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Portland Flower Market coping with flower shortage after semi crash - kgw.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
California Saturday.“Normally, our coolers are just at this point overflowing with flowers, you rarely see any space at all like this,” explained Angie Lopez.Lopez is a buyer with Frank Adams Wholesale Florist, one of several wholesalers inside the Portland Flower Market running low on supplies.Lopez got a call Saturday that the semi full of flowers crashed south of Redding, California. One of the truck drivers died.Lopez says her heart goes out to the family during this difficult time, and at the same time she’s hard at work, even working together with others at the Portland Flower Market, piecing together flowers from various parts of the country to make up for the lack of flowers.“Everyone was very understanding, had really kind words for us to get through everything. What can we do? Maybe we take a collection for the driver’s family,” Lopez said. “Then, just keep going. It’s all wheels going at all times. We just have to push forward.”Lopez says while there was a shortage of flowers Monday and Tuesday, she expects it to be business as usual by Wednesday. © 2018 KGW... http://www.kgw.com/article/news/portland-flower-market-coping-with-flower-shortage-after-semi-crash/283-523796760
Bootstrapped Farmgirl Flowers Is Taking On The Flower Industry And A Host Of Venture-Backed Rivals - ForbesTuesday, December 05, 2017
Susan Adams: Where did you get the idea for Farmgirl Flowers?Christina Stembel: I was director of alumni relations at Stanford Law School and during the economic downturn in 2007 and 2008, we were doing a lot of events but the budgets were getting cut. We were spending between $100 and $200 on centerpiece flower arrangements. I started to research why the flowers cost so much, and I found that just four companies did three quarters of the flower business.Adams: What made you think you could compete with them?Stembel: I’d send flowers to my mom in Indiana and I was always left dissatisfied with the whole process, not just the product. I spent an hour online looking at options, to find the least ugly one. Then I’d spend $80 to $90 on that, and when she received it, it wouldn’t look anything like what I ordered. There’s even a hashtag, #flowerfail. My research also showed that younger consumers were purchasing fewer flowers.Adams: Why would you enter a shrinking market?Stembel: The most recent innovation was in the ’90s with ProFlowers, which started sourcing from South America instead of North America. They didn’t do anything to fix the problems I saw.Adams: What role did waste play in your decision to start a flower company?Stembel: Flower shops waste between 40% and 60% of their inventory. They have so many options and the owner doesn’t know what people are going to order so the flowers go bad. I came up with a model that I thought would solve all the problems. Instead of having 100 choices, we offer only a few curated options. You just get to pick the size you want. We have less than 1% waste.Adams: How did you know your model would work as a business?Stembel: I didn’t know, but I thought it was a great idea. I did one focus group before I quit my job. I gathered almost 50 people and showed them a bouquet I made versus three or four from the top four florists. Eighty-six percent of the people...
