Albion Flower Shop News
Edible Arrangements opens in Spring Hill - Tampa Bay TimesTuesday, January 08, 2019
Robin Paquette. Salted, caramel-dipped apples are the current favorite, she said. And she swoons over the chocolate-dipped banana encrusted with hazelnut crunch.Not readily forgotten are the colossal Albion strawberries, used system-wide for their sweetness and longevity. They’re dipped in semi-sweet or white chocolate, drizzled with the opposing chocolate, sprinkled with chocolate microdots, ground almonds, coconut flakes or hazelnut crunch. Dipped berries are $2.99 each with a bit more for sprinkles.Centerpiece arrangements, gift baskets and boxed edibles are available in various sizes. Wilson said most customers make choices from photos on the Edible Arrangements website. They start at $19, but generally are in the $49 to $69 range.Corporate event or wedding reception, wow-worthy arrangements top out at $699, comprised of hundreds of pieces of slickly-sliced fruits deployed in a 3-foot long container.Those are built at the event site, but otherwise, Paquette and Morrow reproduce corporate designs at the Spring Hill store’s kitchen, working out of two walk-in refrigerators stocked by a Tampa fruit vendor.“We prepare our fruit the morning of, so everything’s fresh," Morrow said. “Our most popular arrangement right now is the salted caramel harvest bouquet of apples, strawberries, grapes and oranges.”Wilson, the on-site partner in the joint business endeavor with her mother, Cindy Williams, said the store’s summer opening was deliberately set for “slower times” so they could sort out problems before the autumn and winter holidays and hostess needs.“So far”, said Paquette, “we haven’t had any kinks.” The former business executive, 54, came out of a boring retirement to work for her niece, Wilson.“People keep coming in who didn’t know we were here," Paquette said. "Once we have our grand opening, a lot of people will know.”Meanwhile, the shop is growing market share through word of mouth, she said. Wilson has undertaken direct mail advertising to area businesses and is promoting local specials and discounts on its website.With busy-season holidays looming, Wilson urged customers to remember the lessor occasions for fruitful gifting. National Boss’ Day, she reminded, is Oct. 16.Contact Beth Gray at [email protected]... https://www.tampabay.com/news/hernando/edible-arrangements-opens-in-spring-hill-20181011/
"Flowers on the Lake" honors domestic violence victims in Gibson CountyTuesday, October 30, 2018
October is domestic violence awareness month. Thursday, albion fellows bacon center hosted an event to remember those affected by domestic violence in gibson county and offer help -- to those who need it."When was the last time you heard someone say the victim of a robbery was probably lying? Or that a victim of bank fraud was probably looking for attention? You don't," said Albion Crisis Intervention Specialist Hannah Brewer.In the last year in Gibson County, there have been 370 calls to law enforcement for domestic disturbances.In the last year, 72 people in Gibson County have been charged with domestic battery.Almost 250 people applied for some type of no contact or protective order.In Lafayette Park, people gathered for "Flowers on the Lake" to remember those affected by domestic violence, and the victims who did not survive."Anytime we release any of our statistics, people seem to be a little alarmed...and appalled," said Albion Crisis Intervention Specialist Becky Sawyer."If you've met... https://www.tristatehomepage.com/news/local-news/-flowers-on-the-lake-honors-domestic-violence-victims-in-gibson-county/1499334355
Candlelight vigil planned for slain Colorado mother with Clifton rootsMonday, October 01, 2018
Friday night vigil in Clifton, where she grew up. The vigil is set for 8 p.m. at Albion Park, said organizer Swenja Liguori. Shanann Watts, 34, who was Shanann Rzucek when she lived in Clifton and attended School 11, was 15 weeks pregnant when she and her daughters, Celeste, 4, and Bella, 3, were killed about three weeks ago in Frederick, Colorado. Chris Watts, 33, Shanann's husband and father to the girls, was charged with nine counts of felony in the deaths of his wife and daughters. He is being held pending a November court appearance. Liguori said that when she heard the news about Watts' killing in Colorado, it sent a shiver through her. As she watched the reports about Shanann Watts unfold, it became increasingly personal. "With so many people following the story, everyone was crushed," Liguori said. More: Colorado man arrested in deaths of daughters, pregnant wife from Passaic More: Former 'Cosby Show' actor qui... https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/passaic/clifton/2018/09/04/vigil-set-slain-colorado-mom-clifton-nj/1189312002/
