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Businesses adapt to supply crises - Arkansas OnlineWednesday, April 11, 2018
While shortages are an obstacle for many small businesses, some owners have actually made materials in short supply the heart of their business.Albany Woodworks uses reclaimed wood from demolished houses, barns and other buildings to make flooring and paneling. When Richard Woods started the Tickfaw, La.-based business more than 40 years ago, reclaimed wood was easy to find and he had no competition. But demand has grown from renovating homeowners and groups restoring historical sites, and so has the number of rival firms."We are constantly having to network to find new suppliers that may have quality wood," Woods says. His suppliers are demolition companies, and most sites with the wood he needs are in industrial revolution-era towns in New England and along the Mississippi River. "We go wherever we have to," Woods says.At Widespread Electrical Sales, owner Scott Vaughn also travels the country in search of equipment that may be decades old."We rely on big industrial plants that are closing, buy the right to their power distribution systems, and rip them down," says Vaughn, whose company is based in Wheat Ridge, Colo. He also gets obsolete equipment from decommissioned call centers and data centers.Business on 04/05/2018... http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2018/apr/05/businesses-adapt-to-supply-crises-20180/?f%3Dbusiness
Out of flowers? Flour? Businesses contend with supply crises - Colorado Springs GazetteWednesday, April 11, 2018
While shortages are an obstacle for many small businesses, some owners have actually made materials in short supply the heart of their business.Albany Woodworks uses reclaimed wood from demolished houses, barns and other buildings to make flooring and paneling. When Richard Woods started the business more than 40 years ago, reclaimed wood was easy to find and he had no competition. But demand has grown from renovating homeowners and groups restoring historical sites, and so has the number of rival firms."We are constantly having to network to find new suppliers that may have quality wood," says Woods, whose company is located in Tickfaw, Louisiana. His suppliers are demolition companies, and most sites with the wood he needs are in industrial revolution-era towns in New England and along the Mississippi River. "We go wherever we have to," Woods says.At Widespread Electrical Sales, owner Scott Vaughn also travels the country in search of equipment that may be decades old."We rely on big industrial plants that are closing, buy the right to their power distribution systems, and rip them down," says Vaughn, whose company is based in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. He also gets obsolete equipment from decommissioned call centers and data centers.Widespread Electric sells about half a million breakers a year, with some costing as much as $25,000. The cost is worth it for a business that otherwise would have to retrofit its power systems.Supply shortages are an inherent part of the electrical business, Vaughn says."It's directed by the manufacturers themselves," he says. "They put out a product line and sell it with a planned obsolescence program behind it."_____Follow Joyce Rosenberg at www.twitter.com/JoyceMRosenberg . Her work can be found here: https://apnews.com/search/joyce%20rosenberg... http://gazette.com/out-of-flowers-flour-businesses-contend-with-supply-crises/article/feed/553985
MORRIS: Taking time to smell the roses - Evening News and TribuneTuesday, March 27, 2018
NEW ALBANY — Lana Aebersold got a taste of retirement last month, even though it wasn't planned.In bed with the flu, she was unable to work at her usual spot inside Aebersold Florist leading up to Valentine's Day for the first time in more than five decades. The busiest two or three days in a floral designer's year, and she was at home, trying to get back on her feet."I was miserable," she said. "I would have rather been here. I was just too sick to worry about it."But in 11 days, she will be taking a permanent break from the business. At 71, and with more things to accomplish, Lana is retiring. Although she will still help out if needed since she lives within an earshot of the business.Lana has worked at Aebersold Florist for 55 of the 110 years the business has been open. She met David Aebersold when she was 16, the two started dating, and she asked his mother for a job."She said if you break up you can't leave," Lana said.The two married four years later and she has never strayed too fa... http://www.newsandtribune.com/opinion/morris-taking-time-to-smell-the-roses/article_eda3c98e-1fe9-11e8-90bc-bf7ffe7847ca.html
Gardening: Flower shows offer spring in deep winter - The Providence JournalSunday, February 11, 2018
