Cicero Flower Shop News
Local Jobs: Holy Family Villa, Vacha's Flowers, Chateau Bu-Sche, Manheim Auto Auction - Patch.comTuesday, January 17, 2017
Bu-Sche’ Banquet Facility has an immediate opening for a part time maintenance person. Must be available to work flexible hours which includes weekends. Apply in person Chateau Bu-Sche’ 11535 S. Cicero Ave. Alsip, IL. Mon. – Fri. 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. or fax resume 708-396-2292.Vacha's Forest Flowers in Oak Forest seeks a part-time Floral Designer.Formally Modern in Orland Park seeks Retail Sales & Management Trainees.Manheim Auto Auction in Matteson seeks a Driver (Part-Time and Sale Day).Phillips Chevrolet in Frankfort is hiring:Part-time car porter. Applicants must be 18 or older and hold a valid Driver’s License to be considered. Apply online or in person at 9700 W. Lincoln Highway, Frankfort, IL.Automotive Technicians. Position based on experience. Must be 18 or older and hold a Valid Driver’s License to be considered. Apply online or in person at 9700 W. Lincoln Highway, Frankfort, IL.Sales Specialists. Seeking outgoing candidates for hourly sales positions! Apply online at or in person at 9700 W. Lincoln Highway, Frankfort, IL.Bethshan Association is a Christian non-profit organization providing residential services in the south suburbs for adults who have developmental disabilities. Bethshan is accepting applications for the following positions. For additional information or to apply, complete an application at www.bethshan.org, call Bethshan at (708) 371-0800 or stop in the office at 12927 S. Monitor Ave in Palos Heights, IL· Direct Support Professional/Caregiver – Work directly with individuals with disabilities in their homes to provide individualized assistance and coaching with personal care, meal preparation, leisure activities, transportation, and assistance with other daily activities, as needed.· Cook/Food Prep – The cook will work with the kitchen team to prepare meals for 45 people who have intellectual disabilities. If you are looking to truly make a difference in other’s lives and utilize your food preparation experience, this full time position is for you!· Registered Nurse – seeking an RN to join our nursing team.First Bank of Manhattan is hiring for the following positions:Teller and Customer Service Representative- This person handles customer deposits and transactions and will open new accounts.Operations Support Person-This associate will be responsible for learning a wide array of the bank’s back office operational functions.Electronic Product Specialist- This associate will be dedicated to learning, teaching, and selling the bank’s deposit and electronic products.Full-time positions offer an excellent benefits package, including 401k, medical insurance, paid vacations and holidays. If you, or someone you know, are interested in finding out more about these positions please visit our website at https://www.fnbmanhattan.com/Employment.htm. Member FDIC/EHL/EOETrinity Services in New Lenox is hiring for se... http://patch.com/illinois/beverly-mtgreenwood/local-jobs-holy-family-villa-vachas-flowers-chateau-bu-sche-manheim
Flower business blooms for generations - Chicago TribuneTuesday, December 13, 2016
As newlyweds, he and his wife, Helen, opened our first flower shop in Cicero in the early '20s and began raising their children in an apartment above the shop. Today, seven full-time family members spanning three generations are active in the business, and we still have that love of flowers and passion for great design. … Things were just so different back then. I think my grandfather dropped out of school in sixth grade. Nobody does that anymore."Did the city of Naperville help you or hinder you in your plans? "As small-business owners, we wear a lot of hats. Naperville made it easy to open. We started in the mid-'90s, when we acquired an existing flower shop in 5th Avenue station. And over the years we just migrated to a free-standing location on Ogden Avenue. Naperville has been very supportive."What is the best thing about being located in Naperville? "The best things about Naperville are its residents and local businesses. It's a vibrant, upbeat, growing city that still has village charm and a very real sense of community."What is the biggest challenge about being located in Naperville? "I don't feel we really have any. So I'm just kind of blank on that one. You know, every city or village is a little different. We are in nine towns, eight flower shops, a main floral design center and a plant operation in Oak Brook. They are all different, but they are all similar."When is your busiest time of year? "Traditionally, December is the biggest month, Mother's Day the biggest week, and Valentine's the biggest couple of days, but with birthdays, new babies, weddings, special events and funerals, we florists stay busy all year long. Flowers are just such a vital part of so many important occasions."What is the most popular product you sell? "At our stores, the top sellers are roses, take-with bouquets, custom arrangements for every occasion, and local wedding flowers. At our headquarters in Westmont, we focus on even larger weddings and events. We also design family funeral flower tributes for many of Chicagoland's finer funeral homes."What is the thing you most like to do as part of your business? "We love working with our customers and delighting them with beautiful fresh flowers, creative designs and the personal service that only a real local florist can provide."What is your least favorite service to provide? "If it involves flowers and serving our customers, we love it."What is the best thing about owning your own business? "The sense of accomplishment and the positive impact we can have on our customers, employees and local community."What is the biggest downside to owning your business? "The paperwork."T... http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/ct-nvs-business-phillips-flowers-st-1211-20161209-story.html
Central New Yorkers remember suffragette with flowers, stickers, balloons on her grave - Syracuse.comTuesday, November 15, 2016
United States its first woman president, some Central New York residents today are taking time to remember a local woman who fought for the right for women to vote.Matilda Joslyn, who was born in Cicero in 1826 and lived for years in Fayetteville, was one of three founding members of the National Woman Suffrage Association, along with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.Today, people are leaving "I voted" stickers, flowers, flags and "Thank You" balloons on her headstone in Fayetteville Cemetery.ErinLeigh Darnley, of Fayetteville, was one of the people outside the Matilda Joslyn Gage House holding up signs. She said it was a way to "bring Matilda's voice to life."Kira Maddox syracuse.com A few blocks away, volunteers with the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation waved signs in front of Gage's home at 210 E. Genesee St. The signs read "Beep if you voted" and "Don't forget to vote" and included Gage's picture."We didn't want to remain silent," said ErinLeigh Darnley, of Fayetteville, who was waving a sign outside the Gage home which is now a museum. "This is our way to bring Matilda's voice to light."Sheila Sicilia, of DeWitt, brought a bouquet to Gage's grave. She said Gage is an unsung hero in the shadow of Anthony."Everybody's leaving stickers at Susan B's g... http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2016/11/central_new_yorkers_remember_suffragette_with_flowers_stickers_balloons_on_her_g.html
Miami Flower Market Celebrates Grand Opening With Complimentary Flowers - PerishableNews (press release) (registration)Tuesday, September 27, 2016
One lucky winner will be contacted through email.Hand Wrapped Bouquet 2PM-4PMThe last DIY station of the day will be led by Anthology Co.’s Veronica Cicero from 2PM until 4PM. Named Miami’s #1 wedding florist by BRIDES Veronica will focus on teaching customers how to hand wrap their own bouquets using kraft paper, a feat easier said than done. She will be recommending the ideal flowers to use for this type of DIY while showing proper wrapping techniques. Anthology Co. will also be raffling off a 2-hour class (materials included) on “Basic Structure of a Compote Floral Arrangement” for one person to be held at their studio. The lucky winner will be notified via email.Food TrucksThroughout the day Ms. Cheezious, named the best food truck in America by The Daily Meal; and Wynwood Parlor, known for their handcrafted ice cream sandwiches, will both be vending.About The Miami Flower Market:The locally owned business is part of South Florals LLC, which specializes in flower shops throughout South Florida. The Miami Flower Market supplies wholesale flowers and hard goods to the public and industry professionals at wholesale prices. It also provides workshops on floral and plant design.Source: The Miami Flower Market... http://www.perishablenews.com/index.php?article%3D0055462
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
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/