Flower Shoppe celebrates 40 years - Pratt TribuneTuesday, November 28, 2017
Moss was looking for a job after the birth of her twin sons and took a part time job with Bruce and Carol Farmer who had purchased Adams Flower shop. Moss enjoyed the job so much, she decided this was what she wanted to do for a living."I knew I liked the business but I didn't know anything about it," Moss said.She took out a loan and in 1977 she started her own shop at 106 South Main, the current location of Signature Style. Her mailman R. G. Howe and her uncle Harry Monaghan built the cooler and put in the shelves. They just insulated the cooler walls and used a regular door.Shauna Horn and Stacy Hanson were her first delivery people and Moss' cousin LuJean Hartwell became her first full time employee. Over the past 40 years, 56 people have worked for Moss and she keeps their names on a list the features lots of locals.Moss' hair dresser Jody Zink helped her find her building and was a silent advisor. They went to work even though Moss had little experience and had much to learn about the business she was determined to make her new business a success and got busy learning the floral industry.She went to a warehouse in Wichita and bought the bare minimum to get the business going. Her first big event was Pratt Community College homecoming. She opened her doors the day of homecoming and made mum corsages for the college. It was the first of many special events she would handle in her 40 year career.Her plan was for her location, that is right on First Street, to get noticed and bring in lots of customers.Moss said she soon learned that she got little business from passing traffic but her local customers were the ones that made the business grow.While her business was growing, there was a problem with the location. There was always heavy traffic and it was difficult for customers to get in and out of her parking lot so she looked for a new location and found it at a house at 209 East Fourth, a house the Larrison family owned and once belonged to Paul Garst. In 1980 she moved into the house on a day when it was 12 below zero. The house's radiators clanked and rattled but it doubled her space and she took a... http://www.pratttribune.com/news/20171119/flower-shoppe-celebrates-40-years
Florists will give away flowers today to Petal It Forward (photos) - OregonLive.comTuesday, November 07, 2017
America are working on our flower bouquets for Petal It Forward. The joy in the receivers' faces reminds us all that flowers really do make people happy."Portland-based Frank Adams Wholesale Florist collected the donated flowers from growers, as it done since the 2015 debut of Petal It Forward.The national event's title was inspired by the 2000 movie, "Pay it Forward," and the movement to respond to a kindness by doing a favor for someone else, who then does something nice for another person, and the acts of kindness spread.Since each florist chooses how to pass out the bundles, "be on the lookout for floral goodwill ambassadors roaming the streets spreading cheer," says Robyn Peterka, the cut flower manager and buyer of Frank Adams Wholesale Florist.Michelle O'Brien of Goose Hollow Flowers in Portland will give away bouquets near her shop and beyond. The florist's delivery driver will also hand out blooms along the way."My favorite part of the day is to recruit my kids after school to go forth and hand out flowers," says O'Brien, who is the mother of children, age 10, 14 and 17. "Getting flowers from a sweet little kid makes many ladies tear up. I'm always surprised at how many people tell us no one has ever given them flowers before. In this day and age, we definitely can use more kindness along the way."Annie Chen of Floral Sunshine delivered 120 donated flowers to Miss Knockout beauty bar in Northwest Portland to be given out during appointments. Chen will also be handing out bouquets to strangers in the Pearl District.Natalie Rieger of Sunflower Flats and her team in Tillamook gave 100 bouquets to unsuspecting people at last year's event. They spread the love to residents in assisted living facilities, passersby and people in coffee shops, stores and even those stuck in traffic.Shopkeepers in Manzanita, who endured a tornado days earlier, received flowers from Rieger, too.Since each person is given two bouquets -- one to keep and one to give away -- Rieger says she was able to reinforce the idea that "it's not only awesome to receive flowers and kindness, but it feels just as good to give it away," she says. "It made my day to make everyone else's day. People were surprised and genuinely thankful to receive this random gift of beautiful flowers."If you want to plug into flower power, here is a list of some of the florists participating in the Petal It Forward flower giveaway to promote local growers:Beaverton: Westside FloristBrookings: Always in Bloom Florist & GiftsCoos Bay: Checkerberry's Flowers and GiftsCorvallis: From the Heart Floral DesignEugene: Dandelions Flowers & GiftsMilwaukie: Poppies & Paisley FloralPortland: Floral Sunshine, Goose Hollow Flowers, Portland Flower Works, Sellwood Flower Co., Sophisticated Floral and the Planning GroupSherwood: It's All ArrangedTillamook: Sunflower Flats (Friday)Vancouver, Washington... http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2017/10/free_flowers_petal_forward_pdx.html
Flower growers give full-voiced praise to mums - The ColumbianTuesday, November 07, 2017
Society focuses on floral design and arrangements, along with the cultivation and growing of the flowers, but all with an eye towards education and getting better at the hobby, said Elizabeth Adamson, a club member.She had dark red chrysanthemums for her bridesmaids, and that was it.“That’s kind of how I was smitten with mums 150 years ago,” she joked.There’s a lot to explore in pinching off the stem and picking off the buds to tease a flower into growing just so, she said.Growers complained of poor conditions, but plenty still managed to bring plants and arrangements to admire.Flowers on display grew from pots in cascades of green leaves and stems, with flares of color from the flowers.Of the endless varieties and shape classifications out there, some can grow into blossoms the size of softballs, or with pedals that curve inward, outward or roll up into spoon shapes.Black, at 19, is the youngest member of the club. Not everyone his age might be interested in growing flowers as a hobby (he prefers the growing part to the arranging), but it seemed like an interesting hobby.It started, Black said, after talking to his horticulture teacher at Hudson’s Bay, Steve Lorenz, about the flowers. Black’s interest was piqued, and not too long after that he had entered flowers in a show, did well, then joined the mum club.At one point, Black had 20 flowers going, on top of the other plants he grows, but downsized to six, he said.The society was once an active men’s group, Adamson said, with around a hundred people, in the ’50s and ’60s, and it opened up to include women around the ’70s.Membership has been dwindling, she said, so it’s exciting to see younger people like Black join up.“That’s kind of what we do,” she said. “We met and try to teach and try to get new people inspired.”The weekend show’s theme was “Make Mine Mums,” so all the plant arrangements had a cocktail theme, with a Jell-O Shot catego...
