Alexandria Flower Shop News
These 16 Local Companies Can Help You Throw the Best Party Ever - Washingtonian.comTuesday, March 27, 2018
In a warehouse setting, this floral provider equips both pro and amateur bloom arrangers. A small stock of flower supplies (foam, baskets, vases) helps wannabe Martha Stewarts. 4406 Wheeler Ave., Alexandria; 703-370-1092.TaskRabbit.com and Thumbtack.com. These two gig-economy giants can put you in touch with local independent contractors—a bartender for your cocktail party, a guitarist to play during a holiday bash, a tarot-card reader. Enter your party dates and needs, and multiple vendors (with customer ratings) bid on your business.This article appears in the March 2018 issue of Washingtonian.
A florist's advice for saving money on flowers - WTSP 10 NewsSunday, February 11, 2018
American Florists (SAF).The flower industry is constantly changing as prices fluctuate and varieties are introduced throughout the year, which is why Chris Drummond, president-elect of the SAF in Alexandria, Va., says consumers shouldn't be embarrassed if they have questions. "There are so many hundreds of varieties of flowers. Even me, in the business, every year I find something I've never seen before," he said. "We certainly expect our consumers not to know about certain varieties. We expect you to have questions."It's helpful to understand, that pricing is not standardized in the floral industry, says Kayle Walker Burns, owner of Petal and Bean Floral & Event Planning in Breckenridge, Colo. What one florist charges likely is different from other florists, and you also can expect differences if you buy flowers at a grocery store, online or from a local florist.We asked professional florists to share their top tips for buying bouquets and other items during flower-centric holidays and events.Preorder for your best chance to get what you want.According to the Society of American Florists, the ideal window for preordering flowers is three to 10 days. Preordering helps florists make sure they have the right and freshest flowers for the consumers - and ensure first availability. The closer you purchase flowers to the holiday, the greater chance of availability and the price may be affected. Valentine's Day is on a Wedne... http://www.wtsp.com/article/money/magnify-money/a-florists-advice-for-saving-money-on-flowers/507-515969923
Florists Leave Omaha With Renewed Energy, Actionable Tips - PerishableNews (press release)Tuesday, January 30, 2018
The Society of American FloristsPosted: Monday, January 22, 2018 at 3:30PM EST ALEXANDRIA, VA — Eager to start 2018 on a high note, 121 floral industry members gathered in Omaha, Nebraska, on January 14 for the latest installment in the Society of American Florists' popular 1-Day Profit Blast series. There, they filled up notebooks with ideas big and small that will help them emotionally connect with consumers, increase their online visibility, improve their company culture, streamline deliveries and ultimately raise their profitability. Iris Zimmerman wasted no time applying advice from speaker Rakini Chinery, AAF, AzMF, who recommended florists share personal posts on social media, so customers feel connected to the people behind the flowers. The following morning, after arriving home from Profit Blast at midnight, the owner of Iris Blossoms Flower Shop in Clearwater, Kansas, made her first Facebook video to engage her fans. "At my conference, we talked about the importance of letting people into our world so they see how the magic happens, so I'm going to try ... http://www.perishablenews.com/index.php?article%3D0065493
Alexandria florist brightens up the community with surprise gifts - Scottish Daily RecordTuesday, August 01, 2017
An Alexandria florist has been brightening the days of people in the community by leaving surprise bouquets around for them to find.Lily’s Florist placed six bouquets in secret locations throughout Alexandria and Dumbarton for people to stumble across last week.This is the third year the Glenview Place business has taken part in Lonely Bouquet Day.The lonely bouquet was the brainchild of a young florist in Belgium named Emily Avenso, who blogged about the idea after leaving flowers for strangers over three years ago.The idea went viral and lonely bouquets have been distributed across the globe ever since.This year’s Lonely Bouquet Day fell on Sunday, June 26, and owner Lisa McGlinchey was happy to hear stories from some of the people who found the lovely flower arrangements. She told the Lennox Herald : “It’s such a lovely idea and we have done it in previous years and people love it. “It’s nice to think we could have brightened up someone’s day.“I have heard from a few people who found t... http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/alexandria-florist-brightens-up-community-10746873
Travel Grant Created For Arizona Retail Florists - PerishableNews (press release) (registration)Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The American Floral EndowmentPosted: Friday, June 2, 2017 at 3:46PM EDT ALEXANDRIA, VA - The American Floral Endowment (AFE) has announced a new travel grant for retail florists in Arizona to pursue floral industry educational or design events. The Arizona Retail Florist Education Travel Grant was established to assist florists from Arizona in traveling to national industry events for educational programs and to provide networking opportunities on a national level. Each year, one recipient will be selected by AFE's Education Committee to receive the travel grant of up to $1,000 to help cover the cost of attending an out-of-state industry educational event. The grant is open to owners, managers and employees of traditional retail florists with a brick and mortar storefront in Arizona. "This new grant gives Arizona retail florists a great opportunity to attend a major national event and further their education within the industry," said AFE Trustee Ken Young, AAF, owner of Phoenix Flower Shops in Arizona. Examples of eligible opportunities include floral des... http://www.perishablenews.com/index.php?article%3D0060747
Louisiana is the only state that requires occupational licenses for florists. It's absurd. - USA TODAYWednesday, April 11, 2018
Shoshana Weissmann and C. Jarrett Dieterle, Opinion Contributors Published 7:00 a.m. ET March 28, 2018 Louisiana is the only state that requires florists to obtain a license. However, many states have absurd licensing laws that need to be nixed.Unlicensed florist Monique Chauvin protests at the courthouse in New Orleans in 2010.(Photo: Sean Gardner for USA TODAY)“Sandy Meadows died alone and in poverty because the State of Louisiana wouldn’t allow her to work in a perfectly harmless occupation.”So said Clark Neily, who represented Meadows in an unsuccessful attempt to overturn Louisiana’s floristry licensing law back in 2003.In a nation rife with wacky occupational licensing laws — different states around the country license everything from fortunetellers to frog farmers — Louisiana has stood alone as the only state that mandates a license for putting together a bouquet. Now, nearly 14 years after Meadows’ death, Louisiana may finally be on the brink of overturning this absurd requirement.More: Mayors want to pass gun safety laws, but the NRA and our state legislatures won't let usMore:...
