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Agribusiness accolades: Grinter Farms featured in Country LIving; Next to Nature Farms in 435 MagazineTuesday, July 17, 2018
North Carolina (2), Tennessee and Minnesota.Georgia had two fields on the list and, of course Grinter Farms wasn’t alone in the Sunflower State.The other is in Lyndon, which is south of Topeka on U.S. Highway 75.The Lyndon Leader 4-H Sunflowers are “organized and managed by the local Lyndon Leaders 4H Club,” according to Mattern. “This sunflower field in Lyndon, Kansas is open to visitors for photos and flower picking. Donations are accepted on site and are often donated to local charities, making this attraction well worth the visit.”To see the full list, go to countryliving.com.Next to Nature FarmThis month’s 435 Magazine features a story called “The Business of Bees,” which profiles Next to Nature Farm, a local operation just northwest of Tonganoxie.The farm, established in 2008, offers honey for food consumption, honey-based skin care products, fruit (apples, peaches, plums and pears) and eggs.Owner Chad Gilliland, an avid beekeeper, and his family have taken a “chemical-free” approach to their farm, as they do not use pesticides and rely on sticky traps and other means to combat insects.According to Sherry Kuehl’s story about the farm in her 435 Magazine feature, the Gillilands launched their Next to Nature line of skin products for the first time after extensive research between Chad and his wife.Current best-sellers, according to the story, are the Comfrey Salve, Healing Salve and lotion bars.“My wife and I did a ton of research on the medicinal and healing properties of natural herbs and essential oils,” Gilliland said in the 435 story. “We spent countless hours making sure that each and every ingredient component would work well and offer the specific medicinal properties we desired as well as the right natural moisturizing ingredient components that would complement the recipe.”After Friday’s Tonganoxie Business Association meeting, Gilliland told The Mirror that his family stays pretty busy throughout the year with selling at markets and other events. He also hopes to eventually open a store at the farm.To read the 435 story, visit 435mag.com. http://www.tonganoxiemirror.com/news/2018/jul/11/agribusiness-accolades-grinter-farms-featured-coun/
At Home: Organic arrangements serve as alternative to flowers - Topeka Capital JournalTuesday, September 12, 2017
Topeka Capital JournalAt Home: Organic arrangements serve as alternative to flowersTopeka Capital JournalIncorporate elements such as herbs and branches; they are a wonderful alternative to traditional flowers. — Use interesting vessels for your arrangements. You don't just have to place an arrangement in a vase; elements such as clay pots and wood bowls ... http://cjonline.com/home/life/2017-09-08/home-organic-arrangements-serve-alternative-flowers
Master instructor shows art of flower arranging - Budapest TimesTuesday, March 19, 2019
Putting together her love of flower arranging and her fluency in English, she began to make her way to an outstanding career.
She found an opening to teach non-Japanese students at the famed Goto florist shop in the Tokyo district of Roppongi. She began her own class there. Until then, her only experience was in assisting. "I had no idea how to ask people to come to my class," she says. However, the place was right, the time was right, and she was doing what interested her and associating with the congenial people she sought.
A dozen years later the Japan Foundation chose her to go on a lecture-demonstration tour of six South American countries and three Asian countries.
From her present pinnacle, Ms Fukushima says she was not sufficiently well prepared then to give demonstrations with different materials in unfamiliar surroundings. Japanese Embassy ladies who were detailed at the time to look after her were, however, full of praise. She learned the characteristics of different flowers, appreciated their exoticism, and accorded them respect and dignity. She believes that each individual flower, like each individual flower arranger, has personality that should shine through.
Ikebana arrangementsShe was sent overseas again by the Japan Foundation. On a separate tour she accompanied the charismatic Hiroshi Teshigahara, who succeeded his father as president of the Sogetsu school. Although making annual overseas trips became her routine, there was nothing routine in the conduct of each one. "Every time I was received very differently. Some audiences had some basic understanding of ikebana. Some had never seen it."Ms Fukushima rose to every occasion, dealing with the unexpected, and joining in with anything going on. She learned to dance the flamenco. She liked to sing jazz. She practised her Spanish and Italian. With Arab ladies, she dressed from top to toe in black robes. She was responsible for a flower show at Westminster Cathedral, London. Overall she sharpened her individuality, freely using other materials as accessories to flowers, and carefully choosing containers.
She gave a solo exhibition of iron containers. She has designed her own glass receptacles. She has become known as an artist who designs stainless and titanium flower vases, finding imaginative effects in her materials’ unique properties.
