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Contrasting Soupman (SOUPQ) & FTD Companies (NASDAQ:FTD) - Fairfield CurrentTuesday, January 08, 2019
Soupman.Institutional & Insider Ownership47.5% of FTD Companies shares are held by institutional investors. 3.8% of FTD Companies shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 12.1% of Soupman shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, endowments and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.Risk and VolatilityFTD Companies has a beta of 0.87, indicating that its share price is 13% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Soupman has a beta of -0.34, indicating that its share price is 134% less volatile than the S&P 500. SummarySoupman beats FTD Companies on 6 of the 10 factors compared between the two stocks.About FTD CompaniesFTD Companies, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a floral and gifting company primarily in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland. It operates through four segments: Provide Commerce, Consumer, Florist, and International. The company offers floral, specialty foods, gift, and related products and services to consumers, retail florists, and other retail locations and companies. It also markets and sells gift items, including gourmet-dipped berries and other sweets, personalized gifts, gift baskets, wine and champagne, jewelry, and spa products, as well as gourmet food products; and provides point-of-sale systems and related technology services to floral network members, including traditional retail florists, and other retail locations offering floral and related products. In addition, the company offers a suite of products and services to members of its floral network, such as services that enable its floral network members to send, receive, and deliver floral orders, as well as other companies; and fresh-cut flower arrangements, occasion-specific gifts and plants, bears, and chocolates. It offers its products under the FTD, Interflora, ProFlowers, Shari's Berries, Personal Creations, RedEnvelope, Flying Flowers, Roses.com, Gifts.com, ProPlants, Sincerely, Ink Cards, Postagram, BloomThat, and Mercury Man logo names, as well as through its Websites, related mobile sites and applications, and various telephone numbers. The company was formerly known as UNOL Intermediate, Inc. FTD Companies, Inc. was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois.About SoupmanSoupman, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells soups in the United States. It markets and sells its products to grocery chains, school systems, and franchisees under The Original Soupman b... https://www.fairfieldcurrent.com/news/2019/01/03/comparing-soupman-soupq-ftd-companies-ftd.html
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet program - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, January 08, 2019
Palo Alto resident Barbara Levin, as the group cheered the arrival of a new bucket of leftovers from Mills Florist. Levin is a longtime volunteer who routinely collects cast-offs from Trader Joe's in Palo Alto. Others pick up from Trader Joe's in Menlo Park and a branch of Whole Foods.
"We never know what flowers or vases we're going to have to work with, so every time we come in it's a new and interesting experience and it's a way of showing off our creative side," Levin said.
The women have no trouble unpacking funeral wreaths and other event-specific arrangements to "create something more interesting," Klause said. But in some cases the used flowers are not fresh enough for a second life and must be discarded.
Volunteer Sandra Bachman, a Woodside resident, said her favorite place to deliver is Stanford University Hospital.
"To go in and see patients that do not have any flowers or visitors and walk in with a bouquet and for five minutes they forget about their problems," Bachman said. "They open their eyes and to get that smile, and to hear through that family what a difference that can make for healing ... A lot of the nurses say it helps them heal. It brings the outside in, the sunshine in."
