Local Flower Shop News
Frank Kreutzer, florist for 47 years, trades roses for retirement - WCPOWednesday, March 14, 2018
NEWPORT, Ky. - It's the end of the line at Kreutzer & Dorl Florist.After more than 65 years, the family-owned busiess is closing its doors for good.The owner, 73-year-old Frank Kreutzer, says he's trading in roses for retirement. Kreutzer has been working six days a week for the past 47 years."My parents started it in 1953. I grew up in it,” Kreutzer said.He's seen the highs and lows."I have a lady who was a customer for 50 years. Customer for my parents. She did all her daughter's weddings." But times have changed, he said."When you think about it and look around, you don't see many of them any more. There's just not a lot of floral shops here," he noted.Kreutzer said he's no match for big businesses like amazon. And it's a shame. He says local businesses provide an opportunity to know your community. "I think that's what's missing when you get them from a mass marketer - that's just shipping them in a box,” he said. “That's all it is. Flowers shipped in a box. I think the end of an era is coming from that standpoin...
Portland Flower Market coping with flower shortage after semi crash - kgw.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
Saturday.“Normally, our coolers are just at this point overflowing with flowers, you rarely see any space at all like this,” explained Angie Lopez.Lopez is a buyer with Frank Adams Wholesale Florist, one of several wholesalers inside the Portland Flower Market running low on supplies.Lopez got a call Saturday that the semi full of flowers crashed south of Redding, California. One of the truck drivers died.Lopez says her heart goes out to the family during this difficult time, and at the same time she’s hard at work, even working together with others at the Portland Flower Market, piecing together flowers from various parts of the country to make up for the lack of flowers.“Everyone was very understanding, had really kind words for us to get through everything. What can we do? Maybe we take a collection for the driver’s family,” Lopez said. “Then, just keep going. It’s all wheels going at all times. We just have to push forward.”Lopez says while there was a shortage of flowers Monday and Tuesday, she expects it to be business as usual by Wednesday. © 2018 KGW... http://www.kgw.com/article/news/portland-flower-market-coping-with-flower-shortage-after-semi-crash/283-523796760
Alicia Vikander wanted to become a florist - Cleveland AmericanWednesday, March 14, 2018
Alicia Vikander dreamed of being a florist as a child.The Academy Award-winning actress - who stars as Lara Croft in the new 'Tomb Raider' movie - has admitted to harbouring a number of professional ambitions during her youth, saying that at one stage she wanted to sell flowers for a living.Asked what she wanted to do as a child, Alicia shared: "My God, I wanted to be everything, from a florist to a dancer and an actress. I wanted to be a singer or a dancer, and it was not until ... it was actually a clip that was found of me on Swedish television not long ago that I don't have any memory of. But apparently in this interview at seven years old, I said that I wanted to be an actress. I actually had no clue I wanted to do that."The Swedish actress was a huge fan of adventure movies, such as 'The Mummy' and the 'Indiana Jones' franchise, during her younger years.And Alicia, 29 - who is married to fellow Hollywood star Michael Fassbender - has admitted that Bruce Willis was her "first crush".Quizzed about her obsession with... http://www.theclevelandamerican.com/lifestyles/entertainment/alicia-vikander-wanted-to-become-a-florist/article_2303a68f-6cbb-5cb1-bec9-25d51a379264.html
Bloom where you're planted: Bancroft's Flowers is oldest Iowa flower shop - Waterloo Cedar Falls CourierWednesday, March 14, 2018
Joseph Bancroft, his wife Elizabeth, and other memorabilia.At 144 years old, Bancroft’s Flowers & Greenhouses is the oldest flower shop in Iowa, according to the Florist’s Review magazine, a trade publication. It is the second oldest florist west of the Mississippi and the 11th oldest in the United States.The shop was established in 1874 at 416 W. 12th St., in Cedar Falls. That also makes it the oldest business still at the same location in Cedar Falls, says current owner Batchelder. It was owned by three generations of the Bancroft family until 1988.“It’s an amazing history,” says Batchelder, who has owned the business for 20 years. “It’s impressive to think that in the 1870s, this was really the middle of nowhere for a successful floral business.”He expressed surprise that only two Iowa flower shops appear on the list of floral companies in business for 100 years or more. Decorah Greenhouses Inc., was founded in 1876.In the late 19th century, Bancroft’s operated as a wholesale florist, shipping flowers across the country. Flowers were carefully packed into sturdy boxes that were then loaded onto a wagon or carriage for the short trek to the Rock Island train depot at 422 Main St.Flowers and nursery plants were listed by number making it easier for a florist from the East Coast, for example, to order from Bancroft’s via the telegraph. “You’d order a No. 6, for instance, instead of using the name of the flower or arrangement to keep down the cost of the telegram,” says Batchelder.Bancroft’s and its multiple greenhouses once occupied a half block of property, making it the “largest and b... http://wcfcourier.com/lifestyles/bloom-where-you-re-planted-bancroft-s-flowers-is-oldest/article_d92d61fb-6d05-5251-98b5-b0853bb7335a.html
Floral artisans re-create de Young Museum's works with flowers - San Francisco ChronicleWednesday, March 14, 2018
McLellan Tayler regularly shops the Flower Mart, as she did last week while preparing her annual floral entry into the de Young Museum “Bouquet to Arts” exhibition.For the past 34 years, select florists and floral artisans have been invited to re-create pieces from the de Young’s collection of artwork — with flowers. One hundred and 20 (give or take) “exhibitors” select or are assigned one piece of artwork, including the really modern stuff like video installations, and interpret it with flora and fauna. The fragrant results remain on display throughout the museum for a single week. And then, for the most part, they die.“I got my first choice,” McLellan Tayler said of the artwork she’d chosen to re-create with flowers. She has participated in 32 of the 34 “Bouquets to Art” exhibitions, and she fully intends to take part next year.Basically, exhibitors like McLellan Tayler spend a day in January exploring every inch of the de Young. Nearly all of the museum’s pieces are up for floral artistry grabs, and each artist submits their top five choices to re-create in petals and leaves. It then comes down to Exhibitor Chair Lisa Harris, who spends an entire month trying to match exhibitors with art they like. “It’s a huge puzzle,” Harris said.Monday night was the Gala Preview, an opportunity for donors and exhibitors to take a peek at this year’s show before the public took over. McCall’s catered a gourmet buffet with rack of lamb, fresh rolled sushi and some wildly popular mini grilled cheese sandwiches. Open bars served cocktails and Champa...