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Bettye Myers, retired professor and dedicated community member, dies at 92 - Denton Record ChronicleTuesday, March 05, 2019
She could motivate people and bring out the best in people, and was such a powerful force in our community.”Born in Heavener, Oklahoma, Myers attended TWU when it was known as the Texas State College for Women, earning her bachelor’s degree in 1946 and her master’s the following year, both degrees in health, physical education and recreation. In 1960, she earned a doctorate in counseling psychology at the University of Michigan. In 1961, she rejoined TWU as a faculty member.After so many years at the institution, Myers was a guiding light in helping Feyten understand TWU — and for laughs, regularly using a collection of one-liners and phrases like “It’s great to be me!”“She, to me, really symbolized the saying ‘TWU is a campus with a heart,’” Feyten said. “To me, she epitomizes that. She’s a caring face to the campus, the students, the staff and faculty. That’s who she was, and she wanted to make sure I knew that about TWU. She made that very real.”It wound up being Feyten who encouraged Myers to retire in 2015, asking that she dedicate her time to helping lead the community in other ways.“I think everyone was worried about how it would go,” Feyten said. “And she said, ‘You know what, honey bunny, that’s a fabulous idea.’” Bettye Myers, secretary for the United Way of Denton County board of directors, poses with the nonprofit agency's CEO, Gary Henderson, in its renovated building on Teasley Lane on Nov. 14. Jeff Woo/DRC file photo At the time of her death, Myers was still active in her community engagement. She was vice chairwoman of the MHMR board, on the Serve Denton board and still serving as a lifetime member of the United Way of Denton County board. United Way gives an award in her honor every year, the Dr. Bettye Myers Humanitarian Award.“There’s no single individual who has... https://www.dentonrc.com/news/denton/bettye-myers-retired-professor-and-dedicated-community-member-dies-at/article_4336216f-e6c9-531e-a0bc-fc0e4dc817e8.html
Sweet smell of success for Daytona's Zahn's Flowers - Daytona Beach News-JournalTuesday, March 27, 2018
Her entry into the business mirrored her mother’s, said Mihalko, 29.“It’s literally the exact same story,” Mihalko said. “I had enrolled at DBCC (now Daytona State College) and we were doing financial aid. Mom said, ‘Why don’t you just stay for a year? I need someone I can trust.’”That was in 2006.“I couldn’t imagine myself being anyplace else in the world,” Mihalko said. “I love the business aspect of it, dealing with the customers. There are people who knew my grandmother and now they know me and my daughter.“Recently, we realized that my grandmother had done (flowers for) someone’s wedding and now, we’re doing her granddaughter’s wedding 40 years later.”'Different and extraordinary'Voegtle, meanwhile, is less sentimental about a business that has become harder to sustain in the era of online shopping and big-box retailers.“The internet has killed us,” said Voegtle, adding that 90 percent of online orders are based on photographs that can’t always be duplicated exactly because of available inventory and other issues. “It’s hard to make people happy, but it is rewarding when people call and say that you did.”The key to the shop’s success is a more old-fashioned approach that has yielded an army of loyal, repeat customers, such as Judee McKernan of Daytona Beach, a regular customer for close to 30 years.“You explain what you want, and somehow Emily and her staff know exactly what it is,” said McKernan, owner of Designs Furnishings & Equipment, Inc., a Daytona Beach commercial restaurant supply company that has been in business since 1974. “I have gotten so many compliments when people have received these arrangements through the years about how different and extraordinary they are.”Dr. Sergio Zamora, a Daytona Beach plastic and reconstructive surgeon, is another longtime customer, typically placing multiple orders weekly, according to Joanne Lesick Zase, his assistant office manager.“When we have surgical patients, he (Zamora) likes to help them get better by sending them flowers,” Zase said. “Also, he sends flowers personally when there’s a special occasion in his family. We’ve been ordering from them for more than 15 years because of the level of integrity that they show in the work that they produce.”Working the phone, Voegtle is the one to call customers on the eve of some romantic occasion with a timely reminder that flowers make a perfect gift.“I know it’s easier to get on the internet, but I pick up the phone before a holiday, talk to my customers,” Voegtle said. “'Do you want to order your Valentine’s Day flowers?’”That attention to detail is essential for any small business to survive, said James Miller, communications director for the Florida Retail Federation, the Tallahassee-based organization that tracks data and trends among the state’s shoppers and retailers.“A shop like that, to last that long, would have to be providing incredible customer service to have people coming back again and again,” Miller said. “Also, it sounds like they have changed with the times. It may be frustrating at times but at least they have embraced the internet part of retail. The internet part is not going away; it’s just going to continue to grow.”After all this time, Voegtle embraces family most of all.“The best thing is that I get to work with my family,” Voegtle said, gesturing toward her daughter on the phone with a customer. “I love being able to have my own business and do things with her.”... http://www.news-journalonline.com/news/20180227/sweet-smell-of-success-for-daytonas-zahns-flowers
