Local Flower Shop News
Best of Honolulu 2017: Services - HONOLULU Magazine (blog)Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Japanese method of resist dyeing, shibori is making a comeback in a big, bold way. It’s everywhere—on Pinterest, on reusable tote bags and in the collection of local designer Malia Jones. The Honolulu Museum of Art is offering a four-session workshop this summer with artist Gail Toma in August. Cost is $140 (plus $35 for supplies). Learn how to manipulate the fabric—binding, tying, folding—and use indigo dye to create a one-of-a-kind design.honolulumuseum.orgHidden Orchid SourcePhoto: David CroxfordFollow the handlettered cardboard signs to Plant Hawai‘i in Waimanalo on the weekends to find direct-from-the-farm deals on stunning orchids, hybridized hibiscus and a wide array of plumeria. The Willson and Picquet families created a green oasis of flowering plants off a rutted road nearly three years ago. Customers who discovered the orchids—some as low as $10 a plant—can find trays of flowers to brighten their homes. “People like the feeling of coming out to the country,” says co-owner Scot Willson. “We’re always going to fill the greenhouse with cool stuff every week.” He says their floral design work for weddings and events is growing but not replacing their core flower business: growing and selling beautiful and often hard-to-find blooms, from fragrant honohono and brilliant shades of vanda to ready-to-plant plumeria. Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays, noon to 3 p.m. Check the website for other times. 41-928 Kaka‘ina St., Waimanalo, (808) 384-2065, planthawaii.com.Best Pet PhotographerPhotos: Steve CzerniakFull disclosure: Our pick for the island’s best pet photographer also happens to be HONOLULU Magazine’s regular food shooter, too. Steve Czerniak started snapping portraits of pets in 2010 as Wag and Snap Photography, using a natural-light style and simple, beautiful outdoor settings—no coconut-shell bikini tops to be found here. “I don’t do schlock,” he says. “I like for the dogs to look like dogs.” The results are high-quality, memorable and seriously cute.wagandsnap.com.Best LocksmithReader PickFor nearly 50 years, Salz Lock & Safe has been providing top-of-the-line locksmithing. Husband-and-wife founders Herm and Tomiko Salz opened the original shop on Monsarrat Avenue in 1970, then passed it to son Joe, daughter Linda and nephew Mark. “Our clients rely on us to help them secure their homes, restaurants, vehicles and stores,” says Linda Salz-Goto. “Our team collectively has well over 200 years of experience.” Salz takes care of it all: rekeying locks, installing safes, duplicating keys, programming automotive chip keys, the works. When it comes to keeping things locked up, Salz is your (ahem) safest bet.3012 Wai‘alae Ave., (808) 734-6557, salzlock.com.3-D Printing ServicePhoto: David CroxfordIt’s remarkable how quickly 3-D printing has caught on with architecture firms, medical institutions and manufacturers. For the average Joe or Jane, though, it’s pricey to get your design or replacement part done. You can go to 3-D shops and work with them for a fee to make your prototype a reality, but to get hands-on with a 3-D printer on an ad hoc basis? Good luck. http://www.honolulumagazine.com/Honolulu-Magazine/July-2017/Best-of-Honolulu-2017-Services/
Beretania Blossoms - MidweekWednesday, January 03, 2018
The family, including Larry Farinas (front, far left) and Jaimie Kim Farinas (front, second from right), was honored Dec. 6 by Honolulu City Council for the shop’s 80th anniversary. PHOTO COURTESY BERETANIA FLORISTIn 1968, the reins passed to Howard and June — but the transition wasn’t as smooth as that.“We had a meeting, and my mother-in-law mentioned that in order for Howard to be successful, his wife has to work with him. That’s me! And I said, no, no, no, I don’t want to do that because they worked every day, they only took Shogatsu, New Year’s Day, off, they never took vacation.”But the former hairdresser was persuaded to quit her job and join her husband’s family business.“I was so lucky because I fell in love with the business,” June says.Nearly 45 years later, ownership passed to Howard and June’s daughter, Celeste.“I didn’t think I was going to be a florist either,” Celeste says. “We grew up behind the shop, but we were never allowed in the store because our mom didn’t want us to get in the way.”Nevertheless, when she went to college at University of Hawai‘i at Manoa, Celeste started working at Beretania Florist’s now-defunct downtown satellite location. Thirty years later, she’s still here, now running the whole show.As for Reece, son of Celeste and Larry Farinas (and husband of MidWeek senior writer Jaimie Kim Farinas) , when the opportunity came up, he knew he had to take it.“I always kind of felt like I wanted to be here,” he says. “Unlike my mom, I was here a lot when I was younger, and it was always a really fun environment to come here and play around.”