Local Flower Shop News
Covered Market florist owner praises the “feeling of community” at Oxford Covered Market - Oxford City Council NewsTuesday, January 22, 2019
Published: Thursday, 22nd November 2018 Paul Birtles, owner of florist The Garden of Oxford, has praised the unique atmosphere and “feeling of community “in Oxford Covered Market. Paul, who has owned The Garden for 34 years, was enamoured from a young age with the Covered Market. He said: “I used to work here at a Saturday job at the fruit and veg stall, and that job gave me a feeling of the community, and the sense that the market has. It’s different to working just in a shop.”[embedded content]The Garden is an independent florist with a particular passion for English-grown fresh flowers.Paul said: “our main focus is, and always has been, to source as much English fresh flowers particularly, that’s our passion really. I personally do that myself in Covent Garden a few nights a week and choose the best English flowers that are available.To watch Paul talk more about The Garden on YouTube.The Grade II-listed Oxford Covered Market, which first opened in 1774, features more than 50 traders selling food, gifts, shoes, fashion, flowers and ... https://www.oxford.gov.uk/news/article/923/covered_market_florist_owner_praises_the_feeling_of_community_at_oxford_covered_market
OBITUARY: Former florist at the Randolph Hotel, Eileen Tideswell - Oxford MailTuesday, January 22, 2019
EILEEN Tideswell, who has died aged 85, was an outstanding florist with a lust for life. The Botley resident was a popular figure at Oxford's iconic Randolph Hotel, working in several roles over a quarter of a century. But she was best known as the hotel's in-house florist and was one of its proudest ambassadors. Eileen Mavis Kepple was born on December 14, 1932, in Bow, London. She was an only child and first came to Oxfordshire with her mother, Violet, as an evacuee during the Second World War. Her father, Herbert, was a brewery manager in Brick Lane and stayed in London, with Eileen and her mother returning to the capital after the conflict. She was born with hip problems and had a serious hip revision aged 10, undergoing what was then pioneering treatment. This meant Eileen missed a lot of school as a teenager, but she still passed her exams when she trained to become a nurse. She returned to Oxford but suffered more health problems, contracting life-threatening tuberculosis in her early twenties. This could have claimed her life, but she beat the disease and soon met future husband Ashworth Tideswell, f... https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/17295887.obituary-former-florist-at-the-randolph-hotel-eileen-tideswell/
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/
How To Build A Blooming Business Without Experience - ForbesTuesday, March 19, 2019
Farbod Shoraka, Co-Founder and CEO, Gregg Weisstein, Co-founder and COO, and David Daneshgar, Co-Founder and Head of Sales and Business Development, put their skills together to help local florists across the country. Each of them having a passion to give florists time to be artist again as well as keep more money in their business, these friends soon found a creative way to earn their initial investment money. After having early success, they were able to acquire $1.65 million in seed funding to build a marketplace and e-commerce business in 2013. Two years later, the blooming company acquired another $5.6 million according to Crunchbase from A Capital Partners. Joresa Blount: How did you get into the flower business? Farbod Shoraka: Funny enough I didn’t really have a background in flowers or e-commerce. It was actually my aunt who was a local florist in Irvine, California. She was going out of business. She was having trouble with her flower shop and not getting any customers. She kept relying on these big brokers like 1-800- Flowers, FTD and Teleflora to get orders, but they weren’t really coming in at a profitable rate. Those guys take so much fees off the top that it was really hard for her to make any money, and a lot of people have stopped walking into flower shops. She was in a really tight situation where she didn’t know how to get her own orders from online. So, I was working in investment banking. I was doing mergers and acquisition adviso... https://www.forbes.com/sites/joresablount/2018/07/09/how-to-build-a-blooming-business-without-experience/
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
Silver Lake’s Tokio Florist property hits the market at $5.5 million - The Eastsider LATuesday, March 19, 2019
Silver Lake — A century-old Tudor Revival mansion that served as the home of Tokio Florist for more than 50 years has been put up for sale at an asking price of $5.5 million, according to Redfin and other listing services.The half-acre property surrounded by a Trader Joe’s and other Hyperion Avenue shops and restaurants was placed on the market about a month after an estate sale was held to clear out belongings of Sumi and Frank Kozawa. The Kozawas were members of the Japanese-American family that had run the florist founded in the late 1920s.In an oral history, Sumi Kozawa, who died two years ago at the age of 100, recalls that Hyperion Avenue, now a perpetually traffic-choked street and commercial hub, had “very few cars” when they moved in. “It’s just like still, like a country around here,” she said.The approximately 7-bedroom, two-story home was moved to its current location in 1929, said the Kozawa’s daughter, Susie.Kozawa said she won’t have a say in what the buyers do with the ho... https://www.theeastsiderla.com/2019/01/silver-lakes-tokio-florist-property-hits-the-market-at-5-5-million/
Traverse City Florist Closes After 72 Years of Business - 9&10 NewsTuesday, March 19, 2019
July 14, 2018 , Some very sad news for a florist shop in Traverse City Saturday.Teboe Florist closed their doors for the last time.The florist shop was a staple in the Traverse City community.It had been open for 72 years.The owner says she is closing the shop down to spend more time with her family.She also says that while the florist was thriving for decades, it’s now having a tough time competing with bigger box stores.“We’ve come to the end of an era here, and it’s getting more and more costly to keep operating at this location,” says Tessa Alexander, the owner of Teboe Florist. “We will certainly miss the business and the employees. We’ve got some wonderful employees.”Teboe Florist wants to thank Northern Michigan for all the support they’ve given the shop over the decades. Related Articles Comments comments ... https://www.9and10news.com/2018/07/14/traverse-city-florist-closes-after-72-years-of-business/