Local Flower Shop News
Bussey's Florist & Gifts merges with Ransom in Rome - Northwest Georgia NewsSunday, February 11, 2018
Todd Bussey, owner of Bussey’s Florist & Gifts, 250 Broad St. in Rome and Cedartown has merged with Ransom Floral Co., 5 E. Fourth Ave. in Rome.Longtime Ransom owner/operator Mark Brewer will now partner with Bussey’s team.Both companies are known for providing a wide range of floral products and customer service throughout the north-west Georgia region.Ransom Floral Co. was founded in 1924 and has been owned and operated by Mark Brewer since 1975.“It has been an honor to serve my loyal customers for over 40 years,” Brewer said. “At this time I am excited to partner with Todd Bussey and his staff. I look forward to focusing on the things I enjoy most, creating beautiful floral designs and working with our customers.”Bussey’s Florist & Gifts was founded in 1976 in Cedartown prior to adding the Broad Street location in Rome.“Having the opportunity to combine two businesses with rich histories of service to their community is an honor” said Bussey.“Working together our commitment to our customers and the community will only be stronger. Mark and I are eager... http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/polk_standard_journal/news/local/bussey-s-florist-gifts-merges-with-ransom-in-rome/article_a24d395e-fa2b-11e7-8035-2f3833458de0.html
Analysis: Louisiana's strict licensing standards targeted - Idaho StatesmanWednesday, April 11, 2018
Legislature's regular session.Why is Louisiana the only state in the nation that requires retail florists to pass a licensing exam? Should braiding hair professionally need a license? Does the state really need exams and licensing provisions for interior designers?But supporters of stripping some licensing laws from the books are finding they'll have to chisel away slowly at the rules."You have a lot of people who are in the industries who say, 'Well, I had to do all this. All the people coming after me should have to do this.' I do understand that, but to me if something's bad policy, we shouldn't continue it just because we did it before," said Rep. Julie Emerson, the Carencro Republican spearheading legislative efforts to repeal some requirements.Emerson said the licensing constraints - such as multiple exams, extensive training requirements and hefty fees for some occupations - can be "barriers of entry into the workforce," keeping people from using their skills to earn a living and build their own businesses."Is it enough of a threat to public safety and public health to warrant this type of regulation?" she asked.The deregulation efforts ... http://www.idahostatesman.com/entertainment/article207443714.html
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
Becoming a florist saved this woman's life - Plymouth HeraldWednesday, April 11, 2018
I had hit rock bottom. I had a mental breakdown" Catherine said. Read MoreCatherine Scawn took up floristry after a recommendation from her doctorThe mental breakdown prompted Catherine to visit her doctor for help and she suggested that Catherine should take up an activity to keep her head and hands busy. Catherine said: "Having struggled for years bringing up our three boys, my husband and I even separating at one point due to the stress and strains of living with my middle son, who is diagnosed with autism and adhd."It all got too much for me, constantly having to call the police, worrying about what he was going to do next to our home, his siblings or my husband, who had had open heart surgery in the past."Read MoreA little while later, Catherine was scrolling through Facebook, when she saw an advert for a flower arranging course.She took the leap and thought "why not give it a go" and now she is thanking the hobby for "saving" her life.The 40-year-old has now started her own budding floristry business and has never looked back. Read MoreCatherine Scawn says floristry has saved her life"I'd always liked arranging my own flowers on the rare occasion I had received any and I'd always had a creative side" she said.Catherine began her course at Honors Flower School in Peverell in June, and has used social media to grow her online business, 'Cath's Scentiments'.She said: "The interest was amazing, it wasn't long before I had a few orders coming ...
After 2017 fire, Blue Iris Flowers coming back to Catonsville - Baltimore SunWednesday, April 11, 2018
We just think it’s wonderful to have Blue Iris back,” said Teal Cary, director of the Catonsville Chamber of Commerce. “We need a Frederick Road florist.”Cary said that two years ago, the Chamber awarded Glascock with the “Retailer of the Year” award, because of quality service and Glascock’s efforts to fix up the old building before it was destroyed by fire.The two-alarm fire last year started in the basement and burned through the upper levels of the more than 100-year-old three-story building, Baltimore County Fire Department Battalion Chief Blaine Kurrle told the Baltimore Sun last year. The building was empty at the time and no one was injured.Cary said she will bring the ribbon and the big scissors for the ribbon cutting, taking place at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 16.Glascock said thatafter the ceremony, the shop will be open for business throughout the day. Then in the evening, sometime after about 6 p.m., she said the shop will host an open house celebration with wine and snacks.The shop is known for its fresh-cut flowers, and Glascock said this time of year she is busiest filling wedding orders.Shoppers familiar with Blue Iris will see some new products, Glascock said, including locally or U.S.-made gift items, air plants, greeting cards and jewelry.Looking forward, Glascock hopes to stock a wider selection of easy-care indoor plants, like succulents and cacti.Glascock praised the Chamber and the Catonsville community for making her return possible.“Honestly, the entire community of Catonsville has rallied around us,” Glascock said. “People who we’ve never met before found us and rallied around us over the past year – following us to Arbutus, sticking by us, just generally being there for us.”“We’re excited to be back,” Glascock said. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/catonsville/ph-ca-at-blue-iris-0411-story.html
The Underlying Cognitive Dissonance of the Left and the Right - National ReviewWednesday, April 11, 2018
A florist arranges flowers at the Pike Place Market in Seattle, Wash., in 2014. (Reuters photo: Jason Redmond) A new book identifies precisely what we’re all missing.Niskanen Center scholars Brink Lindsey and Steven Teles recently published a new book,The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase Inequality, detailing abusive rent-seeking practices across various sectors of government bureaucracy, including occupational-licensing regimes, zoning rules, and financial regulations.While the entire book is insightful, among the authors’ most shrewd observations is their pinpointing of the biggest blind spots on the left and right of the political spectrum. According to Lindsey and Teles, the Left misses the logical conclusion of its claim that big money hurts politics, and the Right misses a different conclusion, one inherent to its assertion that big government distorts markets.AdvertisementMost of us are familiar with the stereotype of conserv...