Antioch Flower Shop News
Manuel Rose, retired Delta municipal judge, dies at 95 - East Bay TimesTuesday, July 09, 2019
A champion of the environment and the “little guy,” retired Delta Municipal Court Judge Manuel C. Rose has died after a long illness. The longtime judge and former Antioch resident was 95.Rose died on June 20 in Walnut Creek. He grew up in San Pablo, graduated from Richmond High School and later UC Berkeley and Boalt Hall law school, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II before going to work as a lawyer for Winters and Winters, an Antioch firm he later bought.In 1951 his life would take a turn when the state Legislature decided justices of the peace and city judges should merge in what would be called “justice courts.” At 29, Rose took up the challenge and edged out the current city judge to become one of the youngest judges elected in the state at the time.The job was part-time so he maintained his downtown Antioch law practice, but by 1969 the Antioch and Pittsburg courts consolidated and he went to work full-time in what was first called the River Municipal Court and later the Delta Municipal Court, based in Pittsburg. He remained there for 30 years until retiring in 1983 and later filling in for vacationing judges throughout the cou... https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2019/07/02/manuel-rose-retired-longtime-municipal-judge-succumbs-at-95/
VIDEO: Flower shop destroyed in string of Antioch arson fires - KRON4.comTuesday, February 27, 2018
Related CoverageANTIOCH (KRON) — Antioch fire investigators are once again looking into a string of suspected arson fires, crimes they’ve seen a lot of since the summer.The latest fire happened at a flower shop on A Street and West 15th Street.The owner whose business is in ruins on Monday night spoke with KRON4 about who investigators think may have done it.Paula’s Family Florist is destroyed. Investigators say the fire was started intentionally and it might have been done by a homeless person.On Monday afternoon, there were still footsteps in the foam that put out the flames at the florist shop. The fire happened before the sun even came up.Owner Paula Trotta got the phone call nobody wants.“We came down here and we’ve lost everything,” Trotta said.Showing KRON4 the inside of her 62-year-old family business, Trotta said she was devastated.And not only for her financial loss, but because these types of fires aren’t new in Antioch.“I know that there were four fires last night, and I was... http://kron4.com/2017/12/18/video-flower-shop-destroyed-in-string-of-antioch-arson-fires/
Corpse flower blooms in Sebastopol nursery, drawing hundreds of visitors - Santa Rosa Press DemocratWednesday, July 05, 2017
It actually kind of smells like the seashore to me,” said another woman, Terri Lay, of Antioch.“Yeah,” added Collingsworth. “Low-tidy.”Audrey, named after Audrey II, a giant, man-eating plant in the stage and movie musical “Little Shop of Horrors,” is native to the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Like the hundreds of other unusual plants at California Carnivores, the plant requires heat and humidity to thrive, making a trip to check her out a muggy experience.Most visitors were just thrilled to get a glimpse of the enormous maroon flower as it bloomed for the first time in its 10-year existence, its ruffled spathe finally opening Monday afternoon, revealing another foot or so of the tall, stalk-like spadex at its center that puts the plant’s overall height at about 5-foot-3-inches, Collingsworth said.“I’ve never seen a flower that size,” said Chris Hanson, 34, who works down the street and had come into the store several times to watch the plant develop. “It’s just impressive.”Formally called an amorphophallus titanum — so named because of the central phallus-like structure — the corpse flower, sometimes called a carrion flower, blooms for only a day or two, during which it is receptive to pollination.Unlike most other species in the shop, the corpse flower is not carnivorous and does not attract, trap and kill different creatures to absorb their nutrients.It’s believed the flower’s appearance and odor are intended to resemble rotting meat and thus attract pollinator insects, like flies or carrion beetles. The communal, skirt-like spathe conceals two rings of tiny female and male and female flowers at the base of the spadex.Collingsworth, who has had the plant for about eight years, had been providing status updates to his customers on social media since he saw signs that it might finally bloom this year, but word had spread far beyond through news accounts and other means. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/7144073-181/corpse-flower-blooms-in-sebastopol
