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From flowers to housing: Family-owned Ah Sam property for sale in San Mateo - San Mateo Daily JournalTuesday, May 23, 2017
The site stretches to the train tracks just west of the massive Bay Meadows redevelopment and is a stone’s throw from the recently approved Hillsdale Terrace housing project.
The business has been in the Leong family since the 1930s and Ah Sam grew over the years into a prosperous floral business at the San Mateo locale. But now, nearly 70 percent of the site is currently unused as vacant greenhouses line the rear of the property, Paris said.
While the family plans to sell the land, loyal customers are reassured Ah Sam’s business isn’t going away. Instead, the Leongs are looking to downsize their current retail space, relocate some of the operations off-site, and occupy the ground-floor commercial portion of a new development, Paris said.
The property was publicly listed on the market earlier this year after a $21 million agreement fell through last year. A Southern California-based builder was under contract for the site when they backed out last minute, Paris said.
However, it means a good amount of due diligence has been done to assess what is feasible on the site. The conceptual proposal for a five-story building with about 160 units would meet all of the city’s zoning codes once a state-density bonus is applied, he said. The project would also include a portion of below-market-rate units, Paris noted.
A severe deficit of housing units to accommodate the region’s prosperous job growth has made transit-oriented, mixed-use development proposals a hot commodity for both cities and investors.
Across the street along the 2600 block of El Camino Real, the city recently approved 68 condominiums and nearly 13,500 square feet of commercial space as part of the Hillsdale Terrace proposal. Bay Meadows, the 180-acre revamp of the former horse race track, is also nearby and, when complete will include nearly 1,100 housing units along with office and commercial space. Developers of those two projects have cited the proximity to the Hillsdale Caltrain station and future grade separations as prime perks for the infill sites.
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Portland area bakers, florists on front lines of 'religious freedom' and gay ... - OregonLive.comFriday, July 31, 2015
Beaverton Florists is a family-owned business that's spanned three generations since its founding in 1943. The store is on Southwest Watson Avenue just south of busy Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.At 33, Sara Hill is the daughter-in-law of store owners Keith and Sheri Hill and, with her husband Andy, is poised to take over the company's management in the coming years."I think it's ridiculous that any business would turn away a gay couple," she said. "As a business, you're shooting yourself in the foot to deny anybody."Hill said she doesn't have strong religious beliefs, characterizing herself as "either a humanist or an atheist," but noted that neither perspective is relevant when it comes to serving Beaverton's diverse communities."On a daily basis, we are delivering to lots of clients and we have to know a little about their traditions in order to serve them," Hill said.Hill said she is in charge of the floral shop's greeting cards and has made it a point to expand the inventory beyond "Mr. and Mrs." to include "Mr. and Mr." and "Mrs. and Mrs." options."I really don't get it," she said of the Gresham bakers' refusal to bake a wedding cake. "All you're doing is selling something to someone. You're not invited to the wedding. You're not involved once the transaction is done. "That anyone would refuse service on account of religious principles just doesn't make sense, Hill said."Most religions teach love and kindness and acceptance and compassion," she said. "So if you're going to be ascribing to religious values, discriminating against someone does not play into that."***Seri Lopez is a cake artist and designer... http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2015/04/portland_area_bakers_florists.html
The 4 Best Florists In Baltimore - CBS BaltimoreTuesday, May 21, 2019
BALTIMORE (Hoodline) — Just in time for Valentine’s Day — if you’re wondering where to find the best florists near you?Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top florists in Baltimore, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture next time you’re in the market for florists.1. Local Color FlowersPHOTO: E D./YELPTopping the list is Local Color Flowers. Located at 3100 Brentwood Ave. in Abell, the florist is the highest rated florist in Baltimore, boasting 4.5 stars out of 37 reviews on Yelp.2. Fleur De Lis FloristPHOTO: FLEUR DE LIS FLORIST/YELPNext up is downtown’s Fleur de Lis Florist, situated at 226 N. Liberty St., Floor 1. With 4.5 stars out of 35 reviews on Yelp, the florist and floral designer spot has proven to be a local favorite.3. The Modest FloristPHOTO: KATE H./YELPHampden’s The Modest Florist, located at 3601-R Chestnut Ave., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the florist four stars out of 21 reviews.4. Enchanted Petals FloristPHOTO: ENCHANTED PETALS FLORIST/YELPEnchanted Petals Florist, a flo... https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2019/02/10/the-4-best-florists-in-baltimore/
