Local Flower Shop News
Blooming business - Hays Daily NewsSunday, February 11, 2018
It was the most amazing experience in my life,” Sherfick said. “She taught me so much and was just awesome.”Sherfick offers silk and fresh flowers. The fresh flowers are supplied by Valley Floral in Wichita. Valley Floral is unique in that its entire warehouse is kept between 34 and 38 degrees and also delivers the flowers in a refrigerated truck, which ensures the flowers last longer.A unique option Sherfick also offers is preserved roses, which have become quite popular among brides. The roses are real, but have been through a chemical process that takes the color out of the flower and then the color is added back in. The preserved roses will last up to 10 years when kept out of direct sunlight.“When they are attached to the stems and in an arrangement, you can’t tell,” Sherfick said of the preserved roses. “They can make any color. The options are endless as to what they can do for you.”Sherfick will work with all kinds of budgets and provides customers with up to four quotes for silk, fresh, “real feel” flowers and a combination of the different types. With silk flowers, her goal is to deliver the finished products two to four weeks before the wedding to allow time to make adjustments the bride might want.When it comes to customer service, Sherfick is dedicated to going the extra mile — literally. She has traveled to meet with people all across Kansas and even Nebraska for consultations.“I tell them, ‘I’ll come to you. You have enough to deal with,’ and they love that and I don’t mind it at all,” Sherfick said.Rebekah Lee, Hays, found out the lengths Sherfick will go to for her clients. Lee originally had planned to put together the flowers for her October wedding herself, but decided to contact Sherfick three weeks before the wedding for last-minute help.“I found her through Facebook, actually, and she went above and beyond,” Lee said. “She met me two days after I messaged her to get an idea of what I wanted, and she met me three other times before the wedding. She’s amazing. She did it so quickly, and I loved them.”January is a slower month for the Unique Bouquet, but Sherfick is working on bouquets and boutonnieres with a combination of sunflowers and roses for Tiffany Antholz’s wedding that will be in Bird City on Feb. 3.“It’s been fantastic,” Antholz said of working with Sherfick. “She’s very personable. I was really nervous to begin with because I don’t like a lot of attention on myself, and she just makes it so nice. She’s just really down-to... http://www.hdnews.net/news/20180113/blooming-business
Halstead Floral marks 45 years - The KansanSunday, February 11, 2018
The shop owner asked him if he could green the arrangements and make bows. Flask said he could, and thus began his career in the floral industry.Flask later worked in floral shops in Wichita, but then decided he wanted to move his family to the smaller community of Halstead."I looked at the small towns around Wichita, and this one had everything that you could imagine," Flask said.Flask has owned and operated Halstead Floral, at 224 Main St., for the past 45 years. The shop sells more than flowers. Antiques and artwork — including some of Flask's own paintings — are also featured.The past 67 years brought major changes to the business, Flask noted. In his early days, there were no big box stores or grocery stores with floral departments."I can't even begin to compare what it is now to what it was 45 years ago when I came to this town, or when I started 60-plus years ago in Ohio," Flask said. "It's entirely different."Flask said his business is built on his arrangements and his customers."I don't copy out of the FTD book that they send you to show you how to make a bouquet," Flask said. "...I know what my customers want."Flask wants flowers purchased from Halstead Floral to last at least two weeks, which means being selective about the type and quality of the blooms.Many of Flask's customers do not live in Halstead, but order flowers from him to take to family and friends in assisted living facilities or the cemetery.Since the closing of Halstead's hospital, funerals provide the majority of Flask's orders.Flask said he has spent his life convincing people that flowers are a gift that stays in the recipient's heart and mind."I give a lot of my stuff away to people who I know will appreciate it, to people I know who don't have it and people who have never had it," Flask said. "I was raised that way — you give what you've got. It may come back doublefold, maybe not to you, but to somebody else."... http://www.thekansan.com/news/20180102/halstead-floral-marks-45-years
Bare Roots: New Flower Shop Set to Bloom in Mapleton Sophie Horkey Turns Passion for Gardening into a Business - PrairiepublishingmnSunday, February 11, 2018
Turns Passion for Gardening into a BusinessPrairiepublishingmnSince the closing of the Plaid Piper in February of 2017, the city of Mapleton and the surrounding area has been left without a local florist for weddings, funerals, prom corsages, graduation boutonnières or just a bouquet of flowers for someone ...
