Arroyo Flower Shop News
Services planned for Ventura County victims of Las Vegas shooting - Ventura County StarTuesday, November 07, 2017
The shooting left 59 dead and hundreds injured.On Friday a funeral for Taylor will be held at 1 p.m. at New Life Community Church, 990 James Way, Pismo Beach. Burial will take place afterward at Arroyo Grande Cemetery in Arroyo Grande.Taylor is a 29-year veteran of the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and headed the state conservation camp near Camarillo. He was at the Las Vegas concert with his girlfriend Denise Cohen, 58, of Carpinteria, who also died.Read more:: Five dead in Las Vegas shooting had ties to Ventura CountySimi Valley school office manager among dead in Las Vegas shootingShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext SlideServices for Laura Shipp, 50, will take place in Malibu on Oct. 29.Shipp is from Thousand Oaks but moved to Las Vegas several years ago. Her mother, Joyce Shipp, said Laura will be cremated in Las Vegas and buried in Thousand Oaks. There will be a celebration of life open to anyone who knew Laura.Laura was at the concert with her son, Corey Shipp, a 23-year-old Marine, who survived the shooting.The celebration of life will take place 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the Malibu West Beach Club, 30756 Pacific Coast Highway.Family members of Chris Hazencomb of Camarillo said details of services have not been finalized. Hazencomb's mother, Maryanne Hazencomb, said because her son was such a sports enthusiast, she would like attendants to wear their favorite sports jersey to the services.Hazencomb, 44, a popular employee at the Camarillo Walmart, was with a close friend at the Route 91 Harvest festival. When the shooting started, Hazencomb used his body to block the bullets and saved his friend's life.A celebration of life for Susan Smith, 53, will be held Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. at Cornerstone Community Church, 2080 Winifred Street, Simi Valley. Those attending are encouraged to wear Smith's favorite color — purple — or their own favorite color, instead of black.Smith, an avid country music fan, was at the Route 91 Harvest festival with friends. As the office manager at Vista Fundamental School in... http://www.vcstar.com/story/news/2017/10/10/services-planned-ventura-county-victims-las-vegas-shooting/748503001/
This is why all of those people have flowers on their heads at Arroyo Seco Weekend - The Pasadena Star-NewsTuesday, November 07, 2017
What’s the deal? Look no further than Mud Baron and the viral floral sensation #FlowersOnYourHead.•Related: These photos show you what it’s like to be at Arroyo Seco WeekendThe 47-year-old teacher at Pasadena’s John Muir High School incorporated the floral hair phenomenon into to his urban farm, Muir Ranch, about 3-4 years ago (the ranch itself, an “urban teaching farm and teen jobs program,” according to the organization’s website, began in 2011). And it all began by chance after a long afternoon that Baron spent at Los Angeles City Hall giving flowers away. After handing out flowers, he had a few buckets left of what he called “so-so” flowers left. He went to a non-profit called “We Can” in South Los Angeles and while handing the flowers to children – the height difference and seeing the flowers above the kid’s head made for an “Eureka!” moment for Baron. •Related:From creating smells to staring at a red tube, this is art at Arroyo Seco WeekendHe even compared the moment of discovery to the famous National Geographic image, you know the one (the Afghan refugee cover). “People and flowers look better together,” said Baron. “They both look better together.”Ever since that moment, Baron has been putting flowers on people’s head everywhere. Seriously ev... http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/arts-and-entertainment/20170625/this-is-why-all-of-those-people-have-flowers-on-their-heads-at-arroyo-seco-weekend
Muir Ranch gives students at Muir High a chance to flourish with flowers - Pasadena WeeklyTuesday, June 20, 2017
Gro float, and Baron just closed the program’s first $10,000 deal — to create floral “hats” that will be placed on the heads of 1,000 random attendees and possibly some performers at the upcoming Arroyo Seco Music Festival.Their wedding-flower business is also starting to thrive, due to the fact that flowers purchased from the program are tax-deductible. One satisfied customer on the wedding front is Hollie Loson, a Pasadena resident who had her flowers supplied by the Ranch for her 2014 wedding. She was so impressed by the results that this past January she joined the Ranch team as a part-time marketing advisor to help them expand their reach and orchestrated a special showcase for wedding industry professionals and event spaces at the school in April. “Over the last couple of years, they’ve been hired to do a lot of events and Mud was tapped out by all the hats he was wearing, so they took me on to sell packages for the students,” says Loson. “I have a history in sales, and I talk to the brides, we invite them to the Ranch, and they have a meeting with our lead student designer. We talk about their inspiration, look at photos and if they hire us, we execute whatever is in their floral package on the day of the wedding.” While the focus on flowers puts the students in contact with a broad array of local businesses and puts money in their pockets, the program has impacted one particular student in a much greater way. Manny Garcia started with the program in 2013, and found he enjoyed it so much that he became the lead floral designer. He continues to work with the program now, while studying general-education requirements at Pasadena City College en route to attending a landscape architecture program in Oregon that will be funded by one of the clients he impressed through his work on the Ranch. “I was getting in trouble regularly at school and was told I was failing and wasn’t going to graduate,” Garcia recalls. “I was referred to this agriculture class to get an easy A and boost my GPA, but I really liked it and Mud taught me everything I know. I like that this is peaceful, and lets me get away from the usual routine I have at home. I love how the flowers don’t talk back. It’s relaxing. Garcia also notes that the entrepreneurial aspects of the Ranch have proven invaluable. “The program helps students gain some knowledge of real-life applications rather than McDonald’s or Jack in the Box, where they’ll wind up working if they don’t pay attention in class,” says Garcia. “A lot of people say just start somewhere, but entrepreneurship really opens their eyes to see if they sink or swim or not. You learn by doing in the real world, and this is a place where they can do it.” ...
