Local Flower Shop News
Hurricane Irma impact floral industry - KVOA Tucson NewsTuesday, September 26, 2017
South America produces 70 percent of all the flowers sold in the United States. The product is flown from South American to Miami Florida, and then shipped to florists such as Sav On Flowers and Mayfield Florist in Tucson.Sav On Flowers planned ahead, and once they knew the hurricane was headed towards Florida they quickly got on the ball and ordered the flowers they needed for upcoming weddings.Kalyn Stith said, "That's the only way honestly that we can cover all the needs and to make sure the bride doesn't have her day ruined because of a natural disaster.”Across town at Mayfield Florist, seven brides will also have the flowers of their dreams this weekend. Greg Coleman said, their vendors chartered a flight from Bogota to Los Angeles. The flowers were then placed on a truck and delivered to Tucson on Monday.The recent natural disasters have also been disastrous for the floral industry said Coleman."Earthquakes in Mexico, hurricanes in Houston and Florida, fires in the west from Washington state all the way through Oregon and to California it has disrupted the floral industry." So for now, the floral industry has its challenges. The product is there it's the shipping that's the thorn in their side. http://www.kvoa.com/story/36351793/hurricane-irma-impacts-floral-industry
Grey Skies and Bright Flowers: 2017 Rose Parade Goes Off Without a Hitch - Pasadena NowTuesday, January 17, 2017
Colorado Boulevard.Rose Queen Victoria Cecilia Castellanos and her court—Audrey Mariam Cameron, Blair High School; Maya Kawaguchi Khan, Arcadia High School; Shannon Tracy Larsuel, Mayfield Senior School; Autumn Marie Lundy, Polytechnic School; Natalie Rose Petrosian, La Cañada High School; and Lauren ‘Emi’ Emiko Powers, Arcadia High School—began their reign over the parade at 8:10 a.m., waving bravely in the cold weather.Twenty-four of the floats in the 127th Rose Parade presented by Honda received official honors from the Tournament of Roses in a variety of categories and specifications. The entire process is another one of the Tournament’s components implemented over a greater part of the past century.This year’s judges – Carol Togneri, Phil Rulloda, and Ronnie Siegel– reviewed each float during judging sessions that take place during the decorating stages before the parade. The judges used their scores from the judging sessions to determine the trophy recipients.Two judging sessions took place during the decorating stages before the parade. Scores from each judging session were then combined to determine the trophy recipients. Results were released to the media immediately prior to the start of the Rose Parade. Banners for each trophy-winning float were carried in the parade by select members of the Tournament of Roses Eagle Scout and Gold Award Girl Scout Troops.Dole Packaged Foods took home the Sweepstakes Prize for the “most beautiful” entry with its ‘Spirit of Hawaii” float.Among the other winners were the longest float ever entered in the parade—Lucy Pet’s Grarnly Krankin’ Wave Maker, which featured dogs surfing machine-generated waves on a float decorated with surfers and surboards.China Airlines was awarded the International Trophy for its float, “Return to the Beauty of Taiwan.”A full list of the winning floats is available here.The formal parade was trailed by a noisy but peaceful protest organized by native American groups protesting the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline.Following the parade, the floral and animated masterpieces will be parked along Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards, beginning at 1 p.m. Monday, and closing for admission at 4 p.m. The post parade venue is als... http://www.pasadenanow.com/main/grey-skies-and-bright-flowers-2017-rose-parade-goes-off-without-a-hitch/
New shop AY Flowers opens its doors in Glendale - KABC-TVTuesday, January 08, 2019
What a nice place to be." "Best flower shop I've ever been to," added Yelper Anna P. "Amazing selection, great florist and good customer service."Interested? Stop by to welcome the new business to the neighborhood. AY Flowers is open from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.) ... https://abc7.com/business/new-shop-ay-flowers-opens-its-doors-in-glendale/4410976/
Silver Lake says goodbye to Tokio Florist and a Japanese-American legacy - The Eastsider LATuesday, January 08, 2019
