Pontiac Flower Shop News
Police search for suspect who robbed Pontiac floral shop - WDIV ClickOnDetroitTuesday, January 22, 2019
PONTIAC, Mich. - Police are searching for a man who robbed Thrifty Florist Monday and ran off with $150 from the floral shop's cash register. According to the Oakland County's Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the Thrifty Florist, located in the 200 block of south Telegraph Road, on the report of an armed robbery. After arriving to the scene, deputies spoke with two employees of the florist shop, who said they were robbed by an unidentified man. The victims stated the suspect entered the store, approached the cash register and ordered them to open it. The victims believe the suspect was armed, but they did not see a weapon. The suspect took $150 cash from the cash register. He then fled the store on foot, northbound towards north Telegraph Road. One of the victims is a 58-year-old woman and Pontiac resident. Th... https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/michigan/oakland-county/police-search-for-suspect-who-robbed-pontiac-florist-shop-of-150
The Flower Bar: flowers, coffee, pastries and more - Hometownlife.comTuesday, December 05, 2017
Photo: LeAnne Rogers)Recently opened new business Flower Bar certainly sells flowers, but also offers specialty coffees, baked goods and unusual gift items.Located at the northeast corner of Pontiac Trail and North Territorial, a few miles south of the Salem-South Lyon District Library, the Flower Bar is a family business. Parents Laura and Brett Huey are the owners, working with daughter Celia and also getting some help from Laura's sister, Jill Paul of Livonia."Originally, there was a lady who lived here. She was handicapped and sold flowers. Members of the community came here to support her," Laura Huey said. "I drove by one day. She had closed due to health issues."The Flower Bar offers flowers, coffee, baked goods and gifts at the corner of Pontiac Trail and N. Territorial. (Photo: LeAnne Rogers)While working at a florist in downtown Plymouth, Laura Huey had the idea to open a florist shop at the building. "Then I thought maybe flowers wouldn't be enough, so we added what we like," she said. "It took us almost three years to the day to get the work done on the building. We did a lot of it ourselves."More: Call to South Lyon police finds problem is a sleepy dadMore: That cup of coffee may help give this family a better Christma... http://www.hometownlife.com/story/money/business/2017/12/05/flower-bar-flowers-coffee-pastries-and-more/913897001/
70-year-old Wesley Berry Flowers closing local company-owned stores - Crain's Detroit BusinessTuesday, August 30, 2016
Detroit store.Its original store, which opened in 1946 on Schoolcraft Avenue near Greenfield Road on Detroit's west side, and its Commerce Township location on Haggerty Road north of Pontiac Trail had been shuttered.Baker said he has orders placed at the downtown Detroit store for events taking place the next three weekends. As it winds down, the store also continues to fill small walk-in orders.Wesley Berry's corporate leadership informed him it was closing some of its stores last week, without giving any reason for the closure, he said."It was a surprise; I didn't see it coming."The company took all of its equipment from the Penobscot Building shop, including computers and a fax machine, last week, Baker said, and it disconnected the phone line for the store.Signs on the Detroit store's windows let customers know the shop is operating on a cash-only basis now.The lone Wesley Berry franchised store left, in Canton Township, was still operating last week. Its owner declined any comment.Under the Wesley Berry Flowers name, the combined brick-and-mortar and online businesses ranked No. 1,755 on Inc.'s 2014 list of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the U.S., with $40.2 million in reported revenue for 2013, up from $11.9 million in 2010.Wesley Berry Florist Inc. sold its first franchise about 30 years ago. It went on to establish 30 franchises across five states before selling most of them in the 1990s and launching an e-commerce business in 1994.As of June 2015, Wesley Berry Flowers' Michigan operations and online business employed 100 people in Michigan and 50 at a call center in the Philippines, owner and CEO Wesley Berry II told Crain's at the time.At that point, he said the companies were dealing with 5,000 to 6,000 customers each day, either placing orders or receiving flowers through the company from online orders. Several hundred of those orders came from other countries, Berry said, noting his companies work closely with 1-800-Flowers.com Inc. and Florists' Transworld Delivery through FTD.com.Amid it all, consumer complaints about the service and products delivered by FlowerDeliveryExpress.com and Wesley ... http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160827/NEWS/160829772/70-year-old-wesley-berry-flowers-closing-local-company-owned-stores
Dan Draves: Planting, planting and more planting - Midland Daily NewsWednesday, July 06, 2016
Marcia will be sleeping soundly tonight. Why? We planted five rows of potatoes today so she is happy and relieved that her favorite crop is finally in the ground. We planted all blue, all red, red Pontiac, red norland, red bliss, yellow Finn and some fingerlings (Russian Banana). We have room to plant some Kennebec potatoes and at least two more rows of fingerlings. We love the fingerlings for potato salad and oven fries. They are the best for oven fries. I could eat oven fries at least once a week or more( OK, so I like potatoes, too).Tomorrow we will be planting more tomatoes, the ones we use for BLTs, Caprese salads and canning. Tomatoes love basil and luckily we have some beautiful basil this year. I think we will plant some beside the tomatoes because that is one companion planting that I have found really benefits both plants. The basil loves to be close to tomatoes and the tomatoes like the basil too. There is actually a book, “Basil Loves Tomatoes.” It is all about companion planting. Two years ago we planted our basil in the tomato beds and they were both wonderful.Today we also planted 62 leek starts next to the potatoes. I wonder if leeks like to be planted near potat... http://www.ourmidland.com/accent/dan-draves-planting-planting-and-more-planting/article_cee5c887-22ba-5924-aa03-4027f18afec2.html
Meyers & Flowers Invites Farmers to Syngenta Town Hall Meetings Throughout ... - Business Wire (press release)Friday, November 27, 2015
Lincolnshire Boulevard, Springfield, IL 62711THURSDAY, DECEMBER 39:00 A.M. - Shannon’s 5 Star, 1305 S. Mercer Avenue, Bloomington, IL 6170412:00 P.M. - Baby Bulls, 1025 W. Reynolds Street, Pontiac, IL 617646:00 P.M. - Aurelio’s Pizza, 3821 N. Sterling Avenue, Peoria, IL 61615FRIDAY, DECEMBER 412:00 P.M. - Loveland Community Center, Men’s Lounge, 513 W 2nd St., Dixon, IL 61021TUESDAY, DECEMBER 812:00 P.M. - Valley Bar & Grill, 107 W. St. Paul Street, Spring Valley, IL 613626:00 P.M. - Wise Guys, 2205 N. Main Street, Princeton, IL 61356THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1012:00 P.M. - Jane Fargo Hotel, 355 W. State Street, Sycamore, IL 601786:00 P.M. - Open Range Bar & Grill, Pine Room, Golf View Road, Sugar Grove, IL 60554For more information regarding these meetings or the Syngenta lawsuit, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (630) 232-6333.About Meyers & FlowersLed by Illinois Super Lawyer and former President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Peter J. Flowers, our team of experienced and creative trial attorneys & medical malpractice lawyers routinely take on large challenges, and succeed. In addition to representing clients locally in Chicago and nationally in a full spectrum of cases involving catastrophic personal injuries, medical malpractice, workplace injuries and wrongful death, our team of top attorneys has taken the lead nationally in representing clients who are victims of defective medical products. Connect with Meyers & Flowers at www.meyers-flowers.com, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MeyersAndFlowers and on Twitter at https://twitter.com/meyersflowers. http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20151124006175/en/Meyers-Flowers-Invites-Farmers-Syngenta-Town-Hall
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/