Local Flower Shop News
Flower child: FTD award helps Reinbeck florist with move to town landmark - Waterloo Cedar Falls CourierWednesday, October 28, 2015
It’s a great way to pull the town together to get everyone excited about it.”It was a new challenge for White, who did the makeover for last year’s winner, a shop in a strip-mall setting in North Miami, Fla.“I’m real cautious about keeping the history part of it, without changing it too much, yet bringing a shop up to date, trying to get the most out of the square footage, what we can do to maximize merchandising, display and sales,” White said. “With this one, it’s different from any of the other makeovers we’ve done, because she hasn’t been in this location; it’s a new location, so it’s a nice twist.”The Fountain was known as a gathering place for locals with an appetite for sandwiches and a sweet tooth. Lubbert says that will not change.The eponymous fountains will stay, as will the row of candy jars that adorn a counter in the front of the store.Only one winner per yearThe building’s owner, Glenda Billerbeck, who lives on the building’s top floor, operated The Fountain as a restaurant/soda fountain/ice cream store, Lubbert said.“I grew up here and have a lot of great memories about this building,” said Lubbert, 33, who had lived in Hawaii for 7 1/2 years before the pull of family and rural Iowa life lured her back. She he bought the local flower shop across the street 3 1/2 years ago.“We’re trying to keep as much of the history and things people love about the community,” Lubbert said.There were some concerns initially about moving the shop into The Fountain, Lubbert said.“Keith and FTD have been amazing, because it’s a bit of an overwhelming idea for me when I first thought about moving it,” she said. “How do I still keep all the things people loved about it without doing anything wrong? Keith had some great ideas how to do that.”The business will retain elements of the past, lining the walls with display cabinets that contain bits of clothing, tools, newspapers, an old typewriter, an antique fedora, even an ad for the long-forgotten Reinbeck Department Store.“I’m gonna do some cabinets like that and put some new merchandise in the open cabinets,” White said. “There will be a children’s section here with the children’s toys, because the kids used to come in here and play games. I want people to have a new environment but still people can come in and play games and get a scoop of ice cream.”White uncovered some treasures -- including framed window panes -- that now are part of the interior décor. There’s an antique cow milking can that now serves as a light fixture.Old accentuates new throughout the new space -- which, at 1,716 square feet, plus storage space in the basement and upstairs -- is more than twice is roomy as the old 858-square-foot retail shop, Lubbert said.“A lot of the stuff here on display was people in the community found it and wanted to display it,” she said. “They’re just proud of the history of Reinbeck and the school and community.”So was Lubbert, had been a teacher in Hawaii but had missed the family connections she still maintained in Reinbeck.It was on a visit to her hometown that she decided to get into the f... http://wcfcourier.com/business/local/flower-child-ftd-award-helps-reinbeck-florist-with-move-to/article_9b753684-a97b-5ee4-8daa-e1264ead8cb7.html
It's not just a weed. Why some Caribbean immigrants seek out this wild plant ... - PRIMonday, October 12, 2015
That’s it.“It just doesn’t taste good,” says St. Fort. “It’s not even like cod liver oil. It’s worse than cod liver oil.” The tea is bitter. Very bitter.In North Miami Beach, Audrey Rowe stopped by her friend Cacheta Francis’ house to pick some cerasee growing in the backyard.“This is where I come when I’m sick and I really need some old-time herbs,” she says. Rowe and Francis are both Jamaican. Everyone calls Francis “Sister Francis” because, at age 81, she’s a respected elder. Francis is a religious woman whose backyard is filled with the healing bushes she grew up using in Jamaica. "You know the herb is the healing of the nation," she says. "The Bible say so."She points to a green shrub with slightly oval leaves, “This is Jack in the Bush.” Across the yard is a towering shrub with yellow flower clusters shaped like a candle. “You can drink that one over there, named King of the Forest,” she says.When Rowe told Francis she'd been breaking out in small rashes, Francis said to come by for some cerasee leaves to use in a bush bath. “Before you rub yourself with it, you wash it and rub it all over where the itching is,” says Francis.Some people from the Caribbean believe there’s almost nothing cerasee doesn’t work for. But even cerasee devotees say some of the claims might just be tall tales. Rowe said growing up in Jamaica people used to tell pregnant women that if they wanted their babies to be born with pretty brown skin, they should drink cerasee. “I think this a joke,” she laughs. Still, cerasee is in demand, especially for Caribbean transplants now living in South Florida. In some Caribbean grocery stores and health food stores, cerasee is sold in tea bags or dried.But because of Florida's recent wet weather, fresh cerasee is practically everywhere, wrapping itself around highway traffic signs and across fences. People like St. Fort, who grew up in Haiti, know to keep an eye out for the trusted plant. She belongs to an unofficial club of Caribbean folks around South Florida who pick bushes from other people’s front yards and the side of the road. She says: “Once you see this crazy woman on the side of the street picking up bush, you can say, ‘Oh, she’s from the island. She’s picking up bush to make some kind of remedy.’”[embedded content]... http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-10-08/it-s-not-just-weed-why-some-caribbean-immigrants-seek-out-wild-plant-florida
Prescott Valley Florist Flourishing on HWY 69 - Guy Roginson (press release)Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Prescott Valley Florist moved to its new location at 6520 E 2nd St, Ste 1 in Prescott Valley in Sept of 2017.Mention this article 1 week before the week of Mother’s Day and receive 5% off your Mothers Day order!“We are the only true full-service brick and mortar certified Florist in Prescott Valley and are conveniently located just off Glassford Hill Rd in the same building as FooteWork, across from FedEx”, says Donna, Manager of the business. “We pride ourselves on being an important part of this community. Last year we won the Business of the Year award with the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce, something we are very proud of. We make a point to send flowers to any business we know of who hosting a ribbon cutting, grand opening or anniversary event. Prescott Valley Florist also offers a monthly floral design class, affectionately known as Wine & Design.”As we gear up for Mother’s Day, we would love to extend a 5% DISCOUNT to any customers who place their Mother’s Day order before the week of...
