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. “...
Morristown service for 'Muzz' Lindsley, revered coach and florist, June 8Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Never a cross word or an I-told-you-so.”Lindsley’s family can trace its New Jersey presence to 1667, when the first Lindsley arrived in Newark from Connecticut.Tara Schaberg, assistant archivist at the Morristown & Township Library, found documentation of Muzz Lindsley’s great-grandfather, who was killed in the Civil War.Records show the first post of the Grand Army in Morristown was renamed the “Ira J. Lindsley Post. No. 18” in honor of Captain Lindsley, who fell in the battle of Chancellorsville, on May 3, 1863.Muzz Lindsey is survived by his wife of 55 years, Beverly (Morrison), and his children Leann, Marianna D’Elia (Michael) and Kristen Galdieri (Frank). He also is survived by grandchildren Nicholas, Megan, Jack, Paige, Andrew and Tatum; his brother Herb Lindsley and his wife Eileen, and nephew Herb Jr.; and many great nieces and nephews. https://morristowngreen.com/2018/06/08/morristown-service-for-muzz-lindsley-revered-coach-and-florist-june-8/comment-page-1/
All You Need to Create the It-Flower Arrangement of the Season - Architectural DigestMonday, May 07, 2018
My fritillaria are just blooming,” says storied ceramic artist Frances Palmer over the phone, taking a break from unpacking dahlia tubers to admire the oxblood and white petals hanging in her Connecticut garden like checkered bells. For these early spring blooms, she designed a white bottleneck container with a neck so long and narrow that it can support the height and weight of a single, solitary stunner. “Sometimes the single bloom is just so incredibly exquisite. People always gravitate toward a big [arrangement], but I like it when you can revel in the beauty of the color and shape of just one flower,” she says. Frances has been known to place a sole fragrant sweet pea, lily, or rose on bedside tables and bathroom counters, and has lined entire dining tables with single stems standing side by side. Looking beyond the pedestrian bud vase, she’s dreamed up single-stem vases that are more altar than vessel, often inspired by the very flowers that they hold.“I keep a vase by my wheel while I’m working so I can keep [a specific flower] in mind,” Frances admits. Where she specializes in classical forms with a whimsical twist, Eva Levin of Scandanaviaform offers bulbous glass vases in multiple sizes that give the spectral effect of a flower floating in air. Then there’s Anna Varendorff of ACV Studios and Valeria Vasi, who offer circular variations in brass and stoneware, respectively. And Fruit Super’s aptly named Anywhere Vase allows you to turn quite literally any container (your coffee mug, a water bottle, a tumbler once the cocktail’s been drained!) into a standalone masterpiece. Far from boring or simplistic, these next-wave bud vases bring attention to the impossibility of each and every flower.Consider, for a moment, the broken tulip or the bearded iris. Spring, you’re a miracle! Here are eight single stem vases to drastically...
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...
What does the one you love really want for Valentine's Day; how much do most people spend? - WYFF GreenvilleSunday, February 11, 2018
Google search data. Most of the favorite gifts were to be expected, but some that made the top five were surprising. In Kansas, a flask made the top five gifts list, while in Connecticut, Virginia, Texas and both North and South Carolina, Yeti coolers were in the top five. Pedicures made the top five most popular list in Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.Flickr, RaySunglasses made the top five list in several states, including Alaska, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Evening though chocolates and roses dominated the list, in Wyoming, gummy bears made the top five, while Oreos were big in Iowa and North Dakota. The first-place choices for Valentine’s Day gifts in each state were: Alabama: ChocolatesAlaska: Engagement ringsArizona: RosesArkansas: RosesCalifornia: RosesColorado: RosesConnecticut: ChocolatesDelaware: Engagement ringsFlorida: RosesGeorgia: ChocolatesHawaii: RosesIdaho: RosesIllinois: RosesIndiana: SunglassesIowa: RosesKansas: RosesKentucky: RosesLouisiana: RosesMaine: RosesMaryland: ChocolatesMassachusetts: RosesMichigan: ChocolatesMinnesota: RosesMississippi: ChocolatesMissouri: RosesMontana: Box of chocolatesNebraska: RosesNevada: Box of chocolatesNew Hampshire : Diamond braceletNew Jersey: Box of chocolatesNew Mexico: Bouquet of rosesNew York: RosesNorth Carolina: Flower bouquetNorth Dakota: Flower bouquetOhio: Wedding bouquetOklahoma: Teddy bearOregon Flower: BouquetPennsylvania: Bouquet of rosesRhode Island: Aquamarine ringsSouth Carolina: Chocolate trufflesSouth Dakota: Gold stud earringsTennessee: Bouquet of rosesTexas: Flower BouquetUtah: RosesVermont: Men’s ringsVirginia: Flower bouquetWashington: Box of chocolatesWest Virginia: SunglassesWisconsin: Bouquet of rosesWyoming: PerfumePro Flowers... http://www.wyff4.com/article/what-does-the-one-you-love-really-want-for-valentines-day-how-much-do-most-people-spend/16573899