Westmont Flower Shop News
Local florist helps others celebrate Valentine's Day - WJAC JohnstownTuesday, February 21, 2017
It's that time of year again: the season of love. Just like every February, it's when florists are busy snipping and arranging each order for Valentine's Day.The Flower Barn along MillCreek Road in Westmont has been around for more than 130 years."We're actually the longest continues running business with the same address in Cambria County," florist, Phillip Bayush said.Bayush has been a professional florist for 40 years. "Of course, when I started there were a lot more flower shops and friendly competition," Bayush said. "It's sad because they were a part of the economy and it kept the money in the community."Bayush said it's a shame how many flower shops have closed down in Johnstown. He said it's important to support local businesses instead of buying flowers online."Nothing beats the experience of going into a flower shop and talking to a professional florist. Plus, getting ideas of possible flowers, colors and anything that can be unique to that person," Bayush said.Whether it's orchids, carnations or roses, Bayush said every bouquet is customized for that special someone. http://wjactv.com/news/local/local-florist-helps-others-celebrate-valentines-day
Flower business blooms for generations - Chicago TribuneTuesday, December 13, 2016
And I think they love flowers at least as much as we do. I can think of at least one, two, three, four of them here at our headquarters in Westmont who owned their own flower shops. Some of them came up the ranks and learned to design with us, and some of them came as experienced florists."What was the impetus for starting this business? "My grandfather, James Phillip, had to begin working at a very early age to support his widowed mother and siblings. He delivered flowers on Chicago streetcars as a child, tried other jobs, but returned to the flower business and found he had a real love and talent for floral designing. As newlyweds, he and his wife, Helen, opened our first flower shop in Cicero in the early '20s and began raising their children in an apartment above the shop. Today, seven full-time family members spanning three generations are active in the business, and we still have that love of flowers and passion for great design. … Things were just so different back then. I think my grandfather dropped out of school in sixth grade. Nobody does that anymore."Did the city of Naperville help you or hinder you in your plans? "As small-business owners, we wear a lot of hats. Naperville made it easy to open. We started in the mid-'90s, when we acquired an existing flower shop in 5th Avenue station. And over the years we just migrated to a free-standing location on Ogden Avenue. Naperville has been very supportive."What is the best thing about being located in Naperville? "The best things about Naperville are its residents and local businesses. It's a vibrant, upbeat, growing city that still has village charm and a very real sense of community."What is the biggest challenge about being located in Naperville? "I don't feel we really have any. So I'm just kind of blank on that one. You know, every city or village is a little different. We are in nine towns, eight flower shops, a main floral design center and a plant operation in Oak Brook. They are all different, but they are all similar."When is your busiest time of year? "Traditionally, December is the biggest month, Mother's Day the biggest week, and Valentine's the biggest coup... http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/naperville-sun/ct-nvs-business-phillips-flowers-st-1211-20161209-story.html
Westmont school teacher, Lee County prosecutor sue bridal magazine for ... - Cook County RecordWednesday, September 02, 2015
According to the website for Community Unit School District 201, Halley is employed at an elementary school in Westmont.According to the complaint, Halley, Malecki and Halley’s 9-year-old son, identified in the complaint as J.J.H., assert their images and likenesses were included in a photograph featured in an advertisement run on page 347 of The Knot Chicago’s “Spring/Summer 2015” edition. The advertisement was allegedly for “The Trolley Car & Bus Company.”The complaint does not specify any familial or other connection between Halley and Malecki, other than both being included in the photo that prompted the lawsuit.The Knot is published by Omaha, Neb.-based WeddingPages, and is marketed to those planning weddings. The magazine features content designed to help people plan weddings. Vendors of wedding-related goods and services, such as florists, photographers, caterers and bus and limousine operators, advertise in The Knot.According to the complaint, the photo used in the Spring/Summer Page 347 Trolley Car & Bus advertisement was used without any written or verbal permission granted to the Trolley company, The Knot or WeddingPages from Halley or Malecki.The plaintiffs contend the commercial use of the photo which includes their images violates their rights under the Illinois Right of Publicity Act.They are seeking a temporary restraining order and an injunction preventing WeddingPages from further distributing the magazine that includes the advertisement or photo. They are also seeking unspecified damages.The plaintiffs are represented in the action by attorney Michael J. Cronin, of Chicago. http://cookcountyrecord.com/stories/510633235-westmont-school-teacher-lee-county-prosecutor-sue-bridal-magazine-for-publishing-photo-without-consent
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/
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