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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
A homegrown movement flowers: New Denver online florist emphasizes local sourcing (Video) - Denver Business JournalTuesday, September 12, 2017
A homegrown movement flowers: New Denver online florist emphasizes local sourcing (Video)Denver Business Journal“Gina [Mossflower's founder] has taken the business to another level with her local flower arrangements and selling them to consumers,” Burton said. “Gina's focus on the consumer segment is unique. I don't think most people know they can source flowers ...
Business Spotlight: Family-owned Peter's Flower Shop brings smiles, has a little fun - Fayetteville ObserverTuesday, September 12, 2017
Spring Lake. My family took over operations in 2015. We wanted a business that would help our kids and our grandkids in the future. We are like a little country florist, and we try to give our customers whatever they want. We have won best of Fayetteville two years in a row.”Who are your key people? “We are a family business,” Ross said. “Everyone helps. My wife, Gail, and our daughter, Robin Ross, create our beautiful floral arrangements. My grandson, Zachary Ross, and Jimmy Petrouske help with the flower deliveries. My grandson’s fiancee, Stormy Benson, is our floral designer. Angie Petrouske is our office manager. Our granddaughters, Tanisha and Tika Jacobitz, help us out part-time. We all strive to deliver good customer service, and we treat customers the way that we want to be treated ourselves.”What is the economy’s effect on the business? “We deal in fresh cut flowers, gift baskets and green plants. Right now, flower prices are up. The star gazer lilies are currently $25 per bunch. Last year they were $13.75. We buy wholesale and we get fresh flowers in every other day from Hardins Wholesale Florist Supply, in Liberty, and Lihmil Wholesale Flowers in Fayetteville. We try to keep our prices low and we offer free delivery. I hate raising my prices.”What is your busiest time? “We stay busy all day, every day. During the summer months from June through August, we have handled over 300 orders per month. We are open six days a week, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to ... http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20170906/business-spotlight-family-owned-peters-flower-shop-brings-smiles-has-little-fun
How to pick (and arrange) your own bouquet at Lancaster County's flower farms [photos & video] - LancasterOnlineTuesday, September 12, 2017
Drive down a country road in Lancaster County and it’s not uncommon to see bright bouquets of flowers for sale next to fresh produce.At several of these farms, you can be the florist and pick your own bouquet. While some types of flowers already have bloomed and won’t be back until next year, many of these farms will have flowers through October.Old Homestead Farm in Ronks has long raised flowers for bouquets at its farm stand on Hartman Bridge Road and at markets in the Philadelphia suburbs.This year, Jenelle Peters, the farm’s director of sales, moved the flower patch closer to the farm stand and opened it up to the public, which can pick flowers for 50 cents a stem. Members of the Old Homestead Farm’s community-supported agriculture program can pick flowers for free.“I thought it would be cool for people who aren’t able to grow their own or just want to grab a couple of stems here and there for this and that to be able to come and grab something,” says Peters, who represents the fourth generation working at the farm.Stumped by what to pick, when to go and what tools you need? Here’s a guide from a flower farmer and a floral designer.Bring a pair of sciss... http://lancasteronline.com/features/home_garden/how-to-pick-and-arrange-your-own-bouquet-at-lancaster/article_2ec91bc4-8dca-11e7-8867-675fd7149d59.html
Fall 2017 Weekly Flower Delivery Collection Released by NYC Florist Gabriela Wakeham Floral Design - BenzingaTuesday, September 12, 2017
Fall 2017 Floral Arrangements for Weekly Flower Delivery NYCNew York, New York (PRWEB) September 12, 2017 Gabriela Wakeham Floral Design https://www.gabrielawakeham.com a highly rated NYC luxury florist has announced its Fall 2017 offering for NYC weekly flower delivery to corporate and residential clients. The Fall 2017 weekly flower collection includes modern, contemporary, and classic aesthetics. With colder weather on the way and more time spent indoors, weekly delivered flowers can improve the quality of life in any NYC interior environment. The transformational effect of flowers is well known and with Gabriela Wakeham's better designed luxury flowers the favorable effect is that much greater.Offering a diverse collection for weekly flower delivery in NYC is an important element of the Fall 2017 range. These are weekly flowers appropriate for retail, often designer flagship stores, restaurants, hotel lobbies, corporate offices, landmark building entrances and residential interiors. "Taking the time to get the design right for weekly flowers is the most important aspect," said Gabriela Wakeham. "It's important to develop an approach for every interior and client. For rigorous, modern spa...
LA florists set up shop in Castle Rock - Longview Daily NewsTuesday, September 12, 2017
The shop has also started to offer design workshops for groups to learn how to create arrangements such as floral head wreaths or living succulent wreaths.While Vicente Vorse has experience as a florist, he insists that his spouse has an innate talent for original floral designs. He pointed to one of Jason Vorse’s signature designs, cymbidium orchids arranged as a locus, which he said has now been replicated by many others.“It’s very mesmerizing to watch him work,” Vicente Vorse said. “It’s very easy for him. … Other people try to mimic him, but the catty in me is like, ‘You’re not doing it right.’ ”While Jason Vorse may be the expert in floral design, Vicente Vorse’s eye as a visual merchandiser created Pollen’s bright and whimsical interior.The spacious, one-room shop has a tall wooden work table, a glass cooler displaying vibrant flowers, succulents hanging from glass bulbs and chalkboard walls swirling with freehand etchings of colorful vines and blooms. Three mounted deer heads and twisting wooden displays add a splash of the unconventional.This unique taste is what is bringing in customers and event bookings, they said.“I think (the community is) excited to see a fresh take on things,” Jason Vorse said. “We’re constantly changing and presenting new looks, designs and creations.”... http://tdn.com/news/local/la-florists-set-up-shop-in-castle-rock/article_9a9186d2-1096-58a0-aa53-0c20a45a6618.html