Austin Flower Shop News
County Florists ready to help you “Say It With Flowers” - Kittson County EnterpriseSunday, February 11, 2018
Left) Dawn Austin, owner of Austin Floral, Hallock, Minn. shows just one of the bouquets that can be purchased for Valentine’s Day. (Right) Jenn Durkee, the flower designer at Nordisk Hemslöjd, Karlstad, Minn. Durkee show one of her floral arrangements that can be purchased for Valentine’s Day. Both shops have lots of floral options and other gifts so you can remember that special someone on Feb. 14. (Enterprise Photos by Linda Andersen)By Linda AndersenValentine’s Day is coming and two experienced and enthusiastic florists are ready to help you “Say It With Flowers.” Dawn Austin owns Austin Floral in Hallock where she also serves as florist. ...
DC startup UrbanStems goes national just in time for Valentine's Day - Washington Business JournalSunday, February 11, 2018
D.C. customers on its very first Valentine's Day, and raised more than $14 million in venture capital, and expanded to Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City and Austin, is now available ...and more »...
Freytag's Florist 44-year Austin shop keeps language of flowers alive - Community Impact NewspaperTuesday, January 30, 2018
Older generations may remember a time when those meanings were near-common knowledge. Customers shopping for a certain occasion might heed this advice:Freytag’s Florist has been in Austin since 1974. JJ Velasquez/Community Impact NewspaperThe floral business delivers 150-200 orders a day.JJ Velasquez/Community Impact NewspaperThe florist is located at 2211 W. Anderson Lane.JJ Velasquez/Community Impact NewspaperKen Freytag was 19 years old when he opened the original Freytag’s Florist in Northwest Hills.JJ Velasquez/Community Impact NewspaperIf pictures tell a thousand words, flowers have produced an even more profound narrative for the Freytag family.The clan of florists have been delivering stems, bouquets and other arrangements in the Austin area since 1974, and the floras that have been the Freytags’ livelihood for so many years have not lost their meaning, patriarch Ken Freytag said.The business owner, who was 19 years old when he opened the original Freytag’s Florist in Northwest Hills, said seeing the more than 100 floral items at his mother’s funeral last year helped his family during the grieving process. Seeing his mother “engulfed in a garden” of arrangements brought a sense of calm to the service, he said.“Flowers are all about emotion,” Ken said. “They truly are.”His mother, as well as several other Freytags, played a role in the growth of the Freytag name.Ken’s son Chad helped set up Freytag’s web presence when online retail was beginning to pick up steam. Now Freytag’s online sales are growing more than any other segment of the business.Ken’s daughte...
Florist – “What I Wanted To Hold” - StereogumTuesday, January 16, 2018
Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground *09/24 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop *09/26 Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck *09/27 Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street (OKC) *09/28 Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown *09/29 Austin, TX @ Barracuda *09/30 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada *10/02 El Paso, TX @ The Perch at Tricky Falls *10/03 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *10/05 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex *10/06 San Diego, CA @ The Irenic *10/07 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room *10/10 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst (Atrium) *10/11 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s *10/12 Reno, NV @ The Holland Project *10/14 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater *10/16 Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s *10/17 Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag Records *10/18 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium *10/19 Minneapolis, [email protected] 7th St Entry *10/20 Milwaukee, [email protected] The Back Room at Colectivo *10/21 Madison, WI @ The Rathskeller10/22 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen10/24 Washington, DC @ DC910/25 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle10/26 Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East (Upstairs)10/27 Brooklyn, NY @ The Park Church Co-Op* w/ Pinegrove and Lomelda If Blue Could Be Happiness is out 9/29 via Double Double Whammy. Pre-order it here.
Jury finds Austin man guilty of murdering florist delivery driver - KXAN.comTuesday, January 16, 2018
Related CoverageAUSTIN (KXAN) — A Travis County jury deliberated for less than three before they came to the decision to convict Dedric Dixon in the 2016 murder of Carlos Swist. During the trial, which started on Tuesday, prosecutors said Swist was shot and killed stemming from an argument with Dixon over a $5 bill dropped inside a convenience store.Surveillance video from March 1, 2016 showed Dixon following Swist down Springdale Road. Police say Dixon shot at Swist’s work van numerous times.When Swist was shot in the head, he ended up crashing the van. A detective with the Austin Police Department testified that at the time of the crash, Swist still had his foot on the accelerator. The detective said the van’s continuously spinning tires caught the brush on fire underneath the vehicle.According to an arrest affidavit, Swist’s girlfriend said before the crash, he called her to tell her about an altercation he had with a man at the corner store. The clerk told police he remembered Swist...
