Midlothian Flower Shop News
Florist closes second brick-and-mortar in 5 months - RichmondBizSenseTuesday, August 01, 2017
Our two small stores in Chesterfield had been suffering because of internet sales,” he said. “What people saw online wasn’t available in the smaller stores.”Strange’s closed its location at 8010 Midlothian Turnpike in early 2017 and sold the site for $410,000. Both of the closed storefronts comprised 2,000 square feet each.Its other stores at 3313 Mechanicsville Turnpike and 12111 W. Broad St. are 29,000 and 89,500 square feet, respectively, and remain open.Gouldin said all employees at the Hull Street Road location have been reassigned to the Mechanicsville location.About the author: Mike Platania View all posts by Mike PlataniaMike Platania joined BizSense in December 2016. He covers startups, retail, breweries, nonprofits and other beats. He graduated from Virginia Tech. Reach him at [email protected] or (804)554-6872. http://richmondbizsense.com/2017/07/12/florist-closes-second-brick-and-mortar-in-5-months/
April showers and May flowers - MidLothian AdvertiserMonday, May 08, 2017
This is the first in a series of articles, sourced by Winnie Stevenson (Roslin Heritage Society), which appeared in the Midlothian Journal in 1914. http://www.midlothianadvertiser.co.uk/lifestyle/april-showers-and-may-flowers-1-4422870
FISHER,, William C. - Roanoke TimesTuesday, March 14, 2017
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Juanita Fisher. William is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, William and Tracey Young of Raeford, N.C., and Steve and Laurin Young of Midlothian, Va. In addition to his sons, he is survived by his brothers and sisters-in-law, Randy and Kathy Fisher of Roanoke, Va., and Don and Karen Fisher of Mosca, Colo.; grandchildren, Cody, Emily, Camden, Davis and Morgan; special nieces and nephews, James and Kelly Fisher, Kelly and Randall Cox, Kristina and Greg Dodd and Trella Fisher; great-nieces and nephews, Kayla, Hunter, Kelsie, Kara, Lucas, Kamryn, Nathan, Connor, Sophie, Davion and Zeke; great-great-niece, Aubree; and long-time friend, Steve Durham. Special thanks to the doctors and nurses at the VA Medical Center and Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. William was a United States Army Veteran of the Vietnam War and will be missed by all who loved him. Graveside Services with Military Honors will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Old Dominion Memorial Gardens, off Route 604, in Cloverdale, Va., in the Field of Valor. Visitation will be held from 4 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at Oakey's Vinton Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to any Veteran's cause in his memory. Online condolences may be made at www.oakeys.com.Photo Gallery... http://www.roanoke.com/obituaries/fisher-william-c/article_6a5265f5-48cc-5028-bdd3-ac97162add66.html
Steuber, 80, floral artist at local business - The Beverly ReviewTuesday, August 23, 2016
You were always looked upon to help the family business,” Scot said. “It was like all for one and one for all.”About 10 years ago, due to her health, Carol moved to a townhome in Midlothian, her family said. Another generation of Steubers now lives in the apartment above the shop, and they’re now fondly remembering the family matriarch.After her death, the marquee outside Steuber Florist read, “Mom, We will miss you forever and ever.” A block or so away, at a neighboring Kean gas station, its marquee read, “God Bless Mrs. Steuber. Rest in Peace.”Laura called her mother a selfless woman who was dedicated to her family and put others’ needs before her own.“She always took care of herself last,” Laura said, “if there was time.”Steuber is survived by her husband, Bernard; her children, Bernie A. (Sharon), Scot (Kathryn) and Laura Doody (Randy Deckinga); her grandchildren, Melissa (Paul) Johnson, Bernie, Chelsea and Hailey (fiance Will Givens) Steuber, and Rachel, Erin and Kyle Doody; her great-grandchildren, Landon, Cooper and Johnson; and many nieces and nephews.A celebration of Steuber’s life was held Aug. 14 at Midlothian Country Club with family and friends in attendance.Donnellan Funeral Home handled the arrangements. http://www.beverlyreview.net/news/article_fdeb8974-693f-11e6-8d1f-c79438325b2e.html
Flower baskets to brighten up Penicuik - MidLothian AdvertiserMonday, July 11, 2016
Penicuik First.The news was warmly welcomed by Penicuik Community Council at their latest meeting last week, when Midlothian councillor Derek Rosie (SNP) told them all about it, and other planned improvements in the town centre by the Business Improvement District scheme Penicuik First.He said: “The hanging baskets should be going up in the next week or so. There will be around 40 in the town centre.“Ten or 11 businesses are going to get brackets to put them up.“We have identified where they will be going.“Penicuik First are paying for it all, from the levy that the businesses are paying.“We are trying to improve the look of the town centre.“Once they are up that should be a decent display of flowers around the centre of town, just making it more welcoming.”Councillor Rosie was also happy to reveal some more exciting work by Penicuik First. He said: “The other thing we are looking to do is get anchors built into the ?precinct to hold down the stalls for the market.“This will mean the market can go ahead in any weather. So we won’t have to have it in the town hall when it’s windy. It will always be outside. This way it retains the footfa... http://www.midlothianadvertiser.co.uk/news/flower-baskets-to-brighten-up-penicuik-1-4160445
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/