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Sexual harassment, bounced checks, unpaid bills: Former employees level bevy of allegations against owner of shuttered Mission de Flores - Mission LocalTuesday, May 21, 2019
Mission Local about Rubenfaer rubbing their lower backs without their permission; one said he touched her inappropriately; and four heard him talk extensively about his sex life at work.Emma Gilman, 30, a former florist at Mission de Flores, told Mission Local that after a work Christmas party in 2017, about five employees went to Hemlock, a bar on Polk Street that is now closed, where Rubenfaer “put his hand on my ass.” She didn’t feel comfortable reporting her boss’ behavior to another manager, so she tried to avoid him at work. Gilman did tell Sparks and fellow employee Paige McKinley about Rubenfaer touching her — and McKinley, who was at the bar, saw Rubenfaer repeatedly touch Gilman’s lower back. “He would point me out to other people, how I was having an attitude. And that’s what was wrong with me,” Gilman said.McKinley, 27, a former florist and driver at Mission de Flores, also said she experienced Rubenfaer’s inappropriate behavior.“I would be upset about something and he would rub my lower back, which is absolutely not okay,” McKinley said.McKinley didn’t report anything to management either. After all, Rubenfaer was the owner of the flower shop and she didn’t believe his behavior would change. “It’s not like we had an HR department,”McKinley said. “Coming to them with anything wouldn’t have really done anything.”Rubenfaer told Mission Local that he was unaware that anyone felt uneasy at work. “Never once did I ever hear anyone complain about me or about feeling uncomfortable or anything. Ever,” he said. “I didn’t do anything wrong, I didn’t do anything bad, I didn’t do anything unethical or illegal at Mission de Flores. I gave people the skills to turn their craft into careers.”A 2014 Mission de Flores window display.Rubenfaer would also make comments about his sex life and the people he was dating, according to Gilman and McKinley.The 51-year-old owner told McKinley how “amazing he was on Tinder and how he is good at getting women in their twenties. Being like, ‘I got totally laid last night,’” she said.Jesse Beltran, a former delivery driver and manager, was one of the few men who worked at Mission de Flores. He said he witnessed Rubenfaer’s boundary-crossing behavior with his colleagues. “During meetings sometimes he would talk about his dates,” Beltran said. Beltran also “overheard and saw [Rubenfaer] ask girls to have dinner with him that worked there a couple of times.” Rubenfaer denies this, and said he would never “date an employee that is working for me, as a rule.”For Sparks, Rubenfaer’s troubling conduct was often awkward. “He... https://missionlocal.org/2019/05/sexual-harassment-bounced-checks-unpaid-bills-former-employees-level-bevy-of-allegations-against-owner-of-shuttered-mission-de-flores/
Susan In The Sky with Spring Flowers - Ricochet.comTuesday, May 21, 2019
Yep, the very same.”We all squeezed into the front seat of his 1973 aqua GMC truck. Dar carefully angled it down the streets back to my house. But at the last moment, he veered off Langdon to Gilman. There on a shady tree-edged bit of property sat an old but sturdy farmhouse.Lilacs bloomed from every possible nook and cranny. It had a screened in porch, and something about it tugged at my heart.“So guess what? Yesterday I put a down payment on this place,” said Sue. “We have a full year’s lease, first and last month already paid, and we move in the first week in July. Little Baby Dude or Baby Madam will be two weeks old by then.”My face must have carried a worried expression. “Now don’t go looking at me like that. There is plenty of room for you and me and the baby. You married love birds will have the master bedroom. And there’s a whole room to serve as Jim’s music studio, as soon as the Army lets leave of him and he is back here with you.”I couldn’t make my voice go above a whisper. “What if he never gets back?” The Army had somehow managed to put his paperwork into a dark hole faster than that of all the dark holes of Calcutta. And they kept saying he would be wise to stay in the service.Something he didn’t want anymore, and I couldn’t fathom either of us agreeing to.“Don’t worry so much. He’ll be back.” Anyone looking over us from the outside would see why the friendship worked. She was the sunny optimist, me the pessimist. Even our bike rides around Madison were like that. She zoomed ahead, whimsical and daring, while I followed slowly behind. Occasionally I served as a “pick” as though I played basketball on bike: totally needing to intervene and stop some random car from mowing her down.“It’s made for us, don’t you think? The old tenants are moving out later this month. We can go in and have a look at it then.”“Susan, I don’t know what to say.”“Tell me you like it?”I couldn’t find a single word to say. I leaned in and hugged her, and she held me. Then without knowing how it happened, the moment was pressed into my memory, to stay there solid like a huge and glorious tree. And happy/sad this memory was, like a vista so beautiful that it seems both that you could reach out forever and touch it always, or that it could never have happened.Next thing I knew it was June and Jim was clear and free of his duty to the US Army. We were so happy to be together all the time. Before I knew it, I had the baby. We were staying on a farm not far from LaCrosse Wisconsin.And Sue and Dar h... https://ricochet.com/623926/susan-in-the-sky-with-spring-flowers/