Four Floral Businesses To Receive The Century Award In Palm SpringsTuesday, August 28, 2018
York. From veggies, he later tried his hands at flowers. Calla Lilies being his first floral crop. It was his Son, John B. Gould who opened the first of the family's flower shops in Middleport, Albion and Medina. Then came the first location in Lockport, on Locust near Main St. The shop relocated to 83 Locust St. where Gould's has been servicing customers since 1952. John B. & Barbara Gould have spent years making the shop a family tradition. Their four children spent many years in the shop. Janet Gould, the youngest of the fourth-generation time-honored tradition, manages day to day operations of the shop. She works alongside her Mother, Barbara, Niece, Kylee (Gould) Peters (who is a fifth generation Gould) and loyal staff. Janousek Florist & Greenhouse Inc. Omaha, Nebraska Now in their fourth generation, Janousek Florist originally opened in 1913 to serve the people of Omaha with the freshest flowers possible. Since then, they have been delivering to the entire Omaha Metro area with their own fleet of delivery vehicles and pride themselves on accommodating their customers' requests. Edward and Fred Janousek founded Janousek Florist & Greenhouse Inc. as a wholesale business in 1913 inside a cemetery in Omaha, Nebraska. Edward and Fred began to grow their own seasonal flowers and plants and over the last century and through four generations, they have maintained their position as the premier florist and greenhouse in Omaha. Ervin and Eddie Janousek ran the business from 1956 to 1983. Donald Janousek took over in 1983 and continues to run it with his son, Eric. While the days of delivering their flowers by streetcar are long gone, the Janousek family continues to pride itself on providing the freshest flowers and plants to the citizens of Omaha and the surrounding areas. Lake Forest Flowers Lake Forest, Illinois Erwin Dryskey moved his family to Lake Forest, Illinois, and opened the doors of Lake Forest Flowers in September of 1917. He went on to open two other flower shops on Chicago's North Shore. When Grace McGill bought the Lake Forest shop from Dryskey in 1949, she moved it one block, to the corner of Illinois Road and Western Ave, where it stands today. McGill designed custom floral and wedding work for families in Chicago's North Shore communities until her retirement in 1981, when she sold the business to John Looby III, AAF. Looby, with a background in greenhouse growing (who earned his AAF by commercially developing the oxalis regnelli-white blooming shamrock), expanded the business. Today, Lake Forest Flowers continues as a full-service boutique floral operation, and Looby's daughter, Eileen Looby Weber, AAF, joined the management team after earning her Bachelor's degree in horticulture and MBA. She established a large wedding and event following and has developed a variety of floral design education programs. Her continued efforts in promoting the floral industry earned her AAF in 2014. The 2018 Century Award honorees will celebrate with the 2017 Century Award recipients. Due to Hurricane Irma forcing the cancelation of SAF's last convention which was scheduled for last September in Florida, the 2017 Century Award recipients will be honored alongside the 2018 honorees. The 2017 Century Award recipients are: Johnston's Quality Flowers in Fort Smith, Arkansas Mitchell's Flowers and Events in Orland Park, Illinois Wistinghausen Florist & Greenhouse in Oak Harbor, Ohio Read about the history of their businesses here. Any industry company that has served the floral industry for 100 years or longer qualifies for the Century Award. The award was first presented in 1982. For information about the Century Award or to apply for recognition, visit safnow.org/awards or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. ### About SAF The Society of American Florists is the leading organization representing all segments of the floral indust... http://www.perishablenews.com/index.php?article=0069973
Gardeners scare up Halloween-themed flower show - GoErie.comTuesday, October 24, 2017
