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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
For the Love of Flowers: Florists Prepare for Valentine's Day Rush - The Keene SentinelSunday, February 11, 2018
Clients who would especially like something extraordinary for their significant other are advised to contact a florist as soon as possible. When they order early, Daley said customers are more assured of getting the exact arrangement they envision and a preferred delivery time. It also makes it easier for the florist to order and prepare the flowers in advance. For ease of order, many shops like The Village Blooms have developed customer-friendly websites (theirs is optimized for mobile as well) that showcase potential arrangements and allow customers to order from home. “Our website has pictures of arrangements or customers can ask for a custom arrangement with certain colors, or they can say they want roses and lilies and whatever else looks good together,” Daley said. One thing Daley noted that customers should be aware of when purchasing flowers is the quality of the flowers they are investing in and the time and effort florists put into obtaining the best flora possible.“I think it is really important to note, and I understand the ease of grabbing roses at a grocery store, but customers should know the quality of what they are buying. Flowers need to be properly stored and hydrated,” Daley warned. “We work with great wholesalers who provide quality flowers. It may cost a couple dollars more, but they will last more than a day or so.”On Valentine’s Day, as the country turns toward love and affection, helping couples celebrate this special day occupies the attention of every local florist.“For me, flowers mean happiness and it makes me happy to do this for people,” Daley concluded. “It should be a feel-good experience and that is what I strive for.”?The Village Blooms delivers throughout Walpole, and as far south as Keene, to the north to Charlestown and across the river into Bellows Falls. For more information, visit thevillageblooms.com... http://www.sentinelsource.com/elf/by_hand_by_hobby/for-the-love-of-flowers-florists-prepare-for-valentine-s/article_d5bcd352-0da5-11e8-ace7-bb36ff6ba4b8.html
Grafton Floral's Larew recognized at the 2018 Teleflora Unit President's Meeting - Mountain StatesmanSunday, February 11, 2018
GRAFTON—Sheila Larew, our very own local florist from Grafton Floral, was recognized on several fronts at the 2018 Unit President’s Meeting. The florist co-owner traveled to Los Angeles, CA, and joined 44 other unit presidents in attendance at the Renaissance Hotel.Each year, there is a different theme for the meeting and this year it was called “AIM,” which stood for aspire, involved and motivate.The attendees went to several meetings, where they were taught different networking skills. The importance of how to utilize social media from a business perspective was emphasized.During the event, a trade fair, which included several different vendors, exhibited products for potential use by those in attendance.According to Larew, she won a Floral Education scholarship, valued at $1800, by choosing a gift from a table provided by Teleflora. In addition, she will be attending an all-expense paid trip titled “Everything but the Bouquet” from June 1-3, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Sheila also raised $3,000 in scholarship money...
New florist opens in Bloomington with 'loose, natural' designs - Bloomington PantagraphSunday, February 11, 2018
BLOOMINGTON — A new florist has taken root in downtown Bloomington and the owner plans to bring unique arrangements with local blooms to the community.Vera & Buck Floral Studio & Farm opened for service last week at 320 N. Main St. under ownership of Meg McCormick of Bloomington.McCormick, who previously managed wedding arrangements at a downtown Chicago florist for two years, describes her floral style as “loose and natural.”“I love to let the flowers speak through their natural movements,” said McCormick. “It’s my goal not only to produce beautiful things, but to introduce the community to different flower types and arrangements.”She plans to incorporate fragrant greens, such as eucalyptus, mint, basil and rosemary, into her summer creations.Through a “farm-to-vase” approach, McCormick will cultivate flowers from a plot of land at her parents’ home in Carlock for the business.She said the farm is in the experimental stage, but in the meantime Vera & Buck will supplement flowers from oth... http://www.pantagraph.com/business/new-florist-opens-in-bloomington-with-loose-natural-designs/article_bd9abb7d-c417-5ef1-b519-9f9d4a38a22a.html
Bare Roots: New Flower Shop Set to Bloom in Mapleton Sophie Horkey Turns Passion for Gardening into a Business - PrairiepublishingmnSunday, February 11, 2018
Turns Passion for Gardening into a BusinessPrairiepublishingmnSince the closing of the Plaid Piper in February of 2017, the city of Mapleton and the surrounding area has been left without a local florist for weddings, funerals, prom corsages, graduation boutonnières or just a bouquet of flowers for someone ...
8 hotels for a Valentine's Day getaway in Wisconsin - Milwaukee Journal SentinelSunday, February 11, 2018
Bon Iver in Milwaukee, which Remiker said is “Eau Claire-related.”This year, the Oxbow will offer guests a package from Feb. 14-17 that includes a special floral arrangement from Eau Claire florist Brent Douglas and six hand-dipped chocolate strawberries, compliments of chef Nathan Berg and the team at the Lakely. The fee is $30.Here are some additional Valentine’s Day suggestions around the state. RELATED: 5 places in Wisconsin to get the spa treatmentSundara Inn & Spa, Wisconsin DellsEvery day is Valentine’s Day at the adults-only Sundara Inn & Spa in the Wisconsin Dells. To make the romantic holiday special, Alyssa Mullin, who heads guest services at the spa, recommends Sundara’s Midweek Escape, which starts at $219 for two and includes an overnight stay, breakfast and access to the spa facilities. There’s also the True and Lasting Love package during the entire week (and through the rest of the month), starting at $618 for two. It features a night at the inn, breakfast in the morning, sparkling wine upon arrival, a 50-minute couples massage, a chef tasting in front of the fireplace in your room and wine. RELATED: Things to do in the Dells and BarabooGrand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake GenevaThe Grand Geneva Resort near Lake Geneva has two golf courses and a spa. (Photo: Grand Geneva Resort)The Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, where couples can ski, ice skate, hike and then indulge in massages, is offering its Grand Romance package for Valentine’s Day. The deal, which is good through March, includes two nights of accommodations (deluxe guest rooms, suites and new villas), a $100 dining credit, a 15% discount at the WELL Spa + Salon, handmade chocolate truffles and a red rose delivered to your room, and a bottle of champagne. Rates vary depending on the type of room booked.RELATED: Lake Geneva’s historic Baker House has been everything from a speakeasy to B&BCharmant Hotel, La CrosseThe Charmant Hotel in La Crosse is housed in a former chocolate factory built in 1898. (Photo: Callie Godiska)The 120-year-...