Decatur Flower Shop News
Jeanne Cook Long, 86, owned and operated Winnabow Florist for many years - Port City DailyTuesday, July 23, 2019
Jeanne Cook LongWINNABOW — Jeanne Cook Long, 86, died Friday, July 5, 2019, at her home.Mrs. Long was born March 7, 1933, in Decatur, Georgia, daughter of the late Jefferson Farris Cook and Ruby Hestley Cook. She was also preceded in the death by her beloved husband, Ben H. Long.She was a faithful, devoted, and longtime member of Town Creek Baptist Church, where she had served in numerous capacities. One of her many duties with the church included the annual Graduating Senior Address. She was also instrumental in the start of Teen Time, a youth ministry at Town Creek Baptist Church. She was a proud member of the Gideon’s Auxiliary. She was very active in the Winnabow community.She proudly served alongside her husband in the ownership of Buy-Rite Discount Store, formally located on Front Street, Wilmington. She owned and operated Winnabow Florist for many years and found real joy in serving others with the joy of sending and receiving beautiful flowers. She was a member of The Glad Tidings Quartet for 16 years sharing the love of Gospel music.Mrs. Long is survived by three children, Richard C. Long, and... https://portcitydaily.com/obits/2019/07/08/jeanne-cook-long-86-owned-and-operated-winnabow-florist-for-many-years/
Meet the Best of Atlanta 2019 Winners: Shopping - Georgia VoiceTuesday, July 23, 2019
In addition to hosting special monthly events including book signings and readings, their selection of top-selling LGBTQ literature is out of this world! Check out their new location in the heart of Decatur steps from Agnes Scott College.Runners-up are Barnes and Noble and Half Price BooksADULT NOVELTY STORE: BRUSHSTROKES PLEASURESWho says toy stores are just for kids? Brushstrokes Pleasures wins for the fifth year in a row as Atlanta’s go-to shop for all things sexy! Located in the heart of the Ansley gayborhood, Brushstrokes Pleasure stocks it all: Fetish gear, sexual supplements, vacuum pumps, condoms, lubricants and more.Runners-up are Tokyo Valentino and Barking LeatherTATTOO PARLOR: ONLY YOU TATTOOThe first win for this ink shop located in the Grant Park neighborhood. With five tattoo artists on staff open seven days a week, the level of tattooing and customer service is written in the ink!Runners-up are Timeless Tattoo and Kingdom TattooLEATHER GEAR: BARKING LEATHERIn the market for a new harness or something leather? Barking Leather not only has a stand-alone store located off Cheshire Bridge Road but a specialty store in the bottom floor of the Atlanta Eagle! From custom made leather pieces made to order to novelty items like floggers, whips, cock rings, restraints and much more, this is the place to go if you’re looking to let your fantasies take over!Runners-up are Brushstrokes Pleasures and Bulldog LeatherGAY APPAREL: BOY NEXT DOOR MENSWEARIt’s the third consecutive win for BND and their merchandise speaks to why Atlanta voted them number one! Whether you want to be seen or do a little peeking yourself, head into this apparel shop for the latest fashions including brands like PUMP, Nasty Pig, and more! Looking for swimwear? There’s a wide selection of speedos, trunk shorts, jockstraps, and thongs!Runners-up are Brushstrokes Pleasures and ABETTERBUZZ Brand GoodsFLORIST: FOXGLOVES & IVY FLORAL DESIGN STUDIOFlowers are the way to every person’s heart, and at Foxgloves, their focus is the customer’s smile! For the fourth consecutive year, this Little 5 Points ... https://thegavoice.com/best-of-gay-atlanta/meet-the-best-of-atlanta-2019-winners-shopping/
5 locally-owned shops every Atlantan should visit - Atlanta Journal ConstitutionThursday, May 02, 2019
All locations (Suwanee, Midtown, Marietta, Kennesaw, Decatur, Brookhaven and Alpharetta) are open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. bigpeachrunningco.com.My Parents’ BasementFew locations in Atlanta can boast an arcade, comic bookstore, restaurant and bar all in the same location, but My Parents’ Basement in Avondale Estates has pulled it off. The locally-owned business – billed with a clever nod to its likely clientele as “Your Friendly Neighborhood Comic Book Bar” – was started by three friends with similar interests in the business’ featured wares and entertainment. What began as a “humble pop-up shop” turned into a full-blown brick-and-mortar location in 2015 and has been evolving in its offerings ever since.11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday. 22 N. Avondale Road, Avondale Estates. 