Smith's Florist in Gloucester Courthouse area changes ownership - Daily PressSunday, February 11, 2018
Richardsons said they visited secretly and asked nearby residents for recommendations on where to get flowers.“Everyone said Smith’s,” said Michael Richardson, who hails from Kentucky.So far, the couple has been learning from the twins and the staff over the past four weeks and are preparing for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.The new owners have been fielding questions from residents, and Michael Richardson said Smith’s will continue to participate in community events like the Daffodil Festival and will continue traditions like the Christmas open house. He said he eventually would like to host workshops or classes.Regular customer Sarah Finney, who lives nearby, said she likes picking out flowers and visiting with the staff. She recently met the new owners.“I’m delighted,” Finney said. “I know the girls worked hard to get the right people here.”Smith said the business has succeeded because she’s honest and fair with her customers and tries to please them. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was an accountant who supported her through starting the business and helping her learn bookkeeping, she said. The Smiths were married 57 years.As for the future of Smith’s Florist, Smith said folks always will need flowers, whether it’s for a birthday, anniversary, graduation or funeral.“Flowers just say a lot,” Smith said. “They say that you love a person so much.”For more information, call Smith’s Florist at 804-693-2010.Bozick can be reached by phone at 757-247-4741. Sign up for a free weekday business news email at TidewaterBiz.com or follow @TidewaterBiz. http://www.dailypress.com/business/dp-tidewaterbiz-smiths-florist-20180125-story.html
What does the one you love really want for Valentine's Day; how much do most people spend? - WYFF GreenvilleSunday, February 11, 2018
California: RosesColorado: RosesConnecticut: ChocolatesDelaware: Engagement ringsFlorida: RosesGeorgia: ChocolatesHawaii: RosesIdaho: RosesIllinois: RosesIndiana: SunglassesIowa: RosesKansas: RosesKentucky: RosesLouisiana: RosesMaine: RosesMaryland: ChocolatesMassachusetts: RosesMichigan: ChocolatesMinnesota: RosesMississippi: ChocolatesMissouri: RosesMontana: Box of chocolatesNebraska: RosesNevada: Box of chocolatesNew Hampshire : Diamond braceletNew Jersey: Box of chocolatesNew Mexico: Bouquet of rosesNew York: RosesNorth Carolina: Flower bouquetNorth Dakota: Flower bouquetOhio: Wedding bouquetOklahoma: Teddy bearOregon Flower: BouquetPennsylvania: Bouquet of rosesRhode Island: Aquamarine ringsSouth Carolina: Chocolate trufflesSouth Dakota: Gold stud earringsTennessee: Bouquet of rosesTexas: Flower BouquetUtah: RosesVermont: Men’s ringsVirginia: Flower bouquetWashington: Box of chocolatesWest Virginia: SunglassesWisconsin: Bouquet of rosesWyoming: PerfumePro Flowers... http://www.wyff4.com/article/what-does-the-one-you-love-really-want-for-valentines-day-how-much-do-most-people-spend/16573899
Support piling up in Arlene's Flowers request for Supreme Court review - Tri-City HeraldTuesday, September 26, 2017
Briefs also were filed with the Supreme Court by 14 states or their governors. They include Arkansas, Alabama, Arizona, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin.Among the groups that filed friend-of-the court briefs were the Cato Institute, Becket Fund for Religious Freedom, the Restoring Religious Freedom Project and the Thomas More Society.Stutzman and her corporation were sued by Washington state’s attorney general, Bob Ferguson, and the American Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed, who were refused flower arrangements for their wedding.Stutzman, a Southern Baptist, said she declined her services not because of Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed’s sexual orientation, but because of her religious views on marriage. She argued that arranging flowers is artistic expression protected under the First Amendment.“As a Christian, weddings have a particular significance,” she wrote in an op-ed for The Seattle Times. “I just couldn’t see a way clear in my heart to honor God with the talents He has given me by going against the word He has given us.”But the state Supreme Court justices affirmed the 2015 ruling in Benton County Superior Court. They unanimously agreed that the owner of Arlene’s Flowers violated Washington’s anti-discrimination law and the Consumer Protection Act by declining to provide services based on sexual orientation.If the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear the florist’s case, friends-of-the-court briefs also are likely to be filed in support of the couple denied service. Many briefs were filed supporting the couple and the state of Washington when the case went to the state Supreme Court.“Religious freedom is a fundamental part of America,” said Kathleen Taylor, executive director of ACLU of Washington. “But religious beliefs do not give any of us a right to ignore the law or to harm others because of who they are.”When people experience discrimination, they feel they are not full and equal members of our society, she said. http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article169702567.html
Christian Florist: Gay Couples Have 'Every Right to Live the Way They Believe,' Christians Want the Same Freedom - Christian PostTuesday, September 26, 2017
Blaine Adamson, owner of t-shirt company Hands On Originals in Lexington, Ky., recently won in the Kentucky Court of Appeals, which allowed him to refer gay pride t-shirts to another vendor.When asked what advice he would give other business owners, Adamson said:"We all at some point in our lives will find ourselves at crossroads, where we have an issue of conscience, where we know there's something that we need to do. But whether it's out of fear or because it's the easy road, we decide to go against our conscience."When we make that choice, we lose something — in my case, what would have been freedom. We can't just kick the can for the next generation."Carl and Angel Larsen of Telescope Media Group, who refuse to use their video and film production company to document gay weddings, explained that they want to use their talents to capture truth."For us as storytellers, we want to tell the truth as we see it through the Bible. From the beginning to the very end," Carl Larsen said, conveying their belief that marriage is between one man and one woman.The Christian business owners on the panel emphasized on a number of occasions that they are not discriminating against gay people, but want to be afforded the freedom to live out their beliefs.Stutzman said at the conclusion of the hour-long panel:"If we lose this case, we lose everything. We lose our business, our retirement, our life savings, everything we've worked for for our kids and grandkids, because the attorney fees are going to be well over seven figures."Our employees lose their job, the city loses its taxes, our suppliers lose our business, simply because we don't have the same idea of marriage that Curt and Rob have."Stutzman expressed that when her grandchildren ask her what happened to her flower shop, or the Christian faith, she doesn't want to say "I did nothing."Follow Stoyan Zaimov on Facebook: CPSZaimov... http://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-florist-gay-couples-have-every-right-to-live-the-way-they-believe-christians-want-the-same-freedom-199027/