April 2, 2018: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Choose Fashion Industry Florist for Royal Wedding, Live Nation ... - BizBashWednesday, April 11, 2018
Ticketmaster in 2010—but its main competitor AEG has accused the company of threats to remain on top. The New York Times: “Ticket prices are at all-time highs. Service fees are far from reduced. And Ticketmaster, now part of the Live Nation empire, still tickets 80 of the top 100 arenas in the country. No other company has more than a handful. No competitor has risen to challenge its pre-eminence. Now Department of Justice officials are looking into serious accusations about Live Nation’s behavior in the marketplace. They have been reviewing complaints that Live Nation, which manages 500 artists, including U2 and Miley Cyrus, has used its control over concert tours to pressure venues into contracting with its subsidiary, Ticketmaster. The company’s chief competitor, AEG, has told the officials that venues it manages that serve Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Oakland, Minneapolis, Louisville and Las Vegas, were told they would lose valuable shows if Ticketmaster was not used as a vendor, a possible violation of antitrust law. ... 'You have a disgruntled competitor that is trying to explain their loss around the boogeyman that there were threats made that nobody can document,' said Daniel M. Wall, Live Nation’s antitrust lawyer. The bloodletting between Live Nation and AEG has grown fierce in recent years and rippled through the industry. Last month, another of Mr. Wall’s clients, the heavy-metal icon Ozzy Osbourne, sued AEG on antitrust grounds, saying that it tried to bar him from playing its O2 arena in London, unless he played its Staples Center in Los Angeles. AEG said its policy was a response to Live Nation’s steering concerts to its Los Angeles rival, the Forum. The Justice Department’s inquiries into possible antitrust violations have gone beyond the bitter rivalry, with regulators in the past year looking into reports of Live Nation threats at venues that AEG does not manage: at the H-E-B Center outside Austin, Tex.; and at Boston’s TD Garden, according to executives familiar with the federal review." https://nyti.ms/2uIOK3O3. WHITE HOUSE ADDS LAWN BOWLING TO EASTER FESTIVITIES: Thousands of people are expected to attend the 140th White House Easter Egg Roll, which takes place today. The event has added new activities, including lawn bowling. CNN: “Orchestrated by the East Wing, the festivities are Melania Trump's second crack at the Egg Roll as first lady and her first as a full-time White House resident. Last year, Trump, who was living in New York through the completion of the school year, oversaw the event, which marked a scaling-down and return to basics for the annual eggstravaganza. But this year's Egg Roll will showcase a first lady who has more fully embraced the role of White House hostess, just weeks before the White House holds its first formal state visit with France. This year's Egg Roll will feature activity sta...
