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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.
Further north, the Hayward Park Caltrain station ... http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/lnews/2017-05-23/from-flowers-to-housing-family-owned-ah-sam-property-for-sale-in-san-mateo/1776425180695.html
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
Newark's cherry blossom festival set for this weekend - News 12 New JerseyWednesday, April 03, 2019
NEWARK - Many people around the country are flocking to Washington, D.C. to see the cherry blossoms bloom, but New Jersey residents do not have to leave the state if they wish to see the springtime flowers.The Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival begins this weekend at Branch Brook Park in Newark. “We now have 5000 cherry blossom trees, which outnumbers Washington, D.C. in scale,” says Essex County Parks deputy director Katie Hartwyk. “We also have a larger variety. We have 14 different varieties of cherry blossom trees here in Branch Brook Park. News 12 New Jersey Meteorologist Justin Godynick says weather plays a big part in when these trees bloom. He says that with this year’s mild March, the peak blossoms should occur during the festival. The festival runs from April 6 through April 14. http://newjersey.news12.com/story/40241439/newarks-cherry-blossom-festival-set-for-this-weekend
Ask the Gardener: Flower, bulb shows will put spring in your step - Boston.comTuesday, March 19, 2019
Long Hill in Beverly, and Martha Brookes Hutcheson, who designed what became Maudslay State Park in Newburyport, the grounds of the Vassall-Craigie-Longfellow House in Cambridge, and her home in New Jersey, now called Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center. Advance registration is required for the March 9 presentation, which runs from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and costs $50. Call 617-384-5277 for more information.The Spring Bulb Show at Smith College in Northampton is in bloom now through March 17. Thousands of flowers have been coaxed into early flowering in the antique greenhouse, which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Hours are extended to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday during the show. Call 413-585-2740 or visit garden.smith.edu/events. There is no admission charge, but a $5 donation is suggested.Berkshire Botanical Garden’s Fitzpatrick Greenhouse in Stockbridge is holding it’s annual exhibition of flowering bulbs from March 4 through March 29 on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free. A sequence of diverse South African bulbs bloom alongside more familiar spring bulbs and a large collection of succulents that is housed year-round in the lovely period curved-glass greenhouse. Visit berkshirebotanical.org for more information.Send questions and comments, along with your name/initials and community to firstname.lastname@example.org. Subscribe to our newsletter at pages.email.bostonglobe.com/AddressSignUp. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @globehomes. https://realestate.boston.com/ask-the-expert/2019/02/28/flower-bulb-shows-will-put-spring-in-your-step/
Floral Nightmare: A warning about a website to stay away from - KRDOWednesday, March 06, 2019
They're saying they're local when they are not. They're based out of New Jersey, but they have people in a lot of different communities telling folks they're right here," Liebert said.We called to see for ourselves but found the phone number on the site only leads to an automated message and then hangs up.Bottom line - do your research. Even if the site looks believable, call or do a simple Google search to make sure. In the meantime, our team has contacted the Colorado Attorney General's office to request the site be taken down. https://www.krdo.com/news/colorado-springs/floral-nightmare-a-warning-about-a-website-to-stay-away-from/1040065847
Better Than Roses - The Newtown BeeSunday, February 10, 2019
The Sunshine Bouquet Company began in New Jersey before branching out to Florida and Columbia, which allowed “Sunshine to provide efficient, rapid delivery to the United States.”Ms Brisch said Big Y also offers flower bouquets and potted plants from local farms, like Cavicchio Greenhouse in Sudbury, Mass. Since Big Y is headquartered in Springfield, Mass., its local farms are located in Massachusetts or Connecticut. Newtown Big Y Store Director Angelo Soto shared a list of all of its local farms, and those include Casertano’s Greenhouse in Cheshire, Connecticut Valley Flower in Hamden, Geremia Greenhouse in Wallingford, and Grower Direct in Somers.“There are so many local things to chose from,” said Ms Brisch.From choosing to support a conscientious company to finding ways to support local farms there is more to consider than just the color of a bouquet’s assorted flowers.Off-Season OptionsConnecticut-grown flowers can be hard to find in the winter.Natalie Collette of The Gardenist of Norwalk offers floral arrangements and designs, along with garden design support and maintenance, according to her Facebook page, The Gardenist. She mostly sells her flowers to local florists and people who contact her directly. A farmer florist, Ms Collette said she has private properties where she plants seasonal flowers, all organically. She harvests and creates bouquets along with maintaining a dahlia farm in New Haven. Growers in Connecticut, unless they have a greenhouse, do not grow flowers out of season, she observed. This makes it harder for local shops to maintain locally grown flowers in the winter months.When asked for ideas for alternative Valentine’s Day presents, Ms Collette recommended gifting a living flower arrangement or foraging for a bouquet of seasonal elements. Potted plants from a nursery also provide year-long enjoyment.“If it is a perennial, you can enjoy the plant from when you purchase it [until you] plant it in the spring,” said Ms Collette, who is currently selling hous... https://www.newtownbee.com/better-roses/02102019