Peru Flower Shop News
How a Mining Boom Led a Mormon Florist to Invent the Pisco Sour - Atlas ObscuraWednesday, March 14, 2018
Once a florist in Utah, Victor V. Morris lived half his life in Peru and opened a famous bar. Femke de JongOn the first Saturday of February, Peruvians raise a glass to their country’s most well-known cocktail: the Pisco Sour. Since 2003, this simple twist on the classic Whiskey Sour has had its own national holiday. But while the drink evokes a sense of pride in Peru, the Pisco Sour is largely considered the invention of an unlikely figure: a Mormon man from Salt Lake City named Victor V. Morris.The curious path that led Morris from Utah to the Peruvian Andes began not in spirits but in flowers. Born into a large and well-respected Welsh Mormon family, Morris co-ran a floral shop with two of his brothers. But tragedy struck in 1900, when Morris’s older brother, Burton, got into a fight while on a date and was killed by two bullets through his heart. Worse, the assailant was acquitted in a high-profile case after pleading self-defense. An outraged Morris told a reporter that the legislature “should immediately repeal the law making murder an offens...
Shopping with a Side of Flowers: From New York to LA, Flower Shops Are Popping Up in Chic Boutiques - Vogue.comTuesday, February 27, 2018
And this week, Mansur Gavriel took their concept to the West Coast, opening a 2,500-square-foot store (complete with a homewares market and a café) on Melrose Place in L.A. where you can peruse poppies and proteas alongside their products.Floral designer Emily Thompson just opened up shop inside the new Roman and Williams Guild New York—a European-inspired café-marketplace-interiors store that Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch originally imagined as a shop for their furniture, and she has a different take on the industry’s profound love of flowers. “I think there is a fantasy about getting to be surrounded by [flowers], and I think that’s what’s happening at Guild—it’s meant to happen there. You may or may not choose to buy anything from the flower shop, but you still get to have it for the time you spend drinking your tea and being on the premises. And I think that is enriching,” Thompson says.Despite the fact that Guild was conceived as a furniture store, Standefer and Alesch, both masters of creating fantasy spaces, decided to put the flower shop right up front. “You get in, and there’s just this riot of color and flowers, and it’s almost an installation, but there’s also something really basic about it—it makes you smile. It’s so beautiful for that to be the first moment,” says Standefer, who wanted the shop to feel like a home. Thompson’s flowers extend well past her jewel-box-sized shop into the rest of Guild, where her sculptural designs are thoughtfully placed throughout—serving as both décor and inspiration for visitors.Just a few blocks away, another Soho spot has carved out a dedicated space for flowers that, like Roman and Williams Guild, is intended to create an all-encompassing experience. When online consignment retailer The RealReal opened its first brick-and-mortar outpost late last year, they sought out floral designer and Fox Fodder Farm founder Taylor Patterson. “We love the more architectural take Taylor has on flowers. Her educational approach to her displays also fits perfectly with our mission of building an engaging community within our store,” says Rati Levesque, chief merchant at The RealReal. T...
Los Gatos: Local man serves up flowers and smiles in front of Jack Rose - The Mercury NewsTuesday, January 02, 2018
Hacienda Inn for 30 years.The inn was transformed in 2013 into Jack Rose Libation House. His mother’s name is Rosa, “rose” in Spanish, and he’s from Miraflores, which means “looking flower,” in Peru.His flower business has grown from two buckets filled with blooms to several buckets of flowers and handmade wreaths on display for the holidays.“I have generational customers; they come with their parents as children and come back with their own boyfriend or girlfriend as they get older,” Flores said with a smile. “When the children grow up and move away to other states, they often come back to visit and get flowers from me.”He recalled the story of a young man who was a very good student and had gotten a scholarship to attend Stanford University, and then another to study abroad in England.Since the man didn’t have money to purchase flowers for his girlfriend, Flores gave him two dozen roses and told him that when he finished school he could pay him back.“When the young man got his first job after college, he came back and gave me $100,” Flores said. “I was surprised by that.”Before moving to the United States for school, Flores sold flowers in Peru, so he thought setting up in Saratoga made sense.“I used to sell flowers in San Jose, but after six months, I came back,” Flores said. “I love it here. The people are really nice to me.”And he’s has tried to sell flowers in...
