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Florist closes shop after 4 decades - My Citizens NewsTuesday, June 27, 2017
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. “There’s got to be trust in business.”Raimo’s trust and optimism extends to the entire borough. From his outpost on Rubber Avenue, Raimo has seen Naugatuck fall on hard times, he said. He closed the meat and produce businesses and sold the building in November 2014. But thinks the town is about to turn a corner.“I have a lot of faith in Naugatuck,” he said. “People were good to me.”Many customers had no idea the stand was about to close for good. One, Lorraine Shea, said she thought she had been buying flowers from Raimo for 30 years, making the trip down from Wolcott. She couldn’t believe that it was the last day for Raimo’...
Hints From Heloise: Touting tulips! - Washington PostFriday, February 26, 2016
I realized I need to warm only my.side of the bed (since my husband’s passing), so I bought the full-size. It works perfectly, and in fact it covers the whole bed.Mary K., Waterbury, Conn.Mary K.: Thank you for sharing, and I’m sending you a big, gentle hug for the loss of your husband. A bed can be cold and lonely after sharing it with someone you love.Dear Heloise: I reuse the boxes of baking soda in my refrigerator/freezer. I use them to freshen my garbage disposal, with this recipe:1/2 cup baking soda1 cup white vinegarLet sit in drain to work for a few minutesBoil water and add two ice cubes and 1/2 lemonPour down drainIt will smell nice.Peggy in TexasPeggy in Texas: Baking soda and vinegar are the key ingredients for keeping the kitchen sink and garbage disposal clean and nice-smelling.I’m a little puzzled, though, about adding ice cubes to the boiling water. Also, manufacturers and plumbers recommend using cold water (not hot or boiling) when running the disposal. You are getting double duty out of the baking soda, and that’s the key. Aren’t baking soda and vinegar wonderful? Cheap and readily accessible, they work without harmful chemicals. For lots more hints, you can order my baking-soda pamphlet by visiting Heloise.com, or by sending $5 and a stamped (71 cents), self-addressed, long envelope to: Heloise/Baking Soda, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5001. Don’t pay too much attention to baking soda’s expiration date when using it for cleaning. Just store it in a cool, dry place.Dear Heloise: I discovered that if I put on a pair of thin, vinyl disposable gloves and then put on my regular gloves over them, they hold the heat in and the cold out.John C., Columbus, OhioDear Heloise: When I finish the last of a roll of paper towels, I leave the cardboard roll (on the horizontal holder) and neatly fold a dish towel over it until I get more paper towels.Amy R., Anaheim, Calif.Heloise’s column appears six da...
Instagram florists are changing the $7 billion industry - Marketplace.orgTuesday, August 13, 2019
These changes are happening largely due to a growing movement among florists and flower farmers on Instagram. Needleman sat down with Lizzie O’Leary to discuss this shifting market.Below is an edited excerpt.On the modern floral arragnements:The contemporary florists have kind of opened up the vocabulary of what you can put into a flower arrangement, so it can be anything from herbs, vegetable, oils, weeds, but also really beautiful garden flowers, things from the roadside. They’ve really opened up what is beautiful and what is acceptable to be in a flower arrangement. Why this movement is happening:It’s interesting because I think it’s a sort of powerful movement that has the potential to change the floral industry, but it really happened by accident. The proponents of this movement are largely women and largely young women. And almost all of the ones I’ve spoken to started off in the florist industry because they had a friend getting marriedand they offered to do the flowers, and then a friend of a friend and someone saw it, and the next thing they knew, they had a business. These are really sort ... https://www.marketplace.org/2017/03/31/instagram-florists-are-changing-7-billion-industry/
Dining by Design event set Aug. 18 to benefit Cypress Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center - The AdvocateTuesday, August 13, 2019
Springs Mercedarian Prayer Center, will be held Sunday, Aug. 18, at L’Auberge Casino & Hotel.The 4 p.m. event combines the culinary artistry of chefs with the originality of local designers and florists to create a feast for the eyes and palate.On Saturday, Aug. 17, a casual dinner event, Chillin’ & Grillin’, will be held at White Oak Estate & Gardens, 17660 George O'Neal Road, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 and include a meal prepared by chef John Folse and a chance to meet the chefs and designers for the Sunday night event.Annually, six nationally known chefs and four local chefs are selected to participate in Dining by Design. The national chefs each serve a chateau-style table of 20 gold-level guests (tickets are $1,000 each) while local chefs serve silver-level tables of 10 (tickets are $500 each). Folse, who hosts the event, serves the bronze-level tables (tickets are $250 each).A silent auction, open to the public, begins online Sunday, Aug. 5, and concludes at 8 p.m. on Aug. 18. To bid on such items as jewelry; New Orleans hotel packages; a dinner for 10 with Sister Dulce at Chef John Folse’s White Oak Estate & Gardens; original artwork from well-known local artists; hunting gear from Synergy and more, visit cypressspringsprayercenter.org.An auction for two LSU football 50-yard-line season tickets en... https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/entertainment_life/article_c6cf244c-ac93-11e9-827d-e317163c1e69.html
