Athens Flower Shop News
UPDATE: Local flower shop owner speaks out after robbery, one arrested - WVNS-TVTuesday, December 12, 2017
W. Va (WVNS) -- A man is in jail and another is on the run after the two came up with an elaborate plan to rob a local flower shop. The robbery happened last week at Colonial florist along Athens road in Princeton. Wesley Brown, the owner, said he feels lucky to be alive. "I'm scared to death if I see somebody walk in front my shop," Brown said. Brown said last week a man wearing a grey hoodie walked into his shop, knocked him to the ground, and stole his wallet that was full of cash and credit cards. "Took my wallet, keys to my car and I had $1,000 in my bill fold I collected over thanksgiving weekend and $95 dollars in my pocket," Brown said. But the man in the grey hoodie wasn't alone. While the robbery was taking place, another man was in the store. Eric Long was working in the flower shop for Brown in exchange for "flowers for a funeral." Little did Brown know, it was all part of a bigger plan. Brown told 59 News the men attacked him with a medal vase before running off together. Long was arrested on Tuesday but his accomplice is still on the run."He needs to be put away because if he done me that way, he will do somebody else. Maybe wors... http://www.wvnstv.com/local-news/mercer-county/troopers-man-arrested-for-robbing-princeton-floral-shop-/876091452
Gifts from the hands - The Daily Post-AthenianTuesday, November 15, 2016
I'd start earlier in the year, I wouldn't be in such a rush. But, I love every minute of it - despite all the glue gun burns on my hands."Crafting is a labor of love the Athens senior discovered as a senior in high school."I had enough credits to graduate early, but I wanted to wait and graduate with my friends, so I enrolled in a program where I went to school half a day and worked half a day. They placed me in the florist in my hometown in Texas. I enjoyed it so much, and the man who owned it was so nice and such a great teacher, that I just kept doing it and spent 13 years of my working life as a florist."The challenge is probably what I enjoy most," Elliott added. "It's a challenge to take things and put them together into a form that's beautiful and eye-catching. Corsages were always my favorite thing to make as a florist because of all the intricate details. It really takes a little instinct, a little mechanical inclination, and a good eye to be a florist."Even after arranging ceased to be her profession, Elliott has continued pursuing it as a passion."I make decorations for my home -¬?probably 80 to 90 percent of my house is covered in decorations I've made," she said. "It's a great way to do Christmas gifts. You buy someone a shirt, it might not fit right or they might not like the color, so they'll probably take it back or just keep it in a drawer and never use it. If you make something for them by hand, they'll keep it forever, they'll get real enjoyment out of it, and they'll always tell the story about the person who made it for them or bought it for them. It always makes it personal when it's an item made by hand."Find some of Elliott's handmade items - as well as those crafted by other local artisans, during the McMinn Senior Activity Center's 18th Annual Christmas Bazaar and Craft Show on Fri... http://www.dailypostathenian.com/article_3ebc3b86-a817-11e6-8086-10604b9f1f4a.html
Björk in Montreal and Flower Art in Melbourne: Global Arts Guide - New York TimesTuesday, October 11, 2016
Other works in the festival include “Primal Matter,” a piece by Dimitris Papaioannou, who choreographed the opening ceremony of the Athens Olympics; and “i ride in color and soft focus, no longer anywhere,’’ by the choreographer Jamila Johnson-Small. Hege Haagenrud’s “Use My Body While It’s Still Young” explores the relationship between dance and aging, and features a small crew of performers, ages 65 to 79.danceumbrella.co.ukShanghaiFélix González-Torres Rockbund Art Museum, Sept. 30- Dec. 25The Cuban-born Mr. González-Torres, who was active as both an artist and an activist in New York in the 1980s and 1990s, created minimalist, conceptual art pieces out of everyday objects. He also returned throughout his career to portrait photography. This exhibition includes around 40 artworks and focuses on the artist’s late career. Pieces in the show are made from materials like candy, puzzle pieces and bare light bulbs. rockbundartmuseum.orgMelbourne, AustraliaLee Mingwei: The Moving Garden NGV International, Oct. 15 - Jan. 29The artist Lee Mingwei’s “Moving Garden” installation includes a long row of flowers, artfully arranged in the museum space. Viewers are invited to take the flowers from the museum, on two conditions: That they make a detour when they leave, and that they