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Analysis: Louisiana's strict licensing standards targeted - Idaho StatesmanWednesday, April 11, 2018
It's to protect consumers," said Republican Rep. Clay Schexnayder, of Gonzales, as he opposed ending florist licensing.Work to lessen licensing rules crosses party lines, making for strange alliances. Libertarian organizations are championing the issue, along with the Louisiana chapter of the staunchly conservative Americans for Prosperity and Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards."Louisiana ranks as the sixth-worst in the nation for convoluted occupational licensing requirements. We can fix that," Edwards said.He's singled out the florist license: "I'm not sure why we do that."The Goldwater Institute, a libertarian think tank, said Louisiana licenses more low-income professions in the country than nearly every other state - and requires licensing for professions that rarely have such requirements elsewhere. Beyond the flower-arranging license, Louisiana is one of only three states that licenses interior designers.Emerson has shelved proposals to remove licensing requirements for interior designers and landscape horticulturists, instead focusing on deregulation of florists and hair braiding. She's also proposing an Occupational Licensing Review Act, backed by Edwards, that would set up an annual review process of Louisiana's regulations governing individual professions.Even the review proposal received pushback as it won passage in the House Commerce Committee. Representatives of the Louisiana Motor Vehicle Commission and the Louisiana Board of Cosmetology described it as an unnecessary burden."This is just piling on," said Steve Young, executive director of the cosmetology board. That bill awaits debate on the House floor, along with Emerson's proposals to exempt braiding services from regulation by the state cosmetology board and do away with the license . That hair-braiding deregulation effort passed the House last year but didn't win Senate passage.Fourteen states require hair braiders to have a cosmetology license, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.Emerson's bid to end florist licensing also emerged from committee Thursday and will be scheduled for full House debate.Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain said that license began in 1950, aimed at ensuring that no plant diseases or pests were transmitted through cut flowers. Under Emerson's bill, florists still would be subject to inspection and regulation from the agriculture department, and permits still would be required.Beyond those safety reviews, Emerson said she believes the free market can determine if a florist is competent or not."It's a service-based industry," she said. "You have to let the market and competition take care of it."___EDITOR'S NOTE: Melinda Deslatte has covered Louisiana politics for The Associated Press since 2000. Follow her at http://twitter.com/melindadeslatteAn AP News Analysis... http://www.idahostatesman.com/entertainment/article207443714.html
A Colorado baker, a Richland florist: Do religious beliefs justify discrimination? - seattlepi.comWednesday, January 03, 2018
The Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal group, has represented both Phillips in Colorado and Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers, in this state.The group's attorney Kristen Waggoner, described Phillips' wedding cake as a "temporary sculpture", and that his services cannot be equated to other vendors."The tailor is not engaging in speech, nor is the chef," Waggoner argued."The baker is engaged in speech, but the chef is not engaging in speech?" asked Justice Elena Kagan.Phillips has argued through the case that he is a creative artist, befitting the title "Masterpiece Cakeshop." The Trump administration argued that under the First Amendment, Phillips is protected from crafting something that "inherently" sends a message opposed to his religious beliefs.But Justice Sonia Sotomayor noted that Subway sandwiches advertises that its employers are highly creative. "There are sandwich artists now," she said.If Phillips wins, the Supreme Court's ruling could be used to throw out the conviction and fine imposed against Stutzman. It could open up other avenues for denying service.How, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg asked Solicitor General Noel Francisco, should courts evaluate and differentiate various protections against discrimination?"I th...