Hurricane Irma leads to historic flower shortage for local florists - Kokomo TribuneTuesday, September 26, 2017
That’s all lead to an historic flower shortage for U.S. floral shops.Dave Baird, co-owner of Webster Florist in Peru, said he’s worked in the industry for 57 years, and he’s never seen such a massive disruption to the U.S. flower supply.“This hurricane probably has had the most effect on the quality, quantity and types of flowers we can get that I’ve ever seen,” he said Friday. “It’s been very limited on colors and the amounts. I know some wholesalers just got some stuff in today, but it’s an extremely limited supply.”Lagzdins agreed. She said in her more than 20 years at Banner Flower, she’s dealt with small disruptions in the flower supply, but nothing on this scale.“Most other disruptions you can cope with,” she said. “You can change your shipper, but this was so massive. I guess you just have to go with flow.”And so do their clients. Lagzdins said her shop is providing floral arrangements for two large weddings this weekend. The flowers were ordered and had already arrived in Florida. But the shipment never arrived because the trucks couldn’t get out of the state.“These were all ordered for the wedding and they were shipped for the wedding, but those shipments are stuck in Miami,” she said. “The brides we are working with have been exceedingly understanding. Everyone is bending over backwards to make everything happen on schedule.”For Banner Flower, that means working with four distributors who are trying to scrounge up the requested flowers from other locations from around the U.S. and all over the world. But it’s slim picking, Lagzdins said.And all the effort trying to track down flowers has doubled her workload.“You’re on the horn all the time trying to track down your stuff,” Lagzdins said. “This has been the most stress that I can remember. First, you’ve g... http://www.kokomotribune.com/news/hurricane-irma-leads-to-historic-flower-shortage-for-local-florists/article_ea9f4f4a-9a4e-11e7-9ab0-77d1b200705a.html
Local Flowers Make a Comeback - Civil EatsTuesday, August 01, 2017
When the United States entered into the Andean Trade Preference Agreement (ATPA), part of the “war on drugs,” tariffs on a number of products from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru were eliminated to incentivize growing crops like flowers instead of coca.Since then, the percentage of flowers grown in the United States has steadily decreased, supplanted by sales of South American flowers, the majority of which come from Colombia. Roughly 80 percent of flowers sold in America are imported. These imported flowers are grown by underpaid laborers using heavy doses of synthetic pesticides, and carry a large carbon footprint given the many hundreds of miles each shipment must travel.Against this backdrop, U.S. growers have carved out a niche for sustainable, local flowers, and they’re finding that it is often more profitable than growing vegetables alone. In 2014, a U.S. Department of Agriculture report found flowers to be among the most profitable crops for farms with 10 or fewer acres with annual sales between $10,000-$500,000. The local growers who sell to florists generally do not receive a premium compared to the imported blossoms, but they are able to grow certain flowers that don’t travel well, such as dahlias.And the farmers who sell at farmers’ markets or have community-supported agriculture subscriptions (CSAs) are able to set their own prices. Spring Forth Farm sells three CSA sessions during the growing season, offering one flower drop per week for five weeks at a cost of $75 a session or $200 for all three.“Flowers are not easy, but they’re easier than fruits and veggies,” said Rachel Mockler, owner of Stemtown: Backyard Farm and Floral in Portland, Oregon. “Pests like to eat them less. And they’re more lucrative.”Rachel Mockler at Stemtown. (Photo courtesy of Stemtown)Mockler decided to get into flower farming after a year of living paycheck to paycheck, taking odd jobs like construction or scraping mold. With a Master’s degree in environmental studies and a background working on farms, she knew she wanted to work within local agriculture. When she lucked into a piece of land, she chose to focus on financial stability, and flowers because they’ve been shown to be more profitable by acre for small farms.“People won’t actually pay for the true value of food—they don’t understand why they have to pay four dollars for broccoli,” she said. But, she added, flowers are seen as a luxury item, so can command higher price tags.Wasps and BeesA potential perk of growing flowers is the ease of pest management. “Our flowers play a bigger role [in the farm] than a cash crop,” said Lisa Ziegler, owner of The Gardener’s Workshop in Newport News, Virginia, a commercial flower garden she started in 1998. “They’re the welcome mat for good bugs.”Ziegler comes from a vegetable-fa... http://civileats.com/2017/07/13/local-flowers-make-a-comeback/
Pater named lead florist at The Clubhouse at Baywood - Sussex CountianTuesday, January 08, 2019
Panarello. “Shelby has extensive experience in the floral industry, and she’s up to date on all the trends.”A native of Southern Indiana, Pater began working in a floral shop while still in high school. She graduated from Indiana University with bachelor’s degree in visual communication and drama.She’s worked as a corporate trainer and lead designer for a retail store and for a Washington, D.C.,-area wedding planning company. Most recently, she’s been an independent florist and wedding planner.As lead florist at The Clubhouse at Baywood, Pater handles the floral arrangements for the restaurant and the event center. Her once-a-month floral workshop series is open to the public. The class, which includes a take-away arrangement, is $45.For more, visit sodelconcepts.com or baywoodclubhouse.com. http://www.sussexcountian.com/news/20180613/pater-named-lead-florist-at-clubhouse-at-baywood