give the flower they take to a stranger. The work has made several appearances across the world since the artist first conceived of it in 2009. It is one of several exhibitions showing at the museum, including a show of 18th century porcelain art, and an exhibition dedicated to jewels by the Italian luxury jeweler, Bulgari. ngv.vic.gov.auOxford, EnglandPower and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural Ashmolean Museum, Oct. 20-Jan. 15This exhibition examines depictions of the supernatural in art from across the Islamic world. Works on view include amulets, tablets, outfits, armor and books. Above, a circa 1800 artwork from modern-day Turkey, showing a camel whose body is formed of calligraphy; the work is believed to be by Mustafa Edirnavi. A show dedicated to the Chinese artist Liu Dan opens later in October; and a small exhibition dedicated to Rembrandt’s early panel paintings of the senses is showing through Nov. 27. ashmolean.orgTokyoThe Art of Zen: From Mind to Form Tokyo National Museum, Oct 18 - Nov. 27This exhibition concerns itself with art and objects produced by Buddhist priests and Buddhist worshipers through the ages. Statues, portraits, pla... http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/08/arts/international/bjork-in-montreal-and-flower-art-in-melbourne-global-arts-guide.html
Athens man accused of breaking into florist shop twice within few days - AL.comTuesday, September 27, 2016
ATHENS, Alabama -- Athens police say a burglary suspect was caught after returning to the shop he's accused of breaking into twice.Joshua David Brooks (Contributed by the Athens Police Department)Police said an alarm went off at the accounting form of CDPA, PC on South Houston Street shortly before midnight Sunday. Officers said a window was broken out. The investigation led them to Athens Florists, which had recently been burglarized too.Investigators said they found a suspect, Joshua David Brooks, 27, looking in the flower shop's windows. They interviewed him and determined he broke into Athens Florists on Nov. 7 and Nov. 11. He was arrested and charged with third-degree burglary.Brooks has not been implicated in CDPA, PC burglary at this time, but that investigation is ongoing. Police are also looking into other area burglaries that have occurred over the last few months. http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2014/11/athens_man_accused_of_breaking.html
New Murals at Creature Comforts, Flowerland and St. Mary's - Flagpole MagazineTuesday, August 30, 2016
Reflecting Athens’ unique position as a community full of artists, a new mural in the courtyard of Creature Comforts Brewery honors a legacy of local music. Young musicians perch upon a cluster of houses—each with a guitar, trumpet, accordion or set of headphones in hand—while strings of lights and slender branches hang overhead. The characters seem pensive, as if they are all in the midst of privately writing a new song. The blue and teal mural—which can be seen on this week’s Flagpole cover—was created by local artist Anthony Wislar with the support of LEAD Athens, a leadership development program through the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce. Launched in December 2013, the Athens Mural Project was originally planned to cover the exterior wall of the 40 Watt Club. A series of six 16-by-25-foot panels, collaboratively including the talents of multiple artists, was conceptualized as a chronological representation of local music history, spanning from early jazz to R.E.M.’s heyday. The 40 Watt’s bri... http://flagpole.com/arts-culture/art-notes/2016/08/24/more-and-more-murals-art-at-creature-comforts-flowerland-and-st-mary-s
16 Perfect Mother's Day Flower Bouquets to Buy Right Now Photos ... - GQ MagazineMonday, May 07, 2018
There’s a reason every woman in New York declares peonies, the classic garden bloom, her favorite—they're big, bold, and beautiful. Plus, they're hard to come by—May and June are the only months they grow (hence, peony season).The Bouqs "Clio"Buy Now$56The BouqsA percentage of the proceeds from this wild and free sunflower blend benefits No Kid Hungry, which provides at least 500,000 meals to children in need every year.The Bouqs Hello SunshineBuy Now$52The BouqsThis bright and sunny mix of orange roses, yellow snapdragons, and pink Gerbera daisies is a showstopper.1-800-Flowers "Francesca"Buy Now$551-800-Flowers This delicate gardenia bouquet will last way past Mother’s Day brunch. Maybe even all the way to Father's Day.1-800-Flowers Graceful GardeniaBuy Now$451-800-Flowers Named after Persephone, the Greek goddess of spring, this peach and blush arrangement proves roses don’t have to feel trite.UrbanStems "The Persephone"Buy Now$65UrbanStemsHailing from Thailand, this exotic orch...
