Local Flower Shop News
Health in brief: Free flowers may provide mood boost and more - Charleston Post CourierTuesday, October 10, 2017
York County earned the top spot. Dorchester County was named No. 3 and Berkeley County was named No. 7. Marlboro, Dillon and Marion counties ranked at the bottom. According to the report, the rankings provide "a glimpse into the status of the state of South Carolina. When children thrive, they meet educational milestones, live in economically stable homes and in supportive communities, and they are more likely to grow into productive, contributing citizens of our state."The rankings were calculated by weighing 16 "indicators," including third-grade reading proficiency, infant mortality and the number of children living in concentrated areas of poverty. Hospital settles false claims allegationsAnMed Health in Anderson recently agreed to pay the federal government $7 million to settle allegations that the hospital violated the False Claims Act by submitting fraudulent Medicare claims. According to a press release about the settlement, the U.S. government alleged that "AnMed Health billed for radiation oncology services for Medicare patients when a qualified practitioner was not immediately available to provide assistance ... (and) systematically billed a minor care clinic as if it was an Emergency Department, and billed Emergency... http://www.postandcourier.com/features/your_health/health-in-brief-free-flowers-may-provide-mood-boost-and/article_be421916-a3b6-11e7-a06f-ef6dc02462ae.html
This DC florist's secret to surviving 114 years and four generations - Washington PostTuesday, August 29, 2017
Cuba’s Fidel Castro was hidden from view by Caruso green garlands on a 1959 visit. The florist’s all-time customer list has featured Washington Post cartoonist Herblock, the late Mayor Marion Barry, the Washington Nationals, television/radio host Larry King, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, astrologer Jeanne Dixon, civil rights and women’s rights activist Dorothy Height and half the hotels in town.Florist shops in the United States average about $350,000 in revenue a year and pocket about $50,000 in profit, according to the Society of American Florists. With $2 million in revenue, Caruso must be raking in profit.Cheryl Diaz MeyerFor The Washington PostRob Mittemeyer of Caruso Florist loads flowers into the van for delivery within a 25-mile radius of downtown Washington.“The business supports a lot of people,” said Mike Caruso, 59, Phil’s son who runs the day-to-day operations at the florist. Four Carusos work there; three brothers and father Phil, who is the president. There are 23 full-time employees and five trucks delivering flowers seven days a week. The big expenses are labor and flowers. [Here’s how rich you have to be not to worry about getting dragged from a plane]The five trucks together typically make more than 100 deliveries a day, dropping off fruit baskets at hospitals, flowers at churches and a dozen roses at a Potomac home. Ninety-five percent of orders arrive by phone and Internet. The business has computer files on thousands of its regular customers. About 40 deliveries are standing weekly orders for drop-offs at the University Club, a dentist’s office, the hotels and a law office — anything within a 25-mile radius of downtown. Caruso Florist is known for higher-end pricing and service, with orders from $35 for a basic arrangement to $30,000 to decorate the Hay-Adams for an over-the-top wedding. Mike Caruso arrives before sunrise every Monday. He spends the morning organizing the day, which may mean unloading 1,000 roses flown in from Ecuador or checking on the Gerbera daisies that just arrived from Canada’s eastern provinces at 6:30 a.m. “We have five trucks out on the road today,” Mike said last Monday. “Probably close to 100 deliveries. August is the slowest month of the year. Once Congress goes out, things kind of calm down.”December, February and May make up half the business. There are three weeks of heavy traffic leading up to Christmas. Mother’s Day is bustling. And then, of course, Valentine’s Day.It’s do-or-die day. T...
