Ann Arbor Flower Shop News
Florists Leave Omaha With Renewed Energy, Actionable Tips - PerishableNews (press release)Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Blast in Omaha, sponsored by the Bill Doran Company, offered detailed advice on design, finance, technology and sales: Fourth-generation florist Laura Daluga, AIFD, of The Department of Floristry in Ann Arbor, Michigan, shared enchanting designs that maximize negative space and thoughtful ways to appeal to consumers' emotions in "Exceeding the Demands of Today's Gift Givers," a presentation sponsored by Smithers-Oasis. Paul Goodman, CPA, MBA, PFCI, author of "The Profit Minded Florist" and a Floral Management columnist, offered tips to increase efficiency in "A Roadmap for Profitable Deliveries." In "Driving Local Orders to Your Shop," Rakini Chinery, AAF, AzMF, owner of Allan's Flowers in Prescott, Arizona, explained ways to increase online visibility. Sales and customer service guru Tim Huckabee, the founder of Floral Strategies, broke down bad habits that drag sales numbers and simple tweaks to reverse them in "Smart Selling LIVE." (Check out Huckabee's latest Smart Selling column in Floral Management.) "If Profit Blast comes within 300 or so miles of your shop, go! It is more than worth the drive," said Renee Polreis, AIFD, manager of Nepstad's Flowers in Mitchell, South Dakota, who traveled more than 500 miles round-trip to Omaha. "The information you get at this event will help you run your everyday business on the next level." SAF's 1-Day Profit Blast is gearing up for three other dates in 2018. Check safnow.org/1-day-profit-blast to see if the can't miss event — packed with design, sales, technology and management education, along with a Supplier Showcase — is coming to a city near you! ### About SAF The Society of American Florists is the leading organization representing all segments of the floral industry. SAF is proud to provide marketing, business and government services to its members, including growers, wholesalers, retailers, suppliers, importers, educators, designers and allied organizations. The association was chartered by an act of Congress in 1884. To learn more about SAF or to join, visit safnow.org. Source: The Society of American Florists ... http://www.perishablenews.com/index.php?article%3D0065493
The Flower Bar: flowers, coffee, pastries and more - Hometownlife.comTuesday, December 05, 2017
It's ever-evolving. We want to be a destination — let's stop by and see what they are doing today," Brett Huey said. "We see mostly South Lyon customers, people on their way to Ann Arbor. We get so many cars here that have to stop at the four-way stop (intersection). On the weekends, they say they went by, but were running late."The building also doesn't accommodate a drive-through window, which many coffee-related shops rely on. "We can't have a drive-through, but we want to have people come in so that we can get to know their tastes," Laura Huey said. "Right now, we've just been trying to get the word out that we're open."img itemprop="url" src="https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/abc24fbd7747a50af62bd39601855788dddef857/c=5-0-4027-3024&r=x408&c=540x405/local/-/media/2017/12/01/MIGroup/Livonia/636477413362792811-SLh.flower-bar-3-2-.JPG" alt="Fresh-cut flowers, even some kale, are offered at the" width="540" heig... http://www.hometownlife.com/story/money/business/2017/12/05/flower-bar-flowers-coffee-pastries-and-more/913897001/
Ann Arbor-area flower growers band together to form Michigan's first flower co-op - ConcentrateTuesday, October 24, 2017
As the consumer trend toward buying local flourishes, a new wholesale flower co-op in Ann Arbor is aiming to expand that idea to include locally-grown flowers. A group of 11 local flower growers banded together to create the Michigan Flower Growers' Cooperative, the only flower co-op in Michigan. Members host a wholesale market on Wednesdays for area florists and designers who would like to support local Michigan flower growers. They launched their new co-op in July at Passionflower, a studio florist shop owned by Susan McLeary at 2401 S. Industrial Highway in Ann Arbor. The three co-owners of the co-op are all farmers from the Ann Arbor area: Alex Cacciari of Seeley Farm, Trilby Becker of Sunseed Farm, and Amanda Maurmann of Gnome Grown Flower Farm. Maurmann also serves as market manager. "We're lagging a little behind the local food movement, but it's the same intention," Maurmann says. Maurmann says she hopes the co-op will inspire Ann Arbor-area consumers to consider the source of their flowers as they are increasingly doing with meat, egg... http://www.secondwavemedia.com/concentrate/innovationnews/flowercoop0427.aspx
The Ann Arbor Art Fair Features Four Separate Festivals - The Jewish NewsTuesday, July 18, 2017
Two artists with Israeli backgrounds are returning to this year’s Ann Arbor Art Fair — one showing paintings that include Jewish themes and another showing an array of jewelry with Jewish themes available by special order.They will be among 1,000 artists spread out across 39 city blocks July 20-23, when some 400,000 visitors will be able to browse and choose original designs worked through many media, including glass, wood, metal and photography.Mira Raman, who makes her own paper and is known for “happy” images, often sits on her Tel Aviv balcony creating outdoor scenes with small flowers and animals and indoor scenes that reflect a Jewish household.“My paintings have a three-dimensional effect because of the way the paper is made,” Raman explains. “I’ve shown a lot of little flowers since studying Japanese painting styles, but the flowers are indigenous to Israel.”Raman does not consider her approach as brushing paint. Using acrylics, she considers her technique as putting paint on paper.“As a child, I painted all the time,” she says. “I studied ar...
