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
Meet Toronto's florist to the starsTuesday, October 30, 2018
Not too much fuss.”“I have my war wounds,” Pellegrino said at one point, showing his hands again. “If you see a florist with lovely hands, be suspicious …”“… like seeing a skinny chef!” Gibson snarked from his playful peanut gallery.Since so much of esthetic these days is, indeed, informed by Instagram — particularly in the wedding planning sector — I had to ask what do brides to be, in particular, get wrong? He essentially says that flowers in real life sometimes do not translate in photos and vice-versa, that “not all flowers are going to do what you think they are going to do.”He would suggest being wary of hydrangeas for a wedding day, for example, especially if it is going to be a long day. “Hydrangeas will show you very quickly that they are unhappy.”In terms of trends gone rogue, he mentions the wedding craze for blue roses (not found in nature) that happened about eight years ago. In various cases, the blue dye from the roses started to bleed into various brides’ dresses and Pellegrino remembers some suppliers asking them to sign a release that these roses were being bought at their own risk. “Because brides were going about suing florists!”We veer often into another big development in the Ontario flower scene: the effect that the cannabis boom is having on traditional flower growers. “A lot of the old-timers are selling their operations” to marijuana growers, he says, taking advantage of premium prices and/or once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to shift over a family business that a younger generation might not be so into.Pellegrino reckons about 20 per cent of his suppliers have got out of the flower business and this is having broad consequences: losing a well established know-how as well as access to product. A lot more flowers have to be trucked, in other words, in some cases from such far-flung places as Ecuador. Having literally been born into this business of the earth — his clan has an olive-growing business back in Calabria and his immediate family had a horticulture business and, by age 9, he was shovelling manure into bags — he knows his stuff. But one had to ask: what is his favourite bud? He leads me to a particular bucket with the gleam of a man who has never become jaded about botany: “Look at these! Dahlias are so playful … and so intriguing. Overall, one of my favourite … in the way they present themselves.” Moving to another corner, he strokes some orchids: “Look at the backs of these.” His eyes are aglow.Making like the philosopher he is in many ways, Pellegrino sums up things this way: “Flowers start to die when you cut them from the root. You have them, for what six, seven, days, whatever the time is … so you have to capture them, like life itself.”Shinan Govani is a freelance columnist based in Toronto covering culture and society. Follow him on Twitter: @shinangovaniMichael Pellegrino’s fantasy floral arrangements for famous CanadiansDrake: Gold matt vase with hibiscus flowers and monstera leaves Margaret Atwood: Red vase with a bonnet of white flowersSylvia Mantella: Very alto moda with a beaded handmade vessel and an overpowering grouping of rosesSophie Trudeau: Strong feminine vase with a hand-tied bunch of Muguet du Bois (lily of the valley)... https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/opinion/2018/10/06/meet-torontos-florist-to-the-stars.html
Birmingham florist hands out flowers Petal it ForwardTuesday, October 30, 2018
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) -- One Birmingham flower shop encouraged people to "Petal it Forward." Almost like pay it forward.Norton's Florist employees stood at the corner of 5th Avenue and 20th Street North and handed out two bouqets to total strangers. They asked them to keep one, and petal the other one forward. ... https://www.cbs42.com/news/local/birmingham-florist-hands-out-flowers-petal-it-forward-/1547594469
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet programTuesday, October 30, 2018
Random Acts of Flowers: Blossom Buddies in Menlo Park and Flowers of Comfort in San Jose.
Many of the volunteers have maintained their earlier relationships with local donor retailers, florists and markets.
"There's nothing that excites us as much as a bucket of day-old or week-old flowers," said Palo Alto resident Barbara Levin, as the group cheered the arrival of a new bucket of leftovers from Mills Florist. Levin is a longtime volunteer who routinely collects cast-offs from Trader Joe's in Palo Alto. Others pick up from Trader Joe's in Menlo Park and a branch of Whole Foods.
"We never know what flowers or vases we're going to have to work with, so every time we come in it's a new and interesting experience and it's a way of showing off our creative side," Levin said.
The women have no trouble unpacking funeral wreaths and other event-specific arrangements to "create something more interesting," Klause said. But in some cases the used flowers are not fresh enough for a second life and must be discarded.
Volunteer Sandra Bachman, a Woodside resident, said her favorite place to deliver is Stanford University Hospital.
"To go in and see patients that do not have any flowers or visitors and walk in with a bouquet and for five minutes they forget about their problems," Bachman said. "They open their eyes and to get that smile, and to hear through that family what a difference that can make for healing ... A lot of the nurses say it helps them heal. It brings the outside in, the sunshine in."
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The Art of Flowers: Carolyne Roehm will speak about her career in fashion, design and gardeningTuesday, October 30, 2018
Growing up in Missouri, she remembers playing on her grandparents’ farm, in the garden and with the animals.“As a little girl I played dress- up and played florist,” she said. “My heart and soul is really in the outdoors and nature.”Roehm, 67, started her career as a fashion designer in New York City, working for Oscar de la Renta before opening her own fashion house. But the love of nature never left her, and after 22 years she took a hiatus from the world of fashion to learn a new craft, taking an unpaid stint working at a flower shop in Paris.There, she learned the intricacies of designing perfect bouquets and floral arrangements.“I kind of took a sabbatical and decided I wanted to do things I’d never had time to do before,” she said.It was a whole new kind of design, but in many ways, she said, it was familiar.“To me, there is no difference. Flowers and nature teach us about color, about proportion, about line texture, about composition,” she said.She went on to write 13 books, combining her love of gardens, fashion and interior design. Her latest book, “Design & Style: A Constant Thread,” published Sept. 25 by Rizzoli, is part memoir, part photo-laden coffee table book, mixing stories from her life and career with images of her gardens and design work.“I wanted to show this relationship between gardening and fashion and flowers. Flowers have connected so much of what I’ve designed and created,” she said. “This is my relationship with nature and flowers.”That’s an apt topic for her visit to the Cedar Rapids Garden Club, which has supported public beautifica... https://www.thegazette.com/subject/life/books/the-art-of-flowers-carolyne-roehm-will-speak-about-her-career-in-fashion-design-and-gardening-20181027
Arizona Flower Market Encourages Random Acts of Kindness by Giving Away Free Flower BunchesTuesday, October 30, 2018
Wednesday October 24th. The free flowers are being given away in celebration of Petal it Forward, a floral industry event that spans all 50 states created by SAF (Society of American Florists). Florists all over the country are excited about sharing the feel-good proposition of giving away free flowers in their communities and encouraging the recipients to "pay it forward" by giving away flowers. Arizona Flower Market is giving away not one, but two FREE Daisy bunches to the first 300 customers who come in the flower market on Wednesday October 24th. No purchase necessary. Continue Reading Arizona Family Florist hosts their 4th annual Petal it Forward Free Flower Giveaway. Every customer receives 2 free daisy bunches, one to keep, one to "Petal it Forward" to someone else just to brighten their day!