Business news: Rock Hill economic department awarded; new florist opening soon - The HeraldTuesday, October 10, 2017
Rock Hill Mayor Doug Echols. “Now, the premier professional economic development organizations in the region and the world have recognized that excellence, too.”Rock Hill florist shop hosts grand opening Oct. 4Plant Peddler Flowers will host a grand opening 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 4 at 261 N. Anderson Road in Rock Hill. The shop will sell Hallmark Gold Crown items, including cards and ornaments. The grand opening will include Hallmark ornament giveaways and floral gift certificate giveaways.Woman’s Club of Rock Hill shines at international conventionThe Woman’s Club of Rock Hill won two awards at a summer international convention in California.The club won third place in the Club Website contest and a member’s granddaughter won first place in the Youth Short Story contest at the General Federation of Women’s Clubs International Convention. Chloe Powell’s original short story beat out all competition in her age range of kindergarten through second grade. Powell is the granddaughter of Kathy Schlauch, the second vice president of the Woman’s Club of Rock Hill, a local chapter of the GFWC.Powell also took first place in the statewide competition. The GFWC holds annual creative writing and photography contests for members, and youth category contests for children and grandchildren of members. http://www.heraldonline.com/news/local/article176407776.html
Everything's coming up roses at West Side florist - Cincinnati.comTuesday, October 10, 2017
Buy PhotoRon Robben, left, and Larry Robben stand Sept. 19, 2017, in one of the renovated greenhouses at Robben Florist and Garden Center. Nearly $100,000 in improvements has been made at the site.(Photo: The Enquirer/Forrest Sellers)Buy PhotoGardeners familiar with the hot and humid temperatures of a traditional greenhouse may be in for a surprise when visiting a local florist.Robben Florist and Garden Center is nearing completion of a nearly $100,000 renovation of its greenhouses. Two greenhouses were completed last fall and two additional ones are expected to be finished by the end of September.The original greenhouses were built when Robben Florist opened in 1931.They were built to last, said Keith Bemerer, sales and design for greenhouse manufacturer Rough Brothers Inc.Buy PhotoRobben Florist and Garden Center has made significant improvements to its greenhouses. (Photo: The Enquirer/Forrest Sellers)However, being made from wood repairs have been necessary over a period of time, said Bemerer, who was has worked with Robben Florist during the project."We wanted to modernize and reduce t... http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/local/delhi-township/2017/09/20/coming-up-roses-west-side-florist/685681001/
Florist donates ribbons to commemorate fallen officers - Fox 35 OrlandoTuesday, October 10, 2017
A St. Cloud florist is finding a small way to show support for the men and women in blue who put their lives on the line every day.After seeing the tragedy in Kissimmee, Kim Dorsey made a bunch of blue ribbons to hand out for free in the community.She says she's not looking for attention, she just wants to do her part.Dorsey gave out eighty-five ribbons before running out Saturday morning.Dorsey plans to hand out more on Monday at the St. Cloud Florist & Gift Shoppe. http://www.fox35orlando.com/home/274909544-story
VIDEO: Dundee florist caught up in Hurricane Irma shares terrifying footage of storm - Evening TelegraphTuesday, October 10, 2017
Evening TelegraphVIDEO: Dundee florist caught up in Hurricane Irma shares terrifying footage of stormEvening TelegraphA Dundee florist caught up in Hurricane Irma has shared terrifying video footage of the storm. Dawn Falconer, who runs Hilltown florist Forget Me Not, is currently in Florida, which has been hit with winds of up to 130mph. Homes have been swamped and ...
Local Florist Makes Special Bouquets For Las Vegas Victims - CBS Boston / WBZTuesday, October 10, 2017
NEWBURYPORT (CBS) – A Newburyport florist is showing support for the victims of the Las Vegas massacre. Katie Rocheford, the owner of Salt and Grove Gifts, is creating special bouquets and all of the proceeds will go to the victims’ families.Like most Americans, Rocheford was deeply moved by the tragedy in Las Vegas but then this gift shop owner decided to help the victims. “I just decided I have an art and I am going to use it to try and do something,” Rocheford said.Katie Rocheford in her shop (WBZ-TV)She put up a sign outside, ‘Bouquets for Las Vegas’ and people started to pour into her shop. Cherylanne Lombardi was one of them. “I think when we all come together to do something kind for others it matters and it makes a difference, a small difference in people’s lives but this has been a tragedy for our nation,” she said.Outside Katie Rocheford shop (WBZ-TV)Maybe some families suffering will know a shopkeeper in Massachusetts is thinking of them. “It’s something that makes me feel like I am doing something and it is... http://boston.cbslocal.com/2017/10/06/florist-special-bouquets-las-vegas-shooting-victims/