Out of flowers? Flour? Businesses contend with supply crises - Colorado Springs GazetteWednesday, April 11, 2018
We are constantly having to network to find new suppliers that may have quality wood," says Woods, whose company is located in Tickfaw, Louisiana. His suppliers are demolition companies, and most sites with the wood he needs are in industrial revolution-era towns in New England and along the Mississippi River. "We go wherever we have to," Woods says.At Widespread Electrical Sales, owner Scott Vaughn also travels the country in search of equipment that may be decades old."We rely on big industrial plants that are closing, buy the right to their power distribution systems, and rip them down," says Vaughn, whose company is based in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. He also gets obsolete equipment from decommissioned call centers and data centers.Widespread Electric sells about half a million breakers a year, with some costing as much as $25,000. The cost is worth it for a business that otherwise would have to retrofit its power systems.Supply shortages are an inherent part of the electrical business, Vaughn says."It's directed by the manufacturers themselves," he says. "They put out a product line and sell it with a planned obsolescence program behind it."_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenberg... http://gazette.com/out-of-flowers-flour-businesses-contend-with-supply-crises/article/feed/553985
Analysis: Louisiana's strict licensing standards targeted - Idaho StatesmanWednesday, April 11, 2018
Louisiana is seen as having some of the most restrictive professional licensing requirements in the country, and talk of shrinking that list was high heading into the Legislature's regular session.Why is Louisiana the only state in the nation that requires retail florists to pass a licensing exam? Should braiding hair professionally need a license? Does the state really need exams and licensing provisions for interior designers?But supporters of stripping some licensing laws from the books are finding they'll have to chisel away slowly at the rules."You have a lot of people who are in the industries who say, 'Well, I had to do all this. All the people coming after me should have to do this.' I do understand that, but to me if something's bad policy, we shouldn't continue it just because we did it before," said Rep. Julie Emerson, the Carencro Republican spearheading legislative efforts to repeal some requirements.Emerson said the licensing constraints - such as multiple exams, extensiv... http://www.idahostatesman.com/entertainment/article207443714.html
The Underlying Cognitive Dissonance of the Left and the Right - National ReviewWednesday, April 11, 2018
AdvertisementFortunately, Republican governor Doug Ducey stepped in to support and protect Montesdeoca, but others have not been so lucky. Sandy Meadows was a widow living in Louisiana who used floristry to support herself — something she’d not had to do before her husband passed away. Unfortunately for Meadows, the state of Louisiana requires an occupational license in order to arrange flowers. She repeatedly attempted to pass the licensing exam — a largely subjective aesthetic test — but she was unable to do so. “A panel of working florists would grade the arrangements and decide whether the applicant was good enough to set up shop and compete with them. Usually they said no,” wrote her lawyer, Clark Neily.AdvertisementUpon learning that Meadows was managing the floral department at a grocery store, the Louisiana Horticulture Commission threatened to shut down the entire store if she did not cease her unlicensed practice of floristry. The store was ultimately forced to let Meadows go. Neily’s account of what happened next is tragic: Prevented by government from doing the only work she knew, Sandy had no way to make a living. She had no car, no phone, and, on the last day I saw her alive, no electricity because she couldn’t afford to pay her utility bill. In October 2004, Sandy Meadows died alone and in poverty because the State of Louisiana wouldn’t allow her to work in a perfectly harmless occupation?—?and I couldn’t persuade a federal judge to protect her right to do so.AdvertisementIt isn’t just occupational-licensing boards that restrict market access to worthy Americans, either. Zoning regulations often “protect homeowners’ property values at the expense of access to housing for everybody else,” Lindsey and Teles make clear that. “In other words, zoning exists to transfer wealth from new buyers to existing owners.” In some places, for instance, regulations prohibit residents from having home businesses. Nashville even forced one couple to stop advertising their home address as a place of business, causing them to lose significant revenue. The result of such rules is that less affluent prospective homeowners must choose to live farther from centers of opportunity or move to less expensive, less economically fertile areas.Liberals must realize that such regulations are not the outcome of benevolent government actors. But of course, it isn’t just the Left that suffers from cognitive dissonance. The Captured Economy makes clear that the Right, too, has a log in its eye: Many conservatives and libertarians have taken it as their mission to defend the distribution of income in capitalist societies. Ironically, at the same time many of those same people criticize the enormous growth in government intervention and the resulting absence of serious competition in many sectors of the economy. But if it is true that the state has increasingly warped market competition, then that must show up in the distribution of income. It is no accident, we will argue later, that many of the richest Americans derived their wealth from sectors of the US economy where competition has been stifled and distorted. So conservatives and libertarians should not simply dismiss the subject of inequality as a function of envy or a hatred of free enterprise.Advertisement/sp...