Movement pushes local, American Grown flowers - Vancouver Business JournalMonday, May 08, 2017
Cowlitz County residents can take some pride in the nationwide effort.Benno Dobbe, Dutch immigrant and owner of Holland America Flowers in Woodland since 1982, established a second location in Arroyo Grande, California in 1986. He serves as a board member of the California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC).“Most people in the U.S. do not know where their flowers are coming from,” Dobbe said. “Statistics indicate that 80 percent of all cut flowers bought by customers in the U.S. are coming from other countries. When I came to this country in the early 80’s it was the other way around.”Armed with this information, Dobbe and his fellow board members launched the American Grown campaign. A Certified American Grown Flowers identifying logo was created to grace the protective sleeves of all cut flowers that meet the standard. It communicates to the consumer that the flowers and foliage are grown in the U.S. by American farmers and that all ingredients in mixed bouquets are 100 percent grown and assembled in the U.S.As the program gains support, more and more American Grown sleeves are being seen throughout flowers shops and even the flower departments of larger grocery chains.Another key piece in the awareness process is to bring the story of U.S. flower growers to the attention of lawmakers who can have a significant impact on promoting American Grown flowers.Also sitting on the CCFC Governmental Relations Committee, as chair, Dobbe and his fellow committee members have been lobbying Washington D.C. representatives and secured Clark County’s own Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Camas) to become one of the first four co-chairs of the Congressional Flo...
Overly enthusiastic visitors trample wildflowers, leading to trail closure - 89.3 KPCCTuesday, April 18, 2017
Picht and Alex Marks, another MWD environmental specialist, to assess the extent of the flower damage. Informal trails through fields of poppies, goldfields, Ranchers fiddleneck and Arroyo lupine led away from the main, gravel path. There were many scattered flattened patches of broken stems and crumpled petals where people had sat or laid down to take pictures in the flowers.“It’s upsetting to see the destruction,” Marks said, looking down at a bare patch. “'Cause you can stand back and you can see the beauty of it without getting so close and trampling everything.”The north side of Diamond Valley Lake is an ecological reserve that protects some 32 species, including horned lizards, Stephens' kangaroo rats, Southwestern willow flycatcher and mountain lions. It was created to offset habitat loss in the valley, which was flooded when MWD completed the reservoir in 2003. There are signs along the main trail marking the boundary of the reserve, but overly-enthusiastic wildflower viewers ignore them. The Metropolitan Water District had to close the wildflower trail at Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet, California for several days to avoid damage to the area after thousands of people came during the superbloom this spring, many of them wandering off trail in pursuit of photographs, selfies, and a more intimate wildflower experience, March 30, 2017. Andrew Cullen“It’s sometimes nice to see yourself in a really nice picture with a really cool background,” said Robin Kopf, who was trying to get her friend Christina Barrett, who was sitting cross-legged in a patch of poppies, to pose. The girls had driven two-hours from West L.A. in Barrett’s mom’s minivan with a group of their friends from high school.But in order to get the picture, Kopf and Barrett had flattened a patch of poppies. They seemed to feel badly about it.“I don’t want to crush them,” Barrett said.“They seem pretty resilient,” Kopf said, looking over her shoulder at the poppies. “Lots of people are doing this.” The Metropolitan Water District had to close the wildflower trail at Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet, California for several days to avoid damage to the area after thousands of people came during the superbloom this spring, many of them wandering off trail in pursuit of photographs, selfies, and a more intimate wildflower experience, March 30, 2017. And... http://www.scpr.org/news/2017/04/03/70437/overly-enthusiastic-visitors-trample-wildflowers-l/
Roses & Raspberries: Flowers for those who help - Santa Maria TimesTuesday, January 02, 2018