Spring is in the air year round with Floral Underground - UpNorthLive.comTuesday, March 19, 2019
Underground, based in Traverse City, can help by providing a custom box of flowers, sent right to your doorstep.The floral design company, owned and operated by Derek Woodruff, is unlike a retail florist or flower shop. It's subscription-based model allows people all over the Midwest to custom order flower boxes and then put their arrangements together with the help of Derek's quick and easy video tutorials.To sign up, people first select how frequently they would like to receive fresh flowers, whether it be weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or on special occasions.Then fresh flowers are delivered free to homes along with a complimentary vase and video tutorial on Floral Underground's website. Woodruff, a Michigan native, has been in the floral design business for 18 years after discovering the career in a vocational class. Woodruff's passion and talent has taken him all over the country and even landed him a spot on the television show, The Arrangement, an advanced floral design competition elimination series on Logo TV. More recently, Woodruff competed in the FTD America's Cup in Washington D.C. over the summer. The national floral design competition selected ten competitors from across the U.S. to compete against each other for the chance to represent both FTD (Florists’ Transworld Delivery) and the United States in the FTD World Cup 2019 design competition. Among the top ten floral designers in t... http://upnorthlive.com/news/local/spring-is-in-the-air-year-round-with-floral-underground
Wilbe Bloomin Is Recognized as Toronto’s Original Eco-friendly Florist - Press Release - Digital JournalTuesday, March 19, 2019
Wilbe Bloomin serves as the one-stop shop for all your floral and botanical needs. They are titled as Kensington Market's Flower Emporium and Toronto's original eco-friendly florist.Toronto, Ontario - March 4, 2019 - Opened in 2004, Wilbe Bloomin, the leading florist in Toronto Ontario is serving as Kensington Market’s flower emporium and serves all your floral and botanical needs. With over a decade of experience in the industry, they design the perfect floral arrangements for your wedding or any other events and help you find the right plant for your home.“We are a one-stop shop for everything floral or botanical. Visit us to pickup a hand-tied bouquet for a special occasion, deliver flowers to a friend, find the perfect plant for your home, or gather elements to build your own terrarium. We also specialize in gorgeous wedding bouquets and decorations. We source locally grown flowers and plants, and our imported flowers are eco-certified,” said the spokesperson of Wilbe Bloomin.They are located at 9-160 Baldwin Street in Toronto's Kensington Market just west of Spadina on Baldwin Street. They also have a fantastic amount of unique and wonderful shops to explore.The spokesperson continued, “We hand-select the freshe... http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/4190646
Black Rabbit Shop Opens In Pilsen, Bringing Flowers, Plants And Gifts To 18th Street - Block Club ChicagoTuesday, March 19, 2019
Black Rabbit owner Rose Hoffeld, who has lived in the neighborhood for five years.Hoffeld spent years working at other flower shops across the city — including City Enchanted Gardens Florist in Tri-Taylor — before opening one of her own. She said the process of creating arrangements allows her to combine her artistic creativity with the natural beauty of plants and flowers.“I love design. I love using the beauty of plants and flowers and seeing how they are part of people’s stories and special occasions,” Hoffeld said. Long-stemmed carnations sit at the front of the shop in Pilsen.Mauricio Peña/ Block Club ChicagoBlack Rabbit sells single-stemmed roses and flowers for $2-$6, as well as floral arrangements starting at $25.The shop also has cacti and succulents starting at $3, and larger plants like peperomias ($8) and red aglaonemas ($22).Gifts and stationary at the shop — including postcards, notebooks, pens and handmade herbariums — dried plants suspended in mineral oils — range from $3 to $15. Black Rabbit offers a 15 percent discount on station items to students, too. A stationary and gift wall at Black Rabbit Shop. Mauricio Peña/Block Club ChicagoAfter noticing the vacant retail space in her neighborhood last fall, Hoffeld jumped at the chance to open the small flower shop. With the help of partner Jesse Pomeroy, the pair spent three months working on the storefront. They DIYed much of the shop — from painting the walls and building shelving and a terrarium to display plants, to sewing curtains and ... https://blockclubchicago.org/2019/02/12/black-rabbit-shop-opens-in-pilsen-bringing-flowers-plants-and-gifts-to-18th-street/
