complications-from-fall-200557
Santa Clarita florist Steve Hanauer dies at 76 - Santa Clarita Valley SignalTuesday, August 15, 2017
Florist and community leader Steve Hanauer died Wednesday at age 76, due to complications from a fall. He opened Steve’s Valencia Florist on Lyons Ave. in 1974.Steve and his wife Jan’s paths had crossed long before they started dating in 1986. Steve had been a friend of Jan’s father, and Jan had been a student in a Regional Occupational Program floral design class at John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills.In 1986, Jan called to order flowers, “and we were both newly single,” Jan said. “He had a certain charm, a way of joking with people. And he was tall, and I’m tall, so that helped.”When they started dating, Steve sent Jan a single rose the first day, two the second day, and more each day until she received a dozen.Steve Hanauer, owner of Steve’s Valencia Florist, died Wednesday at age 76. Courtesy photo.By that point, Steve Hanauer had been running the shop on Lyons Ave. for twelve years, having moved up from San Fernando, where he’d also run a flower shop.Hanauer got started in the flower business in junior college, when he and a friend got jobs driving a florist’s delivery truck. The friend end...
Feature Film Florist Jenny Tobin Joins Queen Victoria's Festival of Flowers Voyage - PR Newswire (press release)Tuesday, April 11, 2017
VALENCIA, Calif., March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Luxury travel brand Cunard has today announced leading film and TV floral designerJenny Tobin will join its first-ever Festival of Flowers voyage this summer on Queen Victoria, giving guests the opportunity to explore some of the Atlantic Isles' most awe-inspiring gardens and floral landscapes. Jenny Tobin is renowned for her work on blockbuster films such as "Allied" and "Fantastic Beasts, and Where to Find Them," as well as for her floral arrangements at the most soughtafter hotels around the world and even for the British Royal Family. Jenny will be imparting her knowledge, tips and insight into her career during the voyage, which departs following Queen Victoria's refurbishment this June. Jenny Tobin and her original bouquet created for Cunard.
Cunard bellman showcasing Jenny Tobin bouquet in London.
"With the increasing popularity of gardening and flower arranging, we felt it was important... http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/feature-film-florist-jenny-tobin-joins-queen-victorias-festival-of-flowers-voyage-300428119.html
Santa Clarita Facebook Group Organizes Gift Basket Collection For First Responders - KHTS RadioTuesday, April 11, 2017
Scanner),” is a closed Santa Clarita online group that allows citizens to post and ask questions concerning local news, held a gift basket collection event on Saturday, April 8 at Meadows Park, Valencia.The gift baskets were assembled and given to the SCV Sheriff’s Station and California Highway Patrol officers stationed at the Newhall Office.“We are collecting donations for baskets that we are putting together for the sheriff station to say thank you for their hard work,” according to Jenn Dumars, an administrator for the online community group. Christine Hart-Horwitz created and organized the event, which was hosted by the admins, she added.The collections are starting up again next month, Dumars added.“Beginning May 1, we will begin pro-actively collecting donations for the (Los Angeles County) Fire Department,” she said.“Helicopters, Lights & Sirens” is a 12,000-plus-person social media group that shares information about emergency situations as they’re occurring.The group also allows regional news articles and self-posts concerning community news and events that affect local residents. http://www.hometownstation.com/santa-clarita-latest-news/santa-clarita-facebook-group-organizes-gift-basket-collection-for-first-responders-188620
2017 Rose Parade Participants Will Be “Teammates in Life” Aboard the 14th Annual Donate Life Rose Parade® Float - Business Wire (press release)Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Keenan Cheung, an Asian American father of three from La Canada, California, who experienced kidney failure. Keenan’s wife, Jeanne Cheung, continued the chain by donating her kidney to Sonia Valencia, a Hispanic teacher from Commerce, California, who was suffering from Berger’s disease. This chain has continued matching incompatible pairs over and over, transcending all barriers of skin color, gender or religion. The Nick Damon Memorial Kidney Chain is a true testament of the power of altruism and organ donation to save lives.Fact: There are nearly 120,000 people currently listed on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) national list, as they wait for a lifesaving organ donation. Nearly 80 percent of people on the national transplant waiting list are in need of a kidney. It is medically impossible to meet this need with deceased donations, making living donations even more crucial.Float Rider: Turia PittTuria Pitt, a tissue recipient and rider on the float, is joining us from Australia. A fitness enthusiast, mining engineer and model, Turia found herself caught in a firestorm while competing in a 100 km ultra-marathon in Western Australia. With burns to 64 percent of her body, doctors turned to the U.S. to find the tissue needed to save her life. Post skin grafting and extensive physical therapy, Turia continues to compete in triathlon and iron-man events.Fact: Every year, there are about 20,000 tissue donors nationwide. Nearly a million tissue transplant surgeries are performed every year in the United States. It is estimated that one in 20 Americans will need some type of tissue transplant.Floragraph Honoree: P.J. WolfFloragraph honoree Philip John “P.J.” Wolf was a handsome 8-year-old who passed away more than 25 years ago, and his family decided to donate his organs and tissue. One of his heart valves was transplanted to Katy Portell, a float rider who received her life-saving transplant when she was 4 years old, during an open-heart surgery. Born in Houston, Texas, with several heart defects, Katy Portell was not expected to live. Now, 22 years later, Katy has graduated college, lived in Alaska, volunteered for multiple Donate Life affiliates, and has worked in the donation and tr... http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161219006143/en/2017-Rose-Parade-Participants-%25E2%2580%259CTeammates-Life%25E2%2580%259D-Aboard