For reservations call Ethel Enserro, 716-485-6227 or email: EthelGEnserro@me.com. Jamestown Garden Club maintains the Roger Tory Peterson Butterfly Garden in Jamestown, New York.Garden club meetingsAlbion Garden and Civic Club, Tuesday, 6 p.m., Stonehouse at Albion Boro Park. Members will tour Wooden Nickel Buffalo farm. Call Sue Mihalak, 756-4404.Westminster Garden Club, Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, 3302 W. 26th St. Master gardener Janet Krack will give a program called “Thistles of Scotland.” Call Barb Eberlein, 864-6489.Erie County Council of Garden Clubs, Wednesday, 10 a.m., Nick’s Place, 12246 Route 99, Edinboro. Civic beautification winners will be announced. Gary Foster of Foster’s rose of Sharon Shop will present his design program: “What’s New for Christmas.” Each club should bring at least four items for the auction. Cost: $20 for lunch. Call Lynn Jackson, 431-4470.Cambridge Garden Club, Thursday, 7 p.m., Cambridge Springs Public Library, 158 McClellan St., Cambridge Springs. Master gardener Ellen DiPlacido will talk about companion planting. Call Sandy Moraski, 528-7748.Elk Valley Garden Club, Friday, 8:45 a.m., Wells Park, 34 Main St., Girard and Lake City Borough Building, 2350 Main St., Lake City. Members will get the parks ready for winter. Call Janet Nelson, 833-6123.Pioneer Church Garden Club, Oct. 26, 11:30 a.m., Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, 3302 W. 26th St. A speaker will talk about the snowy owl. Call Helen Singer, 838-8741.Sue Scholz is a member of the Presque Isle Garden Club. Send garden news to email@example.com. http://www.goerie.com/entertainmentlife/20171014/gardeners-scare-up-halloween-themed-flower-show
Capital - Why are flowers so expensive? - BBC NewsTuesday, May 21, 2019
Jeanie McKewan, who has been growing flowers for 13 years in the US states of Illinois and Wisconsin, points to insect damage as a big challenge, saying there’s a “zero tolerance” policy: “It is through constant vigilance and the use of integrated pest management that we keep the little buggers from getting the best of our crops,” she says.Then the flowers have to bloom on schedule. In the case of Mother’s Day tulips planted in January or February, they have to bloom by early May in time to be picked and shipped.Labour costs are already high – according to the 2012 US Agricultural Census, contract and hired labour accounted for 10% of total agricultural operating expenses in the US, but that number soared to 40% for greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production because of a tighter farm labour market and rising wages. Then you add extra costs for peaks.McKewan hires extra hands during peak periods but says cutting flowers “requires experience and cannot be done by just any part-time employee”. Chris Drummond, a Philadelphia-based florist, says wages average around $13.25 (£10.16) per hour in the US. “In order to ramp up production to meet holiday demand, growers are required to pay far above that average,” he says.In developed countries like the Netherlands or Germany, Stewart says that there are greenhouses with automated technology like sophisticated watering machines or robot transplanters and harvesters, where fewer workers are needed. But in poorer nations with cheaper labour, there’s less use of technology. Then it’s time for shipping. While flowers are waiting on the runway or in the back of a lorry, temperatures can’t be too cold (for Valentine’s Day) or too hot (for Mother’s Day). When they arrive at the wholesaler, they must look perfect. That means no bug bites, no missing petals, no dead buds. Otherwise, they get thrown away. “It has to be flawless,” Stewart says.Complicated logisticsChris Drummond, the florist, estimates that the holiday volume “is usually nearly 20 times the everyday volume”. He says many farmers nurture flowers all year long to ensure enough blooms for the handful of holidays. During the other months on the farm, he says, flowers are sold at cost, below cost or discarded and turned into mulch.“So, of course farm price increases as demand increases,” he says. “Consumers are paying a premium to make sure that grower is compensated for their expense and effort to maintain the plants year-round, thus ensuring the wide variety of flowers is available at each holiday.”He highlights costs across the supply chain, saying industry participants must “rent temporary space, pay fuel surcharges, find space on airlines, hire independent drivers, find more refrigerated trucks, pay overtime to staff” and more. Roses flown from Bogota to Miami are hit with a 15-cent (£0.12) importer’s fee to clear customs and inspection. Domestic refrigerated shipping can vary, but that’s another eight cents (£0.06) per rose.It also depends on what kind of flower you’re shipping – Drummond says 300 carnations can fit into the same box as 150 roses, so the transport price per stem is halved. Transit time from field to florist can be up to a week (though it can wildly vary depending on where the flowers are coming from), and the blooms must be carefully handled every step of the way.Hans Larsen is a cut flower grower in the US s... http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190507-why-are-flowers-so-expensive