Hurricane Harvey. We saw it when Hurricane Irma raked across Florida, inflicting pain and suffering. We saw it again when Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico.People are at their best when facing the worst situations. Bravo, and roses to everyone.The Thomas fire also has stretched thin the ability of local charities to get clothes and food to families during the holiday season.So, roses to everyone who can contribute to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, which is the central distributor to more than 300 charitable agencies countywide.Roses and a vigorous thumbs up to the Santa Maria Humane Society for thinking of their “guests” this holiday season.The Thomas fire has left many pets homeless, and a lot of them showed up at the Santa Maria Human Society facility, whose staff hopes to "clear the shelter" before Christmas by placing each of the shelter's cats and dogs into permanent homes.The shelter was full at mid-week, but you can become a dog or cat’s hero by visiting the shelter up until 3 p.m. Sunday, and take home a new friend without charge. The Humane Society has waived the usual adoption fees.What do you say to a trip to 1687 W. Stowell Road? Pick a pet — or two — and earn a roseAs a matter of fact, roses to every person who has helped make this very difficult holiday season on the Central Coast more enjoyable for folks affected by the Thomas fire, many of whom lost everything but their lives in the blaze. And a special bouquet to local organizations that have helped those helpers in their quest to improve the season for those who have suffered near-catastrophic losses.We are nearing the end of what has been a very trying year for so many Americans — and so many of our neighbors here on the Central Coast — but it is truly gratifying to know we always have each other’s backs. http://santamariatimes.com/opinion/editorial/roses-raspberries-flowers-for-those-who-help/article_de9169e3-6104-5f14-8588-28344d755843.html
A local shop's flowers last forever - Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Lance. “I think [I’ve convinced] him.”The Bakkens have created arrangements for more than 800 weddings and special events, and their flowers have traveled to all 50 states and overseas to Puerto Rico, Canada, Ireland, England, Norway and Fiji.For people who get flowers from Dried Flowers Forever, they can keep the Bakkens’ flowers and the memories associated with them, forever.Haidee Chu is an editorial intern at Madison Magazine. http://www.channel3000.com/madison-magazine/home-and-lifestyle/a-local-shops-flowers-last-forever/672407290
1-800-Flowers.com reports narrower net loss in quarter - NewsdayTuesday, November 28, 2017
The drop partially reflected BloomNet’s decision to waive all monthly fees for August and September for florists in hurricane affected areas, mainly Texas and Florida, some in Georgia and a few in Puerto Rico, said Joseph D. Pititto, senior vice president of investor relations for 1-800-Flowers.Get the Biz Briefing newsletter!The latest LI business news in your inbox daily.1-800-Flowers also provided florists with vases, flowers, packaging, marketing materials, and computer equipment in areas where flooding ruined their equipment and supplies, Pititto said.For fiscal 2018, 1-800-Flowers reiterated its revenue forecast would be in the range of $1.14 billion to $1.16 billion.Shares of the company rose 5 cents to close at $9.40 on Tuesday in Nasdaq trading. The shares are down about 1.6 percent in the past 12 months.Aisha Al-Muslim is Pulitzer Prize finalist and business reporter for Newsday, covering retail and small businesses on Long Island. She joined Newsday in 2011. Born in Panama, she is fluent in Spanish.
Q&A: Lancaster city florist makes more space for El Jardin Flower & Garden Room - LancasterOnlineTuesday, September 26, 2017
Morales said.And while it took some time to establish his business, things have gone well enough for him to outgrow his space at 135 E. King St.The 50-year-old Morales was born in Puerto Rico. His family moved to Lancaster when he was a toddler.Morales graduated from McCaskey High School, then worked as a pastry chef before moving to Philadelphia to work in retail. Eventually he became a merchandiser with stores such as The Limited, Structure, Express, J.Crew and Banana Republic.What did you do in your retail career?We did the blueprints for all the stores. We had a mock store. We would set the new merchandise for the season and the following year, then we would send these blueprints to the stores. Then after that, we would travel to make sure all the stores had implemented them.Why come back to Lancaster?I missed the family — and I used to travel so much. At first it was great, then after a while I was missing out on birthdays, missing out on a lot of family events.The last retail position I had was with Restoration Hardware. They had an opening in the (Lancaster) area. I was doing that for a while.My sisters had a party and event shop for 20-some years (Mildred’s Party and Events); I took that over. They really catered more to the Latin community.Why did you open your own shop?I needed to do something else, and I wanted to stay in Lancaster, so I thought, “What can the community use?”Living in the city, once we parked our car that was it, so everything needed to be accessible.If I needed soil, I didn’t want to go to Lowe’s and buy a big bag. So little things like that I took into consideration for people that lived in smaller apartments, that don’t have a yard but wanted to do planting or vegetable pots. That’s how it all started.In my mind, it was all terra cotta pots, plants. But by the time I o... http://lancasteronline.com/business/local_business/q-a-lancaster-city-florist-makes-more-space-for-el/article_f2b26674-9731-11e7-848f-df3de7d063fd.html