Rooted in Maine.” There will be 14 display gardens, 115 exhibits of plants, hardscape, arbor and garden supplies, and many workshops and seminars.A show I only recently heard about is near Albany in Troy, New York. In its 31st year, it is called the Capital District Garden and Flower Show and will be held March 23 to 25 at Hudson Valley Community College. I hope to go. From their photos and write-up, I imagine it will be similar in size and scope to the Vermont Flower Show — which is now an every-other year show, and is not occurring this year.Bangor, Maine, has an annual flower show, though I’ve never attended. This year it will be held in the Alfond Arena in Orono, Maine, on April 20 to 22. If you go, please contact me so I’ll learn more about it.Last year I crossed one more item off my “Bucket List”. My partner Cindy Heath and I flew to London and attended the Chelsea Flower Show. It is in a league by itself, both in size and scope. Mostly outdoors, it includes displays with full-sized trees planted for the week. Under a big tent are displays of flowers of every ilk: hellebores, alliums, iris, narcissus, tulips, vegetables, carnivorous plants and much, much more. To see my article about the show and see a dozen photos, go to dailyuv.com/feed/905682.The Chelsea Show is held this year May 22 to 26. If you plan to go, join the Royal Horticulture Society to get reduced prices and access before the rest of the world (the first two days are just for RHS members). One member can bring in three guests. The Brits love their flowers, and know how to celebrate them. Bring a flowered dress or vest and bowtie, and walk around drinking champagne if you wish — many people do.I called my friend Jill Nooney of Bedrock Gardens in Lee, New Hampshire, to talk about the flower shows. Jill has exhibited at the Boston Show seven times, winning many awards for her garden designs. I asked her, why go to the flower shows? “Nobody can resist the smell of humid mulch-filled air in the middle of March,” she said. I agree. We all need that taste of spring before all the snow has gone.— Henry Homeyer’s blog appears twice a week at dailyuv.com/gardeningguy. Write to him at P.O. Box 364, Cornish Flat, NH 03746. Please include a SASE if you wish a mailed response. Or firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20180119/gardening-flower-shows-offer-spring-in-deep-winter
How this flower shop rebounded after fire ripped through downtown Cohoes (Video) - Albany Business ReviewTuesday, December 05, 2017
Albany Business ReviewHow this flower shop rebounded after fire ripped through downtown Cohoes (Video)Albany Business ReviewMike Rizzo was in his Cohoes, New York, florist shop today shearing thorns and petals off roses for a birthday arrangement as firefighters sprayed water on a pile of smoldering rubble across the street. Remarkably, Rizzo's House of Flowers was open ...Cohoes businesses hit hard by fire -- but fighting back WRGBWRGBMan trying to imitate TV show sparks massive NY inferno, mayor saysCBS NewsMayor: Amateur bladesmith started massive Cohoes blazeAlbany Times UnionAlbany Times Union -Syracuse.comall 119 news articles »...
Out of flowers? Flour? Businesses contend with supply crises - Colorado Springs GazetteWednesday, April 11, 2018
NEW YORK (AP) — When heavy rain pelted Central America, Shane Pliska couldn't get shipments of taupe-colored roses he needed for clients' weddings."Of course, this was the season when everyone wanted champagne- and gold-themed weddings, and the champagne part was all taupe roses," says Pliska, owner of Planterra, a commercial florist and owner of a wedding venue where the decor is all about flowers and plants.Pliska, whose company is located in West Bloomfield, Michigan, could have substituted other flowers but wanted to deliver customers' first choices. So he and his employees tinted white roses by hand.Supply shortages can be the bane of a small company's existence. Severe weather and disasters can cause shortages, as can a manufacturer shutting down or stopping production of ingredients, components or raw materials. And shortages can force owners to be creative in finding substitutes or workarounds to mitigate damage to revenue and customer relationships.Shortages can hit companies... http://gazette.com/out-of-flowers-flour-businesses-contend-with-supply-crises/article/feed/553985
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
Life, Interrupted: The Little Florist With Big Dreams - OZYWednesday, April 11, 2018
Tucked into a corner not far from the hustle of Union Square in New York City sits a compact flower shop run by one man: Paulino Gaspar. For 12 hours a day, seven days a week, Paulino clips, snips and composes the perfume-filled petals that color the shop that he named Angelina’s Petals.“They take care of me,” Paulino says about the flowers. “They’re always happy … they never say anything. They don’t complain. They take care of me, they feed me, they even pay me!”After working for years alongside his family in the convenience store neighboring Angelina’s Petals, Paulino grew hungry for more. “I knew nothing about flowers at the time,” Paulino says. “All I knew was that I wanted something more than what I had. Nobody else would hire me at the time, so I started this business. The only thing I knew about flowers was that I loved them.” The months following Paulino’s ambitious decision were filled with 12- to 15-hour workdays, seven days a week, alone. “To be successful, you have to work hard,” Paulino explains. “The only way I will succeed is if more...
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...