404-292-4607. myparentsbasementcbcb.comCriminal RecordsThis Little Five Points destination for all things vinyl – as well as other not-so-gracefully-aging musical mediums such as CD and cassette – also carries DVDs, Blu-rays, comic books, toys, art and apparel. And, it goes without saying since you’ve made it this far in the article and understand how this works, it’s locally owned. According to its site: “We aim to engage music lovers by providing a space to discover and enjoy music in the physical medium while connecting kindred spirits of all ages and backgrounds directly to artists and other members of the creative community.”11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-7 p.m. Sunday. 1154-A Euclid Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-215-9511. criminalatl.com Mama Bath and BodyThe brainchild of Emilie Sennebogen Bryant – self-described on her business’ website as “part borderline hippie, part aspiring entrepreneur” – Mama Bath and Body launched in September 2004 after the culmination of almost three years of “research and development and a life-long love of body products.” The store offers soaps, aromatherapy oils, plant care products, as well as bath salts, deodorants and gift sets for both women and men. (They also carry beard oils.)Krog Street Market location: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday and Monday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 404-909-9994. 112 N. Avondale Road, Avondale Estates: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 404-377-7800. loveyourmama.com Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers. Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism. ... https://www.ajc.com/lifestyles/locally-owned-shops-every-atlantan-should-visit/LJ9KU2kC5YWBRgbjFVaHgJ/
6 locally owned shops to visit in Atlanta - Atlanta Journal ConstitutionTuesday, April 16, 2019
All locations (Suwanee, Midtown, Marietta, Kennesaw, Decatur, Brookhaven and Alpharetta) are open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. bigpeachrunningco.com Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers. Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism. ... https://www.ajc.com/lifestyles/locally-owned-shops-visit-atlanta/LJ9KU2kC5YWBRgbjFVaHgJ/
Mum dreams: Chico florist paying mum-ories forwardTuesday, October 16, 2018
She will be busy in the weeks ahead. It’s officially mum season as Wise County schools celebrate their annual homecomings. Decatur, Boyd and Paradise celebrated last week. This week is homecoming in Bridgeport. Next week, Alvord and Northwest are up.Chico’s homecoming is set for Oct. 26 and Burgess, the owner of Chico Florist and Gift Shop, is readying to once again pay forward the memory she holds so dear to the lives of others.Burgess has spent the past 25 years making mums in Chico. Her passion for flowers and arrangements has touched the lives of students for years, with mums hanging on walls and immortalized in photos and memories.“It’s special,” she said. “I’ve seen generations.”Burgess said the mum game has changed over the years.When she was growing up, it was all about the fresh flowers. Now, it’s about silk, ribbons and trinkets.Currently, she’s building mums with fiber optics and lights. Some prefer teddy bears, others rock Dragons on their mums and garters.Burgess routinely goes to seminars to learn about the latest trends.Just like the football game that accompanies them, mums are a big deal in Texas.“I have people that come from other states and ask, ‘what is this mum stuff?'” she said. “It’s a southern thing, a Texas thing I guess.”Mum culture is real, and it varies by region in Texas and Wise County.Burgess said in Chico, students prefer their mums short and sweet. In Bridgeport and Decatur, the style is long and robust.“It really changes by the city,” she said. “In Bridgeport and Decatur, they hit the ground.”Burgess was a teacher at Chico High School for 41 years and taught floral arrangements. “I’ve always picked wildflowers since I was a little girl,” she said. “And I always dreamed of becoming a florist one day.”When the flo... https://www.wcmessenger.com/2018/news/mum-dreams-chico-florist-paying-mum-ories-forward/
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/