Riverside Flower Shop News
Silver Lake’s Tokio Florist climbing toward landmark status - Curbed LATuesday, September 24, 2019
Catherine Gudis, an associate professor of history at UC Riverside, who prepared the landmark application, told commissioners that the property offered a rare chance to “highlight obscured history” of Japanese-Americans in Los Angeles, a demographic that produced 65 percent of flowers grown in California after World War II and through the 1970s.It’s a marker that might not be around forever. The family has put the site up for sale, asking $3.98 million, and there is the “potential threat of development” that comes with the change of ownership, said Kristen Hayashi of the Little Tokyo Historical Society. A photo of the Tudor-Craftsman house, built in 1911. The historical society nominated the site for monument status. Hayashi told commissioners that Yuki Sakai opened the Tokio Florist on Los Feliz Boulevard just before the Great Depression. They were one of several Japanese-American flower businesses on Los Feliz, and many Japanese-Americans lived in the area between East Hollywood and Silver Lake at the time.Japanese-Americans dominated the flower industry for decades, though for many of those decades they could not legally own land or businesses, or rent in certain areas because of the state’s Alien Land Law and housing covenants that excluded non-whites. During World War II, the Sakais... https://la.curbed.com/2019/9/19/20872950/tokio-florist-landmark-silver-lake
Super Bloom 2019: People Go Wild Over Flowers In Elsinore - Lake Elsinore, CA PatchTuesday, July 09, 2019
The Walker Canyon area, which is located next to Intersate 15 between Lake Street and Nichols Road, is a hot spot for viewing wildflowers in Southwest Riverside County. However, city officials say that for the last two years, some visitors were less than respectful when it came to tossing trash, impeding traffic and venturing into the flowers in search of that perfect selfie. This year, the city is launching a campaign to "preserve while you observe." "The Super Bloom is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy nature with friends and family," the city said in a news release. "However, help us preserve these beautiful hillsides for many years to come by staying on established trails and avoiding walking, laying or standing on the flowers. Further, please help keep the area clean for by throwing trash away properly into the designated receptacles in the parking area." Parking is only allowed on Walker Canyon Road and a community services officer will be on patrol in the area over the weekends to assist with traffic control. If you're looking to head out to see these gorgeous flowers, here's some info from the city regarding viewing areas: The recommended viewing area is Walker Canyon Trail located off of Lake Street on Interstate 15 (I-15). Parking is available along Walker Canyon Road. For safety and compliance, a Lake Elsinore Sheriff Station Community Services Officer (CSO) will be on site Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to assist with traffic. Parking will be available seven (7) days per week. A... https://patch.com/california/lakeelsinore-wildomar/super-bloom-2019-people-go-wild-over-flowers-elsinore
Jacaranda trees: Invasion of the purple flowers bring peace, beauty (and some mess) to SoCal - The Pasadena Star-NewsTuesday, June 25, 2019
A jacaranda tree bloom rests on a cars sunroof after falling along Via Pintada near Via Donoso in Riverside on Thursday, May 30, 2019. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)A woman pushes a child near a Jacaranda tree on W. Wilshire Ave. in Fullerton, CA on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (Photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsRiverside resident Dick Miller planes flowers in his front yard as a jacaranda tree blooms in the background on Via Pintada in Riverside on Thursday, May 30, 2019. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Miller said, ” They leave a mess and if they were on my property they would be gone,” he said when asked about the Jacaranda trees while gardening in his front yard.A man walks under the blooming jacaranda trees along Del Mar Boulevard in Pasadena on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Some say the jacarandas are the West Coast’s version of the cherry blossom. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Walnut High students roam Cal Poly Pomona, Calif. before graduating. The campus is dotted with jacaranda trees Monday, May 28, 2019. (Photo by Cindy Yamanaka, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)Walnut High students get picture ready under a towering jacaranda tre... https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2019/05/29/jacaranda-trees-invasion-of-the-purple-flowers-bring-peace-beauty-and-some-mess-to-socal/
Peterson opens flower shop and liquor store in Clayton - WatertownDailyTimes.comTuesday, May 21, 2019
CLAYTON — Local entrepreneur Lance L. Peterson Sr. will open his fifth and sixth business ventures, a flower shop and liquor store on Riverside Drive, Wednesday. After months of renovations and decorating, Mr. Peterson and his staff have transformed the former Jreck Subs, 514 Riverside Drive, into Harper Leigh Florist and the former Prudential Realty office, 421 Riverside Drive, into River Bottles. The only flower shop in the village, a satellite location of Gray’s Flower Shop, Watertown, closed a few years ago, and the last liquor store downtown shuttered before that. Despite both closures, Mr. Peterson said the demand remained, and with the growing foot traffic in the village, he decided to satisfy that demand. “I think it adds to the community,” he said. Harper Leigh Florist, named after Mr. Peterson’s two granddaughters, features coolers filled with vases of roses, some adorned with lace, for Mother’s Day and shelves with flower pots varying in shape and color, wooden window boxes with mums, daisies and other flowers, and tiny Adirondack chairs holding succulents. Diane Peterson, manager and Mr. Peterson’s sister-in-law, said the designers will make custom arrangements of flowers and foliage in their workshop past the showroom. The store will also offer fresh-cut flowers in wraps, balloons, pinatas, chocolates and ... https://watertowndailytimes.com/news03/peterson-opens-flower-shop-and-liquor-store-in-clayton-20190508
New online flower service helps florists in Inland Empire, nation - San Bernardino SunTuesday, March 19, 2019
BloomSnaps,” or photos of the arrangement before it’s delivered.Sara Hosseinzabeh, owner of the Willow Branch florist shop in Riverside, serves customers throughout San Bernardino County through BloomNation. “It’s increased business because now we have another outlet for customers to find us,” said Hosseinzabeh. “They offer a point-of-sale system for free which is unique because all other floral systems charge. That’s complimentary. They don’t charge the florist to use them. They have orders nice and organized, and save all the information for us.”Sharoka, a former investment banker, got the idea after he listened to the difficulties experienced by his aunt, Shirin Kazemi, who works as a florist in Irvine. Kazemi said wire services had charged her about 20 to 30 percent of sales, in addition to monthly service charge of $600.“Her business was struggling,” Sharoka said. “No one was walking into the flower shop. She has no connection with the customers and pumps out and fulfill the orders sent from wire services. She felt like an employee of the services. As a consumer, I’m frustrated with the services and my aunt is frustrated with service. I’m paying fees. The florist is paying a lot of fees to be a part of these services and a lot of money is wasted and nobody’s happy.”So Sharoka and his partners began the Santa Monica-based BloomNation in 2011. There are now 3,000 florists who use the service nationwide. Florists get free use of the website and no fees, other than a 10 percent cut of sales to BloomNation, said Sharoka.“I think it’s going to help a lot as far as low cost and giving the customer a better product,” said Kazemi. “Also we don’t have to wait for the money. With the other wire services, we have to wait one month to get our money back. With BloomNation, the money is in our bank account the next day.”BloomNation has received funding from Spark Capital, Chicago Ventures, and CrunchFund. It’s among winning companies named by the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business’s New Venture Challenge. Information: bloomnation.com... https://www.sbsun.com/2014/05/03/new-online-flower-service-helps-florists-in-inland-empire-nation/
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/