Local Flower Shop News
Crystal City Florist's Business Blooms Around Valentine's Day - ARL nowTuesday, February 27, 2018
A lot of times, people are not expecting the flowers on Monday or Tuesday, because they’re thinking Valentine’s is on Wednesday,” said Hossini, a Springfield, Va., resident. “It gives them an opportunity to enjoy the flowers earlier.”Flowers With Love only has two full-time employees and a part-time employee, but several seasonal employees are hired each Valentine’s Day just to keep up with the high volume of orders.Ranard Wood, a seasonal employee and resident of D.C.’s Cleveland Park neighborhood, has been working with flowers for the last 45 or 50 years. He loves arranging flowers, preferably tropical bouquets or hydrangeas, but since retirement he rarely works except for at Hossini’s store around Valentine’s Day.“She’s the only one who can bring me out to do this, because this is insane this time of year,” said Wood, pointing toward Hossini along the arrangement bar, where slews of Ecuadorian and Colombian roses cover the counter.In the two or three days leading up to Valentine’s Day, Hossini’s store makes about 10-15% of their annual sales. Mother’s Day and the Christmas season are their next busiest times of year, but Valentine’s Day is another level. That demand leads to higher markup for roses in the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, as rose growers stop cutting to prepare for the February 14 onslaught.The markups can range from an additional 100% per rose to as high as an extra 140%, which leads to higher prices for the florists and, in turn, for the customers. Beginning in early December, the prices shoot up, incrementally raising higher and higher closer to mid-February.The National Retail Federation estimates that Amer...
Springfield florists add holiday touch to White House Christmas display - The Boston GlobeTuesday, November 28, 2017
Springfield florists add holiday touch to White House Christmas display Globe Staff David DellaTorre and his wife, Rebecca, helped put together first lady Melania Trump’s decorations in Washington, D.C. By Steve Annear 20171128175641-- By Steve Annear Globe Staff November 28, 2017A couple from Western Mass. helped bring some holiday cheer to the White House over the weekend.David DellaTorre and his wife, Rebecca, who help run Springfield Florist Supply Inc., a wholesale company that distributes flowers from around the world to other shops, were selected from among dozens of other volunteers to travel to Washington, D.C., and assist first lady Melania Trump in decorating the building’s interior.“We just wanted to be a part of it and heard about other people doing it and it seemed like an interesting and once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said DellaTorre, whose grandfather, an Italian immigrant, started the family owned company in 1927. Advertisement “I...
Yelp: Best floral shops in time for spring - KITV HonoluluWednesday, March 14, 2018
Cindy's compared to a similar lei at another big box storeLooking for that wow factor? Yelper Nicole M gives 5-stars to Fujikami Florist in Nu'uanu. Her same day arrangement came out stunning! With amazing quality, exotic beautiful flowers, their creative arrangements give you more bang for your buck!For more flower power, check out the Yelp mobile app and write reviews or posts photos of your favorite local buisnesses! Watch for my Local Yelp mail tomorrow and catch Yelp every Tuesday and Sunday on Island News! See you on Yelp!... http://www.kitv.com/story/37725486/yelp-best-floral-shops-in-time-for-spring
Havana florist and doll shops are among businesses prohibited for American shoppers - Miami HeraldWednesday, March 14, 2018
November in a move designed to keep financial resources out of the hands of enterprises owned or controlled by the Cuban military. Also on the prohibited list are a Mercaderes Street florist shop where buckets of yellow, lavender, pink, coral and red roses and small floral arrangements await customers, and several other picturesque Old Havana stores that were launched by the Office of the Historian of the City of Havana to increase Old Havana’s charm factor.Except, Cuban officials say, it’s a mistake. The Muñecos de Leyenda (Legendary Dolls) store, the florist shop, and the other gift and souvenir stores aren’t controlled by the military or the military’s sprawling conglomerate GAESA (Grupo de Administración Empresarial).A boy passes Muñecos de Leyenda, a doll store in Old Havana that is on the restricted list. Mimi Whitefield mwhitefield@MiamiHerald.com The State Department’s list includes all the stores, restaurants and hotels that used to fall under the umbrella of Habaguanex, a corporation that belonged to the Office of the Historian and generated revenue to finance historic preservation in Old Havana and social projects in the neighborhood.In 2016, Habaguanex was absorbed by GAESA and the hotels and restaurants became part of the Gaviota Tourism Group, which belongs to the military. Habaguanex, GAESA and Gaviota are all on the restricted list.Orlando Ramos Blanco, the president of the San Cristobal Tourism Agency, said the stores shouldn’t be on the list. They remained with the Office of the Historian, which is directed by historian and preservationist Eusebio Leal, he said. San Cristobal is the Historian Office’s touri... http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/cuba/article201834119.html
