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
Bloom where you're planted: Bancroft's Flowers is oldest Iowa flower shop - Waterloo Cedar Falls CourierWednesday, March 14, 2018
Joseph Bancroft, his wife Elizabeth, and other memorabilia.At 144 years old, Bancroft’s Flowers & Greenhouses is the oldest flower shop in Iowa, according to the Florist’s Review magazine, a trade publication. It is the second oldest florist west of the Mississippi and the 11th oldest in the United States.The shop was established in 1874 at 416 W. 12th St., in Cedar Falls. That also makes it the oldest business still at the same location in Cedar Falls, says current owner Batchelder. It was owned by three generations of the Bancroft family until 1988.“It’s an amazing history,” says Batchelder, who has owned the business for 20 years. “It’s impressive to think that in the 1870s, this was really the middle of nowhere for a successful floral business.”He expressed surprise that only two Iowa flower shops appear on the list of floral companies in business for 100 years or more. Decorah Greenhouses Inc., was founded in 1876.In the late 19th century, Bancroft’s operated as a wholesale florist, shipping flowers across the country. Flowers were carefully packed into sturdy boxes that were then loaded onto a wagon or carriage for the short trek to the Rock Island train depot at 422 Main St.Flowers and nursery plants were listed by number making it easier for a florist from the East Coast, for example, to order from Bancroft’s via the telegraph. “You’d order a No. 6, for instance, instead of using the name of the flower or arrangement to keep down the cost of the telegram,” says Batchelder.Bancroft’s and its multiple greenhouses once occupied a half block of property, making it the “largest and b... http://wcfcourier.com/lifestyles/bloom-where-you-re-planted-bancroft-s-flowers-is-oldest/article_d92d61fb-6d05-5251-98b5-b0853bb7335a.html
Oklahoma City florist fuses flowers and art to redefine floral experience - NewsOK.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
Each order goes through a design and planning process, and on the big day, the production team is on site to bring the vision to life.Williams and master florist George Catechis moved to Oklahoma in 2011 from Las Vegas where they were in the same line of work.Photo courtesy of The Fleuriste.Catechis has been in the flower business since he was a boy.“It’s safe to say he has his doctorate in ‘Over-the-top Floral Design’ and the ‘More is More’ theory,” Williams joked.Williams worked in high-end guest services at Caesars Palace and Bellagio and, in her own words, minored in “creativity” at the prestigious School of Life.The concept that the two brought to Oklahoma has worked.“A year in the life of The Fleuriste is adorned with roughly 500,000 stems of flowers, over 500 client meetings and site visits in as many as 22 cities,” Williams said.Photo courtesy of The Fleuriste.They design wedding flower concepts, corporate events and private parties and create a show-stopping weekly flower service for corporate, hospitality and private residential clients.“Our focus leans mostly toward weddings, events, galas, corporate functions and installations,” Williams said. “We also have flower school once a month at The Fleuriste where we have a blast with our guests teaching them to make their own floral designs.”Photo courtesy of The Fleuriste.The team at The Fleuriste is passionate about their work and believes in the significance of creating stunning bouquets and breathtaking environments with respect for clients’ style and preferences, but also the flowers themselves.“Flowers bring another level of dimension through texture and color to any space. They’re the life of the party,” Williams said.Their designs continue to evolve, but their approach remains consistent. Williams and her team believe flowers are not simply colors and varieties but also an interpretation of personalities and lifestyles, especially of those they represent. Whether designing for individuals, events or corporate environments, the focus remains dedicated to the translation of clients’ personal style and vision.“Being able to translate people’s vision into an experience is wonderful. The creative aspect for sure is rewarding, but the absolute best is people’s reaction when they see what we’ve created,” Williams said.The Fleuriste is located 1020 NW 82nd Street in Oklahoma City. For more information, visit thefleuriste.com. alert('start 3'); Photo courtesy of The Fleuriste. The Fleuriste team designs wedding flower concepts, corporate events and private parties and create a show-stopping weekly flower service for corporate, hospitality and private residential clients. Photo courtesy of The Fleuriste. Photo court... http://newsok.com/article/5583554