Schaefer Wholesale Florist Launches New & Improved Website For Better Customer ExperienceMonday, October 01, 2018
Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. “SWF is continually seeking ways to fulfill our client’s needs with the highest-quality fresh-cut flowers, special event supplies, and more, and the new website does just that. With the new website, we not only expanded our customer reach with a clean, modern look, but deliver easy to access direct buying options that improve customer selection and offer expanding buying power with outstanding costs savings. In addition, we are excited about the new informational video tutorials on the new site.”- Sherry Schaefer, Buyer/Owner, Schaefer Wholesale Florist. The new website allows Schaefer Wholesale Florist to better serve their clients and continue the tradition of delivering the highest quality products with competitive prices. At Schaefer Wholesale Florist, the new site promises a fresh, up-to-date look that is easily navigated, to make selecting and purchasing the finest, freshest florals and accessories with value packed pricing, cost saving shipping solutions, and excellent service. Visit Schaefer Wholesale Florist (https://www.SWFlorist.com) today, experience the ease of the new client-centric website and find your favorite fresh florals and supplies! Bio: In 1958, Schaefer Wholesale Florist began providing stunning fresh cut flowers to florists, wedding and floral designers, retail and wholesale merchants, and special events planners. Their business has grown successfully due to guaranteed on-time delivery of premium fresh flowers and foliage to customers throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Today their longstanding tradition of quality, service, and value continues with the South American Direct Program, the Holland Fresh Cut Direct Program, Quick Buy online ordering, and Dutch-Direct Online/Ecommerce Auction. As always, Schaefer Wholesale Florist continues to meet their longstanding goal of delivering the freshest fresh cut flowers anywhere along with foliage, plants, supplies, and accessories. Source: Schaefer Wholesale Florist ... http://www.perishablenews.com/index.php?article=0070771
FlowerNite by Bloomex Providing Workshops at Ottawa Fall Home ShowMonday, October 01, 2018
U.S, 16 in Canada, and eight holiday shows. It produces some of the most successful and longest-running shows in North America, including market-leading shows in Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal—some of which have thrived in their markets for more than 75 years. For more information, visit www.marketplaceevents.com. https://www.pr.com/press-release/765685
Flower Power: How OG Florist Far East Flora Stayed A Blooming Business Even After 53 YearsMonday, October 01, 2018
Far East Flora Holdings, with sales, housekeeping, and delivery, among others.A florist at work at FarEastFlora.com Image Credit: FarEastFlora.comHe graduated from Indiana University with a BSc in Business Studies and then worked for Gateway 2000, an American computer hardware company, for about a year before returning to Singapore to help with the family business.“Back then, we had a General Manager whom I worked closely with. I officially took over in 2001 when the General Manager left and have been at it since then,” he told me.As Managing Director, he’s responsible for the flowers and gifts business, a flower wholesale business, and a garden centre business in Malaysia owned by Far East Flora Holdings, and has been managing FarEastFlora.com since it began operating in 2000.A Mother’s Day 2018 bouquet / Image Credit: FarEastFlora.comIt was Ryan’s uncle who had enabled the company to become the e-commerce pioneer that it is today.Described as a forward-thinking person, Ryan’s uncle, who’s the only founding member around now, did not resist when Ryan proposed starting an e-commerce arm then.“[In] fact, I had a lot of encouragement from him. That being said, the team and I still had to dig in and put in a whole lot of hard work and hours in order to get FarEastFlora.com where it is today,” Ryan shared.“We were definitely an early adopter of technology, and even now, we continue to adopt newer and better technology in our business. I tell people I meet that FarEastFlora.com is a dinosaur of e-commerce, but hopefully, one that will not go extinct.”Sowing The Seeds Of DigitisationA giant bouquet of roses / Image Credit: FarEastFlora.com FacebookHe continues to digitise the company to move it forward.“Since 2003, we have been investing in CRM and ERP technology. I would say that they have significantly helped us in our growth because it automated most of the business process flow,” he said.“We digitalised manual processes, which helped us achieve savings by as much as 80% in labour.”They are also able to respond to customers quickly.Ryan emphasised the importance of improved productivity because they’re “in the service line and customers’ expectations are high” when it comes to dealing with “an ’emotional’ product”.But not every digital strategy he tries turns to gold – like when they published a mobile app.“We were the first to launch a flower mobile app that includes payment in Asia back then,” he recounted.However, traction was low because of constraints in hardware and download speed.Even though they made sales from the app, it wasn’t... https://vulcanpost.com/647921/far-east-flora-singapore/