Local Flower Shop News
How Florists Delivered 25,000 "Freedom" Roses to Nancy Pelosi - WashingtonianTuesday, January 22, 2019
News Potomac Floral Wholesale in Silver Spring and Blue Iris Flowers in Eastern Market teamed up to execute the massive order from Daily Kos. Photography courtesy of Daily Kos. When Potomac Floral in Silver Spring got the call placing an order for 25,000 long-stemmed red roses, its staffers were shocked.“It was the largest single rose order that we’ve ever received,” says Jeff King, a sales team manager and public relations specialist for the floral wholesaler who handled the order. King instantly recognized the value of finding a way to procure the blooms. “My first reaction?” he recalls, “Let’s see what we can do to make this work.”The order had come in from the office of Paul Hogarth, an associate campaign director at Daily Kos who handled an unusual fundraising project for the liberal blog. The goal was to raise money in order to deliver red roses—10,000 in fact—to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.“We wanted to express our love for all the work she does... https://www.washingtonian.com/2019/01/10/nancy-pelosi-freedom-roses/
These 16 Local Companies Can Help You Throw the Best Party Ever - Washingtonian.comTuesday, March 27, 2018
For parents, it also has margarita machines. 2300 Perkins Pl., Silver Spring; 301-589-5008.Booze in BulkCostco. The price-club store requires membership to buy beer, wine, and liquor (and most of its Maryland stores don’t sell the harder stuff), but many items cost 20 percent less than traditional retail. It also sells its own Kirkland label of wine, beer, and spirits. Multiple area locations.DC Kegs. More than 800 beers, wines, and ciders by the keg, delivered to you cold on the day of your bash.First Vine. This direct importer specializes in European wines from small Spanish, French, and Italian producers. Many bottles cost less than $20 each. The company delivers to your door.Total Wine & More. This local chain boasts hundreds of wines, from cheap to collectible, plus spirits and beer. You’ll get discounts for ordering by the case and can order online and have items delivered. Multiple Virginia and Maryland locations.Other HelpBarSphere. Hire a mixology pro—or wine-pouring wiz—for your next gathering. Ball-capped bartenders show up with supplies and ice; they’ll provide the liquor for events with a cash bar. 855-277-4373.Bialek’s Music. In business almost 40 years, this family-run company pairs party hosts with live-music pros such as DJs, steel drummers, or a Beatles cover band. Photo booths and lighting can also be arranged. By appointment, 932 Hungerford Dr., Suite 3, Rockville; 301-340-6206.McCallum Sauber Wholesale Florist. This longtime wholesaler sells its rainbow-hued selection of flowers to pros and the DIY-savvy public at low, if not cheap, prices. It recently moved to new digs in Lanham. 5001 Forbes Blvd., Suites A and B, Lanham; 202-526-5253.Middle Atlantic Wholesale Florist. 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.
Richard Rico: A bouquet for the Rose - TheReporter.ComTuesday, March 19, 2019
S impossible to say how many weddings, anniversaries, birthdays or funerals they decorated, but if anyone — or anything — deserves a bouquet, it’s the Lopez family’s Rose Florist. After about 62 bloomin’ years, the Main St. shop next to McCune Garden Chapel closed Dec. 31 for the last time. If it looks like a cottage, it’s because it was—for years the home of mortician Del McCune, wife Elizabeth and their daughter Barbara. They built it in 1938, the same year they bought the funeral home. They moved out in 1956 and converted it into the shop begun by John and Rose Lopez—it’s named after her. Rose is now 92. John died several years ago, at 84, leaving a lifetime trail of rose petals behind him. Their daughter Janet Lopez Balcom took over the shop in 1990, with a hand up from husband Curtis, for 31 years a fleet manager for Solano County. The family opened Rose Florist in Fairfield, managed by Janet’s brother, David, and his wife Juanita. The family roots run deep here; siblings and Papa John graduated Vaca High; Rose, from Winters High. It’s as hometown as it gets. It’s a picture of kids who helped out at the s... https://www.thereporter.com/2019/01/13/richard-rico-a-bouquet-for-the-rose/
Master instructor shows art of flower arranging - Budapest TimesTuesday, March 19, 2019
Putting together her love of flower arranging and her fluency in English, she began to make her way to an outstanding career.
She found an opening to teach non-Japanese students at the famed Goto florist shop in the Tokyo district of Roppongi. She began her own class there. Until then, her only experience was in assisting. "I had no idea how to ask people to come to my class," she says. However, the place was right, the time was right, and she was doing what interested her and associating with the congenial people she sought.
A dozen years later the Japan Foundation chose her to go on a lecture-demonstration tour of six South American countries and three Asian countries.
From her present pinnacle, Ms Fukushima says she was not sufficiently well prepared then to give demonstrations with different materials in unfamiliar surroundings. Japanese Embassy ladies who were detailed at the time to look after her were, however, full of praise. She learned the characteristics of different flowers, appreciated their exoticism, and accorded them respect and dignity. She believes that each individual flower, like each individual flower arranger, has personality that should shine through.