Bernard Silver, business entrepreneur and floral designer, dies at 80 - SILive.comWednesday, April 11, 2018
Friday evening in his Emerson Hill home. He was 80.A native of the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn, Silver and his wife, Judie relocated to Emerson Hill to raise a family in New York City's most bucolic borough, some 45 years ago.The Silvers, who would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June, met when Judie was just 15 years old and Bernard was age 16 -- and again at Judie's "sweet sixteen" party.Their business career began when they were owners of a plant shop called Earth Deco in the same Dongan Hills location where Flowers by Bernard stands today.Longtime plant enthusiasts, through their travels they had amassed a vast variety of unusual and unique house plants. It was the mid-1970s and house plants were all the rage.So with positive thoughts of becoming a future success, Silver, a consummate professional who was known for his good business sense, enrolled in the New York School of Floral Design and became the master designer behind Flowers by Bernard.Silver honed his business skills, and within a short span of time the husband and wife team garnered a fine reputation. Soon after, they found themselves at the forefront of fresh and silk floral designs.And Flowers by Bernard, housed in a quaint, cozy shop where traditional elegance meets contemporary style, has been at 1439 Hylan Blvd. ever since.Fourteen years ago, when the need for a second Flowers by Bernard manifested itself, the family opened another shop in the South Shore town of Pleasant Plains at 639... http://www.silive.com/obituaries/index.ssf/2018/03/bernard_silver_of_flowers_by_b.html
Edward Hubbard Stewart - The Star DemocratWednesday, April 11, 2018
Choir College in Princeton, NJ. He earned a BA in Vocal Performance and a Master’s Degree in Musicology and Hymnology. He felt privileged to have sung in the Westminster Choir, touring with the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestras led by prominent conductors of the time, including Arturo Toscanini and Leopold Stokowski. Ed also sang with the Westminster Choir during the recording sessions for the 1940 Disney movie “Fantasia.”During WWII, Ed worked as the director of music for churches in Philadelphia and Baltimore and served in the Coast Guard’s Chesapeake Bay patrol.In the 1950’s, Ed pursued a dual career in church music and home contracting in Florida. In the early 1960’s, when his marriage ended, he returned to Maryland, settling in Oxford. He continued his home building work and also his musical career, becoming the Director of Music for the newly formed Presbyterian Church, where he met and married Mary Trader Dyott, a member of the choir.After Mary’s passing in 2001, while living in Easton, he remained active in the church, was a member of the St. Andrew’s Society and the Miles River Yacht Club. In 2013, he moved to Deerfield Beach, FL, spending his final years with his daughter Patty.Ed is survived by his children: Ned, of Austin, TX; Jane, of Floral City, FL; and Patty, of Deerfield Beach, FL. He is also survived by a step daughter, Lynn Dyott Zerbe, of New Cumberland, PA; four grandchildren; four step grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.A Service of Celebration will be held at the Presbyterian Church of Easton on April 7 at 11 a.m. A ... http://www.stardem.com/obituaries/edward-hubbard-stewart/article_da8e54da-1939-579f-b9c5-75bdc5e68906.html
New York fashion-friendly florists share their skills in Hong Kong floral workshops - South China Morning PostWednesday, April 11, 2018
In 2014, New York-based couple Darroch and Michael Putnam started florist Putnam & Putnam.“It’s been a wild and beautiful few years … watching the brand’s growth has been incredible,” says Michael.The icing on the cake came this month when their work was featured in the April 2018 issue of US Vogue. Shot by a team comprising photographer Steven Klein and stylist Grace Coddington, the whimsical 14-page shoot of a flower field fantasy stars model and actress Mia Goth (Goth is wife of Shia LaBeouf, who she met on the set of Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac, a role that landed her a Miu Miu campaign).The pair says the Vogue shoot is the highlight of their career. “We will be pinching ourselves all weekend,” they posted on Instagram.Their creative coup will be no surprise to some. Although only a few years old, Putnam & Putnam has been setting the New York social scene on fire with its lush and romantic floral creations, which have a Victorian feel. The pair’s client list is long and impressive... http://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/fashion-beauty/article/2140895/new-york-fashion-friendly-florists-share-their-skills-hong