Worth Flower Shop News
Franklin White - LaSalle News TribuneTuesday, September 24, 2019
Heartland Health Care) Lucille (Forney) White; one daughter, Kristie (William) Cass; one son, Paul (Barbara) White; five grandchildren, Laura (Steve) Cass Gray, David (Shawna) Cass, Kathryn Cass Seaworth, Jason White and Nichole (Ritch) White Fundell; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Finks; one sister-in-law, Betty Jean White; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.He was preceded in death by three brothers, Harold White, Dave White and Clifford White.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Jude Hospital.Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com. http://www.newstrib.com/2019/09/24/franklin-white/ai45x63/
Florist is the unisex underground bag label you've been seeing all over Instagram - Fashion JournalTuesday, September 24, 2019
I think the Internet has allowed that space to move forward.”He makes doing New York in your twenties seem worth it. But it wasn’t without its grunt work.“I use a Singer chain stitch machine from the 1930s for the embroidery, that’s what they used to use for varsity jackets. I used to stay after hours at my old job and practise on it, but I would spend two days on one design and then sell it for $200 US dollars because I had a full-time job.”With a business model that relied on a single person hand-cutting patterns in his spare time, sewing leather bags from scratch and then embroidering designs over the top was not sustainable for the return George was getting on them. He had to switch it up. “I had to stop because I couldn’t afford to sell a bag for $200 when I spent two days on it. So all I did was the lettering and waited until people enjoyed it.”And they did. By Christmas last year the orders came flooding in, and the stream of customers haven’t stopped. The embroidery is eye-catching, and the craftsmanship of a hand-cut and stitched leather vessel is noticeable in New York. “People stop me in the street and ask where I got my bag. And my customers tell me when others stop them in the street.”You’re walking on the right streets for an accessory this bespoke to be noticed by strangers.George cites both his tertiary photography studies and moving to the US to work in handcrafting leather bags as equal reasons for why Florist’s designs stand alone. That, and the leap of faith that comes with abandoning your degree and moving to another hemisphere to hustle in the toughest city in the most notorious industry in the world. With no background in fashion, George’s flair for design comes entirely naturally. He relies on the fast-paced accuracy of a DIY attitude and making up his own rules as he goes along.“In NY everyone is asking you what you’re doing all the time and it becomes something you need an answer to that you’re proud of real quick.”The bodies of the bags are simply constructed and as he uses simple utilitarian shapes, it allows him to make the bodies quickly while also making them durable and strong. They’re also unisex. “The designs are all very simple and practical, they are not confined to gender at all,” he explains. “The bags are more of a vehicle to be able to express the embroidery, which I feel is definitely more my personality and my character more than the silhouette is.”Instagram has been a real tug boat for Florist before the website launch, George was selling solely off the platform and connecting with customers... https://fashionjournal.com.au/fashion/florist-unisex-underground-bag-label-youve-seeing-instagram/
'The Biggest Day': Santa Rosa florists prepare for the busiest day of the year - The Santa Rosa Press DemocratTuesday, September 24, 2019
Valentine’s Day bouquets. “It’s a very stressful time,” said Stormi Gillam, Henry’s business partner. “There’s a lot of prepping.”The payoff may be worth it for the Fifth Street flower shop and other Santa Rosa-area florists. Americans this year will spend an estimated $1.9 billion on Valentine’s Day flowers, slightly less than last year, a National Retail Federation survey found.Flowers were the third most popular gift among the 7,300 adults surveyed by the trade association earlier this year, with 35 percent of respondents saying they planned to buy flowers for their significant other. Just over half said they would purchase candy to mark the holiday, while 44 percent expected to buy greeting cards, according to the federation.Overall, Valentine’s Day spending this year is expected to climb to $20.7 billion, a $1.1 billion increase from 2018. A person will spend on average $162 for the holiday, the federation said. For Sharzad Mo, owner of Mirage Florist in downtown Santa Rosa, Valentine’s Day is unequivocally the busiest time of year, she said. The increase in business means frequent trips to San Francisco flower markets in the days leading up to the holiday. There, she has purchased about 400 individual roses in preparation for Thursday, Mo said. She also has hired additional drivers to help make deliveries, something the City 205 Flowers owners said they also do to accommodate their Valentine’s Day clientele. “Valentine’s Day is the biggest day and the hardest week,” ... https://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/9276072-181/the-biggest-day-santa-rosa
Blooming beautiful - The Ellsworth AmericanTuesday, September 24, 2019
Butterflies are frequent visitors, flitting about one of Steuben gardener and wildcrafter Christina Ganz’s cutting gardens. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTOS BY JENNIFER OSBORN“I call it dressing houses,” Ganz quipped. “I have a lot of clients who Airbnb or HomeAway.” Ganz will arrange bouquets so the renters arrive to fresh flowers.The Pennsylvania native grows every last flower from seed and hates to see any flower go by without being used. So that’s how she got the idea of “flower bombing” people.Plus, Ganz loves spreading beauty.“Random acts of kindness are so important,” she said.Her recipients are most appreciative.“She has bombed the town office multiple times,” said Steuben Town Clerk Julie Ginn. “Her displays are always fantastic and creative.“She uses things you don’t typically see, like cabbage,” the town clerk continued. “It’s always beautiful. She did bomb our fire department chicken barbecue. There were flowers on every table. It was gorgeous.”The gardener’s grandparents, Peter and Mary Dickey of Sehova and Hadji, Czechoslovakia, respectively introduced her to flowers.Amaranth hang from their stalks in another cutting garden. Ganz likes to wrap the dripping blossoms around a flower arrangement.Ganz relies on a greenhouse she bought in Friendship to grow many thousands of seedlings over the course of a year.Flower bombs also are a clever advertisement for her work. Ganz attaches a tag that exclaims “You’ve been flower-bombed,” with her business name and the address of her posy stand at 85 Dyer’s Bay Road in Steuben.div id="at... https://www.ellsworthamerican.com/living/arts-a-living/blooming-beautiful/
'People just love it': Flower lady leaves trail of joy for strangers - CBC.caTuesday, September 10, 2019
H20," she said. "There's beautiful people...but there's no flowers...let someone else enjoy them," she said. For Penner, seeing the joy flowers bring to people, makes it all worth it. "People just love it… they're shocked and pleased," she said. Brenda Penner says people love her bouquets. Strangers are usually 'shocked' and "pleased." (Sarah Penton) "If I'm not there for a week, or if I'm on vacation... [They'll say] well, doesn't Brenda like us any more?" Penner says with a laugh. She doesn't just bring flowers to her gym. It's not unusual for Penner to pack up her car, head down to the community theatre, and pass bouquets out to strangers on any random day. She's been gardening for 40 years and her garden consists of perennial plants, including sunflowers, tulips, and daffodils. One year, she had an epiphany. She says she cut her flowers a few days early to give to others to enjoy, instead of having them wind up in the trash. She even hands out flowers at her doctor's office and the place where she makes homemade wine. "Every once in a while…[I say].. 'I got extra, I'm going, I'm taking a bouquet of flowers," says Penner. Gratitude for life saving gym staff Penner's appreciation for her gym staff goes deeper than weekly bouquet deliveries. She remembers how one day, her husband's trainer at H20 noticed he looked unusually pale. He went to the doctor and was shocked to ... https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/brenda-penner-bouquet-flowers-community-h20-gym-perennials-garden-joy-strangers-1.5227616
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 email@example.comSOURCE 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 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
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/