Ikebana arrangementsShe was sent overseas again by the Japan Foundation. On a separate tour she accompanied the charismatic Hiroshi Teshigahara, who succeeded his father as president of the Sogetsu school. Although making annual overseas trips became her routine, there was nothing routine in the conduct of each one. "Every time I was received very differently. Some audiences had some basic understanding of ikebana. Some had never seen it."Ms Fukushima rose to every occasion, dealing with the unexpected, and joining in with anything going on. She learned to dance the flamenco. She liked to sing jazz. She practised her Spanish and Italian. With Arab ladies, she dressed from top to toe in black robes. She was responsible for a flower show at Westminster Cathedral, London. Overall she sharpened her individuality, freely using other materials as accessories to flowers, and carefully choosing containers.
She gave a solo exhibition of iron containers. She has designed her own glass receptacles. She has become known as an artist who designs stainless and titanium flower vases, finding imaginative effects in her materials’ unique properties.
Some of her arrangements have been huge, built in public places and outdoors. Some have graced the displays in department store windows. She says she is "charmed by cloth, handmade Japanese paper and thread," and incorporates them, as descendants of organic materials, in her arrangements. They have inner spirits, she says, but "plant material is the first for the arranger to think of."Once she taught an ikebana class of blind women. Their adjustments to life impressed her, and from them she learned a new vision for herself. "To touch with the eye, to taste with the eye, to sense fragrance with the eye, to catch sound with the eye — such an expression is the goal of my ikebana."https://www.facebook.com/koka.fukushima https://www.hu.emb-japan.go.jp... https://www.budapesttimes.hu/2019/02/19/master-instructor-shows-art-flower-arranging
New online flower service helps florists in Inland Empire, nation - San Bernardino SunTuesday, March 19, 2019
The online startup BloomNation, based out of Santa Monica, is helping local florists connect more closely to customers in the Inland Empire and nationwide.Among the benefits, according to the company, is that customers get to bypass wire services to deal directly with flower providers, without having to pay additional service fees. Customers also get to see actual photos of products from the florist shop, as opposed to stock photos used by wire services.“Bloom Nation was born out of the frustrations of me and my other two co-founders trying to send flowers online and seeing the same boring cookie-cutter designs and paying all these extra fees to place the order online and ultimately getting flowers that looked nothing like the stock photo online,” said CEO and co-founder Farbod Sharoka. “Now, we know it’s a catalogue of stock photography and no real reflection on the florists’ talent.”Sharoka said he and his partners David Daneshgar and Gregg Weisstein began the tech startup as an easier alternative to wire flower serv... https://www.sbsun.com/2014/05/03/new-online-flower-service-helps-florists-in-inland-empire-nation/
Mother's Day gift ideas: Our picks for flowers in Palm Beach County - Palm Beach PostTuesday, March 19, 2019
Mom flowers for Mother’s Day? Check out local flower shops before you head online. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for ASDA)We’ve pulled together some of our picks for local florists serving every area of Palm Beach County.Maybe your mom isn’t into flowers? Check out our full, exclusive Mother’s Day Local Gift Guide. Contact: Quantum Town Centre, 1034 Gateway Blvd., #106, Boynton Beach; 561-628-1361Visit their websiteIn addition to flowers, the shop offers a number of artisan and specialty gifts, including some items made by South Florida-based artists. Gift wrapping is also available.Contact: 13889 Wellington Trace, Suite A12, Wellington; 561-795-9299Visit their websiteThe family owned and operated business has been serving the Wellington area since 1991. The shop offers floral, plant, and orchid arrangements in addition to an expanded line of silk and artificial flowers and permanent botanicals.Contact: 450 S. Old Dixie Hwy. Unit 6, Jupiter; 561-746-1288Visit their websiteFor more than six decades, this family owned and operated business has served the Jupiter area. The shop has a variety of Mother’s Day arrangements and decorative vases, including Waterford Crystal. Plants, orchids, silk and artificial flowers are also available. Floral arrangements can be paired with a number of gift items, including chocolates.Contact: 411 7th St. Suite 10, West Palm Beach; 561-659-0772Visit their websiteLove’s Flower Shop opened in ... http://malled.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2016/04/27/mothers-day-gift-ideas-our-picks-for-flowers-in-palm-beach-county/
New ixia Flowers outlet at Booths Park - Knutsford GuardianTuesday, March 19, 2019
BRUNTWOOD Works is set to welcome international florist Jonathan Moseley on Wednesday (March 13) as he officially opens ixia Flowers’ outlet at Booths Park. The outlet opened on March 4, and is run by qualified florist Holly Beresford. It is the company’s second launch in 12 months, and offers fresh flower deliveries across Knutsford and Alderley Edge It follows a stand-out year for the ixia Flowers Ltd after its initial launch last year, and later being awarded a silver medal at RHS Tatton for its ‘Floral Royalty’ exhibit. The team is looking forward to becoming an integral part of the business community hub at Booths Park, which includes start-ups and established brands. Andrew Lomas, director at ixia Flowers Ltd, said: “We’re extremely proud to join the Bruntwood community. “The setting at Booths Park is absolutely beautiful, and is the perfect backdrop to showcase our fabulous fresh flowers and plants, and the welcome from our new neighbours has been second to none. “The las... https://www.knutsfordguardian.co.uk/news/17492774.new-ixia-flowers-outlet-at-booths-park/