Hillsdale Flower Shop News
From flowers to housing: Family-owned Ah Sam property for sale in San Mateo - San Mateo Daily JournalTuesday, May 23, 2017
The site stretches to the train tracks just west of the massive Bay Meadows redevelopment and is a stone’s throw from the recently approved Hillsdale Terrace housing project.
The business has been in the Leong family since the 1930s and Ah Sam grew over the years into a prosperous floral business at the San Mateo locale. But now, nearly 70 percent of the site is currently unused as vacant greenhouses line the rear of the property, Paris said.
While the family plans to sell the land, loyal customers are reassured Ah Sam’s business isn’t going away. Instead, the Leongs are looking to downsize their current retail space, relocate some of the operations off-site, and occupy the ground-floor commercial portion of a new development, Paris said.
The property was publicly listed on the market earlier this year after a $21 million agreement fell through last year. A Southern California-based builder was under contract for the site when they backed out last minute, Paris said.
However, it means a good amount of due diligence has been done to assess what is feasible on the site. The conceptual proposal for a five-story building with about 160 units would meet all of the city’s zoning codes once a state-density bonus is applied, he said. The project would also include a portion of below-market-rate units, Paris noted.
A severe deficit of housing units to accommodate the region’s prosperous job growth has made transit-oriented, mixed-use development proposals a hot commodity for both cities and investors.
Across the street along the 2600 block of El Camino Real, the city recently approved 68 condominiums and nearly 13,500 square feet of commercial space as part of the Hillsdale Terrace proposal. Bay Meadows, the 180-acre revamp of the former horse race track, is also nearby and, when complete will include nearly 1,100 housing units along with office and commercial space. Developers of those two projects have cited the proximity to the Hillsdale Caltrain station and future grade separations as prime perks for the infill sites.
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Portland area bakers, florists on front lines of 'religious freedom' and gay ... - OregonLive.comFriday, July 31, 2015
Beaverton Florists is a family-owned business that's spanned three generations since its founding in 1943. The store is on Southwest Watson Avenue just south of busy Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.At 33, Sara Hill is the daughter-in-law of store owners Keith and Sheri Hill and, with her husband Andy, is poised to take over the company's management in the coming years."I think it's ridiculous that any business would turn away a gay couple," she said. "As a business, you're shooting yourself in the foot to deny anybody."Hill said she doesn't have strong religious beliefs, characterizing herself as "either a humanist or an atheist," but noted that neither perspective is relevant when it comes to serving Beaverton's diverse communities."On a daily basis, we are delivering to lots of clients and we have to know a little about their traditions in order to serve them," Hill said.Hill said she is in charge of the floral shop's greeting cards and has made it a point to expand the inventory beyond "Mr. and Mrs." to include "Mr. and Mr." and "Mrs. and Mrs." options."I really don't get it," she said of the Gresham bakers' refusal to bake a wedding cake. "All you're doing is selling something to someone. You're not invited to the wedding. You're not involved once the transaction is done. "That anyone would refuse service on account of religious principles just doesn't make sense, Hill said."Most religions teach love and kindness and acceptance and compassion," she said. "So if you're going to be ascribing to religious values, discriminating against someone does not play into that."***Seri Lopez is a cake artist and designer... http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2015/04/portland_area_bakers_florists.html
Sunflower selfie craze is center of Springfield festival - Burlington County TimesTuesday, September 10, 2019
Johnson's Locust Hall Farm's Sunflower September Festival next week. A new end-of-summer sunflower experience has officially kicked off in the region.Thousands of people from across New Jersey are converging on area family farms, frolicking in fields of blooming sunflowers, snapping Instagram selfies and other photos and clipping a few blooming flowers to take home.Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm in Springfield picked up on the sunflower craze last year and is now expanding its Sunflower September Festival, which begins Sept. 7 and will offer a “photo trail” and “pick-your-own” experience throughout the month.“The sunflower craze is here again and in a big way,” said Allie Johnson, the farm’s events coordinator.She said the farm has always lined its 1,500-foot driveway with blooms, but “it wasn’t until two years ago that we noticed our customers calling and stopping in to see our sunflowers. So that very next season we thought why not turn our little driveway patch into a five-acre field and really put on a show.”Johnson's Locust Hall Farm is located at 2691 Monmouth Road. Call 609-353-9000 or visit www.johnsonslocusthallfarm.com/visit-us/. ... https://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/news/20190902/sunflower-selfie-craze-is-center-of-springfield-festival
F.C. Florist Sends Bouquets to Congresswomen Targeted by Trump - Falls Church News PressTuesday, September 10, 2019
Born in the Soviet Union-controlled Uzbekistan, Rabinovich and her family traversed through multiple countries before finally getting clearance to come to the U.S. She would grow up in the New Jersey/New York area, earning her citizenship by the time she was 16 and would later go on to get her degree in visual merchandising and interior design. AdvertisementsHer first job was working in a flower shop, an occupation that was always seen as a fallback for Rabinovich whenever she was in between gigs. She later realized she enjoyed working in flower shops more than any other job and started her own business out of her apartment in Arlington. Rabinovich wound up purchasing Galleria Florist in July 2015 when searching for a production space to operate out of, and last December she became an owner of Nosegay Flowers in Washington, D.C. — a former employer of hers.She re-emphasized that the flowers were merely a show of goodwill, but did add a general message to all Americans that, “The U.S. is a melting pot. It stands for inclusivity, not exclusivity. That’s what’s going to keep us going; diversity and the knowledge our immigrants bring to the country.”Share this:Comments comments... https://fcnp.com/2019/07/31/f-c-florist-sends-bouquets-to-congresswomen-targeted-by-trump/
BBB consumer warning: Graduation gifts that never arrive - KTVZTuesday, August 13, 2019
But Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific is warning consumers about a growing number of complaints against one online florist.Troys Florist , based out of New Jersey, operates the website, http://www.troysflorist.com. The company pays to boost its presence in online searches across the country making it appear to be a local florist. BBB consumer complaints indicate they were billed for flowers that never arrived.Emily Keizer of Florence, Oregon filed a complaint with BBB after ordering flowers for her grandparents' anniversary."I was rushing to get something sent and made the mistake of clicking on the first mobile link that looked okay," she said.Keizer adds that as a millennial, she should be savvy to online scams, so if she was tricked, "there are probably lots of people out there who didn't even realize their flowers were never delivered."BBB has received 191 complaints against Troys Florist, reporting the company delivered incorrect arrangements, charged for flowers that never arrived and did not honor refunds. The company has failed to respond to BBB."It's always a good idea to use bbb.org to research online companies before doing business with them," advises Dawn Johnson, Better Business Bureau Northwest +Pacific Spokesperson.Here ... https://www.ktvz.com/news/bbb-consumer-warning-graduation-gifts-that-never-arrive/1083986113
Crest Florist - BestofNJ.comTuesday, July 23, 2019
Since 1964, Crest Florist has been a go-to floral shop for New Jersey Brides. Brides who use their services praise the swift, efficient setup and the gorgeously arranged centerpieces, floral stands, and bouquets. Their team excels at whisking the arrangements into place without disrupting other wedding staff or preparations.Crest Florist on Social MediaVisit the Best of NJ Wedding Planning Directory to see other great services in your area. https://bestofnj.com/directory/service/florist/north-jersey-florists/essex-county-florists/crest-florist/