Amboy Flower Shop News
FIORE florist grew business out of grit and hustle - Pensacola News JournalTuesday, January 22, 2019
Main Street is an assortment of displays in the gift shop including home décor, jewelry, and the ever fashionable “Fifi,” a decorative display mannequin whose flamboyant regalia embodies the current mood of the season. Just past the gift shop is the large Design Room, the heart of FIORE. The walls are lined with coolers and buckets overflowing with blooms of every color, shape and size, as well as shelves and stacked floor-to-ceiling vases, big and small. It’s a busy, but peaceful spot with work tables surrounded by half a dozen employees quickly snipping and arranging a variety of floral arrangements and bouquets. The shop is a warm reflection of its owner. “I like that I get to use my hands and be creative with some of best friends,” said Leigh Anne Mason, who has worked for Pallin for seven years. “We all really enjoy each other.” “We hustle,” Pallin said. “We work really well with other vendors, too, which is really helpful to making things go smoothly. We try to be streamlined. We don’t make a lot of mistakes. We make some, which is natural, but organization is the key. I tell them, ‘Never call in sick on a wedding day, not when you have nine weddings.’ If there’... https://www.pnj.com/story/life/2018/08/25/pensacola-florist-grew-fiore-business-out-grit-and-hustle/1070517002/
Do You Have a License for That Bouquet?Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Louisiana’s regulation of florists began in 1950, perhaps not coincidentally under the governorship of the flamboyant machine politician Earl K. Long, Huey’s younger brother. More than one observer has pointed to Louisiana’s broad licensing requirements as a legacy of Longism, which promised to nurture and protect citizens while concentrating power in the state capital. For today’s reformers, the floral exam seemed like the easiest target. Louisiana’s illustrious history records no instance of anyone being harmed by a poorly arranged bouquet. “I’m not sure why we do that,” Mr. Edwards said of the requirement. “Louisiana ranks as the sixth-worst in the nation for convoluted licensing requirements. We can fix that.” Julie Emerson, the Republican state representative who wrote a bill to abolish the test, argued that consumers can quickly weed out bad florists: “That’s how competition and the free market works.” But a Senate panel killed Ms. Emerson’s bill in May after hearing objections from officials at the state Agriculture Department. It runs the licensing program, meaning its bureaucrats would have less to do without floral licenses to dole out. Mike Strain, the elected Republican agriculture commissioner, went along with the charade, vaguely defending the licensing scheme. “There’s a certain amount of regulation to make sure the public gets what they pay for,” he said. Licensed florists, who benefit from government-imposed limits on competition, also testified against the bill. Lawmakers ultimately approved a plan to study the state’s occupational licensing requirements, a classic do-nothing move. Critics of licensing have scored a victory on another front, however. Confronted by a lawsuit, Louisiana’s Board of Cosmetology dropped many of its requirements this spring for practitioners of a hair-removal technique known as eyebrow threading. The state had required eyebrow threaders to take 750 hours of beauty-school courses and three exams, at a cost of $6,000 to $13,000. The Institute for Justice, the libertarian nonprofit behind the lawsuit, agreed to drop the case after regulators backed off. Now eyebrow threaders need to pass one test and obtain a permit. Total cost: $50. The path to fixing Louisiana’s burdensome licensing requirements, then, seems to run through the courts, not the GOP Legislat... https://www.wsj.com/articles/do-you-have-a-license-for-that-bouquet-1535147773
FIORE florist grew business out of grit and hustleTuesday, August 28, 2018
Main Street is an assortment of displays in the gift shop including home décor, jewelry, and the ever fashionable “Fifi,” a decorative display mannequin whose flamboyant regalia embodies the current mood of the season. Just past the gift shop is the large Design Room, the heart of FIORE. The walls are lined with coolers and buckets overflowing with blooms of every color, shape and size, as well as shelves and stacked floor-to-ceiling vases, big and small. It’s a busy, but peaceful spot with work tables surrounded by half a dozen employees quickly snipping and arranging a variety of floral arrangements and bouquets. The shop is a warm reflection of its owner. “I like that I get to use my hands and be creative with some of best friends,” said Leigh Anne Mason, who has worked for Pallin for seven years. “We all really enjoy each other.” “We hustle,” Pallin said. “We work really well with other vendors, too, which is really helpful to making things go smoothly. We try to be streamlined. We don’t make a lot of mistakes. We make some, which is natural, but organization is the key. I tell them, ‘Never call in sick on a wedding day, not when you have nine weddings.’ If there&rsquo... https://www.pnj.com/story/life/2018/08/25/pensacola-florist-grew-fiore-business-out-grit-and-hustle/1070517002/
