Local Flower Shop News
Richard Rico: A bouquet for the Rose - TheReporter.ComTuesday, March 19, 2019
Their daughter Janet Lopez Balcom took over the shop in 1990, with a hand up from husband Curtis, for 31 years a fleet manager for Solano County. The family opened Rose Florist in Fairfield, managed by Janet’s brother, David, and his wife Juanita. The family roots run deep here; siblings and Papa John graduated Vaca High; Rose, from Winters High. It’s as hometown as it gets. It’s a picture of kids who helped out at the shop, most likely after school; a kind of mom-and-pop that blossomed and smelled of lavender. Fairfield Rose will continue as Janet retires to take care of her mom, Original Rose. Barbara McCune owns the Garden Chapel, Milton Carpenter Funeral Home in Dixon, and the florist cottage. She hopes for another flower tenant, a perfect fit for 62 years. McCune has been serving generations for 80 years. There’s another bouquet.* * *PICKING a half-term city council member to fill the seat vacated by Ron Rowlett when he was elected mayor in November wasn’t supposed to be easy, and it wasn’t. The four-member council had three choices: Name Raymond Beaty outright—the next highest vote-getter in November; call for a special election, for an estimated $500,000; or throw it open to applicants. That was favored by the mayor, and the rest agreed. But it took a turn later when new Councilman Nolan Sullivan announced he preferred that a special election make the decision for them; he said the job was too important for the council to make the choice. Not only did that throw applicants a curve, it blew chances for the new council to appear unified. The 14 applicants (one was ill Monday) had gone through weeks of preparation for interviews, in public and on camera, from the panel of four. But then the playing field changed. During the first round, Councilman Mashburn nominated Vaca school board president Sherrie Mahlberg, and Mayor Rowlett nominated city serv... https://www.thereporter.com/2019/01/13/richard-rico-a-bouquet-for-the-rose/
Think Spring With Floral Works from the Archives of American Art - ArtfixDailyTuesday, March 05, 2019
Dorr Bothwell (1902-2000); Joseph Cornell (1903-72); Helen Lundeberg (1908-99); Marisol (1930-2016); Nanae Momiyama (1924-2002); Louise Nevelson (1899-1988); Fairfield Porter (1907-75); Emilio Sanchez (1921-99); Rudolph Schaeffer (1886-1988); and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875-1942).“The study of nature has long fascinated artists both for personal pleasure and to help inform their studies of line, color, pattern, and light. The range of work in this exhibition is a testament to the never-ending power of nature to inspire some of America’s most renowned artists. The various perspectives highlight the cross-pollination of ideas between the natural world and American art history, and, more broadly, the fruitful intersection of art and science,” said Kate Haw, Director of the Archives of American Art.This exhibition was organized by the Archives of American Art in collaboration with Smithsonian Gardens. Archivists, horticulturalists, artists, curators, educators, and gardeners were invited to contribute to exhibition research and didactics by examining the many facets of flora.In conjunction with the exhibition the Archives of American Art has commissioned artist Louise Jones, also known as Ouizi, to create a mural painting titled “Adaptation Nocturne” for the inside the Lawrence A. Fleischmann Gallery. Jones is best known for her public art murals depicting flowers in a grandiose, larger-than-life scale. Inspired Archives collections, Jones’ mural will feature a bouquet of real and imagined wildflowers, weeds, and horticultural knockouts altogether, making a beautiful and diverse bouquet. Bloom: Flowers from the Archives of American Art is on view March 1 – October 6, 2019, in the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture (8th and F Streets) in Washington, D.C. www.aaa.si.edu Complementing Bloom is the exhibition Orchids: Amazing Adaptations, on view through April 28, 2019, in the capacious, glass-ceilinged Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard in the Reynolds Center. The Kogod Courtyard is directly adjacent to the Archives’ Fleischman Gallery. A joint collaboration with Smithsonian Gardens, the United States Botanic Garden, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the National Portrait Gallery, Orchids: Amazing Adaptations will fill the courtyard with hundreds of orchids of stunning variety. ... http://www.artfixdaily.com/artwire/release/5196-bloom-flowers-from-the-archives-of-american-art
Easton area florist giving away flowers on Petal It Forward Day - lehighvalleylive.comTuesday, March 19, 2019
Edwards, who works for the Flower Essence flower and gift ship in Forks Township, was part of the nationwide Petal It Forward Day organized by the Society of American Florists.Edwards was giving away two roses each, one to pay it forward to someone and allow that person to do the same to someone else. She had already given away 15 stems by 9 a.m. and people's reactions were "amazing," said the Upper Mount Bethel Township resident. "Everybody's smiling."Flower Essence, owned by Brandi Lynch, plans to give away 1,000 roses on Wednesday in its delivery area, including Easton, Bethlehem, Palmer Township, Nazareth and the Slate Belt.The Society of American Florists said flowers will be given away in more than 400 cities in all 50 states.The society says it has science on its side; a Rutgers study showed giving flowers helped spread positive emotions, some that lasted for days.People were posting on social media using the #PetalItForward hashtag. Sarah Cassi may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @SarahCassi. Find lehighvalleylive.com on Facebook. https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/easton/2018/10/easton_area_florist_giving_awa.html
How To Build A Blooming Business Without Experience - ForbesTuesday, March 19, 2019
Farbod Shoraka, Co-Founder and CEO, Gregg Weisstein, Co-founder and COO, and David Daneshgar, Co-Founder and Head of Sales and Business Development, put their skills together to help local florists across the country. Each of them having a passion to give florists time to be artist again as well as keep more money in their business, these friends soon found a creative way to earn their initial investment money. After having early success, they were able to acquire $1.65 million in seed funding to build a marketplace and e-commerce business in 2013. Two years later, the blooming company acquired another $5.6 million according to Crunchbase from A Capital Partners. Joresa Blount: 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 adviso... https://www.forbes.com/sites/joresablount/2018/07/09/how-to-build-a-blooming-business-without-experience/
Master instructor shows art of flower arranging - Budapest TimesTuesday, March 19, 2019
Putting together her love of flower arranging and her fluency in English, she began to make her way to an outstanding career.