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Florist Fire outgrows Hyde Park Village, relocates to Davis Islands - Tampa Bay TimesTuesday, January 08, 2019
Participants will use gourds and fall blooms for a cornucopia-inspired design Oct. 19. They’ll make scary and lovely Halloween skull arrangements Oct. 28. Register for the classes on their website.“We’ll have other holiday sessions for Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Zerr said. Each workshop lasts 90 minutes and costs $85 and up. “You’ll leave with a completed arrangement that shows off your own creativity,” she said.A weekly or monthly subscription program is another niche service for Florist Fire.“We know a lot of people like flowers every week or once a month so we offer a wrapped bouquet of fresh cut flowers or an arrangement delivered to you at the frequency you choose,” Zerr said. Delivery is available up to a 20 mile radius.“I love looking back over an event and seeing how it’s come together, sometimes even better than we imagined.”Florist Fire, located at 231 E Davis Blvd., is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The shop is closed Sunday and Tuesday. Call (813) 399-7075 or visit http://www.floristfire.com.Contact Amy Scherzer at [email protected]... https://www.tampabay.com/news/hillsborough/city-times/florist-fire-outgrows-hyde-park-village-relocates-to-davis-island-20181011/
Master Gardener: How to make cut flowers last - Press-EnterpriseTuesday, January 08, 2019
If your tap water has a lot of minerals in it, you should use purified water in the vase. Make a final cut of the flower stem under water and immediately transfer it to the vase.If you are cutting poppies or other flowers that leak sap, you will need to seal the stem to prevent them from wilting. Immediately after cutting the flower, sear the cut end of the stem with a flame. I find that an inexpensive barbecue lighter sold in grocery stores works really well and is convenient to use.There is a convenient substitute for commercial flower preservative. A number of years ago, University of California researchers discovered that a solution of one part lemon lime soda (regular, not diet) and two parts water works just as well as the commercial products. The acidity of the soda and the sugar in the solution work together to prolong flower freshness. Following these simple steps should ensure that your flowers will last their longest.Q: The raspberry vines I have produce wonderful berries. Several friends would also like plants of this variety but I don’t know its name. How can I help them?A: Cuttings usually can be rooted successfully as long as they are taken from canes that have not born fruit. For best results, select canes that are at least pencil-thickness. Cut them to six-inch lengths and remove the leaves from the lower half of each cutting. Insert the leafless half in a moist soil; raspberries root easily enough that rooting hormone is rarely necessary. Within four to eight weeks roots should develop.When grown under the same conditions as your plant, these new plants will produce the same fine berries as their parent. https://www.pe.com/2018/11/15/master-gardener-how-to-make-cut-flowers-last/
Pregnant women exposed to pollen shortly before birth are more likely to have children with severe asthma - Daily MailTuesday, January 08, 2019
Pregnant women exposed to pollen shortly before birth are more likely to have children with severe asthma Counts can vary markedly year to year but are highest from late spring to early autumn Pregnant women may become sensitive to high levels of pollen and pass this on to their unborn childByDaily Mail Reporter Published: 17:37 GMT, 7 January 2013 Updated: 07:38 GMT, 8 January 2013High pollen exposure in the last three months of pregnancy significantly increases a baby's risk of serious asthma attacks, research has shown.A Swedish study of more than 110,000 pregnancies found that high pollen count was associated with a 35 per cent increased risk of infants being taken to hospital because of asthma.Exposure to high pollen levels during the first three months of life appeared to reduce the risk, but only among children of heavy-smoking mothers. Pregnant women exposed to high levels of pollens in the three months before they gave birth had children with a higher asthma risk. Yet infants exposed in the first three months of... https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2258530/Pregnant-women-exposed-pollen-shortly-birth-likely-children-severe-asthma.html
Citizen of the Year: Catlins fantastic florist - Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteTuesday, January 08, 2019
She also worked at J.C. Penney in Danville, where she met her husband, Tim, then a manager trainee.She and Tim married in May 1987. That October, Tim's job with the department store took them to Iowa and then Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming and Minnesota. In Nebraska, Welsh — who continued to work as a florist out west — directed community theater, served on the Miss Nebraska Pageant board of directors and directed the pageant for three years. In Wyoming, she was involved with the Cheyenne Frontier Days, billed as the world's largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration.In 2004, the couple and their young son, Tanner, moved back to Catlin to be near family. A couple of years later, Welsh opened Floral-n-Flair, a flower shop and event-planning business, in the same downtown building she started out in. She and business partner Kay Smoot also own and operate a gift boutique called Pauline's Attic.Welsh was working one evening when Stutsman popped in."Who got it, and how are we going to decorate?" she asked, thinking he'd stopped by to discuss the Citizen of the Year banquet at the Methodist Church, which she decorates.She was floored by his answer."It still hasn't sunk in," she said, the day before the banquet.While honored, Welsh was quick to acknowledge her "crew," including local high school students and residents who help her set up for community events, weddings and parties — and family. Tanner, who turns 21 this month, has autism, and Tim is his full-time caregiver and still finds time to help out at work."I wouldn't be able to do any of this without him," she said."It's always been a team effort," she continued, adding she learned that from her dad who helped out in many ways at the shop and home before he passed away a couple of years ago.Welsh recalled sitting at the family table years ago after her brother became a 1,000-yard rusher on his high school football team."My dad pointed to his picture on the front of the sports page and said, 'He wouldn't have done that without his line that blocked for him.' I've always remembered that. You can't do it alone. You have to surround yourself with good people and work as a team."