Local Flower Shop News
Blue Moon moving into former A Arrangement spot - Spartanburg Herald JournalTuesday, June 13, 2017
Alyssa Mulliger Staff Writer @AMulligerSHJ
A Spartanburg specialty foods store known for its sauces, spices and spreads is moving closer to the heart of downtown.Blue Moon Specialty Foods has purchased the former A Arrangement building at 130 S. Church St. to relocate its business from East Henry Street.The florist shop was owned by Tom DeShazor for more than 30 years before the business was sold in February to Lone Star Bloom Inc., a company out of Houston, Texas. A Arrangement then moved to 231 E. Kennedy St. in March.Blue Moon’s current location opened near II Samuels more than five years ago and will close in the fall when the business moves into the old florist shop, said Molly Cashman, who runs Blue Moon with her father, Chris Walker.“We really love the new location right downtown,” she said. “It’s fabulous because it’s bigger and has its own parking, which is great for our customers to quickly pop in and pick up food. It has a lot more visibility for our brand than our current location.”Andrew Babb and Dan Dunn of NAI Earl... http://www.goupstate.com/news/20170601/blue-moon-moving-into-former-arrangement-spot
A Arrangement Florist moves to new space with new ownership - Spartanburg Herald JournalTuesday, March 28, 2017
Valentine’s Day in early February.”Brown said the company empowers its local teams to lead each business as if it’s their own. After spending a day with the Spartanburg team, he said the decision to buy A Arrangement was simple because the employees cared so much about their customers and store.Brown said the A Arrangement in Greer still is owned by DeShazor, and Lone Star Bloom has expressed interest in purchasing it when DeShazor retires.“We are growing into the established floral shop arena by acquiring local shops with successful operations and history,” Brown said. “We focus on offering the prior owner a self-controlled exit and transition.”The process has allowed for a seamless change of ownership at A Arrangement in Spartanburg, for employees to keep their jobs and for customers to continue receiving the level of customer service they’ve grown accustomed to, he said.“We want the customers to know that the team is here, even after the transition,” Brown said.Lone Star Bloom recently purchased a 4,000-square-foot retail space at 231 E. Kennedy St. for A Arrangement. The building was formerly split up for businesses over the years, including Gerald's Candy and Nut Shoppe, Clyde Fitness, Crock Pot restaurant and Kennedy Street Florist.Ben Hines and Andy Hayes of Spartanburg-based Spencer/Hines Properties represented the estate of Gerald Tucker in the sale of the Kennedy Street building, listed for $199,000.“Our company is excited that we’re able to retain a retailer to stay in the downtown Spartanburg market,” Hines said. “We know that with A Arrangement’s reputation, they’re making a long-term commitment to the citizens of our community.”Andrew Babb of NAI Earle Furman is handling the sale of the now-vacant South Church Street building, which he said is under contract. ... http://www.goupstate.com/news/20170315/arrangement-florist-moves-to-new-space-with-new-ownership
Meet Toronto's florist to the starsTuesday, October 30, 2018
Not too much fuss.”“I have my war wounds,” Pellegrino said at one point, showing his hands again. “If you see a florist with lovely hands, be suspicious …”“… like seeing a skinny chef!” Gibson snarked from his playful peanut gallery.Since so much of esthetic these days is, indeed, informed by Instagram — particularly in the wedding planning sector — I had to ask what do brides to be, in particular, get wrong? He essentially says that flowers in real life sometimes do not translate in photos and vice-versa, that “not all flowers are going to do what you think they are going to do.”He would suggest being wary of hydrangeas for a wedding day, for example, especially if it is going to be a long day. “Hydrangeas will show you very quickly that they are unhappy.”In terms of trends gone rogue, he mentions the wedding craze for blue roses (not found in nature) that happened about eight years ago. In various cases, the blue dye from the roses started to bleed into various brides’ dresses and Pellegrino remembers some suppliers asking them to sign a release that these roses were being bought at their own risk. “Because brides were going about suing florists!”We veer often into another big development in the Ontario flower scene: the effect that the cannabis boom is having on traditional flower growers. “A lot of the old-timers are selling their operations” to marijuana growers, he says, taking advantage of premium prices and/or once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to shift over a family business that a younger generation might not be so into.Pellegrino reckons about 20 per cent of his suppliers have got out of the flower business and this is having broad consequences: losing a well established know-how as well as access to product. A lot more flowers have to be trucked, in other words, in some cases from such far-flung places as Ecuador. Having literally been born into this business of the earth — his clan has an olive-growing business back in Calabria and his immediate family had a horticulture business and, by age 9, he was shovelling manure into bags — he knows his stuff. But one had to ask: what is his favourite bud? He leads me to a particular bucket with the gleam of a man who has never become jaded about botany: “Look at these! Dahlias are so playful … and so intriguing. Overall, one of my favourite … in the way they present themselves.” Moving to another corner, he strokes some orchids: “Look at the backs of these.” His eyes are aglow.Making like the philosopher he is in many ways, Pellegrino sums up things this way: “Flowers start to die when you cut them from the root. You have them, for what six, seven, days, whatever the time is … so you have to capture them, like life itself.”Shinan Govani is a freelance columnist based in Toronto covering culture and society. Follow him on Twitter: @shinangovaniMichael Pellegrino’s fantasy floral arrangements for famous CanadiansDrake: Gold matt vase with hibiscus flowers and monstera leaves Margaret Atwood: Red vase with a bonnet of white flowersSylvia Mantella: Very alto moda with a beaded handmade vessel and an overpowering grouping of rosesSophie Trudeau: Strong feminine vase with a hand-tied bunch of Muguet du Bois (lily of the valley)... https://www.thestar.com/entertainment/opinion/2018/10/06/meet-torontos-florist-to-the-stars.html
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet programTuesday, October 30, 2018
Random Acts of Flowers: Blossom Buddies in Menlo Park and Flowers of Comfort in San Jose.
