Athens Flower Shop News
Urbandale: Where business is blooming and helping one another is the way the neighborhood grows - south west michiganTuesday, April 16, 2019
Battle Creek but never expected to return after leaving for college and her ensuing several year as a resident of Grand Blanc.“We lived in Bedford for a bit and Athens,” says Elisha Hodge, owner of Plumeria Botanical Boutique. “I didn’t have a great high school experience and I never thought I would come back.”Hodge graduated from Central Michigan University and took a job in banking and later in financial advising. She had a good job, a dog, and a home in Grand Blanc, but realized she wasn’t happy with what she was doing.“I had this heart and this spirit, but the world kind of steps on you at times and I learned to be quiet,” Hodge says. A telephone call to her mother in Battle Creek set her life on a course she never expected to follow.“I was calling my mother and she said you should come home,” Hodge says. “My mom, my two sisters, their two families, and the rest of my family lives in Battle Creek. I don’t have a relative outside of Battle Creek. For years they were asking me to come back.”Hodge’s mother, Sandy, had worked for more than 30 years at the Country Bouquet Flower Shop located on West Michigan Avenue in Urbandale. The owner of the flower shop was planning to sell the business and at her mother’s urging, Elisha decided to throw caution to the wind. She put her house in Grand Blanc on the market.“My mom said I could take my banking background and her florist background and we could buy this business,” Hodge says. “When she mentioned it, I don’t know if any of us thought she was serious.”However, when Hodge’s Grand Blanc home sold in two weeks, she took it as a sign and moved back in June 2015 to embark on a new career as a business owner... http://www.secondwavemedia.com/southwest-michigan/features/Urbandale-Where-business-is-blooming-and-helping-one-another-is-the-way-neighborhood-grows1213.aspx
Liz Cooper & The Stampede Debut Album 'Window Flowers' Receiving Rave ReviewsTuesday, August 14, 2018
ATESAugust 18—Columbia, MO—Fortune FestAugust 24—Fishers, IN—Nickel Plate Amphitheater*August 26—Evanston, IL—Out of SPACE: Big Evanston Block PartyAugust 28—Athens, GA—Georgia Theatre†August 29—Savannah, GA—B&D Beer Garden†August 30—Asheville, NC—The Orange Peel†August 31—Charlotte, NC—Neighborhood Theatre†September 1—Charleston, SC—Charleston Music Hall†September 9—St. Louis, MO—LouFestSeptember 20—Nashville, TN—Musician’s CornerNovember 8—New Orleans, LA—One Eyed Jacks‡November 9—Austin, TX—Emo’s‡... https://guitargirlmag.com/news/music-news/liz-cooper-the-stampede-debut-album-window-flowers-receiving-rave-reviews/
Pomeroy Alumni hold banquetTuesday, June 19, 2018
Penny Hayes Holcomb of Lithopolis, Robert Murphy of Racine, Shelia Faulk Hollon of Chester, Jim and Becky Nease Anderson of Racine, Jennifer Menchini Kirby of Middleport, Sandy Bailley Mathews of Athens, Jane Wells Mitchell of Ravenswood, W.Va., Becky Hawley Ellis, Don Lambert, Jane Quivey, Janet St.Clair Peavley, Jerry Well, Paulette Hudson Harrison, John Goodwin, Sally Globokar Erwin, Loring Vaughan, Bonnie Banks Lightfoot and David Carr, all of Pomeroy.Officers elected for 2019 are William Young, President; William Francis, Vice President; Marcia Grueser Arnold and Thelma Davis Jeffers, secretary-treasurers.The executive committee elected includes Mary Scott Wise, April Shasteen Smith, Judy Wehrung Sisson, Lila Terrel Mitch, Charlene Diehl Rutherford, and Carol Strauss Kennedy.The advisory committee elected includes Norman Price, Carolyn Sisson Teaford, Jean Caston Hilton, Ed Kennedy and JoAnne Jones Williams.Ted Scott, Class of 1953, who lives in Westland, Michigan, was given a free ticket to next year’s banquet. The ticket was given by Madalyn Pickett Markham of Plantation, Florida. Markham graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1936. A second free ticket given by the alumni association went to Carolyn Brown Charles (1956), who comes to the banquet every year.Sara Hawk Cullumns (1938) celebrating her 80th anniversary and Belva Glaze (1943) celebrating her 75th anniversary were given purple and white flower arrangements.Many door prizes were given out and the ladies were given potted purple and white petunias at the conclusion of the meeting.Scholarship winners were also announced. (The winners will appear in a separate article).Singing of the Alma Mater and the benediction by Joe Kennedy closed the event. Group photos were taken of the reunion classes.Submitted by Marcia Arnold, secretary-treasurer. RECOMMENDED FOR YOU Load comments ... https://www.mydailysentinel.com/features/community/27230/pomeroy-alumni-holds-banquet
