Local Flower Shop News
Out of Flowers? Flour? Businesses Contend With Supply Crises - Memphis Daily NewsTuesday, May 01, 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 Learn more about Richard WoodsTap into millions of public records, notices and articles on The Daily News with our ever-growing line of services.Try one of these to get you started:Name SearchWatch Service" 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 Learn more about Scott VaughnTap into millions of public records, notices and articles on The Daily News with our ever-growing line of services.Try one of these to get you started:Name SearchWatch Service" 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...
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
2018 Best of the East Bay: WeddingsTuesday, July 03, 2018
The Kinsley James team can also help you find top-notch wedding vendors to make your nuptials perfect, offering recommendations for florists, event designers, photographers, and more. Walnut Creek, kinsleyjames.com. —K.H.Wedding PhotographerJosh IsaacsWhen Josh Isaacs documents an engagement or wedding, he’s not just taking a snapshot; he’s telling an intimate story about the couple. To capture the beauty of their love—and of all the moments that led them to their union—Isaacs puts his subjects at ease, allowing them to forget they’re even being photographed. “Engagement photos these days are much more than just ‘save the dates,’ ” Isaacs says. “They are a celebration.” Lafayette, jjisaacs.com. —K.H.Bachelorette Party Hot SpotEditor Pick: Tommy T’sBrides-to-be can enjoy some eye candy and Magic Mike–esque action at this intimate Pleasanton venue, which hosts shows like Hunks and Fifty Shades of Men several times a year. Ladies (and fellas, if they’re so inclined) are bound to enjoy a fun and flirty evening of burlesque entertainment, featuring seductive theatrics. So, don your best party gear, order a few drinks, and let loose. It’ll certainly make for a night to remember. Pleasanton, tommyts.com/pleasanton. —A.S.Place for Prewedding PamperingEditor Pick: The Purple Orchid Wine Country Resort and SpaFeeling stressed before walking down the aisle? Unwind at this award-winning Livermore destination, where you can treat yourself to a relaxing massage, skin-brightening facial, or s... http://www.diablomag.com/July-2018/2018-Best-of-the-East-Bay-Weddings/
Justices won't hear case of anti-gay-marriage floristTuesday, July 03, 2018
SEATTLE — The U.S. Supreme Court ordered Washington state courts Monday to take a new look at the case of a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding, in light of the justices' recent ruling in a similar case involving a Colorado baker.The order means the Supreme Court is again, for now, passing on the key issue in both cases: whether business owners citing their faith can refuse to comply with anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBT people.The 73-year-old florist, Barronelle Stutzman, appealed after Washington's Supreme Court ruled unanimously last year that she broke the state's anti-discrimination law by refusing on religious grounds to provide flowers for the wedding of a customer at her Richland shop, Arlene's Flowers, in 2013.Early this month, the Supreme Court issued a limited ruling in favor of Jack Phillips, the proprietor of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo.In an opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the 7-2 majority found that comments by a member of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission displayed an anti-religious bias — depriving Phillips of the ... http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2018/jun/25/justices-wont-hear-case-anti-gay-marriage-florist/
Green-fingered florist wins gold at Chelsea Flower ShowTuesday, July 03, 2018
An East Durham florist has clinched a top award at the country's most famous flower show. Rebecca Hough, a lecturer at East Durham College, rose to the challenge at the Chelsea Flower Show 2018 in London. Rebecca Hough takes top slot for her floral throne. Image by floral.co.uk The 29-year-old beat the country's best 16 floral talents to be crowned this year’s RHS Chelsea Florist of the Year.The Peterlee woman also won a gold medal at the show alongside her new title as the top florist in the UK.Having previously qualified to compete at the show after winning a place at the regional heats, Rebecca travelled down to London alongside East Durham College floristry students, Allan Raby, 50, from Thornaby and Vicki Abbott, 26, from Hartlepool who also qualified at the regional heats.The finalists were tasked with creating a floral throne designed for a spring wedding and Rebecca’s was made of driftwood, which she collected from l... https://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/green-fingered-florist-wins-gold-at-chelsea-flower-show-1-9201342
Country Garden Florist supports National Wear A Flower WeekTuesday, July 03, 2018
The air will be full of fragrant fundraising as Country Garden Florist in Plymouth takes part in Wear A Flower Week for the Brain Tumour Research charity.Wendy Jordan, who runs the business in Plymouth Pannier Market, said: “We’re delighted to take part in this new campaign starting on Monday 18th June. It’s a bit of fun for such a vital cause. I was aware of the charity’s Wear A Hat Day campaign and this is a new way of encouraging those of us in the floristry business to get involved. As well as raising funds we are helping to raise awareness of brain tumours which kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer.”Wear A Flower Week is a collaboration between the Brain Tumour Research charity and The Jane Packer Foundation. Jane was an internationally renowned and pioneering florist whose life was sadly cut short by a brain tumour in 2011.Danny Clarke, known to BBC TV viewers as The Instant Gardener, is asking people to take a leaf from his book and to embrace their love of colour by wearing b... https://www.braintumourresearch.org/media/press-releases/press-release-item/country-garden-florist-supports-national-wear-a-flower-week
Growing with the Times: How Local Plant and Garden Companies Adapt to ChangeTuesday, July 03, 2018
Lexington nursery business that has found new ways to serve a changing marketplace of regional consumers.
Tucked away on Maxwell Street near downtown Lexington, Michler’s Florist, Greenhouses and Garden Design has been a peaceful one-acre respite for gardening enthusiasts for more than a century. The property was purchased in 1903 by the great grandfather of John Michler, and the surrounding neighborhood grew up around it. In recent years, John’s son, Robin, has taken on more of the management responsibilities, along with his sister, Jessamine, who oversees the floral business.
Although its location hasn’t changed, Michler’s has had to adapt and reinvent itself multiple times over its 115-year history. Today, the greenhouse specializes in a year-round selection of native and flowering plants, with a wide selection of perennials in addition to annuals, herbs and specialty shrubs.
As both grower and retailer for much of its perennial stock, Michler’s carries a wider selection year-round than garden centers at typical big-box stores, which generally stock a seasonal rotation. Doing so gives the family business a better knowledge and control over how the plants are grown, Robin Michler said. Michler’s also handles garden design and installation for customers who want the added services.
“We’ve tried to help people think in terms of plant collections,” Robin Michler said. “We like to hear what their project is and offer a grouping of plants to fit the concept.”
More of today’s gardening consumers are looking to do something different with their lawns and gardens, Robin Michler said, and to create functional outdoor spaces that they can enjoy. That spirit has been brought to life at Michler’s in the Kentucky Native Café, which was created four years ago from an underutilized greenhouse and a former composting site at the back of the property.
“To succeed in the long term with a small business like this, it takes the ability to reinvent yourself multiple times.” —Robin Michler
Patrons can linger at picnic seating and cafe tables set among lush plantings beneath a tall canopy of shade trees anytime the greenhouse is open, and enjoy beer and wine along with nonalcoholic spritzers, cheese plates and salads when the café opens evenings and weekends from April to October.
“It gives people a way to enjoy a garden space right here, using the same concepts we employ in other people’s gardens,” Robin Michler said.
While boosting the company’s already solid greenhouse business wasn’t the café’s primary intent, both businesses have helped the other grow, Robin Michler said. He has noticed that customers tend to wander between the café and the greenhouse, especially on weekends, and the café has also brought more floral business clients, who typically place orders by phone or online, onto Michler’s premises.
“To succeed in the long term with a small business like this, it takes the ability to reinvent yourself multiple times,” Robin Michler said. “It’s not just one reinvention.”