... http://www.news-gazette.com/noelle-mcgee/2018-11-01/citizen-the-year-catlins-fantastic-florist.html
The Art of Flowers: Carolyne Roehm will speak about her career in fashion, design and gardeningTuesday, October 30, 2018
I love them all,” she said. “When you decorate them and build some of them and do all that, it gets difficult to leave.”As a girl, she had family in Iowa, and remembers celebrating a few Christmases in Cedar Rapids — but hasn’t been back since the 1950s.Even as she’s lived in New York and Paris, she’s always carried a Midwestern sensibility with her, she said.“I really like Midwesterners. There’s just something cozy about them and something positive about people from the Midwest. I think that’s been a plus for me,” she said. “It’s served me in life, being open and friendly.”If you go• What: Cedar Rapids Garden Club luncheon, lecture and book signing with Carolyne Roehm• Where: Cedar Rapids Country Club, 500 27th St. Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids• When: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 7• Cost: $85 to $100• What: Patron party: Cocktails and conversation with Carolyne Roehm• Where: 2345 Linden Dr. SE, Cedar Rapids• When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6• Cost: $85• Tickets for both events: cedarrapidsgardenclub.com/events.htmll Comments: (319) 398-8339; email@example.com ... https://www.thegazette.com/subject/life/books/the-art-of-flowers-carolyne-roehm-will-speak-about-her-career-in-fashion-design-and-gardening-20181027
Flower festival time: Cherry blossoms, tulips and lilacs: - News-Herald.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
Tulip Time Festival May 5-13. The city planted 100,000 tulips back in 1929, and the annual celebration of the tulip now includes entertainment, costumes, parades and activities.Pella, Iowa, has also been hosting a Tulip Time celebration for decades. Pella’s event is May 3-5, and includes parades, Dutch costumes and performances, a craft and vendor fair, quilt and flower shows in addition to the tulip gardens.AdvertisementThe Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, based in Mount Vernon in the state of Washington, is scheduled for April 1-30 though the festival’s website notes that the tulips are expected to bloom the last week of March.CHERRY BLOSSOMSIn Washington, D.C., the projected peak date for cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin will be March 17-20, with the National Cherry Blossom Festival running March 20-April 15. The festival marks the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from a Tokyo mayor to the U.S. capital city.The Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City also celebrates the blooming of cherry trees that were a gift from the Japanese government. A two-day festival called Sakura Matsuri is planned this year for April 28-29 with some 60 events, including performances by taiko drummers. The garden features a Japanese pond and garden as well as an esplanade lined with some of its 200 cherry trees.Macon, Georgia, claims to be home to 350,000 cherry trees, a phenomenon that began with one tree in the backyard of a local businessman in 1949. The trees will be celebrated March 16-25 in what local residents bill as the “pinkest party” on Earth.In Japan, the cherry trees ar... http://www.news-herald.com/article/HR/20180312/ENTERTAINMENT/180319838
Bloom where you're planted: Bancroft's Flowers is oldest Iowa flower shop - Waterloo Cedar Falls CourierWednesday, March 14, 2018
Joseph Bancroft, his wife Elizabeth, and other memorabilia.At 144 years old, Bancroft’s Flowers & Greenhouses is the oldest flower shop in Iowa, according to the Florist’s Review magazine, a trade publication. It is the second oldest florist west of the Mississippi and the 11th oldest in the United States.The shop was established in 1874 at 416 W. 12th St., in Cedar Falls. That also makes it the oldest business still at the same location in Cedar Falls, says current owner Batchelder. It was owned by three generations of the Bancroft family until 1988.“It’s an amazing history,” says Batchelder, who has owned the business for 20 years. “It’s impressive to think that in the 1870s, this was really the middle of nowhere for a successful floral business.”He expressed surprise that only two Iowa flower shops appear on the list of floral companies in business for 100 years or more. Decorah Greenhouses Inc., was founded in 1876.In the late 19th century, Bancroft’s operated as a wholesale florist, shipping flowers across the country. Flowers were carefully packed into sturdy boxes that were then loaded onto a wagon or carriage for the short trek to the Rock Island train depot at 422 Main St.Flowers and nursery plants were listed by number making it easier for a florist from the East Coast, for example, to order from Bancroft’s via the telegraph. “You’d order a No. 6, for instance, instead of using the name of the flower or arrangement to keep down the cost of the telegram,” says Batchelder.Bancroft’s and its multiple greenhouses once occupied a half b... http://wcfcourier.com/lifestyles/bloom-where-you-re-planted-bancroft-s-flowers-is-oldest/article_d92d61fb-6d05-5251-98b5-b0853bb7335a.html