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Des Plaines florist remembered for his charitable works for children - Chicago Daily HeraldThursday, January 14, 2016
Recipients have included Little City Foundation and Kirk School, both in Palatine; Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge; Vista Health System and Kids Hope United in Waukegan; Allendale Association in Lake Villa; Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville; Nicasa in Round Lake; and food pantries at CEDA Northwest in Mount Prospect and at Wheeling Township in Arlington Heights.Harney got into the floral business during college. He worked his way through school by designing and delivering flowers for a Chicago florist.He opened his own shop in 1962; Harney named it Aberdeen's Wedding Flowers so it would be the first florist listed in the phone book.His love of flowers, especially international varieties, landed him jobs on high-profile weddings, including Michael Daley, son of Mayor Richard J. Daley, and Tricia Nixon's wedding in the White House.According to family members, Harney landed the wedding for Tiny Tim -- best known for his song "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" -- by ordering all the tulips available from the Holland Tulip Exchange before the wedding, which was set to air on NBC's "The Tonight Show."When NBC's florist couldn't get tulips, Harney's persistence convinced network officials to give him the job. He filled the studio with thousands of yellow and white tulips for the ceremony, and the ensuing publicity helped the business soar.But it was his final years of helping disadvantaged children that gave Harney the most pleasure.Harney talked about his annual mission to provide toys and joy to sick children in a 2012 Daily Herald interview."Their stories are unbelievable," Harney said. "I'll remember some of these children forever."Services have been held. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20160106/news/160109507/
Maggie's Flowers: 10-year-old's bouquet business brings Christmas to the needy - HollandSentinel.comFriday, December 04, 2015
This Wednesday, Dec. 2, Maggie set up almost 80 presents at what has become an annual tradition for Maggie’s Flowers: A Christmas closet at Christian Fellowship Church in Allendale. Families served by the church’s food pantry came to pick out presents for their children — and then Maggie and her family wrapped the presents on the spot.She’s also planning on giving gifts to a whole wing of residents at an area nursing home, as well as to families from her school or people she finds through word-of-mouth.“The flowers are the vehicle to help her do what she loves — which is help others,” Jil Hartman said.Page 2 of 2 - The operation began five years ago, when Maggie was five years old. Seeking a way to raise money to hang glide while on a family vacation, Maggie started selling dollar bouquets of cosmos and zinnias from her garden. Much to everyone’s surprise, Maggie surpassed her $100 goal — she doubled it.In 2011 Maggie decided she wanted to keep selling flowers — but this time, she would use the money to help those in need.The thought of someone not having a Christmas present to open didn’t sit well with Maggie, Jil Hartman said.By 2013 Maggie had raised more than $1,000 for the second year in a row. In 2014 Maggie added a second flower cart, raising $2,500 and helping families, senior citizens at a nursing homes and young boys at a youth ranch in East Lansing.“You’re really, really happy that you have that much so you can help more people,” Maggie said.This year, Maggie had nearly raised her goal of $2,501 when the Zeeland Magical Christmas Parade committee made a major contribution to Maggie’s Flowers as their annual charity donation. The end result: Maggie raised $2,620.“It’s grown in incredible ways,” Maggie’s mom Jil Hartman said. “Five years of giving later … it’s surreal at points.”Maggie’s Flowers isn’t a registered nonprofit. Jil Hartman said she’s considered filing the paperwork for a 501(c)3, but the expense is too large at this point for the size of the operation. Every year, nearly all of the proceeds are spent on gifts for that Christmas, with the exception of $100 to $200 used by Maggie for summer camps.Maggie’s Flowers has become a part of who Maggie is and what the family does, Jil Hartman said.The Hartman family recently moved from their Hudsonville home and is in the process of renovating a farmhouse, also in the Zeeland school district. A large garden for Maggie was a must in their house search.Maggie has no plans of stopping the flower business.“I like seeing them open their presents, and to shop for them,” Maggie said.To other children out there inspired to help others, Maggie had the following advice:“If you have an idea, just do it.”Look for Maggie’s Flowers to return to 5519 36th St. in Hud... http://www.hollandsentinel.com/article/20151203/NEWS/151209791
What does the one you love really want for Valentine's Day; how much do most people spend? - WYFF GreenvilleSunday, February 11, 2018
Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.Flickr, RaySunglasses made the top five list in several states, including Alaska, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Evening though chocolates and roses dominated the list, in Wyoming, gummy bears made the top five, while Oreos were big in Iowa and North Dakota. The first-place choices for Valentine’s Day gifts in each state were: Alabama: ChocolatesAlaska: Engagement ringsArizona: RosesArkansas: RosesCalifornia: RosesColorado: RosesConnecticut: ChocolatesDelaware: Engagement ringsFlorida: RosesGeorgia: ChocolatesHawaii: RosesIdaho: RosesIllinois: RosesIndiana: SunglassesIowa: RosesKansas: 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
Florist 'Ode à La Rose' debuts in the Near West Side - WLS-TVSunday, February 11, 2018
West Side.This new spot is the creation of two friends, Olivier and Louis, who originally hail from Paris, France, and has locations throughout the northeastern United States, including New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Connecticut.After moving to the New York, the owners found it difficult to find rose bouquets similar in design and packaging to what they were accustomed to in France, so they decided to fill the gap by starting their own company.Expect to find a variety of bouquets for any occasion, along with a selection of colors to choose from like red, white, pink, yellow, purple, and gold. The flowers are sourced from eco-friendly farms in Ecuador, Columbia, France, Italy, and Holland, according to the business.In-house and made-to-order bouquets can be delivered same day to various cities in the northeast. (Take a look at the full selection of products on offer here.)The new florist has gotten an enthusiastic response thus far, with a five-star rating out of four reviews on Yelp.Kahli H., who was among the first Yelpers to review the new spot on January 23rd, said: "Ode a la Rose has such gorgeous and unique floral arrangements with an elegant touch that is unmatched! Their customer service is top-notch and they made it a super easy process."Yelper Brecken S. added: "The absolute best floral company in NYC--thrilled they are now in... http://abc7chicago.com/business/florist-ode-a-la-rose-debuts-in-the-near-west-side/3005040/
Florist busted for stealing flowers off graves - New York PostWednesday, January 03, 2018
A New Jersey florist channeled her inner dirt bag, by snatching flowers from the tops of graves at a local cemetery, cops said Friday.Lynda S. Wingate, 59, of Riverdale was caught on camera swiping the green goodies from First Reformed Church Cemetery in Pompton Plains, according to the Pequannock Township police.In the footage, the petal pilferer is seen lifting the heartfelt gifts from a grave and an area in front of a mausoleum on April 23, the police department said in a press release.Dozens of flowers have gone missing from the boneyard since February, so property managers installed the camera on April 21, according to NewJersey.com.Two days later, the green-thumbed bandit was caught on camera loading at least two plants into a silver minivan and bolting, police said.Wingate, who owns Lyncrafts & Floral Designs in Riverdale, was charged with theft of removable property, and released.Police haven’t said yet how many total plants she stole. They have no evidence that she was resel...
Army Couldn't Prepare Texas Florist For Church Massacre - Patch.comTuesday, November 28, 2017
He's received an outpouring of support from across the country, filling orders from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Florists from out of state have even offered to come and help him with the arrangements. One from northern Colorado will be at the shop on Wednesday, Santiago said. On Tuesday morning he had bought more than $500 worth of flowers to meet the demand. His wife was in Sutherland Springs, hoping to spread the word about the discount and help the town in any way she could. "All funeral services I'm doing half off and if they can't pay, I'll just take it out of my pocket," Santiago said. "These are my people, we have to take care of them."It's the least he can do, he said, to help the community he's come to call home.Santiago finished his Army career in 1997, and rather than return to New York, he stayed in San Antonio and ran a trucking company until he and his wife later settled in Stockdale and bought MooValley flowers from an elderly woman. "We bought a home out here. My wife said I have to find something to do, so I bought a flower shop," he said. His shop sits on the side of the four-lane highway, offers delivery and gets busy during the holidays — Mother's Day, Christmas and Valentine's Day, and also provides arrangements for funeral services. It doesn't have a Facebook page, website, or other social media because Santiago is not tech savvy. After all, Santiago said, he's not in the business for the money. "It's not a profitable job," he said. "But it makes you happy inside."Also See: Emotional Healing In Sutherland Springs Will Take A Long TimePhoto Credit: Wally Santiago Subscribe ...