Maine Flower Shop News
'It's devastating,' Forsyth mayor says of business fire on the Monroe County square - The TelegraphWednesday, April 11, 2018
Wilson said.The Flowers by Helen building has two roofs, and firefighters had to pull part of a roof apart to make sure the fire was out.Light smoke was all that remained five hours after the fire started. Ellis has been in business for more than two decades in downtown Forsyth."It's devastating for her to lose her business," Wilson said.According to Monroe County tax records, the building was built in 1890.No injuries were reported in the fire."They worked hand in glove to put it out," Wilson said. "They did a great job. Hats off to the firefighters."Co-owner Mike Ellis said they are looking for a temporary location and hope to be in place by the end of the week to keep the flower shop open as they rebuild."This community's been good to us for over 22 years we've been in this location, and we look forward to being here another 22 if the good Lord is willing," he said. Ellis' business M&E Construction, which is attached to the flower shop, was destroyed. A law office next door sustained heavy smoke damage. http://www.macon.com/news/local/article208431714.html
Bernard Silver, business entrepreneur and floral designer, dies at 80 - SILive.comWednesday, April 11, 2018
What makes their business all the more appealing and distinguishes them from others is that Flowers by Bernard has remained loyal to its mom and pop business roots since it opened its doors to Staten Islanders in 1975.In speaking of her husband, Judie Silver stated: "I've been living in a garden with Bernard -- colorful, joyous, invigorating and full of life. His enthusiasm for all of this will stay with me and his children forever."Said his daughter, Elissa Carpenter: "My dad was our positive, fearless leader who led by example, and showed us how to live life to its fullest both in sickness and in health, always with our mom by his side. He loved to travel extensively. As a child, it was not uncommon for our family to spend summer months traveling by car throughout the United States and Mexico.""He also loved European vacations, our last family vacation was a European cruise celebrating my parents 50th anniversary [with] his children and grandchildren. His love of golf prompted him to have a second home at Hemlock Farms in the Poconos, where he exposed his children and grandchildren to the game. We are all avid golfers and have shared rounds with all three generations," she added.'ZEST FOR LIFE'Said Elizabeth David, his daughter: "My dad had such a zest for life. Our family has always been on the go, exploring new neighborhoods, dining at a new restaurants, and traveling across the country. We'll cherish those memories and aim to emulate his joie de vivre for generations to come."Hi grandson, Jordan Carpenter, commented: "My fondest memories are the stories my grandpa told about his childhood where his meager beginnings forced him to work at a young age. His principles of hard work and perseverance enabled him to become an entrepreneur and run several successful businesses. Despite suffering a stroke that left him disabled, he maintained these principles and kept trying until the day he passed. I try to live my life and build my career by the same principles."Said Garrett Carpenter, a grandson: "One of my fondest memories is the first time my grandpa took me to play golf at our country house in the Poconos when I was 8 years old. I remember him teaching me about the game, the etiquette of the game and showing me how to read the breaks in a putt. He also told me that the first thing you do after a round is 'go into the bathroom and wash your hands.' It was the springboard for my golf career. I got hooked on the game after that day with him. That day had such a meaningful impact on my life. Being out on the course with him taught me the importance of family."He was also adored by his employees."Bernard was more than a boss to me, he was family and I was like his third daughter," said Michele Durkin, a floral designer at Flowers by Bernard for more than 40 years. "When people came into the shop, they would think I was his daughter, and I would not even bother to correct them. He was one of the kindest men I had the pleasure of knowing. Through his guidance, I learned the ins and outs of the flower business and nurtured the career I ... http://www.silive.com/obituaries/index.ssf/2018/03/bernard_silver_of_flowers_by_b.html
Woman whose body was found in florist parking lot took her own life ... - Press HeraldWednesday, April 11, 2018
Wednesday morning in the parking lot of Roak the Florist has been ruled an apparent suicide.The woman was from the greater Lewiston area. Her remains were expected to be taken the Maine Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta for an autopsy, where the official cause and manner of death will be determined, Lt. David St. Pierre said.Maine State Police crime scene investigators had been at the scene collecting evidence in case the death had been ruled suspicious. They turned over the scene to local detectives before 11 a.m., after homicide was deemed unlikely.< PreviousStaff Photo of the Day: Wednesday, April 11Next >Yarmouth may hold event to collect unwanted gunsfiled under:Related StoriesLatest ArticlesLife & CultureNation & WorldLocal & State...
