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Florist Selected to Help Decorate White House for Holidays - U.S. News & World ReportWednesday, April 11, 2018
Florist Selected to Help Decorate White House for HolidaysU.S. News & World ReportCOLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) — West Point florist Scott Reed never thought his first trip to Washington, D.C. would be for such an esteemed reason — to decorate The White House for Christmas. Reed, owner of Petal Pushers, which provides an "out of the ...and more »...
What You Need to Know about Milwaukee's Newest Flower-powered Startup - Milwaukee MagazineWednesday, April 11, 2018
In anticipation of the event, we sat down with marketing manager Lindsay Leinenkugel to ask her about the company and its charitable focus. How is Flowers for Dreams unlike a traditional florist?First and foremost, we give back 25 percent of profits to charity every month. And we’re actively putting on events with the charities and partnering with them. Flowers for Dreams is a modern company. It’s not your average florist offering balloons and gifts. All of our flowers are locally crafted, and we source locally grown flowers as much as we can. Photo courtesy of Twin Lens WeddingsHow do you decide which charities to donate to each month?We open our charity application every year in October. We invite nonprofits in Milwaukee and Chicago to apply. And we get the core team together to pitch our favorite charities to each other. Some of the charities hit really close to home for some of us. After that, we all vote. Teens Grow Greens is our April charity. It’s a really cool organization that provides local kids with paid internships and teaches them about sustainability. We support both small and large charities. The Hunger Task Force and Milwaukee Public Library get our support too. Who’s a typical Flowers for Dreams customer?Everyone loves flowers, and they make such a cool and thoughtful gift, so anyone can really appreciate the bouquets. But Milwaukee-area Millennials seem to love the company’s charity aspect especially. Do weddings account for a large portion of your sales?As a whole, weddings and events are a big part of our business. We’re going to do more than 500 weddings this year, but daily deliveries still play a major part too.Why did the company want to expand to Milwaukee?Proximity to Chicago was important. We needed to be close to the next location, so the drive would be easy. Knowing that people in Milwaukee are so giving and so interested in giving back to their own community was crucial too – we knew the model would work as well in Milwaukee as it did in Chicago. People here are proud of where they’re from and what to...
Harry and Meghan's royal wedding florist opts for white roses and peonies - CNNWednesday, April 11, 2018
The couple have tasked London florist Philippa Craddock with decorating St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, where the wedding is set to take place on May 19.Craddock's team plans to use white garden roses, peonies and foxgloves, as well as branches of beech, birch and hornbeam for the chapel's floral displays.Many of the plants will be sourced from the gardens and parkland of the royally-owned Crown Estate and Windsor Great Park."Where possible, Philippa will use flowers and plants that are in season and blooming naturally in May," Kensington Palace said in a statement released Saturday. After the wedding, the flowers will be distributed to local charities. Self-taught florist Craddock has been in the business nine years, with past clients including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Hampton Court Palace, and designers Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior.More wedding details revealed Last week, the royal couple revealed that pastry chef Claire Ptak, who was raised in California and now owns London-based...
Out of flowers? Flour? Businesses contend with supply crises - Colorado Springs GazetteWednesday, April 11, 2018
Of course, this was the season when everyone wanted champagne- and gold-themed weddings, and the champagne part was all taupe roses," says Pliska, owner of Planterra, a commercial florist and owner of a wedding venue where the decor is all about flowers and plants.Pliska, whose company is located in West Bloomfield, Michigan, could have substituted other flowers but wanted to deliver customers' first choices. So he and his employees tinted white roses by hand.Supply shortages can be the bane of a small company's existence. Severe weather and disasters can cause shortages, as can a manufacturer shutting down or stopping production of ingredients, components or raw materials. And shortages can force owners to be creative in finding substitutes or workarounds to mitigate damage to revenue and customer relationships.Shortages can hit companies of any size. Hundreds of KFC stores in Britain had to close in February when they were unable to get shipments of chicken and other supplies. The problem started when KFC switched to a different delivery company that couldn't handle the volume of food the company needs at its 900 British outlets.But small businesses can have an advantage over larger ones in a supply crisis, says Sunder Kekre, an operations management professor at Carnegie Mellon Univers... http://gazette.com/out-of-flowers-flour-businesses-contend-with-supply-crises/article/feed/553985
Beloved florist back to his shop on Valentine's Day after two years of health problems - KSFYWednesday, April 11, 2018
For years, he was a regular on KSFY Morning News, Sioux Falls florist Pat Gustaf is well-known and well-liked in the community. But in recent years, Pat has battled some health problems: a type of cancer that has targeted his kidneys. He's bouncing back, though, and on this Valentine's Day, he was back to work, making floral arrangements on one of his busiest days of the year. "It's our #3 holiday. We're lucky enough to have consistent clientele that loves our stuff and we love working for them. I think that speaks volumes for who we are as a florist. We want to make it very personal. It's a personal business. It's going to be chaotic, but a controlled chaotic. Valentine's Day is one of those times we get to shine, we make new innovations. Not everyone wants it to be the same every year," Pat Gustaf said."A year ago, they were telling me to make peace with everyone. I was having seizures on a regular basis. Kidney cancer. This August, it'll be two years. They took my left kidney because it had a mass of a grapefruit size on it. If we can keep it... http://www.ksfy.com/content/news/Beloved-florist-back-to-his-shop-on-Valentines-Day-after-two-years-of-health-problems-474123393.html