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Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet program - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, January 08, 2019
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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New shop AY Flowers opens its doors in Glendale - KABC-TVTuesday, January 08, 2019
What a nice place to be." "Best flower shop I've ever been to," added Yelper Anna P. "Amazing selection, great florist and good customer service."Interested? Stop by to welcome the new business to the neighborhood. AY Flowers is open from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.) ... https://abc7.com/business/new-shop-ay-flowers-opens-its-doors-in-glendale/4410976/
Contrasting Soupman (SOUPQ) & FTD Companies (NASDAQ:FTD) - Fairfield CurrentTuesday, January 08, 2019
United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland. It operates through four segments: Provide Commerce, Consumer, Florist, and International. The company offers floral, specialty foods, gift, and related products and services to consumers, retail florists, and other retail locations and companies. It also markets and sells gift items, including gourmet-dipped berries and other sweets, personalized gifts, gift baskets, wine and champagne, jewelry, and spa products, as well as gourmet food products; and provides point-of-sale systems and related technology services to floral network members, including traditional retail florists, and other retail locations offering floral and related products. In addition, the company offers a suite of products and services to members of its floral network, such as services that enable its floral network members to send, receive, and deliver floral orders, as well as other companies; and fresh-cut flower arrangements, occasion-specific gifts and plants, bears, and chocolates. It offers its products under the FTD, Interflora, ProFlowers, Shari's Berries, Personal Creations, RedEnvelope, Flying Flowers, Roses.com, Gifts.com, ProPlants, Sincerely, Ink Cards, Postagram, BloomThat, and Mercury Man logo names, as well as through its Websites, related mobile sites and applications, and various telephone numbers. The company was formerly known as UNOL Intermediate, Inc. FTD Companies, Inc. was founded in 1910 and is headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois.About SoupmanSoupman, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells soups in the United States. It markets and sells its products to grocery chains, school systems, and franchisees under The Original Soupman brand name. The company also franchises Original Soupman restaurants and mobile unit; and other high-traffic locations, such as casinos, airports, theme parks, and other tourist locations. It has 9 franchise locations, including co-branded locations. The company was formerly known as Passport Arts, Inc. and changed its name to Soupman, Inc. in January 2011. Soupman, Inc. was founded in 1984 and is based in Staten Island, N... https://www.fairfieldcurrent.com/news/2019/01/03/comparing-soupman-soupq-ftd-companies-ftd.html
Top Flower Shops Near Woodland Hills - Woodland Hills MagazineTuesday, January 08, 2019
Woodland Hills and surrounding areas, remaining committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts backed by friendly and prompt service. Branding itself a “local family florist,” Woodland Warner Flowers goes out of its way to make every experience a pleasant one with hand-arranged flowers that are fresh and expertly handled by professional florists to give each gift that special, personal touch. Amongst the top flower shops near Woodland Hills, Woodland Warner Flowers boasts an assortment of lovely plants and dazzling gift baskets for any occasion. The store is located at 21212 Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills.Any of the shops mentioned above will definitely redefine “flower power” when you’re looking for that perfect bouquet this year, no matter the occasion. http://woodlandhillsmagazine.com/top-flower-shops-near-woodland-hills/
Narcotics professor, florist found faith - Arlington Catholic HeraldTuesday, January 08, 2019
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/