Bernard Silver, business entrepreneur and floral designer, dies at 80 - SILive.comWednesday, April 11, 2018
Hylan Blvd. ever since.Fourteen years ago, when the need for a second Flowers by Bernard manifested itself, the family opened another shop in the South Shore town of Pleasant Plains at 6390 Amboy Rd. in the Amboy Bedell Shopping Plaza.Silver's passion had always been to teach and share his knowledge with those with whom he came in close contact at the family-owned floral boutique that bears his name.What makes their business all the more appealing and distinguishes them from others is that Flowers by Bernard has remained loyal to its mom and pop business roots since it opened its doors to Staten Islanders in 1975.In speaking of her husband, Judie Silver stated: "I've been living in a garden with Bernard -- colorful, joyous, invigorating and full of life. His enthusiasm for all of this will stay with me and his children forever."Said his daughter, Elissa Carpenter: "My dad was our positive, fearless leader who led by example, and showed us how to live life to its fullest both in sickness and in health, always with our mom by his side. He loved to travel extensively. As a child, it was not uncommon for our family to spend summer months traveling by car throughout the United States and Mexico.""He also loved European vacations, our last family vacation was a European cruise celebrating my parents 50th anniversary [with] his children and grandchildren. His love of golf prompted him to have a second home at Hemlock Farms in the Poconos, where he exposed his children and grandchildren to the game. We are all avid golfers and have shared rounds with all three generations," she added.'ZEST FOR LIFE'Said Elizabeth David, his daughter: "My dad had such a zest for life. Our family has always been on the go, exploring new neighborhoods, dining at a new restaurants, and traveling across the country. We'll cherish those memories and aim to emulate his joie de vivre for generations to come."Hi grandson, Jordan Carpenter, commented: "My fondest memories are the stories my grandpa told about his childhood where his meager beginnings forced him to work at a young age. His principles of hard work and perseverance enabled him to become an entrepreneur and run several successful businesses. Despite suffering a stroke that left him disabled, he maintained these principles and kept trying until the day he passed. I try to live my life and build my career by the same principles."Said Garrett Carpenter, a grandson: "One of my fondest memories is the first time my grandpa took me to play golf at our country house in the Poconos when I was 8 years old. I remember him teaching me about the game, the etiquette of the game and showing me how to read the breaks in a putt. He also told me that the first thing you do after a round is 'go into the bathroom and wash your hands.' It was the springboard for my golf care... http://www.silive.com/obituaries/index.ssf/2018/03/bernard_silver_of_flowers_by_b.html
A simple-to-make but stunning-to-look-at Christmas decoration - Irish TimesTuesday, December 12, 2017
This Week in the Garden….While the small, pale flower-clusters of the hardy, evergreen, shade-loving shrub known as Christmas box or Sarcococca confusa aren’t going to add flashes of flamboyant colour to the garden at this time of year, they do pack a powerful punch in terms of their delicious, vanilla-like fragrance. Add to that the fact that it flowers from December right up until March, and this slow-growing, compact plant, which is also happy in a pot or container, more than earns its space in the winter garden. Stockists include Johnstown Garden Centre (johnstowngardencentre.ie) and mountvenusnursery.com A well-stocked bird table. Photograph: Richard Johnston Many gardeners like growing amaryllis (Hippeastrum) in a bright warm room indoors at this time of year with the aim of having these sub-tropical bulbous plants in flower for Christmas or the new year. Now that their fleshy flower spikes are emerging, it’s important to give your amaryllis plants a weekly liquid tomato feed as well as to give them some support in the shape of a slender stake. Occasionally rotating the pot will also encourage even growth, but take extra care not to overwater these statuesque houseplants, which hate to sit in permanently damp compost.p cl...
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