Christmas is coming - The Daily ProgressTuesday, December 05, 2017
Orange County may find some relief by visiting the many open houses that will be hosted by businesses on Main Street next week, as part of the first-ever Orange Downtown Alliance Downtown Holiday Village.The Holiday Village will make its debut on the Orange winter calendar Saturday, Dec. 2 from 9:30 a.m.to 3 p.m. The event is intended to “celebrate the spirit of the season and have regional residents explore their town shops, get to know their merchandise and meet business owners,” said Sharon Elswick of the Holladay House Bed and Breakfast, who helped organize the event.All downtown merchants, including The Arts Center In Orange, Finders Keepers, Grelen Downtown, Lacy’s Florist, James Madison Museum, Orange Pharmacy and more, will be participating in the Holiday Village, and many will offer special treats and sales for those who attend. Breakfast from Mountain View BBQ will be served beginning at 9:30 a.m. and various children’s activities will be held throughout the day.Santa will be greeting children one-by-one with small gifts from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Orange Train Station, and librarian Michelle Pursel will read Christmas stories aloud during the same timeframe at 111 Short St. ... http://www.dailyprogress.com/orangenews/entertainment_life/christmas-is-coming/article_ae97155a-cfb4-11e7-8e6c-fb2ebf57caf3.html
Support piling up in Arlene's Flowers request for Supreme Court review - Tri-City HeraldTuesday, September 26, 2017
Stutzman had refused to make arrangements for a longtime customer’s same-sex wedding in 2013.The U.S. Supreme Court has not indicated whether it will consider her case. Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal group representing Stutzman, says numerous friends-of-the-court briefs have been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to consider the lower court’s decision.Many of the briefs also encourage the alliance’s request to consolidate the Richland florist shop case with the similar case of a Denver-area baker.In late June, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding reception. Alliance Defending Freedom also is representing Phillips.Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed sued Arlene’s Flowers of Richland in 2013 after the owner, Barronelle Stutzman, refused to make arrangements for their wedding. Courtesy American Civil Liberties Union of Washington One brief asking that the Arlene’s Flower case be considered was filed on behalf of 29 members of Congress, including Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah and James Risch of Idaho. No Washington members of Congress were among them.“This case involves more than a clash between norms of non-discrimination and religious freedom,” the court filing said.The more fundamental question in both the florist’s and baker’s cases “is whether a government can coerce religious believers to speak or act contrary to their sincerely held religious beliefs,” it said.Briefs also were filed with the Supreme Court by 14 states or their governors. They include Arkansas, Alabama, Arizona, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Car... http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article169702567.html
Florist Asks To Join Baker In High Court Gay Marriage Row - Law360 - Law360 (subscription)Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Both cases were filed by the same attorneys at the Alliance Defending Freedom.The already-accepted case deals with whether a Colorado-based baker had the right to refuse to make a same-sex couple’s wedding cake. The Colorado Court of Appeals found that he didn’t, but like Stutzman, the baker claims his work is art protected under the First Amendment.Stutzman’s cert petition argues that flower arrangement has long been considered art, saying it’s “one of the three classical Japanese arts of refinement.” She said it wouldn’t make sense for a Van Gogh painting of flowers to be considered art but the flower arrangement itself to not be.The florist had told her customers, Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed, that they were welcome to use pre-arranged flowers made by her or raw materials she supplied at the wedding, but that she couldn’t be more involved, according to the petition. For a full wedding service, Stutzman would have had to attend the wedding to help keep the arrangements “pristine” and help clean up.“Barronelle simply could not reconcile her faith with celebrating and participating in a same-sex wedding,” the petition states.The Washington Supreme Court’s ruling, which was strongly in favor of the arguments of the state and American Civil Liberties Union, went against several federal court precedents, she argued. For example, the Second, Sixth, Ninth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits have found that “visual art” is protected by the First Amendment and the Second, Ninth and Tenth Circuits found that a pure-speech analysis needs to be conducted in such a case, according to the florist.Representatives for the couple and the state didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment Monday.Freed, Ingersoll and Washington are represented by the Washington Attorney General’s Office and the ACLU.Stutzman is represented by Alliance Defending Freedom.The cases are Arlene’s Flowers Inc. et al v. State of Washington and Arlene’s Flowers Inc. et al v. Robert Ingersoll et al., case number 17-108, in the Supreme Court of the United States.--Editing by Rebecca Flanagan. ...
How an Ecuadorian rose makes the journey to your American sweetheart for Valentine's Day - The Denver PostSunday, February 11, 2018
Denver. Amato broke into the wholesale business in January 1974. (The company started as a carnation grower in 1958.) It ships flowers across Colorado, but also to Kansas, Wyoming and Nebraska.President and CEO Heather Weickum was born in that first year. She grew up roller skating on the warehouse’s concrete floors after hours. Her father was a co-founder and eventually became the sole owner of the business.“This place was my only sibling growing up,” she said.Now Weickum runs the company and employs 70 people. Amato projects it will sell 130,000 stems of flowers over the Valentine’s holiday, tallying up hundreds of thousands of dollars in profit. The most popular varieties of roses can cost a retailer more than $70 a bunch.Amato can stock several hundred varieties of flowers at a time in the warehouse, and more than half of those are roses. They come in a rainbow of hues and gaggle of names, many inspired by the flower breeder’s daughter, mother or lover. Some names, such as Hot Nina, Lola and Jessika, call to mind an old flame. Others read like perfume ads tucked in a magazine: Pearl Avalanche, Sweet Unique, Cool Water. And then there are the names that beckon to whom they’re selling: Sweetness, Engagement, Soulmate. Rose breeders trademark these names and can receive royalties from other plantations that grow their variety.Most roses are natives of Ecuador. The year-round sunshine and high-altitude soil in the country’s m...
