Local Flower Shop News
Crystal City Florist's Business Blooms Around Valentine's Day - ARL nowTuesday, February 27, 2018
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 Americans will spend two billion dollars on Valentine’s Day flowers in 2018. Total planned Valentine’s Day spending is up nationwide, from $18.2 billion in 2017 to a projected $19.8 billion this year.“There used to be a time where we would depend on the phones and at a certain point we would turn them off,” Hossini explained. “But now, with internet e-florists, we get so much business from that. We think we’re not that busy but the orders are coming through on the computer.”“You turn around and there’s 10 orders on the computer and you’re like — ahhh!”This is the only time of year that Flowers With Love, bought by Hossini in 1998 from the original own...
Loveland offers holiday giving opportunities - Loveland Reporter-HeraldTuesday, November 28, 2017
Center. These agencies provide services to residents with cognitive disabilities and to abused and neglected children.Tickets are available at Cloz to Home, 120 E. Fourth St.; Rowe's Flowers, 863 N. Cleveland Ave.; and Thompson Valley Liquor, 1195 Eagle Drive. Tickets at the door cost $45.Red Kettle campaignEvery Christmas, without fail, volunteers can be spotted outside local businesses ringing bells next to red kettles, seeking donations for the local Salvation Army."It's a long-term Christmas tradition in our community," said Olga Duvall of the local Salvation Army that covers Loveland and Berthoud.Though the red kettles appear at Christmas time, the money raised helps residents all year long with housing, food and other emergency needs.Last year, 179 volunteers spent 986 hours manning kettles around Thanksgiving and Christmas and collected $91,167.12 to help families in Loveland and Berthoud. The volunteers are out again this year, though more are still needed as are the donations that people drop into the red kettles."It's a very good opportunity to volunteer for families and for children and youth," said Duvall, explaining that there are 3,640 volunteer hours to fill.And every cent of the collected money is invested into the Loveland and Berthoud community to help with emergency needs, whether it be for housing, transportation food and more, Duvall said. Last year, the agency helped 1,600 people, and that help included 4,205 emergency food boxes, 2,004 bus tickets and 758 hygiene items alongside snacks, rental assistance and more."One hundred and ten families received rental assistance, which means 110 families did not become homeless," said Duvall.Residents can help by dropping cash into red kettles between now and Dec. 23, or by volunteering their time to man the kettles and ring the bells.Four hours of volunteer time can result in enough donations to keep a family in their home for a month, while two hours could prevent a family of four from going hungry for that same month, according to the Salvation Army website.This year, bell ringers will be at Hays Market in Berthoud and, in Loveland, at both King Soopers and both Walmart locations, Sam's Club, Hobby Lobby, Macy's, Kmart and the west and downtown Safeway stores.To volunteer, sign up at registertoring.com or call 699-8380Bread, boards and moreThe Food Bank for Larimer County accepts food and monetary donations to help residents throughout the year, though often more donations are needed around the holiday season. Officials say that every $1 donated equates to $5 worth of food available to those in need... http://www.reporterherald.com/news/loveland-local-news/ci_31478204/loveland-offers-holiday-giving-opportunities
5 Great Places to Get Flowers - WLKY LouisvilleWednesday, March 14, 2018
WLKY Louisville5 Great Places to Get FlowersWLKY LouisvilleWith three locations in Louisville (St. Matthews, East End and Dixie Highway), Nanz & Kraft is a full-service florist. They are also one of Louisville's oldest businesses, dating back to 1850. There are many options here for flowers. You can walk in a ...and more »... http://www.wlky.com/article/5-great-places-to-get-flowers/16758231
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...
Broomfield couple starts eco-friendly floral business - Broomfield EnterpriseWednesday, March 14, 2018
S. Taylor Ave., Suite D-2 in Louisville.Leah, who runs the shop and who used to be an anatomy and physiology professor, said she is learning from Kim Green, the company's florist."Kim is the flower boss," Leah said. "She's taught me a lot."Green, who has been in floral design for 20 years, said she selects flowers based on how they feel and whether the colors are found in nature. Since the flowers are made from materials, including latex covered fabric and polyether polyurethane foam, they can stand up to extreme heat or cold. She also enjoys making flower crowns and flower collars for pets, including Mijo, the two-year-old shop dog.Compass Rose Floral got its name from Leah's father, a man who loved to travel and who died of cancer before their wedding. She and her husband held a smaller ceremony at a friend's Mediterranean restaurant before the big ceremony so he could participate.AdvertisementJaysin Anderson, a project manager, said he and Leah got into the business after they learned now expensive their own wedding flowers could be.The company uses high-end faux flowers that they arrange, rent out for events and then strip down to be used again."Everything we clip off — the stems and leaves — we use it again," Leah said. That wish to be kinder to the environment translates to their home where they compost and recycle. Solar panels designed by Elon Musk and a Tesla are on their list for future purchases.Faux flowers line a display case at Compass Rose Floral. (Jennifer Rios / Enterprise Staff)Jaysin Anderson said the company charges about half of what a typ... http://www.broomfieldenterprise.com/news/ci_31717907/broomfield-couple-starts-eco-friendly-floral-business
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
Business in bloom - Hollister Free LanceWednesday, March 14, 2018
And one that quite literally can save the day.As an event coordinator who offers clients “packages” by finding vendors for special events, Christin realized finding a florist for her brides was becoming a frustrating task. So she allowed them to choose their own florists.One day, however, Christin was hit with an unexpected challenge. On her way home after setting up a wedding, she received a phone call from her assistant.“She said, ‘The flowers are supposed to be here,’” Christin recalls. “I said, ‘I don’t even know who their florist is!’”Feeling helpless, Christin decided to do the flowers herself.It ultimately became a game-changer in her event planning.“I kind of put together a price list for myself, and I thought well, would somebody ask me to do their flowers for them?”Christin, who owns Fox Creek Events, has been the event planner for Fox Creek Ranch for the past three years.Now, she has ventured out by opening her own flower shop, The Flower Girl, in San Juan Bautista on Feb 1.With the help of consultant, Michelle Roberson, Christin has learned the “tricks of the trade,” she says.But she hasn’t needed much help with the business aspect of her store.Both Christin and her husband, Greg Burda, have been owners of La Casa Rosa in San Juan Bautista for more than a year.And in the process of completing the restaurant renovations, Christin had a vision of putting a flower shop behind the restaurant. Greg, however, suggested to open a sh...