Woodstock Flower Shop News
Long Island Natives Launch First Mobile Flower Shop - Babylon Village, NY PatchTuesday, August 13, 2019
Long Island. The two have been keeping busy these past few months, making appearances at the Babylon farmer's market, the Roslyn farmers market, the Alive by the Bay festival in Bay Shore and the Woodstock festival in Babylon. They also offer pop-up design sessions and workshops including a "make-your-own flower crown" workshop for bridal parties in addition to home and business subscriptions, which delivers flowers directly to people's home. One of the many things that make their business unique is their "flowers in a bag style." The flowers are packed in a brown bag rather than in the typical cellophane or plastic found at most florists. In addition, all of the flowers are grown exclusively on... https://patch.com/new-york/babylonvillage/long-island-natives-launch-first-mobile-flower-shop
5 Flowery Cafes You Probably Didn't Know AboutTuesday, July 31, 2018
Oreo cheesecake, Snickers milkshake, and the heavenly sounding Nutella & milk chocolate doughnuts with toffee sauce... sounds like our kinda brunch.Drunch Mayfair, 6 Blenheim Street and 1 Woodstock Street, W1C 2AAYou Don't Bring Me Flowers, Hither GreenThis Hither Green florist-cum-cafe is where we head whenever we need to get out of the London madness for a bit, but don't have time to trek all the way out to the countryside. The village-y vibes from the street it sits on carry through into the inside. If it's flowers you're here for, bag a table downstairs — the florist part of the business is tucked into a ground floor corner, under the staircase. Upstairs, focus is more on the kitsch — you might feel like you're taking tea in your granny's living room.Also what an excellent name.You Don't Bring Me Flowers, 15 Staplehurst Road, Hither Green, SE13 5ND.The Green Room Cafe, Stoke NewingtonAnother cafe embedded into a florist shop, The Green Room serves up breakfast and lunch, surrounded by bouquets, pot plants and succulents.The Green Room, 113 Stoke Newington Church StreetKnow any flowery cafes that we've missed? Let us know about them in the comments.See also:... https://londonist.com/london/food/flowery-cafes-you-probably-didn-t-know-about
R15 for a delivery: The battle of 3 desperate men who deliver your foodTuesday, June 19, 2018
Francois is Congolese. He has a degree in accounting "but, with an asylum document, it is difficult to get an accounting job", he says. He works for Uber Eats, operating on the Woodstock-Wynberg route.'Customers don't really tip'When he spoke to GroundUp in Rondebosch last week he was about to pick up an order. He is paid R14 for picking up food and R1.20 thereafter per kilometre. He asked not to be named."I really don't like this job, but I am doing it because there is nothing else to do and my family needs to be taken care of. I have been with Uber for three months. Making profit is dependent on how hard I'm working. I stay online nonstop, from 9am to 11pm. Data and petrol are expensive. Customers don't really tip. The only benefit I get from Uber is an app," he said.He wishes Uber would help him with insurance in case of an accident. He says many drivers have been involved in accidents.Uber spokesperson Samantha Allenberg said: "Uber Eats offers people, who want access to flexible opportunities, the opportunity to make some extra money delivering great local food." She did not respond to questions about pay rates or insurance but suggested that GroundUp contact other delivery companies.'We are on our own'Explaining the need for insurance, a Burundian man said he had been involved in an accident in 2014 and still had trouble with his leg. He said OrderIn refused to help at the time."It would be better if the company would contribute towards insurance. We are on our own.""Since 2014, when I started doing this work, I still get R20 for a delivery. In our last negotiations the company said, if we are not happy with their offer, we can leave," he said.OrderIn did not respond to questions sent by GroundUp, d... https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/r15-for-a-delivery-the-battle-of-3-desperate-men-who-deliver-your-food-20180619
Booksellers Show Off Creativity in Holiday Window Displays - BTWTuesday, December 19, 2017
California: Store founder Susie Alexander said the window combines both Christmas and Hanukkah, noting: “My manager, Tina, does all of our windows and displays — she is amazing!”The Golden Notebook, Woodstock, New York: The bookstore won first place in the Woodstock Open House Window Display Contest of 2017. Co-owners Jacqueline Kellachan and James Conrad tapped their friend Lucia Reale-Vogt to create their displays. Reale-Vogt, an artist, crafter, and baker, created the “Let it Snow” tableau with old books, sheet music, and metallic paper. Bloomsbury Books, Ashland, Oregon: “Our stockings are hung in our window with care! Our holiday displays are bursting with great books for everyone on your list,” the store wrote on Instagram.Black Bird Bookstore, San Francisco, California: “Wintry snow flowers float around a holiday wreath in the front window at Black Bird Bookstore,” said owner Kathryn Grantham. Card Carrying Books & Gifts, Corning, New York: Co-owner Sarah Blagg said she wanted to harken to Card Carrying’s identity as a feminist bookstore while making a play on words. “We thought it would be fun to be a little tongue-in-cheek this holiday season,” she said. http://bookweb.org/news/booksellers-show-creativity-holiday-window-displays-102395
This Unbelievable Wedding Cost Over $6 Million And Featured A Million White Flowers - SimplemostTuesday, June 27, 2017
When you have that much money, dropping $6 million ($6.3 million, to be exact) on a wedding is probably par for the course.The ceremony was held at the Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, England. The bride had lived in London and had studied engineering in Manchester and receiving a Graduate Diploma in Law. The pair were introduced via friends, and this is a second marriage for Alakija, who sadly lost his first wife to cancer. He has one young daughter.In charge of helping them make their dream wedding a reality was celebrity florist Jeff Leatham. Leatham is the man behind the floral arrangements at the Four Seasons.RELATED:This Is The Most Pinned Wedding Dress And It’s Absolutely GorgeousHe used only white flowers (roses and some orchids) to create stunning arrangements that were definitely fit for such a lavish wedding. The theme carried from the ceremony and into the reception. The flowing bouquets of cascading white petals couldn’t have been more beautiful.In an Instagram post, the florist had this to say to the bride, “We created heaven on earth [sic] for you and your new hubby.”Indeed they did—take a look at this other-worldly creation that Leatham shared on Instagram.As you might imagine, the flowers weren’t the only extravagant detail of the evening. For starters, the bride wore not one, but two, stunning gowns throughout the evening.For her wedding ceremony, she wore a strapless gown with a lace-covered bodice. Instagram user studiochiweddings shared this photo of the glowing bride in her ceremony gown, with the hashtag #Floza2017, as the famous couple has come to be known on social media.Here she is with her lovely bridesmaids:The dress for the reception was definitely fit for a party and seemed to also incorporate the floral them. Talk about coordination! Another wedding guest shared this snapshot from the reception.Oh, and Robin Thicke performed at the reception, NBD.Getty Images Ethan MillerAnd the...
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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/