Austin Flower Shop News
County Florists ready to help you “Say It With Flowers” - Kittson County EnterpriseSunday, February 11, 2018
Left) Dawn Austin, owner of Austin Floral, Hallock, Minn. shows just one of the bouquets that can be purchased for Valentine’s Day. (Right) Jenn Durkee, the flower designer at Nordisk Hemslöjd, Karlstad, Minn. Durkee show one of her floral arrangements that can be purchased for Valentine’s Day. Both shops have lots of floral options and other gifts so you can remember that special someone on Feb. 14. (Enterprise Photos by Linda Andersen)By Linda AndersenValentine’s Day is coming and two experienced and enthusiastic florists are ready to help you “Say It With Flowers.” Dawn Austin owns Austin Floral in Hallock where she also serves as florist. ...
DC startup UrbanStems goes national just in time for Valentine's Day - Washington Business JournalSunday, February 11, 2018
D.C. customers on its very first Valentine's Day, and raised more than $14 million in venture capital, and expanded to Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City and Austin, is now available ...and more »...
Freytag's Florist 44-year Austin shop keeps language of flowers alive - Community Impact NewspaperTuesday, January 30, 2018
Older generations may remember a time when those meanings were near-common knowledge. Customers shopping for a certain occasion might heed this advice:Freytag’s Florist has been in Austin since 1974. JJ Velasquez/Community Impact NewspaperThe floral business delivers 150-200 orders a day.JJ Velasquez/Community Impact NewspaperThe florist is located at 2211 W. Anderson Lane.JJ Velasquez/Community Impact NewspaperKen Freytag was 19 years old when he opened the original Freytag’s Florist in Northwest Hills.JJ Velasquez/Community Impact NewspaperIf pictures tell a thousand words, flowers have produced an even more profound narrative for the Freytag family.The clan of florists have been delivering stems, bouquets and other arrangements in the Austin area since 1974, and the floras that have been the Freytags’ livelihood for so many years have not lost their meaning, patriarch Ken Freytag said.The business owner, who was 19 years old when he opened the original Freytag’s Florist in Northwest Hills, said seeing the more than 100 floral items at his mother’s funeral last year helped his family during the grieving process. Seeing his mother “engulfed in a garden” of arrangements brought a sense of calm to the service, he said.“Flowers are all about emotion,” Ken said. “They truly are.”His mother, as well as several other Freytags, played a role in the growth of the Freytag name.Ken’s son Chad helped set up Freytag’s web presence when online retail was beginning to pick up steam. Now Freytag’s online sales are growing more than any other segment of the business.Ken’s daughte...
Jury finds Austin man guilty of murdering florist delivery driver - KXAN.comTuesday, January 16, 2018
Related CoverageAUSTIN (KXAN) — A Travis County jury deliberated for less than three before they came to the decision to convict Dedric Dixon in the 2016 murder of Carlos Swist. During the trial, which started on Tuesday, prosecutors said Swist was shot and killed stemming from an argument with Dixon over a $5 bill dropped inside a convenience store.Surveillance video from March 1, 2016 showed Dixon following Swist down Springdale Road. Police say Dixon shot at Swist’s work van numerous times.When Swist was shot in the head, he ended up crashing the van. A detective with the Austin Police Department testified that at the time of the crash, Swist still had his foot on the accelerator. The detective said the van’s continuously spinning tires caught the brush on fire underneath the vehicle.According to an arrest affidavit, Swist’s girlfriend said before the crash, he called her to tell her about an altercation he had with a man at the corner store. The clerk told police he remembered Swist...
Florist – “What I Wanted To Hold” - StereogumTuesday, January 16, 2018
Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground *09/24 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop *09/26 Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck *09/27 Oklahoma City, OK @ 89th Street (OKC) *09/28 Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown *09/29 Austin, TX @ Barracuda *09/30 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada *10/02 El Paso, TX @ The Perch at Tricky Falls *10/03 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress *10/05 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echoplex *10/06 San Diego, CA @ The Irenic *10/07 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room *10/10 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst (Atrium) *10/11 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s *10/12 Reno, NV @ The Holland Project *10/14 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater *10/16 Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s *10/17 Sioux Falls, SD @ Total Drag Records *10/18 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium *10/19 Minneapolis, [email protected] 7th St Entry *10/20 Milwaukee, [email protected] The Back Room at Colectivo *10/21 Madison, WI @ The Rathskeller10/22 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen10/24 Washington, DC @ DC910/25 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle10/26 Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East (Upstairs)10/27 Brooklyn, NY @ The Park Church Co-Op* w/ Pinegrove and Lomelda If Blue Could Be Happiness is out 9/29 via Double Double Whammy. Pre-order it here.
