Sullivan Flower Shop News
Out & About: Newport aims to set record for simultaneous flower bouquets - Valley NewsTuesday, September 10, 2019
Newport Sunshine Initiative, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to revitalize the Sullivan County town. You do not need to be a Newport resident to participate.“We’ve got so much town spirit for this thing,” said Jay Lucas, a Newport native who founded the organization. “The sunflowers growing all over town are just incredible.” In order to set the record, a minimum of 250 people must make a bouquet, said Christine Benner, a Newport resident who is helping to plan the festival. A judge from the Guinness Book of World Records will be present in Newport to count and validate the record. So far, about 200 people have already registered for the event. Participants are asked to arrive prior to 11 a.m. to register. The record attempt will take place around 11:30 a.m. Following that, a festival featuring food trucks, music and activities for children will run until 2 p.m.“Anyone who wants to come and participate, they’re welcome to come and join us,” Lucas said.While people are invited to bring their own sunflowers, they do not have to. Supplies will be provided for all those who wish to join in.In May, the Newport Sunshine Initiative and the town’s recreation department sent out about 3,000 seeds to residents and businesses throughout town.“The timing couldn’t be better,” Benner said. “Everyone’s are starting to really bloom.” Editor’s note: For more informatio... https://www.vnews.com/Out-and-About-Newport-aims-to-set-record-for-simultaneous-flower-bouquets-28224652
BBB receives more complaints about florists than airlines, car dealers - Edmonton SunTuesday, May 21, 2019
The BBB received 84 complaints about new car dealers.“So many things can go wrong with florists, especially in busy periods such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day,” Mary O’Sullivan-Andersen, president and CEO of BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay, said in a news release.The Better Business Bureau — which aims to promote trust in the marketplace by educating consumers and businesses, offering a business accreditation program, tracking scams and providing a forum for customer reviews — accepts consumer complaints as long as they are related to the products or services a business provides, are not in litigation and have not been resolved through some other arbitration process. Complaints received by the BBB are forwarded to the business along with a request for a response.The BBB also provides a platform for consumers to search for accredited businesses and request quotes. In 2018, the organization received the most inquiries about home improvement businesses, followed by roofing companies and general contractors.Complaints by Industry, 2018, BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay’sRetail Florist – 147Airlines – 135New Car Dealers – 84Cable TV – 73Roofing Contractors – 67Home Improvement – 67General Contractor – 57Plumber – 49Utility Contractors – 40Moving Companies – 38Inquiries by Industry, 2018, BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay’sHome Improvement – 46,754Roofing Contractors – 44,831General Contractor – 42,188Plumber – 40,977Home Builders – 34,292Moving Companies – 30,318New Car Dealers – 22,715Used Car Dealers – 20,495Landscape Contractors – 20,036Electrician – 19,... https://edmontonsun.com/business/local-business/florists-top-list-for-customer-complaints-in-southern-alberta-better-business-bureau/wcm/fdfb63d7-533b-42c1-8018-50a14f5926dd
'So many things can go wrong': Florists top list of complaints made to BBB - Calgary HeraldTuesday, May 21, 2019
The BBB received 84 complaints about new car dealers.“So many things can go wrong with florists, especially in busy periods such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day,” Mary O’Sullivan-Andersen, president and CEO of BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay, said in a news release.The Better Business Bureau — which aims to promote trust in the marketplace by educating consumers and businesses, offering a business accreditation program, tracking scams and providing a forum for customer reviews — accepts consumer complaints as long as they are related to the products or services a business provides, are not in litigation and have not been resolved through some other arbitration process. Complaints received by the BBB are forwarded to the business along with a request for a response.The BBB also provides a platform for consumers to search for accredited businesses and request quotes. In 2018, the organization received the most inquiries about home improvement businesses, followed by roofing companies and general contractors.Complaints by Industry, 2018, BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay’sRetail Florist – 147Airlines – 135New Car Dealers – 84Cable TV – 73Roofing Contractors – 67Home Improvement – 67General Contractor – 57Plumber – 49Utility Contractors – 40Moving Companies – 38Inquiries by Industry, 2018, BBB Serving Southern Alberta and East Kootenay’sHome Improvement – 46,754Roofing Contractors – 44,831General Contractor – 42,188Plumber – 40,977Home Builders – 34,292Moving Companies – 30,318New Car Dealers – 22,715Used Car Dealers – 20,495Landscape Contractors – 20,036Electrician – 19,742 Deadly pig virus shows up in Alberta for first time Varcoe: $10,000 monthly tax bill for s... https://calgaryherald.com/business/local-business/florists-top-list-for-customer-complaints-in-southern-alberta-better-business-bureau
Please don't forget the reasons for Decoration Day and Memorial Day - Kingsport Times NewsTuesday, May 21, 2019
Decoration” where your people are buried, go visit and take a few stick flowers (and don’t forget your camera). In any case, Saturday night is always a good time to go to the Fold.J.H. Osborne covers Sullivan County government for the Times News. Email him at [email protected]... https://www.timesnews.net/Blog/2019/05/19/Please-don-t-forget-the-reasons-for-Decoration-Day-and-Memorial-Day.html?ci=stream&lp=8&p=1
Richard Rico: A bouquet for the Rose - TheReporter.ComTuesday, March 19, 2019
That was favored by the mayor, and the rest agreed. But it took a turn later when new Councilman Nolan Sullivan announced he preferred that a special election make the decision for them; he said the job was too important for the council to make the choice. Not only did that throw applicants a curve, it blew chances for the new council to appear unified. The 14 applicants (one was ill Monday) had gone through weeks of preparation for interviews, in public and on camera, from the panel of four. But then the playing field changed. During the first round, Councilman Mashburn nominated Vaca school board president Sherrie Mahlberg, and Mayor Rowlett nominated city services commissioner and KC-10 instructor Shawn MacMahon. Councilwoman Dilenna Harris nominated Beaty. But none of the three got the required three votes. Sullivan pulled off his surprise, and declined to nominate. Mayor Ron and Mashburn opposed the special election. So Mitch re-nominated Beaty. By 3-1, he won out. Sullivan got to vote no and the remaining applicants got a civics lesson. They’ll probably replay it and wonder what happened for years.* * *DON’T read anything into this, but a coincidence got my attention this week.It seems House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s family, my family and that of La Borgata Deli’s family have something in common: We all have roots in towns a few miles apart in the Italy region of Molise, south of Rome. They’re connected by ancient walls; what a concept. It doesn’t make us kissing cousins, but we may be paisani. Pelosi’s mother Annunciata D’Alesandro was born in the region’s largest town of Campobasso (pop. 50,000.) My family of Costanzo Rico came from the village of Roccamandolfi (pop. 640). They’re just 15 miles apart. A mile from Rocca is La Borgata’s village, Cantalupo, (pop. 764.) Actually, it’s as close as our Main Street, where Marianna Schiavone and mama Michelina Iuliano create deli del Molise.Maybe someday we can bend Pelosi’s ear when she stops by for a plate of gnocchi.Two, and she’ll reopen the government.The author is former publisher of The Reporter. https://www.thereporter.com/2019/01/13/richard-rico-a-bouquet-for-the-rose/
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/