UPDATE: Local flower shop owner speaks out after robbery, one arrested - WVNS-TVTuesday, December 12, 2017
W. Va (WVNS) -- A man is in jail and another is on the run after the two came up with an elaborate plan to rob a local flower shop. The robbery happened last week at Colonial florist along Athens road in Princeton. Wesley Brown, the owner, said he feels lucky to be alive. "I'm scared to death if I see somebody walk in front my shop," Brown said. Brown said last week a man wearing a grey hoodie walked into his shop, knocked him to the ground, and stole his wallet that was full of cash and credit cards. "Took my wallet, keys to my car and I had $1,000 in my bill fold I collected over thanksgiving weekend and $95 dollars in my pocket," Brown said. But the man in the grey hoodie wasn't alone. While the robbery was taking place, another man was in the store. Eric Long was working in the flower shop for Brown in exchange for "flowers for a funeral." Little did Brown know, it was all part of a bigger plan. Brown told 59 News the men attacked him with a medal vase before running off together. Long was arrested on Tuesday but his accomplice is still on the run."He needs to be put away because if he done me that way, he will do somebody else. Maybe wors... http://www.wvnstv.com/local-news/mercer-county/troopers-man-arrested-for-robbing-princeton-floral-shop-/876091452
Gifts from the hands - The Daily Post-AthenianTuesday, November 15, 2016
I'd start earlier in the year, I wouldn't be in such a rush. But, I love every minute of it - despite all the glue gun burns on my hands."Crafting is a labor of love the Athens senior discovered as a senior in high school."I had enough credits to graduate early, but I wanted to wait and graduate with my friends, so I enrolled in a program where I went to school half a day and worked half a day. They placed me in the florist in my hometown in Texas. I enjoyed it so much, and the man who owned it was so nice and such a great teacher, that I just kept doing it and spent 13 years of my working life as a florist."The challenge is probably what I enjoy most," Elliott added. "It's a challenge to take things and put them together into a form that's beautiful and eye-catching. Corsages were always my favorite thing to make as a florist because of all the intricate details. It really takes a little instinct, a little mechanical inclination, and a good eye to be a florist."Even after arranging ceased to be her profession, Elliott has continued pursuing it as a passion."I make decorations for my home -¬?probably 80 to 90 percent of my house is covered in decorations I've made," she said. "It's a great way to do Christmas gifts. You buy someone a shirt, it might not fit right or they might not like the color, so they'll probably take it back or just keep it in a drawer and never use it. If you make something for them by hand, they'll keep it forever, they'll get real enjoyment out of it, and they'll always tell the story about the person who made it for them or bought it for them. It always makes it personal when it's an item made by hand."Find some of Elliott's handmade items - as well as those crafted by other local artisans, during the McMinn Senior Activity Center's 18th Annual Christmas Bazaar and Craft Show on Fri... http://www.dailypostathenian.com/article_3ebc3b86-a817-11e6-8086-10604b9f1f4a.html
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/
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
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