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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.
Further north, the Hayward Park Caltrain station ... http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/lnews/2017-05-23/from-flowers-to-housing-family-owned-ah-sam-property-for-sale-in-san-mateo/1776425180695.html
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
Michigan Floral Association is now Great Lakes Floral Association - PerishableNewsThursday, May 02, 2019
You may or may not have noticed a change; the Michigan Floral Association is now doing business as the Great Lakes Floral Association (GLFA). Nothing has changed except for the name. Our mission statement has dropped the word Michigan but otherwise remains the same: To provide education and professional partnerships to advance business and position our colleagues at the forefront of the floral industry.The idea for a name change first emerged at last years strategic planning meeting. The Board of Directors wanted to be more welcoming and more inclusive to anyone in our region who would like to become part of the association, hence the name change seamed logical. They were primarily thinking of those industry members to the south and east where retail floral education and professional industry partnerships are getting hard to find.As the Association moves forward into our second century we embrace change and look forward to welcoming industry members from near and far. Our goal is to make you feel welcome and part of the Great Lake... https://www.perishablenews.com/floral/michigan-floral-association-is-now-great-lakes-floral-association/
Urbandale: Where business is blooming and helping one another is the way the neighborhood grows - south west michiganTuesday, April 16, 2019
Athens,” says Elisha Hodge, owner of Plumeria Botanical Boutique. “I didn’t have a great high school experience and I never thought I would come back.”Hodge graduated from Central Michigan University and took a job in banking and later in financial advising. She had a good job, a dog, and a home in Grand Blanc, but realized she wasn’t happy with what she was doing.“I had this heart and this spirit, but the world kind of steps on you at times and I learned to be quiet,” Hodge says. A telephone call to her mother in Battle Creek set her life on a course she never expected to follow.“I was calling my mother and she said you should come home,” Hodge says. “My mom, my two sisters, their two families, and the rest of my family lives in Battle Creek. I don’t have a relative outside of Battle Creek. For years they were asking me to come back.”Hodge’s mother, Sandy, had worked for more than 30 years at the Country Bouquet Flower Shop located on West Michigan Avenue in Urbandale. The owner of the flower shop was planning to sell the business and at her mother’s urging, Elisha decided to throw caution to the wind. She put her house in Grand Blanc on the market.“My mom said I could take my banking background and her florist background and we could buy this business,” Hodge says. “When she mentioned it, I don’t know if any of us thought she was serious.”However, when Hodge’s Grand Blanc home sold in two weeks, she took it as a sign and moved back in June 2015 to embark on a new career as a business owner. She lived that summer in her sister’s basement and interned at the flower shop, putting her energy into learning about everything from how to order flowers, to arranging, to delivering.“I made a business plan and researched the market and did what I could to see if I could make this work,” Hodge says. “Over Labor Day my family came in and we cleaned and pa... http://www.secondwavemedia.com/southwest-michigan/features/Urbandale-Where-business-is-blooming-and-helping-one-another-is-the-way-neighborhood-grows1213.aspx
Field and Florist creates floral arrangements for freshness and sustainability - Chicago ReaderTuesday, April 16, 2019
Field & florist, which opened in 2017 in a charming basement in Wicker Park on Division just east of Damen, grows its flowers on a 30-acre farm in southwest Michigan. Owners Heidi Joynt, 36, and Molly Kobelt, 32, say this land—surrounded by woods, vineyards, and blueberry fields—is the beating heart of their business. "Farm-to-table" isn't just for restaurants anymore. Joynt says she wanted customers to interact with regional growers who are also designers. "In today's economy of Amazon-available-anything, I think it's increasingly important to make these connections to gain a little insight into everything from the labor required to produce something to the necessary seasonality of flower varieties," Joynt says. "It's important to see the world as a complex web of interconnected systems." Field & Florist uses organic fertilizer made from cow manure, mushroom compost, and a mixture of fish emulsion and kelp spray, and avoids pesticides. "While the environment is idyllic, I would say that the farm itself probably doesn't look like what people imagine when the... https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/field-and-florist-creates-floral-arrangements-for-freshness-sustainability/Content?oid=69018730
Traverse City Florist Closes After 72 Years of Business - 9&10 NewsTuesday, March 19, 2019
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/