How To Build A Blooming Business Without Experience - ForbesTuesday, March 19, 2019
How did you get into the flower business? Farbod Shoraka: Funny enough I didn’t really have a background in flowers or e-commerce. It was actually my aunt who was a local florist in Irvine, California. She was going out of business. She was having trouble with her flower shop and not getting any customers. She kept relying on these big brokers like 1-800- Flowers, FTD and Teleflora to get orders, but they weren’t really coming in at a profitable rate. Those guys take so much fees off the top that it was really hard for her to make any money, and a lot of people have stopped walking into flower shops. She was in a really tight situation where she didn’t know how to get her own orders from online. So, I was working in investment banking. I was doing mergers and acquisition advisory. I was actually helping a client in the floral space and I started learning a lot about it. I realized there was a big problem. I decided to quit my job and start this company that will kind of fix the floral industry, which is about a $30 billion dollar industry. Ultimately, I helped my aunt survive and keep her shop open. Blount: When did you decided to quit your job? A lot of entrepreneurs have that moment when they have a day job, and they want to take the leap into doing the thing they love full- time. Shoraka: I was working, because I was on a deal. The client I had at the time was in the industry. I was lucky. It give me enough understanding and fire power to leave and just dive in head first into the start-up. Some people start off with getting their feet wet, and doing it at night. I was lucky enough to be able to do it all in. At the same time, I was making enough money where I could quit my job and not have to worry about supporting myself or taking that risk. Blount: I heard that your business partner, David, won $30,000 in a poker game to help get the company started. Was $30k enough to start BloomNation? Shoraka: That was really interesting. We didn’t have the background to make this work. Three guys with no experience in technology, e-commerce or flowers should n... https://www.forbes.com/sites/joresablount/2018/07/09/how-to-build-a-blooming-business-without-experience/
Mexican man who generates $5million in annual sales could be deported after driving infraction - Daily MailTuesday, March 19, 2019
Undocumented immigrant florist who has lived in California for two decades could be deported after accidentally driving into Canada when got lost 18 years agoGualterio Santos emigrated from Oaxaca, Mexico, and settled in New York City where he sold flowers off a supermarket cart During a road trip in 2000 the Mexican businessman did not have a road map and got lost, driving across the Michigan-Canada border U.S. immigration officials briefly detained him and made him sign documents - he was to report to a Detroit ICE agency for a hearing but completely forgot Santos applied for a permanent residency in 2017 - he met with an immigration judge in August of last year and was informed of the deportation orderOn October 19, Santos was almost deported at the Tijuana-San Diego border but he was taken back to Los Angeles and released by ICE on October 23ICE has given Santos 60 to 90 days to leave the countryBy Adry Torres For Dailymail.com Published: 23:25 GMT, 9 November 2018 Updated: 00:13 GMT, 11 November 2018... https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6372739/Mexican-man-generates-5million-annual-sales-deported-driving-infraction.html
Every Ranunculus Lover Needs to Visit These Fields at Carlsbad Ranch - HouseBeautiful.comTuesday, March 19, 2019
Move over, tulips. These ranunculus fields in Carlsbad, California are about to steal your thunder. Back in the 1920s, a Dutch florist named Luther Gage settled in this area north just north of San Diego and planted tons of ranunculus seeds he brought over with him. After several decades, the beauty of these more than 50 acres of vibrant flowers speaks for itself.And to make matters even more impressive, the variety found in The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are giant Tecolote ranunculuses, which are known as one of the finest strains of ranunculuses. That's part of the reason these flowers, also known as a Persian buttercups or Ranunculus asiaticus, are so unique and the fields are worth putting on your bucket list.If you want to see this stunning display for yourself, they're currently in peak bloom (which runs from early March through early May). But you'll have to act fast, since the ranch closes for the season on May 14. When you visit, you can explore the fields by foot or take a ride on a wagon pulled by an antique tractor. It's qu... https://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/news/a8722/carlsbad-california-flower-fields/
Florists to duke it out in Philly at Interflora World Cup - CTV NewsTuesday, March 19, 2019
Inquirer reports the designers will have to tackle surprise challenges and create over-the-top floral arrangements, everything from creating a hand-tied bouquet or setting a table for two. California-based florist Katharina Stuart will represent the U.S. in the competition, which has been held every four to six years since 1972. This will be its first time back in the U.S. since 1985. Preliminary rounds will take place on March 1-2, and five finalists will continue on to March 3. Any show attendees can watch the florists duke it out. https://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/florists-to-duke-it-out-in-philly-at-interflora-world-cup-1.4256457