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Psttt…. Valentine's Day gift ideas (your wife wants you to read this) - WOTV4women.comSunday, February 11, 2018
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) – Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! Even if your wife says she doesn’t want or need anything, you should know that’s just not true. Every woman wants to feel special especially when her Facebook feed is blowing up with friends posting pics of their flowers, chocolates etc. Not sure what to get? No worries, we’ve got you covered—we scoped the web for some great Valentine’s Day gift ideas for her. Take a look!For Her:Custom Gift BasketArt of the Table will make the perfect Valentine’s Day basket for your budget and style. Create your own theme or ask the staff!Edible BouquetSpecializing in chocolate-covered strawberries, Shari’s Berries has a wide variety of bakery treats. They have featured gifts for Valentine’s Day – including berries, cheesecake, chocolates, desserts, and gift baskets.Romantic Spa PackageCredit: ThinkstockTreat your woman to a thoughtful spa day in Grand Rapids! The Crown Jewel, Amway Plaza, Design 1,... http://wotv4women.com/2018/02/07/psttt-valentines-day-gift-ideas-your-wife-wants-you-to-read-this/
Flowers by Jeannie announces new business name: North in Bloom - Herald ReviewTuesday, January 30, 2018
Madeline Cook, owner of Flowers by Jeannie in Grand Rapids, is excited to announce a full rebrand of her business to North in Bloom. The new name went into effect Jan. 1, 2018, after many months of planning.Cook assumed ownership of the business in 2016, bringing with her years of floral design and business experience. Cook has a long history in the floral business, having worked as a floral designer at KD Floral in Bemidji while attending Bemidji State University, and as a floral designer at Pied Piper Flower Shop in Yankton, S.D.“We’ve had a busy and exciting first year in the shop, and we’ve made some positive changes,” says Cook. “I’m very excited to start off the new year with a new business identity that truly reflects who we are and what we deliver.”Growing up, Cook’s grandmother owned a flower shop in Bloomington, Minn., called Always in Bloom. Following in her grandmother’s footsteps with her own shop is something Cook is very proud to have accomplished. North in Bloom is a nod to Cook’s history with a northern twist.“Hon... http://www.grandrapidsmn.com/business/flowers-by-jeannie-announces-new-business-name-north-in-bloom/article_876b5508-f251-11e7-ae3d-73dd75618d80.html
Growing with the Times: How Local Plant and Garden Companies Adapt to ChangeTuesday, July 03, 2018
Lexington nursery business that has found new ways to serve a changing marketplace of regional consumers.
Tucked away on Maxwell Street near downtown Lexington, Michler’s Florist, Greenhouses and Garden Design has been a peaceful one-acre respite for gardening enthusiasts for more than a century. The property was purchased in 1903 by the great grandfather of John Michler, and the surrounding neighborhood grew up around it. In recent years, John’s son, Robin, has taken on more of the management responsibilities, along with his sister, Jessamine, who oversees the floral business.
Although its location hasn’t changed, Michler’s has had to adapt and reinvent itself multiple times over its 115-year history. Today, the greenhouse specializes in a year-round selection of native and flowering plants, with a wide selection of perennials in addition to annuals, herbs and specialty shrubs.
As both grower and retailer for much of its perennial stock, Michler’s carries a wider selection year-round than garden centers at typical big-box stores, which generally stock a seasonal rotation. Doing so gives the family business a better knowledge and control over how the plants are grown, Robin Michler said. Michler’s also handles garden design and installation for customers who want the added services.
“We’ve tried to help people think in terms of plant collections,” Robin Michler said. “We like to hear what their project is and offer a grouping of plants to fit the concept.”
More of today’s gardening consumers are looking to do something different with their lawns and gardens, Robin Michler said, and to create functional outdoor spaces that they can enjoy. That spirit has been brought to life at Michler’s in the Kentucky Native Café, which was created four years ago from an underutilized greenhouse and a former composting site at the back of the property.
“To succeed in the long term with a small business like this, it takes the ability to reinvent yourself multiple times.” —Robin Michler
Patrons can linger at picnic seating and cafe tables set among lush plantings beneath a tall canopy of shade trees anytime the greenhouse is open, and enjoy beer and wine along with nonalcoholic spritzers, cheese plates and salads when the café opens evenings and weekends from April to October.
“It gives people a way to enjoy a garden space right here, using the same concepts we employ in other people’s gardens,” Robin Michler said.
