Sparta Flower Shop News
Wedding in a gym: Las Cruces couple married at Crunch Fitness share story of love, recovery - El Paso TimesTuesday, April 16, 2019
They found out in January. And, with the upcoming wedding date of Feb. 14, they launched into a frenzy of event planning. Daniel and Andi also were preparing for an obstacle-course-style Spartan Race on Feb. 9 in Phoenix, making life doubly hectic. Crunch Fitness, meanwhile, started rounding up businesses to donate catering or services for the wedding. Food was provided by Lorenzo's, St. Clair Winery, Santa Fe Grill and Roberto's. Gigachip Photography took the photos. The cake and DJ services were also donated. Andi and Daniel's family chipped in, too. Her mom bought the dress. His step-dad paid for the tuxedos, and his aunt created the table centerpieces. Their counselor bought Andi's bouquet. Cross of Christ Church loaned some chairs. "It was really not a lot of out-of-pocket stuff for us," he said. The big day On their wedding day, Daniel said he spent a lot of time setting up for the event and felt "completely overwhelmed." Andi said she was excited, and while driving to the gym, she realized she forgot her ring. She had to borrow one of her mom's as a stand-in. "I almost forgot my bouquet," she said with a smile. Fortunately, she remembered the flowers at the last minute, picking them up... https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/2019/03/04/wedding-gym-las-cruces-nm-couple-married-crunch-fitness/3055027002/
Blue Moon moving into former A Arrangement spot - Spartanburg Herald JournalTuesday, June 13, 2017
Alyssa Mulliger Staff Writer @AMulligerSHJ
A Spartanburg specialty foods store known for its sauces, spices and spreads is moving closer to the heart of downtown.Blue Moon Specialty Foods has purchased the former A Arrangement building at 130 S. Church St. to relocate its business from East Henry Street.The florist shop was owned by Tom DeShazor for more than 30 years before the business was sold in February to Lone Star Bloom Inc., a company out of Houston, Texas. A Arrangement then moved to 231 E. Kennedy St. in March.Blue Moon’s current location opened near II Samuels more than five years ago and will close in the fall when the business moves into the old florist shop, said Molly Cashman, who runs Blue Moon with her father, Chris Walker.“We really love the new location right downtown,” she said. “It’s fabulous because it’s bigger and has its own parking, which is great for our customers to quickly pop in and pick up food. It has a lot more visibility for our brand than our current location.”Andrew Babb and Dan Dunn of NAI Earl... http://www.goupstate.com/news/20170601/blue-moon-moving-into-former-arrangement-spot
A Arrangement Florist moves to new space with new ownership - Spartanburg Herald JournalTuesday, March 28, 2017
Valentine’s Day in early February.”Brown said the company empowers its local teams to lead each business as if it’s their own. After spending a day with the Spartanburg team, he said the decision to buy A Arrangement was simple because the employees cared so much about their customers and store.Brown said the A Arrangement in Greer still is owned by DeShazor, and Lone Star Bloom has expressed interest in purchasing it when DeShazor retires.“We are growing into the established floral shop arena by acquiring local shops with successful operations and history,” Brown said. “We focus on offering the prior owner a self-controlled exit and transition.”The process has allowed for a seamless change of ownership at A Arrangement in Spartanburg, for employees to keep their jobs and for customers to continue receiving the level of customer service they’ve grown accustomed to, he said.“We want the customers to know that the team is here, even after the transition,” Brown said.Lone Star Bloom recently purchased a 4,000-square-foot retail space at 231 E. Kennedy St. for A Arrangement. The building was formerly split up for businesses over the years, including Gerald's Candy and Nut Shoppe, Clyde Fitness, Crock Pot restaurant and Kennedy Street Florist.Ben Hines and Andy Hayes of Spartanburg-based Spencer/Hines Properties represented the estate of Gerald Tucker in the sale of the Kennedy Street building, listed for $199,000.“Our company is excited that we’re able to retain a retailer to stay in the downtown Spartanburg market,” Hines said. “We know that with A Arrangement’s reputation, they’re making a long-term commitment to the citizens of our community.”Andrew Babb of NAI Earle Furman is handling the sale of the now-vacant South Church Street building, which he said is under contract. ... http://www.goupstate.com/news/20170315/arrangement-florist-moves-to-new-space-with-new-ownership
Valentine's Weekend Getaway In The NC Smokies - The ChattanooganTuesday, January 31, 2017
The Folkestone Inn is offering their guests a four-course gourmet dinner on Saturday, Feb. 11.Bryson City is one hour west of Asheville; two hours from Knoxville, Greenville/Spartanburg and Chattanooga; and three hours from Atlanta and Charlotte. http://www.chattanoogan.com/2017/1/30/340833/Valentine-s-Weekend-Getaway-In-The-NC.aspx
Flowers for Shirley: Woman seeks to end the poverty of loneliness one person at a time - Lincoln Journal StarTuesday, November 29, 2016
I would visit for one hour.”She knocked on Shirley’s door.“She opened the door with a teeny crack and invited me in,” Kennett said.The room was Spartan, a card table, a few folding chairs and a recliner covered with a sheet which served as Shirley’s chair as well as her bed.Sitting in the dark, stifling hot room, they talked about life, about family, about growing up in Lincoln.Shirley loved to talk.“I was so warm I wanted to leave right away,” Kennett said. “But I had vowed to stay for one hour, and I glued myself to the chair.”Then as Kennett stood up to leave, the words tumbled from her lips: I will come back and see you again.“On my way home, all I could think about was how grateful I was for all the people in my life that I love and love me back. I thought about what it meant to be able to have a conversation with somebody who actually cared about you or listened to you talk.”She thought of the teachings of Mother Teresa:“We can cure physical disease with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love.”That described Shirley.“She's dying on the inside … waiting to be loved by someone or waiting to die,” Kennett said.“Until I met Shirley, I was completely unaware of how crushing true-deep-loneliness is. The terrible darkness and isolation that carries a crushing weight,” she said. “... She was starving to be loved.”Kennett now truly understood what St. Teresa meant when she called loneliness the most terrible poverty.And she knew God was speaking to her through Shirley.And so the Lincoln mother of four returned weekly to visit Shirley.“It was a great experience, but it wasn’t easy,” Kennett recalled.Sometimes they went shopping or out for cookies or ice cream. Other times they drove to Holmes Lake Park. Once Kennett bought a kite, and together the two sailed it high in the air.One day, Kennett and Shirley stopped at the Cookie Company, where Kennett’s youngest daughter Emma works. Shirley was invited to pick out any cookie that she wanted.Emma, 18, remembers how Shirley looked over each cookie, pondering her choices. In the end, she picked out... http://journalstar.com/news/local/flowers-for-shirley-woman-seeks-to-end-the-poverty-of/article_e508dfa3-b2b5-50f0-b489-0dd854a414ce.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/