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How this flower shop rebounded after fire ripped through downtown Cohoes (Video) - Albany Business ReviewTuesday, December 05, 2017
Albany Business ReviewHow this flower shop rebounded after fire ripped through downtown Cohoes (Video)Albany Business ReviewMike Rizzo was in his Cohoes, New York, florist shop today shearing thorns and petals off roses for a birthday arrangement as firefighters sprayed water on a pile of smoldering rubble across the street. Remarkably, Rizzo's House of Flowers was open ...Cohoes businesses hit hard by fire -- but fighting back WRGBWRGBMan trying to imitate TV show sparks massive NY inferno, mayor saysCBS NewsMayor: Amateur bladesmith started massive Cohoes blazeAlbany Times UnionAlbany Times Union -Syracuse.comall 119 news articles »...
Weingartner's through the years — eight decades of business comes to an end - New Castle NewsTuesday, December 05, 2017
George and Tom Weingartner haven’t been in the florist business for a few years but now they are going to take time to smell the roses.Last week, the brothers announced that the popular business — which has been in the family for more than 80 years — at the corner of Wilmington Road and Maitland Lane, is closing its doors for good.The Weingartners, the store’s owners, are retiring and selling all of the merchandise, store fixtures, equipment, display cases and furniture. +1 It wasn’t an easy decision to reach, said George, adding he and Tom finally came to the conclusion the first week of October, determining that it's time to step down.“A lot of thought went into this,” George said. “We’ve been doing this our whole lives. We weighed the pros and cons.”But now both say they will be able to spend more time with their families.“Over the years, we would always say to one another that someday when we retire, we would do this or that,” Tom said. "And now, maybe we will."MEMORIESBitterswe... http://www.ncnewsonline.com/news/weingartner-s-through-the-years-eight-decades-of-business-comes/article_f8745a4c-c35d-11e7-aeb5-6720a670647b.html
Peconic florist earns chance to work with master designer - Suffolk TimesTuesday, December 05, 2017
This summer, while flipping through the Mercury Messenger, a newsletter for florists created by the FTD, Nancy Gilbert’s eye was caught by one particular item. It was an announcement inviting florists to submit applications for the first-ever “Intern with Ian” contest, which would give the winner an opportunity to work with master designer Ian Prosser.Mr. Prosser, who owns Ian Prosser Productions, has created floral arrangements for Queen Elizabeth and celebrities including Tom Cruise and for the inaugurations of presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He owns two locations in Florida.Ms. Gilbert, owner of Country Petals in Peconic, emerged as contest winner. She was flown to Tampa on Oct. 19 and spent three nights in the Sunshine State, working on three multi-million-dollar weddings with Mr. Prosser and his team. She also worked independently on an anniversary party for one of his clients.“Working with Ian and his team — his team was sharp, smart and they made me feel right at home — was so exciting,” said Ms. Gilbert.The second she arrived at Mr. Pr...
Florist to make dreams bloom with his own Spa City shop - The SaratogianTuesday, December 05, 2017
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> A local florist with an impressive portfolio is fulfilling his dream of opening a shop in the Spa City. Simply Sidney Floral Design and Home Accents, owned and operated by Sidney Martin, will open its doors to the public on Friday.The new store, a full service florist, will feature a mix of new and vintage home furniture, accents, lamps, tables, chairs, sculpture, candles, soap and, of course, florals at its 268 Broadway location. A grand opening celebration will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., along with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m., at the shop. AdvertisementMartin’s love of flowers began when he was a little boy growing up in Georgia. As a budding artist, he would find himself sitting in his grandmother’s and mother’s gardens sketching the beautiful blooms. Later, while attending art school in Atlanta, Martin started working in a local flower shop sweeping the floors and answering the phone until he had the opportunity to become a floral apprentice. Martin’s career emerged from this exp... http://www.saratogian.com/article/ST/20171115/NEWS/171119890
Hometown Holidays Open House revives downtown tradition - North County OutlookTuesday, December 05, 2017
Egger, executive director for the Arlington Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce.The festivities were once an annual event for the downtown."This was a tradition started by Flowers by George [a local florist shop] years and years ago, but it hasn't happened for the past several years," said Egger.The downtown hasn't held one for many years now though."It was pretty successful, but eventually I think we didn't have enough people to do it," said Brubaker."This year we decided to kick it back into gear with the Small Business Saturday," she said.Egger said she remembers the previous events fondly."It's a memory I have from my childhood growing up here, so it's nice that we're able to bring it back this year," she said.It also served as a way to highlight local businesses."It's a great promotion for Arlington because that's what we are - a small town," said Brubaker.Shopping locally helps more of your money go back into the city of Arlington and its community members, she said."These are people who live here. When you shop here, you're helping someone here pay a mortgage or buy groceries," she said.Local Nathan Shaboth said he likes the event promoting local businesses.Christopher Anderssonphoto BY CHRISTOPHER ANDERSSON Arlington High School band members Sam Schrodeer, left, and Nolan Malne perform in the middle of Olympic Avenue during the Arlington Hometown Holidays Open House on Nov. 25."We bought something from one of the small businesses down here and we always think it's good to support local and the community around you," he said.The event also helped the Arlington High School band which sold "s'mores kits" with chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows so that families could make their own during the event.It was also meant to remind people of the upcoming Arlington Hometown Holidays events that will be happening next weekend on Dec. 2."We wanted to kick off the holidays to get people pumped up for next weekend when Santa Claus comes to town," said Brubaker.Brubaker said that downtown businesses hope to continue with the Holiday Open House next year as well."Hopefully next year we'll get even more of them [the merchants] participating," she said. http://www.northcountyoutlook.com/loadstory/11685