Fake flowers used to be considered tacky. Not anymore. - Washington PostTuesday, May 01, 2018
Bronx who was once a stylist for Martha Stewart. She has written two how-two books on paper flowers and sells her wares at high-end shops such as John Derian in New York and on her website, the Green Vase (thegreenvase.com). Her blooms start at $35 each. “People like the fact that paper flowers stay around for a while,” Cetti says. “My objective isn’t to be as realistic as possible; it’s to find the character and feeling of each flower and interpret that.”Pottery BarnPottery Barn’s Garden Botanicals category includes such faux plants as hydrangeas, tulips, succulents, topiaries and small trees.Pottery BarnIn her office, Monica Bhargava, Pottery Barn’s executive vice president of design, combined real and faux orchids to give an arrangement a lush, fuller appearance.Design bloggers, who are always photographing their own spaces and looking for ways to add color and interest, have hastened the flowering of faux. “I don’t have the money for fresh flowers in every corner,” says blogger Emily A. Clark. “This gives the look and feel of it. I have five kids to water and feed. I don’t need anything with more maintenance right now.” Incorporating faux flowers hasn’t stirred her readers. “I hardly have anyone call me out on it,” she says. “Some people are still against it, but I’m over it.”[Expert tips for throwing a dinner party your guests won’t forget]“People want to have the fresh-flower look in their home,” says Donna Garlough, style director for Joss & Main. “These let them get the look without the expense or the maintenance.” Garlough says that although single branches and sprigs are still popular, Joss & Main is seeing increased interested in prearranged centerpieces, which can cost from $50 to $150. “There’s a lot of cool stuff out there — from faux tulips in Mason jars to faux succulents in sculptural organic vessels,” she says. Garlough says arrangements are popular for second homes. “Who wants to arrive at a vacation home and be greeted by dead flowers?” she says.Carmel BrantleyDesigner Erin Paige Pitts uses faux hydrangeas in her Florida beach house.Emily A. ClarkA faux orchid Instagrammed by Emily A. Clark. She got it from the French Bee at One Kings Lane.Designer Erin Paige Pitts of Gibson Island, Md., and Delray Beach, Fla., can relate. “The quality of faux flowers has come a long way,” Pitts says. “The flowers on my dining table in Delray are faux, but no one thinks they are, they look so good. It’s nice to get to my house there and have the feeling of flowers even when I haven’t been there in weeks.”Although there’s no watering, artificial flowers need care. Garlough says that when you unwrap them, “they need a bit of zhuzhing, but so do real flowers.” So move them around a bit and fluff out the branches if needed. To keep silk or synthetic arrangements dust-free, you can clean gently with a soft, dry cloth or use the small brush attachment of your vacuum. Cetti advises keeping paper flowers out of direct sun and high-humidity areas. A blow-dryer can be used to get the dust off.More from Lifestyle:That old fussy china can fit your casual lifestyle. Designers talk about how.These city dwellers loved their rowhouse, but it was too small. So they doubled it.Americans are pack rats. Swedes have the solution: ‘Death cleaning.’...
Langdon Florist of Tribeca owner brings business to Staten Island - SILive.comTuesday, May 01, 2018
It's going to cry a lot, you'll have to get up at night, and you have to spend more time with it," said the veteran florist, who has owned one of the most recognized names in New York City's floral industry for the last 35 years.The move to a new two-level storefront, with a more than 900-square-foot showroom on Clove Road in Sunnyside was a "quality of life" decision whereby he could be close to home, and allow his two daughters, Gracie Rizzo and Stephanie Doiban, to become involved in the business."The flower shop was legendary in Manhattan. It was bittersweet that we left Manhattan," added Rizzo.The Island-based showroom is adorned with a myriad of unique floral displays against a tin ceiling and wood floor backdrop. The red lit "florist" sign that used to hang outside the Manhattan shop in its "early days" now sits above the register."I love creating. I have a passion for creating arrangements. Brides and clients will send me pictures of their visions and I make them come to life. I always handle the best quality flowers from all over the world," said Rizzo, noting he imports from Holland, Ecuador, Columbia, California and Miami, among other areas.WORK ETHIC LEADS TO SUCCESSBrought to this country as a child after being born in Sicily, Italy, Rizzo was raised by an asphalt worker and seamstr... http://www.silive.com/northshore/index.ssf/2018/04/manhattan_mainstay_langon_flor.html
The Best Bespoke Mother's Day Gifts From Female-Owned Brands - ForbesTuesday, May 01, 2018
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