Food flowers - Illinois TimesThursday, May 02, 2019
Do not eat any plant if you’re not totally sure what it is, and ask an expert like the folks at University of Illinois Extension Service if you have any questions. Some flowers, like daylily (which are in a different plant family than the toxic true lilies) can act as a diuretic and should be eaten in moderation. Make sure that the flowers you eat or cook with have not been sprayed or treated, and never eat roadside flowers or those purchased from a florist. Flower jelly 2-3 cups loosely packed flower petals, such as violet, rose, sunflower, dandelion or nasturtium. (Be sure to pinch off only the petals and discard the base of the flower, as it can give the jelly a bitter taste.) Juice of one lemon2 ½ cups boiling water 1 package of Sure-Jell pectin (you can certainly use a different kind of pectin, but you may need to adjust the recipe method according to the package directions) 3 ½ cups sugar Sort through the flower petals and rinse them gently under running water to remove any dirt or bugs. Place the flower petals in a heat-proof bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Let the flower “tea” steep for at least two hours or overnight. Prepare a water bath canner and have ready six half-pint jars with new lids and bands. After the mixture has steeped, strain it through a fine meshed sieve into a nonreactive saucepan and discard the flower solids. Add the lemon juice (this may cause the color of your tea to brighten or change hue). Slowly stir in the pectin and bring to a full rolling boil. Boil for one minute, then add all the sugar at once. Stirring continuously, return to a boil and cook for one minute. Ladle the hot mixture into the clean, hot jars. Wipe the rim of the jars, then place a lid on top and gently screw on the band (do not put it on super tight). Process in the water bath for five minutes, then remove from the water and set out onto a towel to cool overnight. As the jars cool you should hear an occasional “pop” coming from the jars, indicating a good seal has been achieved. *for rose jelly, add a tablespoon of rose water to the rose petal tea to enhance flavor **add a ½ tablespoon or so of crushed red pepper flakes to nasturtium jelly for savory kick Ashley Meyer is a Springfield-based food writer, cook and avid gardener. https://illinoistimes.com/article-21169-food-flowers.html
Brighton florist achieves title of certified designer - AdVantageNEWS.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Leanne Muenstermann, owner of Leanne’s Pretty Petals in Brighton, has earned the title of Illinois certified designer during the Illinois State Floral Association’s annual floral design show March 14-18 in Champaign, Ill.
She was assessed in theoretical knowledge of advanced design styles and techniques. She was required to create three “advanced design” arrangements during a timed test.
Internationally recognized floral industry professionals evaluated these advanced designs. Muenstermann is one of only five florists in Illinois to earn this accreditation.
She earned her title of Illinois certified professional florist during last year’s annual floral design show. She is one of 58 florists in the state to earn this distinction. She is working toward her national certified floral designer accreditation through the internationally recognized American Institute of Floral Designers.
To maintain the Illinois certified designer accreditation, the designer must continue to accumulate continuing education credits each year and maintain his or her membership in the ISFA and ICP... https://advantagenews.com/news/business/brighton-florist-achieves-title-of-certified-designer/
Contrasting Soupman (SOUPQ) & FTD Companies (NASDAQ:FTD) - Fairfield CurrentTuesday, January 08, 2019
The company was formerly known as UNOL Intermediate, Inc. FTD Companies, Inc. was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois.About SoupmanSoupman, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells soups in the United States. It markets and sells its products to grocery chains, school systems, and franchisees under The Original Soupman brand name. The company also franchises Original Soupman restaurants and mobile unit; and other high-traffic locations, such as casinos, airports, theme parks, and other tourist locations. It has 9 franchise locations, including co-branded locations. The company was formerly known as Passport Arts, Inc. and changed its name to Soupman, Inc. in January 2011. Soupman, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is based in Staten Island, N... https://www.fairfieldcurrent.com/news/2019/01/03/comparing-soupman-soupq-ftd-companies-ftd.html