Head-To-Head Survey: FTD Companies (FTD) versus Inergy (CEQP) - Macon DailyWednesday, April 11, 2018
United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland. The company operates through four segments: Consumer, Provide Commerce, Florist, and International. It provides floral arrangements and plants, gifts, and related products and services to consumers, retail florists, and other retail locations and companies. The company also markets and sells gift items, including gourmet-dipped berries and other specialty foods, personalized gifts, fresh fruit baskets, gift baskets, wine and champagne, jewelry, and spa products, as well as gourmet food products; and provides point-of-sale systems and related technology services to floral network members. FTD Companies, Inc. offers its products under the ProFlowers, ProPlants, Shari's Berries, Personal Creations, Mercury Man logo, FTD, Interflora, RedEnvelope, Flying Flowers, Flowers Direct, Ink Cards, Postagram, and Gifts.com through its Websites, associated mobile sites and applications, and telephone. The company was formerly known as UNOL Intermediate, Inc. FTD Companies, Inc. is headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois.About InergyCrestwood Equity Partners LP owns and operates energy midstream infrastructure and engages in the natural gas liquids marketing, supply and logistics business. It operates through three segments: Gathering and Processing; Storage and Transportation; and Marketing, Supply and Logistics. The Gathering and Processing segment provides gathering and transportation services and processing, treating and compression services to producers in unconventional shale plays and tight-gas plays in North Dakota, West Virginia, Texas, New Mexico, Wyoming, Arkansas, and Louisiana. The Storage and Transportation segment includes COLT Hub, which is crude-by-rail terminal serving Bakken crude oil production. The Marketing, Supply and Logistics segment includes West Coast operations, our supply and logistics operations, our storage and terminals operations, our crude oil and produced water trucking operations, and U.S. Salt, LLC. The company was founded on March 7, 2001 and is headquartered in Houston, TX.Receive News & Ratings for FTD Companies Daily - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for FTD Co...
Hemp operation opens in storied Lafayette Florist greenhouse - Longmont Times-CallWednesday, April 11, 2018
Franchesca Abeyta, left, You Chun Li, and Maggie Ullrich work to clip clones of hemp plants at the Cultivas Bio Hemp Nursery inside Lafayette Florist greenhouse on Wednesday in Lafayette. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)An agricultural biotechnology company has launched a hemp grow operation in a newly renovated greenhouse space on the grounds of the historic Lafayette Florist.Lafayette-based Front Range Biosciences rented the 12,000-square-foot greenhouse — which had been used to grow flowers since the 1970s — and is growing industrial hemp clones to be sold to other growers. Jon Vaught, Front Range Biosciences co-founder and CEO, said the operation will soon be operating at full capacity, producing 75,000 hemp rooted cuttings per month."Our focus is on (growing) the highest quality plant-starts — healthy, disease-free, pesticide-free," he said. " ... Then we distribute them to the growers and they go do what they do." The iconic family-owned Lafayette Florist will continue normal retail operations in the space adjacent to the greenhouse.The business began in 1949 when Kumiko and Yasutaro Yoshihara opened a produce sta... http://www.timescall.com/business/ci_31751323/hemp-operation-opens-storied-lafayette-florist-greenhouse
New York fashion-friendly florists share their skills in Hong Kong floral workshops - South China Morning PostWednesday, April 11, 2018
In 2014, New York-based couple Darroch and Michael Putnam started florist Putnam & Putnam.“It’s been a wild and beautiful few years … watching the brand’s growth has been incredible,” says Michael.The icing on the cake came this month when their work was featured in the April 2018 issue of US Vogue. Shot by a team comprising photographer Steven Klein and stylist Grace Coddington, the whimsical 14-page shoot of a flower field fantasy stars model and actress Mia Goth (Goth is wife of Shia LaBeouf, who she met on the set of Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, a role that landed her a Miu Miu campaign).The pair says the Vogue shoot is the highlight of their career. “We will be pinching ourselves all weekend,” they posted on Instagram.Their creative coup will be no surprise to some. Although only a few years old, Putnam & Putnam has been setting the New York social scene on fire with its lush and romantic floral creations, which have a Victorian feel. The pair’s client list is long and impressive, many of them fashion brands.“We are so inspired by fash... http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/fashion-beauty/article/2140895/new-york-fashion-friendly-florists-share-their-skills-hong
Iconic flower shop the Floristry will close - Buffalo NewsWednesday, April 11, 2018
For 55 years, Fannye Markel has been the go-to florist for high-end arrangements and event florals. But, at age 90 and still working six days per week, Markel has decided it is time to retire and close her popular business, the Floristry."I'd like to spend more time with my family" she said.A liquidation sale is happening now and will run through March 31 at the shop, 1385 Delaware Ave. Up for grabs are antique furniture, paintings, lamps, mirrors, lanterns, Christmas decorations, fabric, tablecloths, wedding and crafting supplies, candelabra, baskets and vases.After 50 years, florist’s career is still in full bloom in Buffalo... http://buffalonews.com/2018/03/15/iconic-flower-shop-the-floristry-will-close/