Local Flower Shop News
North Park Florist launches subscription box - Buffalo NewsSunday, February 11, 2018
Hertel Avenue, is getting into one of the fastest-growing segments in the retail industry: the subscription box.Dubbed Love. Local. Me., each box gathers sample and full-sized products from Buffalo-based companies such as Buffalo Gal Organics and Whimsy Confections. Subscribers receive a new box each month with a different assortment for $49 per month.The first box contains shortbread cookies by McDuffies Bakery, Buffalove Socks by Beaming Buffalo, "SHPRITZ" and body lotion by Lily Pad Boutique, Bath Salts from Buffalo Gal Organics, Artisan Chocolates by Whimsy Confections and Buffalo Chai Tea by Design a Tea.North Park delivers to the city of Buffalo and its surrounding suburbs. It also ships outside the region by request for an additional fee. http://buffalonews.com/2018/01/16/north-park-florist-launches-subscription-box/
100+ Things: A Valentine's Day visit to the florist - Buffalo NewsSunday, February 11, 2018
Ninety percent of Maureen's flowers come from Ecuador and Colombia. The rest come from California and Canada. Roses are always a favorite, especially on Valentine's Day. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)In a flower shop, it is always summer. That Valentine's Day visit gives you that sweet whiff of the promise of spring.In Maureen's Wholesale Flower Market, an emporium downtown at 441 Ellicott St., the sheer size of the place can make for powerful therapy."Very often, people come in to wander around, and experience fresh flowers in a warehouse environment," said proprietor Maureen Bartley.Push open the heavy door of Maureen's, and a humid greenhouse aroma embraces you. The slushy street, visible through the big front windows, is mercifully only a memory.Delivery man Joseph Stiglmeier takes some arrangements to the van. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)The 19th century edifice Maureen's occupies used to be a meat-packing warehouse. It served the Washington Market, which once sat across the street, next to St. Michael's Church. When Maureen and her flowers moved in 20 years ago, the buildings were long boarded up. Now, such desolation is hard to imagine.You may have heard the saying, "Bloom where you're planted." That is what Maureen's has done.Behind the scenes, brick-walled secret spaces you do not see are brimming with vast collections of vases, boxes, ribbons, glitter sprays, glassware, containers, baskets and other accouterments that could only have accumulated organically over decades.The cavernous shop is similarly overflowing. The antique tables, the paintings on the walls, the buckets of flowers, everything illustrates an old-fashioned bohemian vibe. Strings of lights soften the look of the industrial ceilings. Old lamps sparkle with crystal beads. Hand-painted wooden signs dangle over buckets of blooms.A bouquet from Maureen's Buffalo Wholesale Flower Market is ready to be delivered. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)Like all good flower shops, Maureen's wages a genteel war agai... http://buffalonews.com/2018/02/09/100-things-a-valentines-day-visit-to-the-florist/
Amazon Is Offering Free 2-Hour Flower Delivery on Valentine's Day - Money MagazineWednesday, March 14, 2018
Valentine’s Day gift for your sweetie, don’t worry: You’re not relegating to a wilted gas-station bouquet. As it did last year, Amazon is partnering with the florists at KaBloom to rescue your romantic night. Here’s how: Amazon Prime members in areas where Amazon Prime Now operates can get speedy — and free! — two-hour delivery of a gorgeous one-dozen or two-dozen rose bouquet from KaBloom, complete with vase. And if you really want to cut it down to the wire when shopping for a last minute Valentine’s gift, Prime Now also offers one-hour delivery. (One-hour delivery costs extra, though; prices vary around the country.) If flowers aren’t the right gift for your Valentine, keep in mind thatAmazon Prime Now has an inventory of tens of thousands of other last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts available for free two-hour delivery. There’s a surprisingly varied selection, including classic Valentine’s presents like chocolates, scented candles, stuffed animals and skincare gift sets — along with a bevy of thoughtful and high-end presents like trendy Kate Spade jewelry, chic champagne flutes, Invicta watches, Fitbit fitness trackers and AmazonEcho speakers. And... http://time.com/money/5155926/last-minute-valentines-gift-amazon/
