Ansonia Flower Shop News
Florist closes shop after 4 decades - My Citizens NewsTuesday, June 27, 2017
He expanded into meat a few years later, and in 1984 he purchased the building with help from his parents and a real estate partner. He tried to start up other grocery franchises, one in Ansonia, one in Bridgeport, but they didn’t last more than a few months. Raimo retrenched to Naugatuck.“I still had my baby,” as he called the Rubber Avenue store.On the last day at the flower stand, Raimo was quiet. He punctuated long silences with stories about his life and his business, jumping back and forth across decades. He started bagging groceries in his dad’s store when he was 7. He learned to cut meat in his uncle’s Waterbury market, Antonelli’s. When he had his own store, he liked to group flowers by color.“The colors pop more that way,” he explained, chopping his arms out in front of him like barriers between the colors.When a customer ambled up, Raimo perked up like a geranium after a good watering. His voice got louder and stronger as he called out a “Hi, how are you?” across the parking lot. He cracked jokes, giving some a hard time for planting flowers so late in the spring. If the customers came in couples, he liked to ask, “Who plants them, you or him?” He made everyone who bought a tomato plant promise to bring him a tomato. As one couple drove away, he sighed audibly and said, “It’s people like them.”A friend said to Raimo once, “First time a customer, second time a friend.” Raimo took this to heart. He said he has gone to weddings, confirmations, bar mitzvahs, and funerals of the people he calls “customers slash friends,” and has gotten to know three generations in Naugatuck.“I do love this town, and I love the people,” he said.Teenagers used to come to Raimo, looking for summer jobs.“I used to have a waiting list of kids that wanted to work from the high school,” he said.Some of the former “help,” as he calls his employees, went on to become doctors and lawyers.“Some of them didn’t turn out good,” he said, chuckling. “I love them all anyway.”He said he could tell who was going to do well by watching them work as teenagers.If he had to guess, Raimo said a couple hundred local teens had been in his employ at one point or another, including his own four children, now grown. One son, Eddie Raimo, was with him on the last day, doling out advice on how to make marigolds flower, how to revive sickly tomatoes, selling six-packs of habanero peppers, and loading flats of fragrant basil into cars.The elder Raimo cut deals to sell off the last of his plants. He gave away a few tomato plants to customers he knew, and to a few he didn’t know. He folded bills in half, and slid them into the breast pocket of his tan palm-printed shirt, halfway unbuttoned in the June heat.When the customers were gone, and it was just Raimo, his son, and Josie the German shepherd lying at his feet, Raimo got quiet again.“I’m going to really, really miss seeing all these faces,” he said.He sighed again and looked around.“This stand cost me two marriages. I spent so many hours here —14, 16 hours a day,” he said.On the last day, Raimo didn’t bring a credit card reader to the stand. Cash only. He told one woman who came with just a credit card to just take the marigolds and impatiens she had picked out. Come back to pay him later. She was back in less than 10 minutes with the $6 she owed.“I did that with so many people, and they always come back. I never got beat, ever,” he said. “...
Get a jump on spring at the CT Flower & Garden Show - CT PostTuesday, February 27, 2018
Photo: North East Expos / Contributed Photo Image 1of/5CaptionCloseImage 1 of 5The Connecticut Flower & Garden Show, Feb. 22, through Feb. 25, will take place at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.The Connecticut Flower & Garden Show, Feb. 22, through Feb. 25, will take place at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Photo: North East Expos / Contributed Photo Image 2 of 5The Connecticut Flower & Garden Show, Feb. 22, through Feb. 25, will take place at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Above is a butterfly garden.The Connecticut Flower & Garden Show, Feb. 22, through Feb. 25, will take place at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Above is a butterfly garden. Photo: North East Expos / Contributed Photo Image 3 of 5The Connecticut Flower & Garden Show, Feb. 22, through Feb. 25, will take pl...