Meet the Makers Behind Kendall Jenner's Unconventional Floral Headpiece - Vogue.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
The flower crown, in recent years, has gone from unconventional to ubiquitous—less free-spirited wild child, and more “every single girl” at Coachella. But London florist Rebel Rebel is making the flower crown unusual again, as they proved with a creation for Vogue’s April Issue cover star Kendall Jenner.“Crown,” perhaps, doesn’t do the structure justice. It’s an extravagant floral headpiece, overflowing with Gypsophila (better known as baby’s breath) shaped delicately around Jenner’s face. “I call it a lion’s mane,” says Phil Perry, one of the Rebel Rebel florists who made it.Rebel Rebel, who count Dior, Stella McCartney, and Swarovski among their clients, was founded in 2000 by Athena Duncan and Mairead Curtin. Their avant-garde and bold designs made them the poster children for London’s ongoing floral revolution, which saw an explosion in radical creativity and surrealism. While other florists fiddled away at crowns, Rebel Rebel perfected their floral diadems and mohawks. “I was quite bored with what was coming out,” Perry says of their experimental visions. “Flower crowns are so beautiful and so wrapped up in culture. It’s a shame for it to...
Floral artisans re-create de Young Museum's works with flowers - San Francisco ChronicleWednesday, March 14, 2018
McLellan Tayler regularly shops the Flower Mart, as she did last week while preparing her annual floral entry into the de Young Museum “Bouquet to Arts” exhibition.For the past 34 years, select florists and floral artisans have been invited to re-create pieces from the de Young’s collection of artwork — with flowers. One hundred and 20 (give or take) “exhibitors” select or are assigned one piece of artwork, including the really modern stuff like video installations, and interpret it with flora and fauna. The fragrant results remain on display throughout the museum for a single week. And then, for the most part, they die.“I got my first choice,” McLellan Tayler said of the artwork she’d chosen to re-create with flowers. She has participated in 32 of the 34 “Bouquets to Art” exhibitions, and she fully intends to take part next year.Basically, exhibitors like McLellan Tayler spend a day in January exploring every inch of the de Young. Nearly all of the museum’s pieces are up for floral artistry grabs, and each artist submits their top five choices to re-create in petals and leaves. It then comes down to Exhibitor Chair Lisa Harris, who spends an entire month trying to match exhibitors with art they like. “It’s a huge puzzle,” Harris said.Monday night was the Gala Preview, an opportunity for donors and exhibitors to take a peek at this year’s show before the public took over. McCall’s catered a gourmet buffet with rack of lamb, fresh rolled sushi and some wildly popular mini grilled cheese sandwiches. Open bars served cocktails and Champa...
Alicia Vikander wanted to become a florist - Cleveland AmericanWednesday, March 14, 2018
Alicia Vikander dreamed of being a florist as a child.The Academy Award-winning actress - who stars as Lara Croft in the new 'Tomb Raider' movie - has admitted to harbouring a number of professional ambitions during her youth, saying that at one stage she wanted to sell flowers for a living.Asked what she wanted to do as a child, Alicia shared: "My God, I wanted to be everything, from a florist to a dancer and an actress. I wanted to be a singer or a dancer, and it was not until ... it was actually a clip that was found of me on Swedish television not long ago that I don't have any memory of. But apparently in this interview at seven years old, I said that I wanted to be an actress. I actually had no clue I wanted to do that."The Swedish actress was a huge fan of adventure movies, such as 'The Mummy' and the 'Indiana Jones' franchise, during her younger years.And Alicia, 29 - who is married to fellow Hollywood star Michael Fassbender - has admitted that Bruce Willis was her "first crush".Quizzed about her obsession with... http://www.theclevelandamerican.com/lifestyles/entertainment/alicia-vikander-wanted-to-become-a-florist/article_2303a68f-6cbb-5cb1-bec9-25d51a379264.html