Atascocita Lake Houston Florist helps clients celebrate special occasions - Community Impact NewspaperWednesday, April 11, 2018
Photos by Rosemary Smith/Community Impact newspaperAtascocita Lake Houston Florist has evolved in the past three decades, but the shop’s owners said one thing has remained constant over that time: Flowers still bring a smile to anyone’s face.“I remember this 80-year-old man who didn’t say anything once I handed him his flowers. He just had this really big smile on his face [as he]walked away from the door,” shop owner Cristina Swanson said. “That’s why we’re still here.”Swanson’s late mother, Amparo Wong, founded the business in 1980 in Atascocita. The shop would later move to its present location in Humble.Swanson said she initially learned about floral design at 18 under the direction of the late, world-renowned innovator and author M. “Buddy” Benz of Houston, the founder of the Benz School of Floral Design at Texas A&M University in College Station.“We still use everything I learned in that class,” Swanson said. “But in life, we are always learning, so I am always looking for classes to improve my art design, work and techniques.”Bouquets and arrangements are available for delivery for any occasion and flower preference. The flower shop also offers consultations for weddings, funerals, homecomings and proms.“It’s very personalized, and no two [orders) look exactly alike,” Swanson said. “It’s enjoyable to see that young people are so excited about their prom, and they really go all out.”The flower shop is expecting a busy prom and...
Louisiana is the only state that requires occupational licenses for florists. It's absurd. - USA TODAYWednesday, April 11, 2018
Meadows go.Louisiana eventually scrapped the practical portion of the exam — while keeping in place a written test — but the state has remained frustratingly unable to fully repeal the law that many consider the poster child for occupational licensing run amok. Earlier this year, however, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards advocated reforming the state’s onerous occupational licensing regime. He even referenced the floristry license specifically, noting that Louisiana was the only state in the country to have such a law before adding, “I’m not sure why we do that.” Right on cue, Rep. Julie Emerson, R-Carencro, introduced a bill in the Louisiana Legislature that repeals the licensing mandate for florists and removes the requirement that the Horticulture Commission be partially stocked with incumbent florists. Gov. Edwards expressed support for the legislation in his recently-unveiled legislative agenda, which gives the bill strong bipartisan roots.Occupational licensing is often justified based on health and safety concerns, both for practitioners of the licensed trade as well as consumers. While these concerns can make sense in fields such as medicine, it is difficult to conceptualize any risks inherent in arranging flowers. The fact that all 49 other states lack a floristry licensing regime — as well as any epidemic of flower-related injuries — further suggests that licensing is inappropriate in this field.This is not to say that the requirement doesn’t have its defenders. Republican Mike Strain, who serves as the elected commissioner of Louisiana’s Agriculture and Forestry Department — the agency tasked with overseeing the state’s floristry licensing regime — has defended the law on consumer protection grounds: “There’s a certain amount of regulation to make sure the public gets what they pay for… [otherwise] you’re going to set up a situation where anybody can open a floral shop and there’s no method to regulate the industry and protect the public.”This justification is similarly weak. While consumers are occasionally at an information deficit in certain service industries — for example, it would likely be difficult for most patients to select the best treatment option for a particular disease without the advice of a doctor — floristry is relatively straightforward. Picking out a pretty bouquet from the supermarket is not a specialized skill; it’s a task the average consumer is more than qualified to perform.More: Trump's infrastructure plan is gaining support from small businessesst...