“Grandpa would let you make a wreath when you were little,” June chimes in.“I’d touch the flowers, talk to the customers,” Reece adds.“Unpack the anthuriums, damage them,” Celeste continues.“I was making a lot of trouble,” Reece concludes. “It was half-babysitting. Mostly babysitting.”But his mother and grandmother both extoll the benefits of having younger perspectives around (Reece’s younger brother Beau also works in the shop). Reece helped redesign the company’s website, for instance, taking his own product photos.“He introduces us to a lot of new things because he’s excited to be here and he wants to rile us up and get us excited, which he does,” says June.Working as a florist has its ups and downs. Hurricanes halfway around the world can disrupt supply chains. If a customer orders pink roses and all that arrives are orange, well, the florist has to figure it out and make it work. The advent of the internet also has led to a legion of educated, discerning customers that have higher standards. And of course, there’s always the challenge of same-day delivery. But some things, says June, never change.“The thing that is the same as it was 80 years ago is that it’s a personal thing,” she declares. “You call us, and we answer … When we answer the phone, we really are interested in the customer. We really want... http://www.midweek.com/beretania-florist/
FTD Companies, Inc., Introduces New Mother's Day Floral, Gourmet Sweets Collections - PR Newswire (press release)Monday, May 07, 2018
Fresh floral arrangements hand-crafted and delivered by an FTD florist make a lasting impression."FTD has a 108-year-old heritage of delighting customers through luxurious, florist-designed flowers and has a deep understanding of how to make Mom feel special through flowers. It's simple for gift givers to say what they mean this Mother's Day in a beautiful and authentic way through FTD's premium bouquets, ProFlowers' farm-fresh flowers and Shari's Berries delectable treats. Bring Color to Her EverydaySeeing or hearing from those closest to us is a sure way to brighten our day. Add a little color to her life, like she repeatedly does for you, with one of these colorful floral gifts from FTD and ProFlowers:Deliver the Ultimate Royal TreatmentThe ones we love deserve only the best—and then some. Shower your "queen" with fresh cut blooms worthy of royal recognition or take inspiration from traditional afternoon teatime. These gifts are sure to have that special someone beaming atop her throne:Reward Those with a Major Sweet ToothMom may have always said that dessert didn't count as dinner, but these delicious treats from Shari's Berries may change her mind: Timeless Display of AffectionThese classic gifts warm her heart year after year and bring joy to her special day. You can also give Mom the gift that keeps on giving through ProFlowers' new Bloom Refresh™ program and receive a second bouquet 12 days after the first bouquet to refill her vase. See these products and more at www.ftd.com, www.proflowers.com, and www.berries.com. About FTD Companies, Inc.FTD Companies, Inc., is a premier floral and gifting company. Through our diversified family of b...
6 Royal Wedding Bouquets To Use For Your Own Wedding Inspiration - Elite DailyMonday, May 07, 2018
It's tradition that royal brides carry a sprig of myrtle in their bouquets, because the flower stands for marriage and love. According to Town & Country, the royal couple-to-be committed to florist Philippa Craddock, and Markle will carry white garden roses and peonies (in addition to some other elegant varieties). I looked to Kate Middleton's stunning flowers for some inspo on these seven wedding bouquets for your big day, as well as the flowers we might see Markle carrying in just a few short weeks. You deserve to look like royalty when you walk down the aisle, am I right?1LiliesPascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty ImagesAccording to The Guardian, Kate Middleton's bouquet was filled with lily of the valley that was in season at the time. You might want to consider including lilies for your big day, too. The white flower comes across as elegant and graceful, and is often a sweet addition to any wedding bouquet. Your guests will be in awe of how romantic you look walking down the aisle.2White RosesAdam NixonIt doesn't get much more elegant than carrying a bouquet of white roses on your wedding day. Especially when they're in full bloom, this flower radiates beauty and will surely make you look like one of the royals. Your flowers will at least get a very regal moment on your Instagram feed, if they don't make it into a major wedding magazine. I think it's safe to say Meghan Markle might even approve. After all, she's incorporating white garden roses into her bunch, too.3PeoniesAndrew YaremchukPut some peonies in your bouquet if you truly want to channel major princess vibes on your way to your very own happily ever after. These flowers will feel romantic and will be a regal addition to your look y...