Sad to see her forced to move, Berkeley community steps in to build flower shop owner a new space - BerkeleysideWednesday, April 03, 2019
Ana da Silva inside her old flower shop, packing up to move. Photo: Tony HicksMarch 31 was likely Ana da Silva’s busiest Sunday in 14 years of owning a flower and gift shop on Gilman Street, at least workwise. Because it was her last Sunday of owning that particular flower and gift shop.“We’re going to get out of here,” da Silva said, as she and three friends packed up the baskets, knick-knacks and keepsakes scattered all over her once-tidy shop, Ana Flowers and Gifts at 1302 Gilman St. The counter that sat two-thirds of the way into the store was gone. She had about 12 hours to move everything she could into a rented storage space. One of the packers commented it better be a large storage space. They ended up leaving things behind.Da Silva’s landlords, Larry and Carl and Linda Lasagna, (who also own the Westbrae Biergarten) asked her to vacate her store as the bike store next door is expanding into her old space, she said. But the date da Silva had to leave by was not clear to her, and in the end, she had to scramble to get out in time.“The community is against this,” said da Silva, who immigrated from Brazil in 1995. “But I have the community. I have the l... https://www.berkeleyside.com/2019/04/03/sad-to-see-her-move-berkeley-community-steps-in-to-build-flower-shop-owner-a-new-space
UPDATE: Sister says missing florist has been found - Redding Record SearchlightWednesday, April 11, 2018
Redding Area in late March. (Photo: Shasta County Sheriff's Office)Burrows Monaco was asking Shasta County residents to be on the lookout near Fenders Ferry, Gilman and North Salt Creek roads. NBC San Diego reported that Bax is blonde and about 5 feet 9 inches tall. The report said her vehicle is from 2017, though the plate number was not specified. Anyone with information on Bax is asked to call the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office at 530-245-6025. Penelope Bax of Vista, California, went missing in the Redding area in late March. (Photo: Shasta County Sheriff's Office) Read or Share this story: https://reddingne.ws/2q3VbZN...
Valentine's Day: Puget Sound's Best Flower Shops - Patch.comTuesday, March 14, 2017
She even sent me a picture of the flowers before they went out and worked to figure out an address error from the one I sent her."Issaquah: Countryside Floral and Garden 1420 Northwest Gilman Boulevard. "Always reliable, never disappoints. Great quality and everything is extremely timely. I'm a regular!"Kirkland: Fena Flowers 12815 NE 124th Street Ste K. Reviewer says, "Words hardly do justice as to how amazing Fena Flowers is. I've seen them at weddings. Beautiful! I've used them to send flowers to my wife. Then her whole office is jealous!!"Lakewood: Crane Creations Florist 8207 Steilacoom Boulevard Southwest. Reviewer says, "Cranes creations made an awesome bouquet for me. I went in, showed them exactly what I wanted and got just that. I was stunned to see blue roses."Mercer Island: Mercer Island Florist 3006 78th Ave Southeast. "I gasped when I walked in and saw my Mother in law's Mother's Day bouquet. It was perfect just what I asked for, lovely peonies and roses with a beautiful scent that filled the room."Puyallup: Benton's Twin Cedars Florist 724 East Main Street. Reviewer says, "I stopped in yesterday, I was a introduced to the designer, walked back into the cooler and asked about what I liked. Within 2 hours my husband was surprised with an absolutely beautiful bouquet of flowers that surpassed my expectations. "Redmond: Redmond Floral 16336 NE 81st Street. Reviewer says, "This was a great experience. Did the order online, found what I wanted, and did the order very easily. I realized I hadn't specified a time to deliver in my notes, so I called into Redmond Floral, and they made a note to deliver as early as possible for me."Renton: The Original Renton Flower Shop 120 Union Court Northeast. Reviewer says, "My boyfriend's mom had received some bad news today. This was super last minute cause I wanted them delivered today. Roxanne was SUPER nice over the phone. I had no idea what to get my boyfriends mom so Roxanne offered to arrange something nice within my budget. They got them delivered today and the flowers were BEAUTIFUL! "Seattle: Buckets 655 S Orcas St #203. Reviewer says, "Love this place! The bouquet was stunning. I called day of for a last minute flower delivery, and they were very accommodating. Will definitely use them again."Shoreline: Golden Bow Gifts and Flowers 1502 Northeast 179th Street. Reviewer says, "Francesca is wonderful! She helped me do a custom arrangement for Mother's Day that involved "icing" my mother - hiding a bottle of Smirinoff Ice in the bouquet."University Place: Summit Floral 1905 Bridgeport Way West. Reviewer says, "The owner Mary Anne is amazing. I had no idea what to get my wife for our anniversary so she asked me what color my wife likes and what kind of flowers. I had no idea what kind of flowers my wife li... http://patch.com/washington/mercerisland/valentines-day-puget-sounds-best-flower-shops
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 email@example.comSOURCE 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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/