Some of her arrangements have been huge, built in public places and outdoors. Some have graced the displays in department store windows. She says she is "charmed by cloth, handmade Japanese paper and thread," and incorporates them, as descendants of organic materials, in her arrangements. They have inner spirits, she says, but "plant material is the first for the arranger to think of."Once she taught an ikebana class of blind women. Their adjustments to life impressed her, and from them she learned a new vision for herself. "To touch with the eye, to taste with the eye, to sense fragrance with the eye, to catch sound with the eye — such an expression is the goal of my ikebana."https://www.facebook.com/koka.fukushima https://www.hu.emb-japan.go.jp... https://www.budapesttimes.hu/2019/02/19/master-instructor-shows-art-flower-arranging
Black Rabbit Shop Opens In Pilsen, Bringing Flowers, Plants And Gifts To 18th Street - Block Club ChicagoTuesday, March 19, 2019
Black Rabbit owner Rose Hoffeld, who has lived in the neighborhood for five years.Hoffeld spent years working at other flower shops across the city — including City Enchanted Gardens Florist in Tri-Taylor — before opening one of her own. She said the process of creating arrangements allows her to combine her artistic creativity with the natural beauty of plants and flowers.“I love design. I love using the beauty of plants and flowers and seeing how they are part of people’s stories and special occasions,” Hoffeld said. Long-stemmed carnations sit at the front of the shop in Pilsen.Mauricio Peña/ Block Club ChicagoBlack Rabbit sells single-stemmed roses and flowers for $2-$6, as well as floral arrangements starting at $25.The shop also has cacti and succulents starting at $3, and larger plants like peperomias ($8) and red aglaonemas ($22).Gifts and stationary at the shop — including postcards, notebooks, pens and handmade herbariums — dried plants suspended in mineral oils — range from $3 to $15. Black Rabbit offers a 15 percent discount on station items to students, too. A stationary and gift wall at Black Rabbit Shop. Mauricio Peña/Block Club ChicagoAfter noticing the vacant retail space in her neighborhood last fall, Hoffeld jumped at the chance to open the small flower shop. With the help of partner Jesse Pomeroy, the pair spent three months working on the storefront. They DIYed much of the shop — from painting the walls and building shelving and a terrarium to display plants, to sewing curtains and ... https://blockclubchicago.org/2019/02/12/black-rabbit-shop-opens-in-pilsen-bringing-flowers-plants-and-gifts-to-18th-street/
Traverse City Florist Closes After 72 Years of Business - 9&10 NewsTuesday, March 19, 2019
July 14, 2018 , Some very sad news for a florist shop in Traverse City Saturday.Teboe Florist closed their doors for the last time.The florist shop was a staple in the Traverse City community.It had been open for 72 years.The owner says she is closing the shop down to spend more time with her family.She also says that while the florist was thriving for decades, it’s now having a tough time competing with bigger box stores.“We’ve come to the end of an era here, and it’s getting more and more costly to keep operating at this location,” says Tessa Alexander, the owner of Teboe Florist. “We will certainly miss the business and the employees. We’ve got some wonderful employees.”Teboe Florist wants to thank Northern Michigan for all the support they’ve given the shop over the decades. Related Articles Comments comments ... https://www.9and10news.com/2018/07/14/traverse-city-florist-closes-after-72-years-of-business/
Vote 4 The Best: Michael B. Anthony in Detroit wins Best Wedding Florist - WDIV ClickOnDetroitTuesday, March 19, 2019
Congratulations to Michael B. Anthony on being voted the BEST wedding florist in Metro Detroit in our 2018 Vote for the Best campaign! Owner and founder of Michael B. Anthony, Michael Bak, states, "Michael B. Anthony to me is uniqueness. We pride ourselves upon creating one of a kind and custom designs for our couples." Michael B. Anthony was voted 'Best Wedding Florist' for the THIRD year in a row in Local 4’s Vote 4 the Best. Before evolving his business, Michael participated in Eastern Market Sunday as well as other vintage markets. He also took part in alternative wedding expos, such as Detroit Gets Married, a mock wedding reception utilizing some of Detroit's best vendors in the wedding industry. "I have always had a passion for gardening, decorating and socializing... As my mother would say I had the gift of gab!" Michael says flowers can ma... https://www.clickondetroit.com/vote-4-the-best/vote-4-the-best-michael-b-anthony-in-detroit-wins-best-wedding-florist
How To Build A Blooming Business Without Experience - ForbesTuesday, March 19, 2019
Farbod Shoraka, Co-Founder and CEO, Gregg Weisstein, Co-founder and COO, and David Daneshgar, Co-Founder and Head of Sales and Business Development, put their skills together to help local florists across the country. Each of them having a passion to give florists time to be artist again as well as keep more money in their business, these friends soon found a creative way to earn their initial investment money. After having early success, they were able to acquire $1.65 million in seed funding to build a marketplace and e-commerce business in 2013. Two years later, the blooming company acquired another $5.6 million according to Crunchbase from A Capital Partners. Joresa Blount: How did you get into the flower business? Farbod Shoraka: Funny enough I didn’t really have a background in flowers or e-commerce. It was actually my aunt who was a local florist in Irvine, California. She was going out of business. She was having trouble with her flower shop and not getting any customers. She kept relying on these big brokers like 1-800- Flowers, FTD and Teleflora to get orders, but they weren’t really coming in at a profitable rate. Those guys take so much fees off the top that it was really hard for her to make any money, and a lot of people have stopped walking into flower shops. She was in a really tight situation where she didn’t know how to get her own orders from online. So, I was working in investment banking. I was doing mergers and acquisition adviso... https://www.forbes.com/sites/joresablount/2018/07/09/how-to-build-a-blooming-business-without-experience/