Slow Flowers - Sacramento MagazineWednesday, March 14, 2018
Why one florist got behind a movement to purchase local flowers.First came the slow food movement, which promotes regional food systems and traditional cooking as an antidote to the ubiquity of fast-food chain restaurants. Now there’s the slow flowers movement, which aims to reconnect florists and consumers to regional flowers and the farmers who grow them.Sacramento florist Shannon Cosgrove-Rivas of Flourish, an adherent to the slow flowers movement, says that for years she has made a point of buying as many local blooms as possible. She says local flowers not only hold up better in bouquets because they haven’t had to travel long distances, but also that “you want your flowers to look like the season” in which they were used. “It seems simple, but it’s kind of a revolutionary idea.”In fact, Cosgrove-Rivas feels so strongly about seasonality that she planned her wedding date so that she could carry Sarah Bernhardt peonies down the aisle. “I think it’s important that our flowers have a sense o... http://www.sacmag.com/Sacramento-Magazine/March-2018/Slow-Flowers/
Oscars supporting role: The floral designer to the stars - WLS-TVWednesday, March 14, 2018
HOLLYWOOD, California -- Meet floral designer to the stars, Eric Buterbaugh. When Hollywood needs the most upscale floral arrangements, Buterbaugh is the go-to guy.As a highly sought-after florist, Buterbaugh has a long client list of A-list celebrities, a few of them being Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore and Naomi Campbell.Awards season is one of Buterbaugh's busiest times of the year. Not only does he work on the floral arrangements for the Oscar parties, but everyone uses Buterbaugh's designs to send as a "thank you" or "congratulations" gift. http://abc7chicago.com/entertainment/oscars-supporting-role-the-florist-to-the-stars/3170684/
Morning Bulletin: A Florist's History, Creatures that Glow - westsiderag.comWednesday, March 14, 2018
To date, only $100,000—or about one percent—of the $10 million fund has actually been spent, The Eye has found.”Q Florist, on Columbus Avenue between 81st and 82nd Street, has a long history in the neighborhood. “Gus Bazas emigrated from Nafpaktos, Greece, and he got his start in 1966 by selling flowers from a cart on Central Park West. He bought his flowers from the flower district in Chelsea and stored them in the space that’s now Q. Peter Jennings, the former anchor of ABC’s “World News Tonight” who lived in the neighborhood, became a frequent customer and, according to Nick, encouraged and advised his father when he decided to open a storefront in his storage space.”The Museum of Natural History is creating a floor-to-ceiling installation showing “creatures that glow” as part of its upcoming Unseen Oceans exhibition.Tenant groups are pushing for new state laws to close “loopholes” they say make it easier for landlords to push people out.SHARE THIS...
Business in bloom - Hollister Free LanceWednesday, March 14, 2018
And one that quite literally can save the day.As an event coordinator who offers clients “packages” by finding vendors for special events, Christin realized finding a florist for her brides was becoming a frustrating task. So she allowed them to choose their own florists.One day, however, Christin was hit with an unexpected challenge. On her way home after setting up a wedding, she received a phone call from her assistant.“She said, ‘The flowers are supposed to be here,’” Christin recalls. “I said, ‘I don’t even know who their florist is!’”Feeling helpless, Christin decided to do the flowers herself.It ultimately became a game-changer in her event planning.“I kind of put together a price list for myself, and I thought well, would somebody ask me to do their flowers for them?”Christin, who owns Fox Creek Events, has been the event planner for Fox Creek Ranch for the past three years.Now, she has ventured out by opening her own flower shop, The Flower Girl, in San Juan Bautista on Feb 1.With the help of consultant, Michelle Roberson, Christin has learned the “tricks of the trade,” she says.But she hasn’t needed much help with the business aspect of her store.Both Christin and her husband, Greg Burda, have been owners of La Casa Rosa in San Juan Bautista for more than a year.And in the process of completing the restaurant renovations, Christin had a vision of putting a flower shop behind the restaurant. Greg, however, suggested to open a sh...