Paper florist blossoms at business awards ceremony - Craft BusinessTuesday, May 21, 2019
Paper florist ArloArts won the Best New Business Award at the SME Luton & Bedfordshire Business Awards 2019, hosted at the Bedford Corn Exchange. The award is the culmination of a successful first year in business, which has seen ArloArts grow from a home-based business to opening a dedicated shop in The Arcade in Bedford town centre. The SME Best New Business Award is focused on businesses established within the last two years that demonstrate a high degree of entrepreneurship and vision for the future. Winning the regional award puts ArloArts directly into prestigious national finals, to be held at Wembley Stadium in December. Joanne Bird judged the Best New Business category on behalf of award sponsors and recruitment experts Allen Day. Joanne commented: “ArloArts stood out as something I’ve never seen before. It’s a unique business offering something different. I’m delighted to see a fresh new independent business doing so well, and I wish ArloArts every success for the future. https://www.craftbusiness.com/news/view/paper-florist-blossoms-at-business-awards-ceremony
Florist pairs wine and bouquets - The AdvocateTuesday, May 21, 2019
Bouquets and gift arrangements including bottles of wine sit on display at Stamford Florist on Thursday, August 1, 2013. Bouquets and gift arrangements including bottles of wine sit on display at Stamford Florist on Thursday, August 1, 2013. Photo: Lindsay Perry Photo: Lindsay Perry Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Image 1 of ... https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Florist-pairs-wine-and-bouquets-4702063.php
Not all floral arrangements are created equal: what you need to know - Surrey Now-LeaderTuesday, May 21, 2019
Do you know where your floral arrangement has come from?Even the savviest purchasers might be surprised, especially if they’re ordering online.Some online floral sites are adept at mimicking local florists, meaning you might think you’re calling a shop across town, when in fact you’re re-directed to a far-off call centre.And because that call centre takes a percentage of the cost of the arrangement, the florist who’s preparing your flowers can actually receive an order valued at much less than you paid, meaning what you paid for is not what you get, explains Tracy Bell, owner of Surrey’s La Belle Fleur Floral Boutique.“When you’re sending flowers to your mom, partner or anyone special, it’s really important to contact the florist directly,” Bell says. “Ask for their address – if they have a brick-and-mortar shop, they’ll be able to provide one.”Other sites will ship days-old cold-stored flowers in a flat pack – not the professionally designed floral arrangement you might believe you’ve purchased.With Mother’s Day coming up, the message is especially important. Unlike Valentine’s Day, when we typically give flowers in person, on Mother’s Day we’re often sending arrangements acros... https://www.surreynowleader.com/marketplace/not-all-floral-arrangements-are-created-equal-what-you-need-to-know/
Wood’s Flowers and Gifts Becomes a Proud Member of Teleflora Network - Press Release - Digital JournalTuesday, May 21, 2019
College Park Florist - Flower Delivery by Wood's Flowers and GiftsEstablished in 1938, Wood's Flowers and Gifts expertly delivers beautiful floral arrangements for every occasion, including birthdays, Mother’s Day, anniversaries, and more. They have now become a proud member of the Teleflora Network.College Park, Maryland - May 20, 2019 - With over eight decades of experience in the floral industry, Wood's Flowers and Gifts, the leading College Park florist delivers beautiful floral arrangements for every occasion, including birthdays, Mother’s day and anniversaries. They are the ‘go to’ florist for all your flower deliveries to College Park, Beltsville, Greenbelt, or anywhere in the country.“Wood's Flowers and Gifts is family owned and operated and was established in 1938. We offer a large selection of fresh flowers and beautiful roses. We make daily deliveries and send flowers anywhere in the country,” commented the spokesperson of Wood's Flowers and Gifts. Wood's Flowers and Gifts has become a p... http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/4312337