Highland Park Flower Shop News
Now Hear This — Dreamy Dallas Flowers and the Top Florists Who Create Them - PaperCity MagazineTuesday, September 10, 2019
I pop into Avant Garden. A Dallas institution, created by my dear friend, Todd Fiscus, that was open for close to 15 years in Highland Park Village and then in 2017 moved to The Shops of Highland Park. My imagination is always sparked when I walk-in and even though I don’t have consummate taste when it comes to flowers, I know the creative and friendly staff will steer me in the right direction.Grange Hall, 4445 Travis Street, 214.443.0600Avant Garden, 4254 Oak Lawn Avenue, 214.559.3432Hillery Stack, Dallas PublisherMy most favorite thing in the world is a bouquet of sunflowers. They are so happy. Everything about them makes me smile. Their simplicity is endearing yet at the same time their bold beautiful commands your attention. When I close my eyes and envision my happy place, it’s a picnic in a Tuscan sunflower field. I think one of the most beautiful and unique sunflower arrangements I’ve received was here in Dallas from Dr. Delphinium. It’s my go-to place for all things florals.Dr. Delphinium, 5806 W. Lovers Lane, 214.522.9911Linda Kenney, Account ManagerMy mantra is “Flowers are love’s truest language.”I adore flowers; I am happiest when I am in an environment of flowers. I felt enchanted and giddy when I walked through the Gardens of Giverny. You see my point.I love to arrange flower... https://www.papercitymag.com/fashion/dallas-best-flowers-florists-office-debate-arrangments/
Pino's Gift Basket Shoppe, Wine Cellar and Lounge Upholds 98-Year-Old TraditionTuesday, October 30, 2018
This press release was orginally distributed by SBWireHighland Park, NJ -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/30/2018 -- Pino's Gift Basket Shoppe, Wine Cellar and Lounge has grown from humble beginnings a favorite neighborhood spot that has served multiple generations of Central Jersey residents. The Gift Basket Shoppe and Wine Cellar were established in the year 1920 by the Pino family and have since then continued to uphold a 98-Year-Old tradition, continuing to offer Gourmet Gift Baskets, gourmet foods, and "constantly superior" products.Over the course of nearly a hundred years of service, Pinos Gift Basket Shoppe, Wine Cellar & Lounge has evolved and grown with the surrounding community. What started as a "greengrocery" store in the beginning, post Prohibition, the "mom and pop shop" began offering fine wines and spirits carefully curated by Vinnie Pino. It evolved once again, 5 years ago when current owners, Steve and Siobhan Weinstein added "The Lounge". Pino's has been through hard times and gr... http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/4003194
Plant, nurture, eat: Wilmette Community Nursery School plans edible garden learning experience - Chicago TribuneTuesday, October 25, 2016
Winnetka native and current Northfield resident, founded The Organic Gardener Ltd. in 2005, shortly after she designed a 5,000-square-foot educational garden at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Through her Highland Park-based company, Nolan has designed and created more than 1,000 other organic food gardens for homes, schools, restaurants, businesses and nonprofits, according to her website.She is also the author of "From the Ground Up: A Food Grower's Education in Life, Love and the Movement That's Changing the Nation."Earlier this year, McCue contacted Nolan, who has previously donated to WCNS fundraisers, and asked if she was interested in helping the school create its own garden. Nolan was.During the summer of 2016, she and school staff worked to plan the WCNS garden beds, how they would dovetail into students' learning experience, and how to ensure staff, students, and their families would remain invested in the gardening effort."A lot of schools in Wilmette have organic gardens; the community is very progressive that way," Nolan said. "Many of the children who are here (at WCNS) will go on to many of these schools, and they will already be familiar with many of the concepts of organic gardening, thanks to what they learn here.""We believe in the edible garden connecting with our community," McCue said. "We are dedicated to hands-on learning, and whatever (students') interests are, we want to encourage and nurture that."Children are already curious about the gardens, McCue said, and are imagining what they might be able to grow. Some, like 4-year-old Max Cabonargi, said that they want to plant flowers, and possibly pumpkins. Others, like Max's 5-year-old classmate Bryson Leahy, mentioned carrots and strawberries – and not just any carrots or strawberries, he whispered to McCue; "rainbow" carrots and strawberries.Between now and next spring, students will talk further about what they want to grow in the garden beds. Their suggestions – possibly including rainbow carrots (which do exist, Nolan said) and strawberries (which, regrettably, don't come in rainbow shades, she said) – will go into a final crop list completed with parent and staff input.In April, students will plant whatever makes the final crop list. At least some of what's planted, such as lettuce and radishes, will be available for harvest by May, Nolan and M... http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/wilmette/news/ct-wml-community-nursery-edible-garden-tl-1027-20161025-story.html
Late surge lifts Flower Mound over Cinco Ranch girls in state soccer semifinals - Houston ChronicleTuesday, August 23, 2016
It was Cinco Ranch's third straight state semifinal appearance overall, but also a third straight semifinal loss to a Metroplex team. Cinco Ranch fell to Dallas Highland Park via penalty kicks last year and Lewisville Hebron in 2014.The drought continues for Houston girls' soccer state titles. Since 2000, there have been only three girls' soccer state champions from the city at the highest classification - The Woodlands in 2010, Katy Taylor in 2006 and Klein Oak in 2003. The rest are from the Metroplex."There's a lot of competition there and in Houston," said junior midfielder Shaylee Anaya, whose goal in the 65th minute gave Cinco Ranch a 4-2 lead against Flower Mound. "They're our biggest rivals in everything."A brace from junior forward Sophie Salverino got the scoring started early for Cinco Ranch. Freshman Ali Russell's pass found Salverino, who found the back of the net 17 seconds into the match. Salverino scored in the 22nd minute for a 2-0 Cinco Ranch lead.But Flower Mound started to apply pressure, and Augustyn's tying goal came with five minutes left in regulation.Sanguinetti expects the postgame talk to resonate with his players during the offseason. If anyone gets a chance to end the drought next year, it could be this Cinco Ranch team, which had only three seniors in this year's starting 11."No one believed we could this year," Salverino said. "I feel like even next year, we'll have even more heart and desire to win the semifinal. I think we can do it."... http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/highschool/article/Late-surge-lifts-Flower-Mound-over-Cinco-Ranch-7252212.php
Coming up 'Roses': Mesquite floral designer to help with parade floats - Star Local MediaMonday, May 23, 2016
Windsor Florist owner Helen Ethridge about helping out on Valentine’s Day.Prior to joining the Windsor Florist team, he worked at an ice cream store in Highland Park.“I was in the culinary for four years in high school and competed at ProStart, so I learned that side of the industry,” he said. http://starlocalmedia.com/mesquitenews/news/coming-up-roses-mesquite-floral-designer-to-help-with-parade/article_378e3686-1dc8-11e6-b2b5-b3492418ec28.html
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/