What does the one you love really want for Valentine's Day; how much do most people spend? - WYFF GreenvilleSunday, February 11, 2018
Kansas: RosesKentucky: RosesLouisiana: RosesMaine: RosesMaryland: ChocolatesMassachusetts: RosesMichigan: ChocolatesMinnesota: RosesMississippi: ChocolatesMissouri: RosesMontana: Box of chocolatesNebraska: RosesNevada: Box of chocolatesNew Hampshire : Diamond braceletNew Jersey: Box of chocolatesNew Mexico: Bouquet of rosesNew York: RosesNorth Carolina: Flower bouquetNorth Dakota: Flower bouquetOhio: Wedding bouquetOklahoma: Teddy bearOregon Flower: BouquetPennsylvania: Bouquet of rosesRhode Island: Aquamarine ringsSouth Carolina: Chocolate trufflesSouth Dakota: Gold stud earringsTennessee: Bouquet of rosesTexas: Flower BouquetUtah: RosesVermont: Men’s ringsVirginia: Flower bouquetWashington: Box of chocolatesWest Virginia: SunglassesWisconsin: Bouquet of rosesWyoming: PerfumePro Flowers... http://www.wyff4.com/article/what-does-the-one-you-love-really-want-for-valentines-day-how-much-do-most-people-spend/16573899
Blooming business - Hays Daily NewsSunday, February 11, 2018
When it comes to customer service, Sherfick is dedicated to going the extra mile — literally. She has traveled to meet with people all across Kansas and even Nebraska for consultations.“I tell them, ‘I’ll come to you. You have enough to deal with,’ and they love that and I don’t mind it at all,” Sherfick said.Rebekah Lee, Hays, found out the lengths Sherfick will go to for her clients. Lee originally had planned to put together the flowers for her October wedding herself, but decided to contact Sherfick three weeks before the wedding for last-minute help.“I found her through Facebook, actually, and she went above and beyond,” Lee said. “She met me two days after I messaged her to get an idea of what I wanted, and she met me three other times before the wedding. She’s amazing. She did it so quickly, and I loved them.”January is a slower month for the Unique Bouquet, but Sherfick is working on bouquets and boutonnieres with a combination of sunflowers and roses for Tiffany Antholz’s wedding that will be in Bird City on Feb. 3.“It’s been fantastic,” Antholz said of working with Sherfick. “She’s very personable. I was really nervous to begin with because I don’t like a lot of attention on myself, and she just makes it so nice. She’s just really down-to-earth and just wants to make you happy.”While Sherfick enjoys the design aspect of creating floral pieces, the real reward for her is the joy it brings to the brides.“When they see it and their eyes light up and they smile, it sometimes bring tears to my eyes because I’m so happy for them.”Those wanting to contact Sherfick can call or text her at (785) 743-8149, email her at email@example.com or through her website theuniquebouquet.com. http://www.hdnews.net/news/20180113/blooming-business
Florists Leave Omaha With Renewed Energy, Actionable Tips - PerishableNews (press release)Tuesday, January 30, 2018
The Society of American FloristsPosted: Monday, January 22, 2018 at 3:30PM EST ALEXANDRIA, VA — Eager to start 2018 on a high note, 121 floral industry members gathered in Omaha, Nebraska, on January 14 for the latest installment in the Society of American Florists' popular 1-Day Profit Blast series. There, they filled up notebooks with ideas big and small that will help them emotionally connect with consumers, increase their online visibility, improve their company culture, streamline deliveries and ultimately raise their profitability. Iris Zimmerman wasted no time applying advice from speaker Rakini Chinery, AAF, AzMF, who recommended florists share personal posts on social media, so customers feel connected to the people behind the flowers. The following morning, after arriving home from Profit Blast at midnight, the owner of Iris Blossoms Flower Shop in Clearwater, Kansas, made her first Facebook video to engage her fans. "At my conference, we talked about the importance of letting people into our world so they see how the magic happens, so I'm going to try to do one of these once a week so we get better acquainted," she said in her video introduction. She... http://www.perishablenews.com/index.php?article%3D0065493