Local Flower Shop News
Gainan's Flowers moving into former Hastings location - Billings GazetteTuesday, September 26, 2017
Garden will remain in its current location.“In a changing retail world, we have spent months researching and poring over options for Gainan’s Flowers to continue our same level of service to Billings and the surrounding area, while adapting to this change," Mick Gainan said in a press release.Both Gainan’s current locations on North 30th Street in downtown Billings and on 24th Street West are available for lease at this time.Family-owned Gainan’s has been a fixture in the Billings retail scene since 1951. One day Grant Gainan announced to his wife, Betty, that he planned to leave his job as a firefighter and open a flower shop.Her response: "But I don't know a petunia from a geranium," is a cherished piece of family lore.The April 28, 1951, issue of The Billings Gazette announced the store's opening with an ad proclaiming: "Presenting a most unique display of unusual flowers, plants, centerpieces, corsages, floral supplies and tropical fish."Over the years, Gainan’s has received several state and national awards. In 2008 Gainan’s received one of the floral industry's top honors by winning the sixth annual Retail Florist of the Year award from the Wholesale Florist and Florist Suppliers Association and Florists' Review magazine.In 1995 Gainan's received the Nation's Leader Top of Mind Awareness Award because so many local residents associated the name with the flower business. In 1996 the Montana State University-Bozeman College of Business named Gainan's Montana's Family Business of the Year. http://billingsgazette.com/business/gainan-s-flowers-moving-into-former-hastings-location/article_da37c7cb-24a3-5b9e-9f84-6cfc9c7cbebc.html
A budding star! Montana-based man gains a massive social media following for showing off his incredible floral ... - Daily MailTuesday, July 18, 2017
Building up: His Instagram account already has nearly 30,000 followersBlooming great: He started his career in visuals with the Hilton Garden Hotel in Billings, Montana, after graduation from Rocky Mountain CollegeHis posts have been lighting up the feeds of flower fans for the past year. Currently, The Flower Hat has nearly 30,000 followers, and Julio told Elle Decor that he is gaining around 3,000 each month. The account has become so successful that the handsome florist currently receives about half of his business purely through Instagram, which he also regularly updates with Stories showing his day-to-day activities as a florist and farmer extraordinaire.Julio got his career started back in 2008, after landing a job at the Hilton Garden Hotel in Billings, M... http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4701504/Florist-gains-social-media-following-lovely-bouquets.html
11 places where you can get a dozen roses for under $20 - The TennesseanWednesday, March 14, 2018
Day roses range from $12.99 to more than $100 this year. (Photo: Submitted)If you want to spend more on Valentine's flowersImport Flowers: $30Fresh Market: $49.99Garden Delights: $90Emma's Florist: $99.95Rebel Hill Florist: $99.95...
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
Labor of love: How do florists get ready for their big day? - Lexington Herald LeaderWednesday, March 14, 2018
Dozens of truckloads of flowers will hit Lexington streets on Wednesday, but for local florists, the preparations have been ongoing for months.Starting Monday, Ashland Florist on East Main Street received over three hundred orders for flowers, said Jane Willoughby, who owns the shop with her sister. On Valentine’s Day itself, the shop usually delivers five times the normal amount of orders.Some customer’s aren’t quiet sure what to send their loved ones at first, but many go with a tried and true staple of the holiday.“We usually start out asking what the recipient’s favorite flower is, what their favorite color is, but usually on Valentine’s it’s the red rose,” Willoughby said.At Ashland Florist, preparations start a year in advance with evaluations of what flowers sold well, and the shop starts ordering before Christmas, Willoughby said. Along with the rose, stargazer lilies and carnations are popular choices this year.While delivery orders are certainly elevated on Valentine’s Day, flower shops also see many come by the store on the holiday, said Robin Michler, whose f... http://www.kentucky.com/news/local/counties/fayette-county/article199966579.html
Amazon Is Offering Free 2-Hour Flower Delivery on Valentine's Day - Money MagazineWednesday, March 14, 2018
Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetie, don’t worry: You’re not relegating to a wilted gas-station bouquet. As it did last year, Amazon is partnering with the florists at KaBloom to rescue your romantic night. Here’s how: Amazon Prime members in areas where Amazon Prime Now operates can get speedy — and free! — two-hour delivery of a gorgeous one-dozen or two-dozen rose bouquet from KaBloom, complete with vase. And if you really want to cut it down to the wire when shopping for a last minute Valentine’s gift, Prime Now also offers one-hour delivery. (One-hour delivery costs extra, though; prices vary around the country.) If flowers aren’t the right gift for your Valentine, keep in mind thatAmazon Prime Now has an inventory of tens of thousands of other last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts available for free two-hour delivery. There’s a surprisingly varied selection, including classic Valentine’s presents like chocolates, scented candles, stuffed animals and skincare gift sets — along with a bevy of thoughtful and high-end presents like trendy Kate Spade jewelry, chic champagne flutes, Invicta watches, Fitbit fitness trackers and AmazonEcho speakers. And... http://time.com/money/5155926/last-minute-valentines-gift-amazon/
Health staff say it with flowers — just because - Newark AdvertiserWednesday, March 14, 2018
Women’s and Children’s Division, Helena Clements, wanted to give flowers to a colleague to say she was grateful for her support.Rather than have a bouquet delivered from a florist, Helena decided to support a local charity and have volunteers design an arrangement and deliver it to the hospital. After the appreciation of the first arrangement, Helena decided to support the charity further and continue to spread thanks by signing the department up for a year’s worth of flowers, with a different team member receiving a bouquet each Tuesday.She said: “The idea is that the last person to receive flowers decides who the next bouquet should go to within the division but in a different department.“It is always a lovely surprise for the recipient and means so much to them to be thought of by a friend and a colleague.“It is just such a lovely way to say thank you and it is good for staff morale, as well as supporting a worthy cause too.“I have worked with the Flower Pod in the past so I already knew of their great work and wanted to support their cause further.“I would definitely recommend doing something like this to other organisations. It has been well received.”Advertisement'It made me feel incredibly special and valued'Reach Learning Disability supports people with learning disabilities and is based in Southwell.The charity grows flowers at its garden site and one of the charity’s supported volunteers, Anita Highland, selects flowers and puts together an arrangement, decorates the tin they are in and delivers them.Anita said: “I like doing the flowers every week because I am learning how to make arrangements. The comments about how pretty the flowers are make me feel really happy.” Last week, the assistant general manager of the Women’s and Children’s Division, Lorraine Binch, who received flowers the week before, chose to give colleague Dr Victoria Walker, a consultant paediatrician within community paediatrics, the Just Because flowers.Anita visited King’s Mi...