Many of the volunteers have maintained their earlier relationships with local donor retailers, florists and markets.
"There's nothing that excites us as much as a bucket of day-old or week-old flowers," said Palo Alto resident Barbara Levin, as the group cheered the arrival of a new bucket of leftovers from Mills Florist. Levin is a longtime volunteer who routinely collects cast-offs from Trader Joe's in Palo Alto. Others pick up from Trader Joe's in Menlo Park and a branch of Whole Foods.
"We never know what flowers or vases we're going to have to work with, so every time we come in it's a new and interesting experience and it's a way of showing off our creative side," Levin said.
The women have no trouble unpacking funeral wreaths and other event-specific arrangements to "create something more interesting," Klause said. But in some cases the used flowers are not fresh enough for a second life and must be discarded.
Volunteer Sandra Bachman, a Woodside resident, said her favorite place to deliver is Stanford University Hospital.
"To go in and see patients that do not have any flowers or visitors and walk in with a bouquet and for five minutes they forget about their problems," Bachman said. "They open their eyes and to get that smile, and to hear through that family what a difference that can make for healing ... A lot of the nurses say it helps them heal. It brings the outside in, the sunshine in."
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Narcotics professor, florist found faithTuesday, October 30, 2018
A few years ago, she took a class on floraldesign. By happenstance, her teacher was a social worker who donated flowers towomen’s shelters. Sale fell in love with floristry and spent three years offand on at a floral design school in Manhattan. She also volunteered arrangingflowers at women’s shelters. “It was the first time (the women) ever hadflowers. Can you imagine?” she said. “They would come up to me and cry. I wouldteach them and I would say, ‘Put them next to your bedside because you deserveflowers — always remember that.’ ” Now she has her own small business — Sandi’sFloral Creations. A few years ago, Sale took her flowersand retired to the beach. But after six months, she found she was miserable. Soher brother invited her to stay with his family for a while. One Sunday, shejoined them for Mass at St. Leo the Great Church in Fairfax. “Everybody seemed so peaceful, and thewelcoming was amazing,” she said. “I said, ‘What planet is this?’ And mybrother goes, ‘That’s our faith.’ I said, ‘How do I get that?’ ” So Sale wasback in the classroom again, this time attending RCIA. In 2017, she wasreceived into the church. Sale’s Catholic faith is “the best giftI’ve ever had,” and so she uses her talents to give back to the church. Sale arrangesthe flowers for the altar at St. Leo Church and occasionally at diocesanevents. She likes to volunteer with the youth group and is a member of the Legionof Mary. “It is finally a place where I feel Ibelong. I was meant to be here, and the joy I have every day from belonging andfinding my path is more than I can ever say,” said Sale. Her hope is to bringpeople the light of Christ through all she does. “I waited 60-some years to getthis gift — I want to shout it from the treetops.” ... https://www.catholicherald.com/News/Catholic_Living/Narcotics_professor,_florist_found_faith/
Flower shop petals for a good causeTuesday, October 30, 2018
CAIRO — A Cairo florist plans to participate in a nationwide random of act of kindness by handing out flowers across Greene County today. Karen’s Flower Shoppe at 271 Main St. is part of Petal It Forward, started by the Society of American Florists. In 2017, Karen’s handed out bouquets of flowers to 100 people. This year, shop employees plan to hand out 300 bouquets to 150 people, owner Karen Gallo said.“When we were out giving these away people, thought it was the most fantastic thing they ever heard of,” Gallo said. “We were going to get more involved and spread more flowers this year.” Petal It Forward’s mission is to hand out two bouquets of flowers per person — one for them to keep and the other to give away, National Society of American Florists Marketing Vice President Jennifer Sparks said.“I consider it to be a gesture of communication — some people just need human connection,” Sparks said. “We want to give people the surp... https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/flower-shop-%E2%80%98petals%E2%80%99-good-cause
Fashion Industry Favorite FLOOM Brings Its Same Day Online Artisanal Flower Delivery Experience StatesideTuesday, October 30, 2018
Floom is the product of my life-long love of flowers and the frustration that the floral industry didn’t have a beautifully curated, easy to use service that brought together all the amazing florists operating under the radar of most people,’ says Elie. Floom is a VC-backed start-up on a mission to become the most-trusted place to send extraordinary flowers from the best independent florists around the globe. Our website’s seamless curatorial-like shopping experience, blends creative and inspiring content and exceptional customer service to create a marketplace like no other, offering a truly unique floral delivery experience. Floom has been voted one of the top UK 100 startups two years in a row, created long-lasting relationships with florists across all of the UK and New York, and sent flowers to over 120 different countries.Created out of the conundrum of trying to find beautifully crafted bouquets online or at the local grocery store, Floom believes that last minute bouquets should be just as beautiful as the ones you spent a little bit more time arranging. Striving to be a platform where shoppers can find a stylish selection of speedily available bouquets – a sort of Farfetch for independent florists if you like – Floom gives florists the tools connect to our discerning online community. Florists receive a backend management tool, and customers receive more options, in more areas, from carefully vetted florists, with the ultimate convenience of a seamless check-out and fresh, uniquely designed bouquets delivered stat whether it’s Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day or Hump Day. Continuing on their mission to spread floral joy, Floom is now working with the most sought-after, independent, green fingered artisans in Los Angeles including Eric Buterbaugh, Fiore Designs and Juicy ... http://nbherard.com/pr/fashion-industry-favorite-floom-brings-its-same-day-online-artisanal-flower-delivery-experience-stateside/232992