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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
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
Rick Tuttle, the Chicago artist who ran an artful Michigan bookstore, dies at 66 - Chicago TribuneMonday, May 07, 2018
Acorn Theater since 2002, says, “Rick Tuttle was the epicenter of the town. He created spaces that, like Rick, were full of hyphens. His buildings were bookstore-gallery-party space-salon-florist shop-poetry center-whatever. Like a lot of people here, Rick was a man of many talents and none defined by his jobs. He was generous and committed to making Three Oaks the community he envisioned.“He was a wry, cynical optimist who did everything with passion. His anger at injustice was overshadowed by his love for simple pleasures in life. A drink, time with a friend, a dance (and he would dance without shame and with zest), a tight and serious hug, and regular verbal affirmations were regular parts of Rick’s life. He loved his wives and his friends with a sincerity that made us feel more important and loved than anyone could imagine.”Charles Osgood / Chicago Tribune
Artist and former Chicagoan Rick Tuttle holds "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, with a book cover Tuttle created.Artist and former Chicagoan Rick Tuttle holds "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, with a book cover Tuttle created. (Charles Osgood / Chicago Tribune)Richard Daer Tuttle was born in Chicago on July 1, 1951. His father, Richard, was an artist and designer and his mother, LaVerne, instilled in him a lifelong love of books. He was a free spirit who, after graduating high school, moved to Costa Rica where he married for the first time, had a child and discovered the painting and literature of that area.Back in Chicago, he began his career as a graphic artist, working for some of the city’s large advertising agencies before starting his own firm, RT2 Design, which had clients in the business and cultural worlds, among them Southport Records for which he made its eye-catching logo. He also did design work for the Blue Rider Theater Company.That was the troupe founded by writer/director/a... http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/ct-ent-rick-tuttle-memorial-0417-story.html
FTD Companies, Inc., Introduces New Mother's Day Floral, Gourmet Sweets Collections - PR Newswire (press release)Monday, May 07, 2018
Fresh floral arrangements hand-crafted and delivered by an FTD florist make a lasting impression."FTD has a 108-year-old heritage of delighting customers through luxurious, florist-designed flowers and has a deep understanding of how to make Mom feel special through flowers. It's simple for gift givers to say what they mean this Mother's Day in a beautiful and authentic way through FTD's premium bouquets, ProFlowers' farm-fresh flowers and Shari's Berries delectable treats. Bring Color to Her EverydaySeeing or hearing from those closest to us is a sure way to brighten our day. Add a little color to her life, like she repeatedly does for you, with one of these colorful floral gifts from FTD and ProFlowers:Deliver the Ultimate Royal TreatmentThe ones we love deserve only the best—and then some. Shower your "queen" with fresh cut blooms worthy of royal recognition or take inspiration from traditional afternoon teatime. These gifts are sure to have that special someone beaming atop her throne:Reward Those with a Major Sweet ToothMom may have always said that dessert didn't count as dinner, but these delicious treats from Shari's Berries may change her mind: Timeless Display of AffectionThese classic gifts warm her heart year after year and bring joy to her special day. You can also give Mom the gift that keeps on giving through ProFlowers' new Bloom Refresh™ program and receive a second bouquet 12 days after the first bouquet to refill her vase. See these products and more at www.ftd.com, www.proflowers.com, and www.berries.com. About FTD Companies, Inc.FTD Companies, Inc., is a premier floral and gifting company. Through our diversified family of b...
6 Royal Wedding Bouquets To Use For Your Own Wedding Inspiration - Elite DailyMonday, May 07, 2018
It's tradition that royal brides carry a sprig of myrtle in their bouquets, because the flower stands for marriage and love. According to Town & Country, the royal couple-to-be committed to florist Philippa Craddock, and Markle will carry white garden roses and peonies (in addition to some other elegant varieties). I looked to Kate Middleton's stunning flowers for some inspo on these seven wedding bouquets for your big day, as well as the flowers we might see Markle carrying in just a few short weeks. You deserve to look like royalty when you walk down the aisle, am I right?1LiliesPascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty ImagesAccording to The Guardian, Kate Middleton's bouquet was filled with lily of the valley that was in season at the time. You might want to consider including lilies for your big day, too. The white flower comes across as elegant and graceful, and is often a sweet addition to any wedding bouquet. Your guests will be in awe of how romantic you look walking down the aisle.2White RosesAdam NixonIt doesn't get much more elegant than carrying a bouquet of white roses on your wedding day. Especially when they're in full bloom, this flower radiates beauty and will surely make you look like one of the royals. Your flowers will at least get a very regal moment on your Instagram feed, if they don't make it into a major wedding magazine. I think it's safe to say Meghan Markle might even approve. After all, she's incorporating white garden roses into her bunch, too.3PeoniesAndrew YaremchukPut some peonies in your bouquet if you truly want to channel major princess vibes on your way to your very own happily ever after. These flowers will feel romantic and will be a regal addition to your look y...
Target 2 Consumer Alert: Mother's Day flower shop scam and Microsoft popups - WBAYMonday, May 07, 2018
If you're buying them online, there are some important questions to ask before you buy. The Director of Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection says you may think you're selecting a local florist, but you are actually contacting a business in another state that just coordinates the purchase and delivery. Consumer protection says when you do an online search, follow up with a call. If the business answers with something generic such as, "flower shop," ask for a specific name, where it's located and get an address.Also, ask specific questions about the flower arrangement. How many roses versus carnations and if there are any tacked on fees for a vase or extras. If the people on the other end don't give you that information, hang up. There are plenty of local florists to get an arrangement from. Another costly scam we want to warn you about are the Microsoft Tech Support Scams. Usually there is a popup on your screen telling you there's a problem with your computer and to call a phone number for help right away. Some new information shows just how much this scam is spiking. Microsoft IT had 153,000 customers calling into its Microsoft customer support telling them they were scammed. That's a 24 percent jump from 2016 to last year. Of those, 15 percent of people lost, ... http://www.wbay.com/content/news/Target-2-Consumer-Alert--481873001.html
The best bouquets money can buy! LA florist reveals cost of the extravagant flowers sent to Kylie Jenner after the ... - Daily MailTuesday, May 01, 2018
Sisters Kim and Khloe Kardashian along with make-up artist Joyce Bonelli are among the famous faces who have splashed out on expensive arrangements A celebrity florist who requested anonymity has estimated that Kylie's household haul of pink and white roses is worth $60,000 Sister Kim showed off a similar display of blooms following the arrival of Chicago on January 15 ByAoibhinn Mc Bride For Dailymail.comPublished: 22:49 BST, 13 February 2018 Updated: 22:00 BST, 14 February 2018From Christmas to baby showers, the Kardashian-Jenner clan always push the boat when decorating their mansions to mark an occasion.And when it comes to floral arrangements, a simple bouquet just won't do and the bigger and more elaborate they are, the better.Case in point, Kylie Jenner's current haul of over-the-top celebratory flowers following the birth of her daughter, Stormi. Reveal: An LA florist who wishes to remain anonymous has broken down the cost of Kylie Jenner's extravagant floral displays received to congratulate her on the birth of her daughterFirst look: Kylie welcomed her daughter Stormi, pictured, on February 1 and it is believed she has received flower arrangements worth approximately $60,000 s... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5372679/LA-florist-breaks-cost-Kylie-Jenners-flowers.html