She found an opening to teach non-Japanese students at the famed Goto florist shop in the Tokyo district of Roppongi. She began her own class there. Until then, her only experience was in assisting. "I had no idea how to ask people to come to my class," she says. However, the place was right, the time was right, and she was doing what interested her and associating with the congenial people she sought.
A dozen years later the Japan Foundation chose her to go on a lecture-demonstration tour of six South American countries and three Asian countries.
From her present pinnacle, Ms Fukushima says she was not sufficiently well prepared then to give demonstrations with different materials in unfamiliar surroundings. Japanese Embassy ladies who were detailed at the time to look after her were, however, full of praise. She learned the characteristics of different flowers, appreciated their exoticism, and accorded them respect and dignity. She believes that each individual flower, like each individual flower arranger, has personality that should shine through.
Ikebana arrangementsShe was sent overseas again by the Japan Foundation. On a separate tour she accompanied the charismatic Hiroshi Teshigahara, who succeeded his father as president of the Sogetsu school. Although making annual overseas trips became her routine, there was nothing routine in the conduct of each one. "Every time I was received very differently. Some audiences had some basic understanding of ikebana. Some had never seen it."Ms Fukushima rose to every occasion, dealing with the unexpected, and joining in with anything going on. She learned to dance the flamenco. She liked to sing jazz. She practised her Spanish and Italian. With Arab ladies, she dressed from top to toe in black robes. She was responsible for a flower show at Westminster Cathedral, London. Overall she sharpened her individuality, freely using other materials as accessories to flowers, and carefully choosing containers.
She gave a solo exhibition of iron containers. She has designed her own glass receptacles. She has become known as an artist who designs stainless and titanium flower vases, finding imaginative effects in her materials’ unique properties.
Some of her arrangements have been huge, built in public places and outdoors. Some have graced the displays in department store windows. She says she is "charmed by cloth, handmade Japanese paper and thread," and incorporates them, as descendants of organic materials, in her arrangements. They have inner spirits, she says, but "plant material is the first for the arranger to think of."Once she taught an ikebana class of blind women. Their adjustments to life impressed her, and from them she learned a new vision for herself. "To touch with the eye, to taste with the eye, to sense fragrance with the eye, to catch sound with the eye — such an expression is the goal of my ikebana."https://www.facebook.com/koka.fukushima https://www.hu.emb-japan.go.jp... https://www.budapesttimes.hu/2019/02/19/master-instructor-shows-art-flower-arranging
In bloom: The 5 best florists in Huntington Beach - KABC-TVTuesday, March 19, 2019
Wondering where to find the best florists near you? Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top floral design spots in Huntington Beach, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture next time you're in the market for flowers. [embedded content]1. Oceanic Flowers PHOTO: Theresa B./YELP Topping the list is Oceanic Flowers. Located at 15121 Graham St., Unit 104, it's the highest-rated floral design spot in Huntington Beach, boasting five stars out of 115 reviews on Yelp. 2. Love N' Bloom Photo: Love N' Bloom/Yelp Next up is Love N' Bloom, situated at 18822 Beach Blvd., Suite 101. With five stars out of 64 reviews on Yelp, the specialty florist has proven to be a local favorite. 3. A Pocket Full of Petals Photo: A Pocket Full of Petals/Yelp A Pocket Full of Petals, located at 5934 Warner Ave., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the flower shop 4.5 stars out of 102 reviews. 4. Devynn's Garden Photo: Kathleen K./Yelp Devynn's Garden, a boutique florist, is ano... https://abc7.com/business/in-bloom-the-5-best-florists-in-huntington-beach/5133514/
Life in prison for Ridgefield florist in partner's murder - Rutherford Daily VoiceTuesday, March 19, 2019
Neary ( left ) told jurors: “The fact it is Tom Battinelli’s gun and fingerprints isn’t proof.” STORY / PHOTOS: Mary K. Miraglia RELATED: Garfield florist convicted of murdering partner YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Jurors in Hackensack today convicted Ridgefield flower salesman Thomas Battinelli of shooting his business partner in the back of the head as he sat at his desk in their Garfield shop. READ MORE…. Prosecutors got ‘wrong man’ in Garfield florist partner’s murder, defense attorney says YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Money was the motive for Ridgefield flower salesman Thomas Battinelli to shoot his business partner in the back of the head as he sat at his desk, reading the Bergen Record, in their Garfield shop, a prosecutor told jurors in Hackensack during opening arguments in the murder trial this morning. But Battinelli’s attorney insisted they got the wrong man — and pointed instead to one of their drivers. READ MORE…. Son of slain Garfield florist speaks well of accused killer CVP EXCLUSIVE: The son of a man shot dead at his wholesale flower business in Garfield had nothing but nice things to tell jurors today about his father’s business partner, who is standing trial for his murder. READ MORE…. p c... https://dailyvoice.com/new-jersey/hackensack/police-fire/life-in-prison-for-ridgefield-florist-in-partners-murder/628687/