One Month at a Time: Compassionate lessons in the world of floral arrangements - Charleston Gazette-MailWednesday, March 14, 2018
She told me she joined Young Floral in 2004.“But I left for a few years, had a baby and came back three years ago,” she said.Before coming to Young Floral, she worked at a couple of florists, including one at The Greenbrier.She said the job varies from day to day and hour to hour, particularly during the Valentine’s Day season, when they see a lot of TeleFlora orders.Teleflora is a company that partners with florists to form a network. Customers place orders through TeleFlora, which passes along the orders to area florists who arrange and deliver according to TeleFlora’s specifications.For Valentine’s Day, Young Floral offered several Teleflora specials. Using pictures on the TeleFlora website, customers can order arrangements and send them just about anywhere.The participating florists are tasked with making the arrangements as close to these pictures as they can, which isn’t incredibly difficult, but it does take some attention to detail and some speed in getting the arrangement completed.During Valentine’s Day, Young Floral sells dozens of them.“For us, it’s like working with a recipe,” Lori said. “I have to have so many carnations, so many lilies, so many whatever.”The arrangement is supposed to be a certain height and look very similar to the arrangement in the picture.“I see it as a kind of puzzle. The trick is to make it fit together,” Lori said.While Lori patiently encouraged me, I had limited success with repeating the Valentine’s special. I was a little wasteful with the materials, handled the delicate flowers like string beans and while my arrangement looked OK, I’d have to say it wasn’t a great copy of what Lori was doing.And I was slow. Really slow. It would have taken me all day to do what Lori did in probably an hour or two.Partly, this was how I handled the knife used to cut the flower stems. After a series of traumatic, childhood incidents involving pocket knives, I learned to keep the sharp end of the blade away from my hands.Because of this, I still have all 10 of my fingers.Lori held the knife differently than I did. By cutting toward her hand she was able to snip flowers and ferns much more quickly.I tried to do the same but couldn’t manage to make it work. I ended up getting snagged and perilously close to taking off my thumb before she finally said, “It’s OK. Sometimes we use clippers.”She handed me a pair of small shears.It made the snipping go faster.Brides and rosesI also worked with Heather, who does floral arrangements, but she specializes in bridal work, which can get very intricate and particular, she said.Women planning their weddings will often spend weeks looking through magazines and at websites like Pin...
Cook Florist celebrates 75 years - The CountyWednesday, March 14, 2018
When Sidney and Edna Cook opened Cook Florist on Main Street in Presque Isle on Oct. 1, 1943, the Presque Isle Air Force Base brought numerous individuals to Aroostook County and local businesses thrived in the region. PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — When Sidney and Edna Cook opened Cook Florist on Main Street in Presque Isle on Oct. 1, 1943, the Presque Isle Air Force Base brought numerous individuals to Aroostook County and local businesses thrived in the region. Sidney Cook already owned a gas station, which included a bike rental shop, that had many soldiers from the Air Force base as customers.The Cooks had always enjoyed growing and cutting flowers and after a while people began asking them to make floral arrangements for special occasions. The couple realized that they could create a great business out of that community need and so one year Edna Cook attended the Gorney School of Floral Art in Boston. She and her husband opened Cook Florist not long afterward.Today the Cooks’ granddaughter Karen Duncan is the third-gener...
Free Flower Friday spreads cheer across Greater Cincinnati - WLWT CincinnatiWednesday, March 14, 2018
Do you roll over and go back to sleep, or do you write down the idea to later bring it to life? Advertisement. Matt Hiatt of Hiatt's Florist and Gifts ... http://www.wlwt.com/article/free-flower-friday-spreads-cheer-across-greater-cincinnati/19378303