CT Flower & Garden Show Feb. 22-25 in Hartford - Litchfield County TimesSunday, February 11, 2018
HARTFORD — Preview Spring even before the weather warms up at the 37th annual “Connecticut Flower & Garden Show” on Feb. 22 through Feb. 25 at the Connecticut Convention Center on 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford.The colorful, fragrant show covers almost three acres with the 2018 theme, “Breath of Spring”, with creative and practical ideas for house, apartment and condo dwellers alike.Highlights include more than an acre of different gardens in full bloom, created by professional landscape designers and nonprofit organizations. Includes naturalistic, low maintenance, native, organic, herb and pollinator gardens. Featured in this area will be “Butterfly Encounter”, an interactive walk-through exhibit of live butterflies in all cycles of development. Fresh green sod for the landscapes is growing in a North Canton, Conn. greenhouse, personally tended by the show’s producer Kristie Gonsalves, president of North East Expos.Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut’s 2018 Advanced Standard Flower Show: over 12,000 square feet of a design, horticulture, botanical arts and... http://www.countytimes.com/entertainment/ct-flower-garden-show-feb---in-hartford/article_1aa92bc2-aea4-5101-b68c-b1d82743d32a.html
Gardening: Flower shows offer spring in deep winter - The Providence JournalSunday, February 11, 2018
There will be lectures, displays and vendors. Admission is $10 or less, and kids under 12 are free. Get those grandkids and bring them along.Of the big shows, the first is the Connecticut Flower and Garden Show in Hartford at the Connecticut Convention Center, Feb. 22 to 25. This show used to compete with the Rhode Island Flower Show that was held the same weekend. Sadly, that one ran out of steam and disappeared like some of those Zone 6 perennials I planted in my Zone 4 garden. I used to try to see both shows, but now I don’t have to race from one to the other.The Connecticut Show is a four-day event with plenty of displays and speakers. I always recommend going on Thursday or Friday while the crowds are smaller and the flowers fresher. The theme for this year’s show is “Breath of Spring."The next show is the biggest of the season, the Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philly from March 3 to 11 — a full nine days of flowers. The theme this year is “The Wonder of Water.” When you enter you will pass through a rainforest environment with a 25-foot waterfall and a jungle of tropical flowers. Other exhibits will focus on other environments, from jungle to desert.I called the show offices and learned that the show covers 10 acres of indoor displays and involves about 40 floral and landscape displays. The Marketplace will have more than 100 vendors selling just about everything related to gardening from seeds and bulbs to umbrellas and scarves with floral patterns.Next comes the Boston Flower and Garden Show at the Seaport Convention Center on March 14 to 18. The theme this year is “Savor Spring”. Like the Philly Show, it has lots of displays and workshops. If I go, I’ll want to hear an editor of Fine Gardening Magazine talk about “Plants Every Northeast Garden Should Have” to see if there a... http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20180119/gardening-flower-shows-offer-spring-in-deep-winter
Florist 'Ode à La Rose' debuts in the Near West Side - WLS-TVSunday, February 11, 2018
Olivier and Louis, who originally hail from Paris, France, and has locations throughout the northeastern United States, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Connecticut.After moving to the New York, the owners found it difficult to find rose bouquets similar in design and packaging to what they were accustomed to in France, so they decided to fill the gap by starting their own company.Expect to find a variety of bouquets for any occasion, along with a selection of colors to choose from like red, white, pink, yellow, purple, and gold. The flowers are sourced from eco-friendly farms in Ecuador, Columbia, France, Italy, and Holland, according to the business.In-house and made-to-order bouquets can be delivered same day to various cities in the northeast. (Take a look at the full selection of products on offer here.)The new florist has gotten an enthusiastic response thus far, with a five-star rating out of four reviews on Yelp.Kahli H., who was among the first Yelpers to review the new spot on January 23rd, said: "Ode a la Rose has such gorgeous and unique floral arrangements with an elegant touch that is unmatched! Their customer service is top-notch and they made it a super easy process."Yelper Brecken S. added: "The absolute best floral company in NYC--thrilled they are now in Chicago! If you're looking for stylish, tasteful, and luxury bouquets at a fa... http://abc7chicago.com/business/florist-ode-a-la-rose-debuts-in-the-near-west-side/3005040/