Local Flower Shop News
Blue Moon moving into former A Arrangement spot - Spartanburg Herald JournalTuesday, June 13, 2017
Alyssa Mulliger Staff Writer @AMulligerSHJ
A Spartanburg specialty foods store known for its sauces, spices and spreads is moving closer to the heart of downtown.Blue Moon Specialty Foods has purchased the former A Arrangement building at 130 S. Church St. to relocate its business from East Henry Street.The florist shop was owned by Tom DeShazor for more than 30 years before the business was sold in February to Lone Star Bloom Inc., a company out of Houston, Texas. A Arrangement then moved to 231 E. Kennedy St. in March.Blue Moon’s current location opened near II Samuels more than five years ago and will close in the fall when the business moves into the old florist shop, said Molly Cashman, who runs Blue Moon with her father, Chris Walker.“We really love the new location right downtown,” she said. “It’s fabulous because it’s bigger and has its own parking, which is great for our customers to quickly pop in and pick up food. It has a lot more visibility for our brand than our current location.”Andrew Babb and Dan Dunn of NAI Earl... http://www.goupstate.com/news/20170601/blue-moon-moving-into-former-arrangement-spot
A Arrangement Florist moves to new space with new ownership - Spartanburg Herald JournalTuesday, March 28, 2017
Valentine’s Day in early February.”Brown said the company empowers its local teams to lead each business as if it’s their own. After spending a day with the Spartanburg team, he said the decision to buy A Arrangement was simple because the employees cared so much about their customers and store.Brown said the A Arrangement in Greer still is owned by DeShazor, and Lone Star Bloom has expressed interest in purchasing it when DeShazor retires.“We are growing into the established floral shop arena by acquiring local shops with successful operations and history,” Brown said. “We focus on offering the prior owner a self-controlled exit and transition.”The process has allowed for a seamless change of ownership at A Arrangement in Spartanburg, for employees to keep their jobs and for customers to continue receiving the level of customer service they’ve grown accustomed to, he said.“We want the customers to know that the team is here, even after the transition,” Brown said.Lone Star Bloom recently purchased a 4,000-square-foot retail space at 231 E. Kennedy St. for A Arrangement. The building was formerly split up for businesses over the years, including Gerald's Candy and Nut Shoppe, Clyde Fitness, Crock Pot restaurant and Kennedy Street Florist.Ben Hines and Andy Hayes of Spartanburg-based Spencer/Hines Properties represented the estate of Gerald Tucker in the sale of the Kennedy Street building, listed for $199,000.“Our company is excited that we’re able to retain a retailer to stay in the downtown Spartanburg market,” Hines said. “We know that with A Arrangement’s reputation, they’re making a long-term commitment to the citizens of our community.”Andrew Babb of NAI Earle Furman is handling the sale of the now-vacant South Church Street building, which he said is under contract. ... http://www.goupstate.com/news/20170315/arrangement-florist-moves-to-new-space-with-new-ownership
How a Mining Boom Led a Mormon Florist to Invent the Pisco Sour - Atlas ObscuraWednesday, March 14, 2018
Once a florist in Utah, Victor V. Morris lived half his life in Peru and opened a famous bar. Femke de JongOn the first Saturday of February, Peruvians raise a glass to their country’s most well-known cocktail: the Pisco Sour. Since 2003, this simple twist on the classic Whiskey Sour has had its own national holiday. But while the drink evokes a sense of pride in Peru, the Pisco Sour is largely considered the invention of an unlikely figure: a Mormon man from Salt Lake City named Victor V. Morris.The curious path that led Morris from Utah to the Peruvian Andes began not in spirits but in flowers. Born into a large and well-respected Welsh Mormon family, Morris co-ran a floral shop with two of his brothers. But tragedy struck in 1900, when Morris’s older brother, Burton, got into a fight while on a date and was killed by two bullets through his heart. Worse, the assailant was acquitted in a high-profile case after pleading self-defense. An outraged Morris told a reporter that the legislature “...
Frank Kreutzer, florist for 47 years, trades roses for retirement - WCPOWednesday, March 14, 2018
NEWPORT, Ky. - It's the end of the line at Kreutzer & Dorl Florist.After more than 65 years, the family-owned busiess is closing its doors for good.The owner, 73-year-old Frank Kreutzer, says he's trading in roses for retirement. Kreutzer has been working six days a week for the past 47 years."My parents started it in 1953. I grew up in it,” Kreutzer said.He's seen the highs and lows."I have a lady who was a customer for 50 years. Customer for my parents. She did all her daughter's weddings." But times have changed, he said."When you think about it and look around, you don't see many of them any more. There's just not a lot of floral shops here," he noted.Kreutzer said he's no match for big businesses like amazon. And it's a shame. He says local businesses provide an opportunity to know your community. "I think that's what's missing when you get them from a mass marketer - that's just shipping them in a box,” he said. “That's all it is. Flowers shipped in a box. I think the end of an era is coming from that standpoin...
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...
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
One Month at a Time: Compassionate lessons in the world of floral arrangements - Charleston Gazette-MailWednesday, March 14, 2018
She told me she joined Young Floral in 2004.“But I left for a few years, had a baby and came back three years ago,” she said.Before coming to Young Floral, she worked at a couple of florists, including one at The Greenbrier.She said the job varies from day to day and hour to hour, particularly during the Valentine’s Day season, when they see a lot of TeleFlora orders.Teleflora is a company that partners with florists to form a network. Customers place orders through TeleFlora, which passes along the orders to area florists who arrange and deliver according to TeleFlora’s specifications.For Valentine’s Day, Young Floral offered several Teleflora specials. Using pictures on the TeleFlora website, customers can order arrangements and send them just about anywhere.The participating florists are tasked with making the arrangements as close to these pictures as they can, which isn’t incredibly difficult, but it does take some attention to detail and some speed in getting the arrangement completed.During Valentine’s Day, Young Floral sells dozens of them.“For us, it’s like working with a recipe,” Lori said. “I have to have so many carnations, so many lilies, so many whatever.”The arrangement is supposed to be a certain height and look very similar to the arrangement in the picture.“I see it as a kind of puzzle. The trick is to make it fit together,” Lori said.While Lori patiently encouraged me, I had limited success with repeating the Valentine’s special. I was a little wasteful with the materials, handled the delicate flowers like string beans and while my arrangement looked OK, I’d have to say it wasn’t a great copy of what Lori was doing.And I was slow. Really slow. It would have taken me all day to do what Lori did in probably an hour or two.Partly, this was how I handled the knife used to cut the flower stems. After a series of traumatic, childhood incidents involving pocket knives, I learned to keep the sharp end of the blade away from my hands.Because of this, I still have all 10 of my fingers.Lori held the knife differently than I did. By cutting toward her hand she was able to snip flowers and ferns much more quickly.I tried to do the same but couldn’t manage to make it work. I ended up getting snagged and perilously close to taking off my thumb before she finally said, “It’s OK. Sometimes we use clippers.”She handed me a pair of small shears.It made the snipping go faster.Brides and rosesI also worked with Heather, who does floral arrangements, but she specializes in bridal work, which can get very intricate and particular, she said.Women planning their weddings will often spend weeks looking through magazines and at websites like Pin...