Floral accessories get creative - The-reviewTuesday, July 18, 2017
Susan Mcleary, a floral designer, artist and instructor who operates Passionflower in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has a long list of go-to flowers and foliage that she uses as wearables. [Article continues below]"The best way to form your own list is to test obsessively," Mcleary said. "Anytime I get a new flower in the studio, I snip off a few blooms to test how they fare out of water. "For floral jewelry, I love using young, tight ranunculus, astrantia blooms, hyacinth pips, delphinium florets, huechera foliage, herbs, berries, pods, miniature orchids . to name a few." Floral pieces appreciate a periodic misting but they are made to last for the duration of a one-day event such as a wedding or party, Mcleary said. Succulents can last up to three weeks without watering. Mcleary's designs often center around a single family of colors, adding a variety of shades and textures to boost interest. "Larger blooms and darker shades typically are set down first, and more delicate materials and lighter shades float above," she said. She receives many illustrated thank you notes from former clients -- usually brides -- for whom she designed succulent jewelry that was successfully re-potted. "A favorite photo came on one couple's first anniversary: a pot of overflowing plants, happily nestled in their new home," she said. Online: www.PassionflowerEvents.com . You can contact Dean Fosdick at email@example.comRate this article Do you want to leave a comment? Please Log In or Register to comment. http://www.the-review.com/local%2520accent/2017/06/27/floral-accessories-get-creative
Out of flowers? Flour? Businesses contend with supply crises - Colorado Springs GazetteWednesday, April 11, 2018
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 University's Tepper School of Business. They don't have the bureaucracy of large companies, and that gives them more flexibility in coming up with a solution, he says.Small companies are also better able to stay in touch and negotiate with customers."You might convince them, 'You do... http://gazette.com/out-of-flowers-flour-businesses-contend-with-supply-crises/article/feed/553985
Florist invites selfies in window for ACLU donations - The Detroit NewsWednesday, April 11, 2018
A florist at Pot + Box has turned her storefront window in the Fisher Building into backdrops inviting passersby to take photos for any donation to the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan. Lisa Waud, owner of Pot + Box flower shop, is well known for her designs, activism and as the producer of Flower House in 2015. She said for her next project, she was inspired when she saw Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald's national portraits of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. "In the flower shop, we work in this fishbowl-type area where people can see us working as they walk by...kind of like an open kitchen," said Waud, 40. "I used that window for this project where I challenged myself to reproduce their backdrops." Waud said the displays were just supposed to be used as art "but then someone walked in and asked to sit in the chair and out of nowhere I said 'only if you donate to the ACLU." This week only, Waud invites guests into her storefront window to take photos from outside or inside the display for a donation of any amount to the ACLU of Michigan. "In the political climate we're in, rather than complain about bad things, I wanted to interpret and incorporate the community to participate in something positive with meaning," Waud said. "The ACLU does a lot of great work. It feels both universal but not too broad of a nonprofit."The florist said she only planned on ...
Over the Garden Fence | Flower show displays focus on world water issues - Bucyrus Telegraph ForumWednesday, March 14, 2018
The United States was presented with a structure of copper tubing and repeated green dendrobium orchids. Simple. We were reminded of the Flint, Michigan’s cost-cutting that led to tainted water and Toledo’s toxic algae bloom scare from Lake Erie, which restricted water usage. It was pointed out that about one-fifth of our citizens are exposed to unsafe water. The other interpretations were just as sobering.A presentation with thousands of orchids depicted the Great Barrier Reef using all white ones to depict the dying portions of this once healthy coral area. Below were the gorgeous, colorful orchids showing healthy portions; these blended with linear, and textural greens.Massive gardens with fountains, pathways with streams, a desert setting and a Zen garden all used water components. Rain chains, rain barrels, sprinkling cans, down-spouting and buckets had been fashioned into water-moving units with artistry with flowers. Salt and tidal marshes, vernal pools, ponds, rivers, oceans, falls, water pests, the concept "water color," hydroponics, boulders of melting snow, and rain curtains were all presented in some manner.The space here just skims the surface of the show. Exhibits were very interesting, so realistic, and well-labeled. Most pointed out water as an everyday essential, an element worthy enough to be protected.With so much more to share from the designing and horticulture class entries brought by non-professional individuals, I will close.The trip did succeed in bringing spring into our hearts.Mary Lee Minor is a member of the Earth, Wind and Flowers Garden Club, is an accredited flower show judge for the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs and a former sixth-grade teacher.Read or Share this story: http://ohne.ws/2pc2m1j...
Flower festival time: Cherry blossoms, tulips and lilacs: - News-Herald.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
Netherlands to see the Keukenhof gardens in Lisse, which are planted with 7 million flowering bulbs — tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and more — blooming March 22-May 13.Or you could visit Holland, Michigan, which hosts a Tulip Time Festival May 5-13. The city planted 100,000 tulips back in 1929, and the annual celebration of the tulip now includes entertainment, costumes, parades and activities.Pella, Iowa, has also been hosting a Tulip Time celebration for decades. Pella’s event is May 3-5, and includes parades, Dutch costumes and performances, a craft and vendor fair, quilt and flower shows in addition to the tulip gardens.AdvertisementThe Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, based in Mount Vernon in the state of Washington, is scheduled for April 1-30 though the festival’s website notes that the tulips are expected to bloom the last week of March.CHERRY BLOSSOMSIn Washington, D.C., the projected peak date for cherry blossoms along the Tidal Basin will be March 17-20, with the National Cherry Blossom Festival running March 20-April 15. The festival marks the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from a Tokyo mayor to the U.S. capital city.The Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City also celebrates the blooming of cherry trees that were a gift from the Japanese government. A two-day festival called Sakura Matsuri is planned this year for April 28-29 with some 60 events, including per... http://www.news-herald.com/article/HR/20180312/ENTERTAINMENT/180319838