While boosting the company’s already solid greenhouse business wasn’t the café’s primary intent, both businesses have helped the other grow, Robin Michler said. He has noticed that customers tend to wander between the café and the greenhouse, especially on weekends, and the café has also brought more floral business clients, who typically place orders by phone or online, onto Michler’s premises.
“To succeed in the long term with a small business like this, it takes the ability to reinvent yourself multiple times,” Robin Michler said. “It’s not just one reinvention.”
Wild Things: More Than You'd Expect From a Local FloristTuesday, July 03, 2018
As a teenager, Chicago native Carolyn Harbert had to choose a summer job. After learning her mother used to work for a florist, she decided to follow suit and give it a try. It was during that job, while assisting her local florist, that she discovered her passion for floral design and her gift for creativity.She took that artistic bent to college at Auburn University, where she earned her degree in graphic design, which in turn earned her a position at an advertising agency in Atlanta. While building her creative portfolio in Atlanta, she met her husband, a Birmingham native. The couple soon moved to Birmingham, where Carolyn dabbled in the freelance world of branding and logo design — but she had a nagging feeling that it wasn’t quite the job for her. She oftentimes found herself visiting local supermarkets to buy flowers to decorate her new home, but wished there was a local stop — both trendy and fun — that sold fresh arrangements, along with other pretty trinkets to pepper throughout a home and brighten someone’s day.Then one day she realized she should create this dr... https://styleblueprint.com/birmingham/everyday/wild-things-more-than-youd-expect-from-a-local-florist/
High court annuls ruling against floristTuesday, July 03, 2018
June 25) in the ongoing effort by business owners to practice their faith convictions.The justices issued an order that annulled a lower-court ruling against Washington state florist Barronelle Stutzman, a Southern Baptist who declined to design flowers for a same-sex wedding. The order also instructed the Washington Supreme Court to reconsider its previous decision in light of the justices’ June 4 opinion in favor of a Colorado cake artist who refused to design and decorate a cake in celebration of the wedding of two men.In that 7-2 decision, the high court ruled the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated the religious free exercise clause of the First Amendment and demonstrated in its action “religious hostility” toward Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop.The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission applauded the Supreme Court’s order.“We’re encouraged that the Supreme Court decided to give Barronelle a new day in court,” said Travis Wussow, vice president of public policy and general counsel for the ERLC.“Throughout the process in Washington state court, Barronelle’s sincerely held religious beliefs were treated with neither respect nor dignity,R... https://www.baptistmessenger.com/high-court-annuls-ruling-against-florist/
Greenleaf Wholesale Florist seeks $82294 paymentTuesday, July 03, 2018
NEW ORLEANS – Greenleaf Wholesale Florist Inc. claims it is owed more than $80,000. Greenleaf Wholesale filed a lawsuit June 22 against Meade Wenzel, doing business as Meade Wensel Florists, in Orleans Parish Civil District Court. According to the complaint, Meade Wenzel owes $82,293.90 plus interest and has failed to pay off the balance due. The plaintiff seeks all reasonable damages, court costs, attorney's fees and all appropriate relief. It is represented by Joseph Fick of Newman, Mathis, Brady & Spedale in Metairie. The case has been assigned to Division C Judge Sidney Cates. Orleans Parish Civil District Court case number 18-6184... https://louisianarecord.com/stories/511470871-greenleaf-wholesale-florist-seeks-82-294-payment
What The Supreme Court's Wedding Cake Ruling Means For NorthwestTuesday, July 03, 2018
While the court's 7-2 decision skirted the main legal arguments the case presented, the court's ruling sets the stage for two similar cases in the Northwest: one involving a Washington florist and another with a bakery owner in Oregon. This week, the U.S. Supreme Court could decide whether to hear the case involving the Washington flower shop, Arlene’s Flowers. That case has the potential to answer some of the larger questions the court avoided in the Colorado decision. The big issue is whether people can claim religious liberty and free speech as a reason for not serving same sex couples. "The Supreme Court basically punted and said this case may very well be decided under different factual circumstances where you don't have a question about whether the commission was acting impartially," said Mat dos Santos, the legal director for the ACLU of Oregon. While the Masterpiece Cakes ruling sidestepped the fundamental clash between religious freedom and civil rights, Northwest lawmakers used the ruling as an opportunity to decry discrimination. Arlene's Flowers Back in 2013, Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed got married without the help of Arlene’s Flowers. They had asked their longtime local florist, Barronelle Stutzman, to do their wedding arrangements. Stutzman refused, citing her “relationship with Jes... http://kuow.org/post/what-supreme-courts-wedding-cake-ruling-means-northwest