8 hotels for a Valentine's Day getaway in Wisconsin - Milwaukee Journal SentinelSunday, February 11, 2018
Bon Iver in Milwaukee, which Remiker said is “Eau Claire-related.”This year, the Oxbow will offer guests a package from Feb. 14-17 that includes a special floral arrangement from Eau Claire florist Brent Douglas and six hand-dipped chocolate strawberries, compliments of chef Nathan Berg and the team at the Lakely. The fee is $30.Here are some additional Valentine’s Day suggestions around the state. RELATED: 5 places in Wisconsin to get the spa treatmentSundara Inn & Spa, Wisconsin DellsEvery day is Valentine’s Day at the adults-only Sundara Inn & Spa in the Wisconsin Dells. To make the romantic holiday special, Alyssa Mullin, who heads guest services at the spa, recommends Sundara’s Midweek Escape, which starts at $219 for two and includes an overnight stay, breakfast and access to the spa facilities. There’s also the True and Lasting Love package during the entire week (and through the rest of the month), starting at $618 for two. It features a night at the inn, breakfast in the morning, sparkling wine upon arrival, a 50-minute couples massage, a chef tasting in front of the fireplace in your room and wine. RELATED: Things to do in the Dells and BarabooGrand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake GenevaThe Grand Geneva Resort near Lake Geneva has two golf courses and a spa. (Photo: Grand Geneva Resort)The Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, where couples can ski, ice skate, hike and then indulge in massages, is offering its Grand Romance package for Valentine’s Day. The deal, which is good through March, includes two nights of accommodations (deluxe guest rooms, suites and new villas), a $100 dining credit, a 15% discount at the WELL Spa + Salon, handmade chocolate truffles and a red rose delivered to your room, and a bottle of champagne. Rates vary depending on the type of room booked.RELATED: Lake Geneva’s historic Baker House has been everything from a speakeasy to B&BCharmant Hotel, La CrosseThe Charmant Hotel in La Crosse is housed in a former chocolate factory built in 1898. (Photo: Callie Godiska)The 120-year-...
7th annual Bridal Fair returns at new venue - Newton Daily NewsSunday, February 11, 2018
Formal, Michael Kors and other popular designers.“We like to support our community, and we are excited to debut our services at the bridal fair this year,” Prendergast said. “We are a small town florist, and we want brides to know there are no worries while working with us.”Some other vendors at the bridal fair will include photographers, DJs, bakeries, food, beauty products and venues.The bridal fair provided services to more than 100 brides last year.For more information, call 641-792-3221 Ext. 6542 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Contact Kayla Singletary at 641-792-3121 ext. 6533 or email@example.com... http://www.newtondailynews.com/2018/02/06/7th-annual-bridal-fair-returns-at-new-venue/awzntex/
Give Valentine's Day flowers some TLC for flor-amore - West Plains Daily QuillSunday, February 11, 2018
Cut the stems again about every third day and place flowers in fresh solution. This works equally well for flowers from a florist or from your home garden, Trinklein said.When flowers arrive in a vase or if you buy a floral arrangement, ask the florist if preservatives were added. Boxed flowers such as roses may arrive with a small packet of preservative to add when the flowers are arranged.Floral preservatives usually contain food, mostly in the form of sugar, along with a material to reduce the pH of the water, such as citric acid. The latter is helpful since bacteria tend to multiply more slowly in slightly acidic solutions. Additionally, preservatives contain a bactericide to further slow the growth of bacteria. Finally, a wetting agent is added to reduce the surface tension of the water. This allows the water to more easily travel through the xylem.Commercial preservatives are convenient, but homemade solutions work equally well. Trinklein’s solution uses lemon-lime soda to provide sugar and acid. Mouthwash provides the needed bactericide and dishwashing liquid serves as a wetting agent.Preservatives help flowers last longer, but they will not last forever.“The beauty and ephemeral nature of a rose or other Valentine’s Day flower is part of what makes it special,” Trinklein said. “Perhaps they would not be as appreciated if they lasted forever.”DAVID TRINKLEIN’S ‘ELIXIR OF YOUTH’ FOR CUT FLOWERS1 pint lemon-lime soda (not diet)1 pint water1 teaspoon antiseptic mouthwash such as Listerine or Scope1-2 drops dishwashing liquid...
Buying flowers without getting trimmed - Philly.comSunday, February 11, 2018
Local florist shops, supermarkets, street vendors, online outlets. There are a lot of petal peddlers out there, and — according to Checkbook ratings from Delaware Valley area consumers — many disappoint buyers with delayed deliveries, wilted flowers, broken promises, and arrangements far smaller and much more different than shown in catalogs.Because floral customers often place orders for a product that’s arranged and delivered sight unseen, it’s no surprise that so many problems occur. Florists must somehow interpret customers’ tastes, determine what’s appropriate for the occasion, and design and build a work of art fitting those needs. The best floral shops make this happen with fresh products, prompt delivery, and low prices.Through a special arrangement with the Inquirer, you can access Checkbook’s quality and price ratings of local florists free of charge until March 5 by using this link: www.checkbook.org/inquirer/florists.If you want an arrangement delivered, seek exotic or unusu... http://www.philly.com/philly/business/buying-flowers-without-getting-trimmed-20180205.html