Robert Marvin Jones of Manteo, August 3 - The Outer Banks VoiceTuesday, August 13, 2019
Eventually, Bob made his way to the Outer Banks where he enjoyed a quiet retirement. His flair for beauty, design, and antiques led him to his affiliation with long-time local florist, Brooks. Bob quickly became a fixture in the shop preparing flowers, making deliveries and his favorite- greeting and assisting clients.Bobby leaves behind his big brother, Richard “Dick” Jones and sister-in-law, Mary Lois of Chesapeake, VA; two nieces; several cousins, and numerous extended family members and friends. Also surviving is his best friend, Brooks of Manteo, NC.Brooks is honoring Bob’s wishes for cremation and there are no plans for services. Condolences to Bob’s friends and family may be expressed via the online register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services was entrusted with arrangements. https://outerbanksvoice.com/2019/08/06/robert-marvin-jones-of-manteo-august-3/
Wholesale market selling local flowers blooms in Spokane - The Spokesman-ReviewTuesday, August 13, 2019
Wednesday morning at the Spokane Conservation District.Local flower farmers launched the weekly market this year to provide florists, event coordinators and brides with an alternative to imported flowers.“It’s more about community and caring for one another and not competition,” said Kim Lango, flower market organizer. Lango also owns Prairie Sky Farms in Cheney, which boasts organic peach and apple orchards along with a selection of flowers. The flower business is something Lango said fascinates her, and she said knowing the history of where Americans buy flowers is important.Over 90% of flowers are imported because the U.S. government gave incentives to countries in Central and South America to grow flowers rather than growing cocaine, Lango said.This seriously depressed the cost to import flowers, hurting U.S. growers. When that trend combined with an appetite among American buyers in the 1990s for small roses and gerbera daisies, Lango said the U.S. flower market was devastated.But she is hopeful that it is on its way back.“We have the ability to grow every type of flower in the continental U.S.,” Lango said. And she said there has been a recent push to revive the American flower market because it’s more sustainable. Urban flower farmer Tia Rojan sees an emerg... https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/jul/11/wholesale-market-selling-local-flowers-blooms-in-s/
Jackie Lacey, AAF, AIFD, CFD, PFCI, Is Named National President of American Institute of Floral Designers - PerishableNewsTuesday, August 13, 2019
Jacksonville, Florida and he serves as an instructor at the Institute. Floriology® Institute is recognized as one of the country’s foremost centers for innovative floral design and florist-related education. Mr. Lacey also engages florists and shares his knowledge throughout the floral industry at state and regional trade shows, company sponsored events, and Floriology® “on the road” educational events.During his distinguished career, Mr. Lacey has owned flower shops in Tennessee, Texas and South Carolina and he is one of the nation’s leading authorities on retail floral operations and best practices. He has also won numerous awards and earned many accolades through floral design competitions at the national, state and local levels. He is also renowned internationally for his leading-edge approaches to design and his imaginative floral creations. In addition, he has shared the principles, elements and artistry of his craft during memorable stage presentations, wowing audiences around the world. His floral designs and educational insights have been featured in many magazines, including Floriology®, Flowers &, Modern Bride and Inside Weddings. He has provided his talents to such notable events as the Tournament of Roses Parade, and many celebrities have also called upon his expertise.“I am honored at being named President of such a prestigious industry organization as the American Institute of Floral Designers,” said Mr. Lacey. “The journey to becoming President has been educational, enlightening, and filled with years of hard work. I thank each and every member of AIFD for the trust and confidence they have placed in me.” Dinesh Popat, President of BloomNet, Napco and 1-800-Flowers Franchising, added: “BloomNet is a proud sponsor of AIFD, an esteemed organization that works tirelessly on behalf of floral designers nation... https://www.perishablenews.com/floral/jackie-lacey-aaf-aifd-cfd-pfci-is-named-national-president-of-american-institute-of-floral-designers/