Silver Lake — Bargain hunters, neighbors and old friends swarmed over the 100-year-old Tudor-style home that for decades housed the Kozawa family and their business – Tokio Florist.An estate sale provided an opportunity to explore the overgrown grounds and creaky house on Hyperion Avenue that has intrigued passersby in the busy commercial hub.Wedged between Jersey Mike’s and the Trader Joe’s parking lot, the two-story home is mostly hidden from view by shrubs, trees and other greenery. Out front, a faded and rusted Tokio Florist sign rises above the sidewalk.On Friday afternoon, Susie Kozawa watched as strangers wandered through the house she grew up in with her parents and grandmother. The visitors sorted through boxes and displays of everything from kitchenware and old Playboy magazines to pieces of Bauer pottery and florist ribbons, vases and other supplies.“It’s a privilege to be in the house,” one woman told Kozawa. “I’ve seen this house not knowing [what was inside] when I went to Trader Joe’s. All this, oh my god, it’s so fabulous, so wonderful.”Tokio Florist was originally loca... https://www.theeastsiderla.com/2018/11/silver-lake-says-goodbye-to-tokio-florist-and-a-japanese-american-legacy/
Swonks Flower Shop, downtown for 91 years, will close Saturday - Battle Creek EnquirerTuesday, January 08, 2019
After almost a century of business, Swonk's Flower Shop is closing its doors on Saturday. The downtown florist, which can be found a short distance from Horrocks Farm Market at 84 Goguac St., was opened in 1927 by Molly Simonds and her husband, Charlie Swonk. The current owners, Jeanette and Jim Schmid, took over the store in 2002 and are closing the store so they can retire. Jeanette Schmid had worked at Swonk's since the 1960s when she was in high school. She took a break in 1994 when they moved to Lansing but came back to Battle Creek in 2002 when they bought the store. She’s been running it ever since. “It’s not a business that’s real lucrative, so you can’t really think about that part,” Schmid said. “It’s the satisfaction of doing it. So I thought about being a secretary, but that fell by the wayside, and I stayed with this as a career. I continued working in a flower shop in Lansing. I never left the flower business.” Until now, when the Schmids decided it was time to retire. Jeanette Schmid will continue to work with flowers in her own garden at home. She has 12 flower beds that she’s looking forward to filling with phlox, lilies, hollyhocks and more once spring returns. “They’re miracles,” Schmid said. “To watch a flower grow, come to life, bloom, and there’s so many different kinds. They’re a magnificent creation of God. And they’re beautiful.&rd... https://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/story/news/local/2018/10/25/swonks-flower-shop-closing/1755166002/
Florist Fire outgrows Hyde Park Village, relocates to Davis Islands - Tampa Bay TimesTuesday, January 08, 2019
TAMPA -- Florist Fire Design House creates award-winning florals for any special occasion: weddings, corporate parties, charity events “and just because flowers make everyone happy,” said Gayle Zerr, the owner/lead designer who relocated the floral shop to downtown Davis Islands last month.“We outgrew our space in Hyde Park Village,” Zerr said. “I really like the sense of community on Davis Islands and felt it needed a neighborhood flower shop.”Weddings keep the business busy year round and account for 75 percent of the work.“I love weddings,” Zerr said. “We’ve done themes from traditional to Bollywood, a really fun one with exotic flowers, incense and lanterns.”Corporate and charitable clients, including Wine, Women and Shoes and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital gala can take 80 hours of planning and preparing, she said.“We did a Dali event where we copied his paintings and portrayed them in florals... https://www.tampabay.com/news/hillsborough/city-times/florist-fire-outgrows-hyde-park-village-relocates-to-davis-island-20181011/
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet program - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, January 08, 2019
Random Acts of Flowers: Blossom Buddies in Menlo Park and Flowers of Comfort in San Jose.
Many of the volunteers have maintained their earlier relationships with local donor retailers, florists and markets.
"There's nothing that excites us as much as a bucket of day-old or week-old flowers," said 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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