Flower Pot florists inadvertently attracting lovers of pot, not peonies - Montreal GazetteTuesday, March 19, 2019
There are also green plants galore. But none of the aforementioned can be smoked.No matter, people continue to call or drop into this florist shop on Notre-Dame St. W. and inquire about purchasing pot. That has everything to do with the name of the place, Le Pot de Fleurs / The Flower Pot.In spite of the fact that the only shops permitted to sell pot in Montreal are the provincially run Société québécoise du cannabis outlets, the message has clearly not been registered by some stoners.And so it is that Flower Pot proprietors Pia and Herbert Teichmann have been deluged by those in search of marijuana.No sooner was cannabis made legal here than the couple learned that would-be buyers went online to Google “weed stores near me” and their shop was among the destinations listed.“So I started getting phone calls asking how long the lineup was around our store,” Pia says. “Other callers wanted to know if I had any edibles or oils in stock. Then some started dropping by and wanted to know about all the different kinds of pot we carried. I had no idea there were so many different varieties of pot. At first, I didn’t even know what the people were talking about, because I’m not a marijuana person.”The deluge hasn’t stopped.“No matter what we say, we’re still getting requests. It’s nuts. But, clearly, the weed business is better than the flower business,” Herbert says. “We’d definitely be making more money at it.”But they’re not the only florists or shopkeepers dealing with this.“It seems that anyone who has &lsqu... https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/flower-pot-florists-inadvertently-attracting-lovers-of-pot-not-peonies
Master instructor shows art of flower arranging - Budapest TimesTuesday, March 19, 2019
Putting together her love of flower arranging and her fluency in English, she began to make her way to an outstanding career.
She found an opening to teach non-Japanese students at the famed Goto florist shop in the Tokyo district of Roppongi. She began her own class there. Until then, her only experience was in assisting. "I had no idea how to ask people to come to my class," she says. However, the place was right, the time was right, and she was doing what interested her and associating with the congenial people she sought.
A dozen years later the Japan Foundation chose her to go on a lecture-demonstration tour of six South American countries and three Asian countries.
From her present pinnacle, Ms Fukushima says she was not sufficiently well prepared then to give demonstrations with different materials in unfamiliar surroundings. Japanese Embassy ladies who were detailed at the time to look after her were, however, full of praise. She learned the characteristics of different flowers, appreciated their exoticism, and accorded them respect and dignity. She believes that each individual flower, like each individual flower arranger, has personality that should shine through.
Ikebana arrangementsShe was sent overseas again by the Japan Foundation. On a separate tour she accompanied the charismatic Hiroshi Teshigahara, who succeeded his father as president of the Sogetsu school. Although making annual overseas trips became her routine, there was nothing routine in the conduct of each one. "Every time I was received very differently. Some audiences had some basic understanding of ikebana. Some had never seen it."Ms Fukushima rose to every occasion, dealing with the unexpected, and joining in with anything going on. She learned to dance the flamenco. She liked to sing jazz. She practised her Spanish and Italian. With Arab ladies, she dressed from top to toe in black robes. She was responsible for a flower show at Westminster Cathedral, London. Overall she sharpened her individuality, freely using other materials as accessories to flowers, and carefully choosing containers.
She gave a solo exhibition of iron containers. She has designed her own glass receptacles. She has become known as an artist who designs stainless and titanium flower vases, finding imaginative effects in her materials’ unique properties.
Some of her arrangements have been huge, built in public places and outdoors. Some have graced the displays in department store windows. She says she is "charmed by cloth, handmade Japanese paper and thread," and incorporates them, as descendants of organic materials, in her arrangements. They have inner spirits, she says, but "plant material is the first for the arranger to think of."Once she taught an ikebana class of blind women. Their adjustments to life impressed her, and from them she learned a new vision for herself. "To touch with the eye, to taste with the eye, to sense fragrance with the eye, to catch sound with the eye — such an expression is the goal of my ikebana."https://www.facebook.com/koka.fukushima https://www.hu.emb-japan.go.jp... https://www.budapesttimes.hu/2019/02/19/master-instructor-shows-art-flower-arranging