Sylvia's Florist celebrates ribbon cutting with Antioch community, business leaders - Antioch HeraldTuesday, February 07, 2017
Owner Sylvia Sandoval with scissors, her husband Valentin (in blue suit), friends, and Antioch community and business leaders celebrate the ribbon cutting for Sylvia’s Florist on A Street, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. photo by Casey Quist, Studio 505By Allen PaytonAs their third anniversary draws near, on March 1st, Sylvia’s Florist held a ribbon cutting as a new member of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, on Friday evening, Jan. 27, 2017. Attended by members of the Antioch City Council and Chamber, the evening featured beautiful flower arrangements and refreshments, including a fountain of dark chocolate in which to dip fruit and marshmallows, a few speeches and a free red rose to each of those who attended.Mayor Pro Tem Lamar Thorpe was first to share his thoughts, representing the City of Antioch.“Thank you for opening your business here in Antioch,” he said. “It’s important for our economic vitality because it’s going to be small businesses that will help us move forward.”“Certainly in addition I can’t express enough how we’re in a time of change,” Thorpe continued. “I’m de... http://antiochherald.com/2017/01/p26357/
East Contra Costa Datelines: Language of Flowers - Contra Costa TimesMonday, October 12, 2015
Antioch/Brentwood/Oakley/Pittsburg NewsPosted: 09/18/2015 12:00:00 AM PDTFundraisers"Language of Flowers" Luncheon: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 23, Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St. Vanessa Diffenbaugh, author of "The Language of Flowers," will be the guest of honor at a luncheon sponsored by the Brentwood Library Foundation. Tickets are $45. Purchase online at www.brentwoodlibrary.brownpapertickets.com or send a check to Brentwood Library, 104 Oak St., Brentwood, CA, 94513. 925-516-5290.Pasta Dinner: 4 p.m. Sept. 27, Good Shepherd Church Hall, 3200 Harbor St., Pittsburg. Join the Pittsburg Historical Museum and Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 342, for a dinner honoring Coach Jim "Smiley" Camitz for his years supporting youth sports in Pittsburg. Menu: appetizers, salad, pasta, barbecue sausage and dessert. $30. Tickets can be purchased from 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, at Pittsburg Historical Museum, 515 Railroad Ave., by calling 925-439-7501 or online at... http://www.contracostatimes.com/brentwood/ci_28818200/east-contra-costa-datelines-happenings-around-east-contra
Nexus Capital Management Acquires FTD's Consumer and Florist Businesses - PRNewswireTuesday, September 10, 2019
I look forward to working with the FTD leadership team and all of our employees to take FTD to new heights."FTD headquarters will remain in the Chicago, Illinois area.About FTDFTD has been a leader in the floral industry for over a century. We are a private equity-backed company with one of the largest florist networks in the world, supported by the iconic Mercury Man® logo displayed in over 30,000 floral shops in more than 125 countries. We partner with local florists to hand-craft floral arrangements available for same-day delivery on FTD.com and ProFlowers.com. In addition to delivering flowers, we support locally-owned retail florists by providing technology, marketing, and digital services to members of our florist network. For all of life's occasions and everyday moments, visit FTD.com, ProFlowers.com and ProPlants.com, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @ftdflowers. We love helping our customers #sayitwithflowers.About NexusNexus was formed in 2013 to make opportunistic investments in a broad range of companies and industries. Nexus employs a flexible investment mandate that focuses on long-term value creation by partnering with leading management teams and businesses. For more information on Nexus, please visit www.nexuslp.com. Contact: Emily Bucholz FTD, LLC 630-724-6692 l firstname.lastname@example.orgSOURCE FTD; Nexus... https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nexus-capital-management-acquires-ftds-consumer-and-florist-businesses-300906422.html
America in Bloom judges coming to Mansfield - Mansfield News JournalTuesday, July 23, 2019
Awards will be announced Oct. 3-5 at AIB’s National Symposium & Awards Celebration, this year in St. Charles, Illinois. America in Bloom 2018: Judges see flowers, historic sites, more email@example.com 419-521-7223 Twitter: @LWhitmir... https://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/story/news/2019/07/22/america-bloom-judges-coming-downtown-mansfield/1793243001/
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
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/