Rick Tuttle, the Chicago artist who ran an artful Michigan bookstore, dies at 66 - Chicago TribuneMonday, May 07, 2018
Acorn Theater since 2002, says, “Rick Tuttle was the epicenter of the town. He created spaces that, like Rick, were full of hyphens. His buildings were bookstore-gallery-party space-salon-florist shop-poetry center-whatever. Like a lot of people here, Rick was a man of many talents and none defined by his jobs. He was generous and committed to making Three Oaks the community he envisioned.“He was a wry, cynical optimist who did everything with passion. His anger at injustice was overshadowed by his love for simple pleasures in life. A drink, time with a friend, a dance (and he would dance without shame and with zest), a tight and serious hug, and regular verbal affirmations were regular parts of Rick’s life. He loved his wives and his friends with a sincerity that made us feel more important and loved than anyone could imagine.”Charles Osgood / Chicago Tribune
Artist and former Chicagoan Rick Tuttle holds "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, with a book cover Tuttle created.Artist and former Chicagoan Rick Tuttle holds "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, with a book cover Tuttle created. (Charles Osgood / Chicago Tribune)Richard Daer Tuttle was born in Chicago on July 1, 1951. His father, Richard, was an artist and designer and his mother, LaVerne, instilled in him a lifelong love of books. He was a free spirit who, after graduating high school, moved to Costa Rica where he married for the first time, had a child and discovered the painting and literature of that area.Back in Chicago, he began his career as a graphic artist, working for some of the city’s large advertising agencies before starting his own firm, RT2 Design, which had clients in the business and cultural worlds, among them Southport Records for which he made its eye-catching logo. He also did design work for the Blue Rider Theater Company.That was the troupe founded by writer/director/a... http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ent-rick-tuttle-memorial-0417-story.html
Target 2 Consumer Alert: Mother's Day flower shop scam and Microsoft popups - WBAYMonday, May 07, 2018
If you're buying them online, there are some important questions to ask before you buy. The Director of Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection says you may think you're selecting a local florist, but you are actually contacting a business in another state that just coordinates the purchase and delivery. Consumer protection says when you do an online search, follow up with a call. If the business answers with something generic such as, "flower shop," ask for a specific name, where it's located and get an address.Also, ask specific questions about the flower arrangement. How many roses versus carnations and if there are any tacked on fees for a vase or extras. If the people on the other end don't give you that information, hang up. There are plenty of local florists to get an arrangement from. Another costly scam we want to warn you about are the Microsoft Tech Support Scams. Usually there is a popup on your screen telling you there's a problem with your computer and to call a phone number for help right away. Some new information shows just how much this scam is spiking. Microsoft IT had 153,000 customers calling into its Microsoft customer support telling them they were scammed. That's a 24 percent jump from 2016 to last year. Of those, 15 percent of people lost, ... http://www.wbay.com/content/news/Target-2-Consumer-Alert--481873001.html
Coon Rapids florist takes top prize at Home and Garden Show - ECM PublishersTuesday, May 01, 2018
Randi Wielinski, of Ramsey, was named the 2018 Floral Designer of the Year at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show April 7.Photo courtesy of Koehler & Dramm Wholesale FloristWielinski and Heidi Brady, who took third place in the competition, both work at Forever Floral in Coon Rapids and qualified as finalists in the Koehler & Dramm Wholesale Florist’s annual competition.They submitted arrangements back in October to qualify.Brady, of Coon Rapids, used pieces of tree bark and long cascading succulent plants in her arrangement.“It was very earthy looking,” she said.Wielinski created her arrangement in a drawer.“I did a lot of textures, and I did a lot of orbs,” she said. Overall, there was a lot of “putzy detail,” which is her style, she said. +1 Heidi Brady, of Coon Rapids, took third place in the “Flowers are always in Fashion!” competition at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show earlier this month. Both Brady and the contest winner, Randi Wielinski, work at Forever Floral in Coon Rapids.Photo courtesy of Koehler & Dramm Wholesale FloristWhen the two were announced as two of seven finalists, they had no idea what they were in for.Two weeks before the April 7 competition, they learned they would be working with mannequins.Draped in a black jersey fabric, the florists were allowed to attach florals, foliages and hard goods to th...