Border agents to search for banned Valentine's Day flowers - Santa Fe New MexicanSunday, February 11, 2018
Valentine’s Day being smuggled into the U.S. from Mexico over worries about diseases and pests, federal officials announced.Agriculture specialists will be stationed at El Paso, Texas, ports of entry to inspect flowers and plants being brought over the border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said this week.Live plants, seeds and bulbs are not allowed entry into the United States without special permits and documents certifying they are disease-free.“CBP agriculture specialists are working hard every day preventing potentially harmful plant pests and foreign animal diseases from entering the U.S.,” said Hector Mancha, the agency’s El Paso director of field operations.Valentine’s Day week is one of their busiest periods of the year.Some floral bouquets and arrangements purchased in Mexico contain flowers and greenery that are prohibited in the U.S. At El Paso area ports of entry, the most common contraband flowers and plant foliage are chrysanthemums and choisya, a type of shrub. Officials say both are known to harbor harmful pests and disease.Not declaring or intentionally smuggling prohibited items through ports of entry can lead to civil penalties starting at $300, officials said.Customs and Border Protection offic... http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/border-agents-to-search-for-banned-valentine-s-day-flowers/article_f42976ed-5b83-5d87-bf28-20aff27e8770.html
Planning ahead is key to a happy Valentine's Day - Tyler Morning TelegraphSunday, February 11, 2018
Federation, consumers will spend $18.2 billion on gifts and 27 percent will shop online. With all that spending, scammers are sure to try and cash in. The Better Business Bureau serving Central East Texas urges consumers to be clever consumers and shop online with care.For this particular holiday, the NRF estimates $4.3 billion will be spent on jewelry, $2 billion on flowers, $1.4 billion on gift cards/gift certificates and $1 billion on greeting cards.Shopping for Valentine’s Day is like most other things. The more you prepare, the more likely results will meet expectations.The BBB offers these tips to avoid falling victim to a Valentine’s Day scam:-- Research the company and gift. Research the type of jewelry your loved one wants and educate yourself on the industry. A diamond’s value is based on the four C’s -- cut, carat, clarity and color. A piece of jewelry that is advertised as a great deal could just be a low-quality gem. Always research the business, whether it’s a jeweler or florist, at bbb.org for past customer experience.-- Order early. Make sure you allow enough time for the gift to arrive. Read the businesses shipping policy or contact the business regarding order deadlines for the holiday.-- Pay via credit card. If there is a problem with your delivery, you can dispute the charges with your credit card company if you are unable to resol...
Local florists share tips for V-Day - Jacksonville Daily ProgressSunday, February 11, 2018
Hazel Simmons, owner of Musick's Flowers, on Jackson St. in Jacksonville. “All you're paying for is for them to call a flower shop for you.”Officials with the Texas State Florist Association (TSFA) report in recent years, telemarketing firms have been posing as local florists and charging higher fees.“Be aware that just because an ad or website name indicates “City Name Florist” it does not necessarily mean the company is located in that city – make sure your florist is local,” the Association's website, www.tsfa.org, recommends.In 2011, Texas legislators made it illegal to misrepresent the geographic location of a business. Contact the Texas Attorney General's office or visit www.oag.state.tx.us to file a formal complaint if you have been the victim of deceptive floral advertising.– Get your flowers from a flower shop, and your flowers should generally last longer.According to industry officials, a quality rose will typically keep for one and a half to two weeks from the point of retail purchase before they wither.“Most of the flowers flower shops use come from places like Ecuador and Brazil,” said Lindsey Terry, owner of Tigerlillies Florist and Soap Emporium in downtown Jacksonville. “From the time they're cut in Ecuador, to the time they finally wilt on your table – those flowers have about 30 days before they expire. We get 'premium' grade flowers, which means they've been handled much less during shipping. We prep our flowers, too, once they get to us, to help preserve their attractiveness, so whoever gets them can enjoy them for as long as possible.”Most established flower shops also generally have the ability to refrigerate their flowers for peak freshness and maximum longevity.Once you get your bouquet home, help keep them pretty for as long as possible by keeping them away from drafts and extreme temperatures, and out of the sunlight, which can quickly dry out the flowers and cause wilting. Most flowers will last longer under cool conditions.– Don't worry, we'll take care of you! Ask for recommendations from the florist – they can help you avoid being run-of-the-mill.“We know the area, we know the trends,” said Janae Halbert, owner of Flowers by Janae... http://www.jacksonvilleprogress.com/news/local-florists-share-tips-for-v-day/article_db7362ba-0df6-11e8-aba7-232c8a99a3b5.html
CBP agriculture specialists inspecting floral arrangements - KGNS.tvSunday, February 11, 2018
LAREDO, Texas (KGNS) - With the Valentine’s Day holiday right around the corner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is making sure your flowers are pest free from any parasitic insects.CBP’s highly skilled agriculture specialists are examining hundreds of flowers to ensure that plant diseases and plant pests are detected and stopped from crossing into the U.S.CBP agriculture specialists are at the front line to fight against the introduction of harmful insects and diseases into the United States.Officials say the most commonly prohibited flowers and plant are chrysanthemums and choysia. CBP says these items are not allowed to enter into the U.S. because they are known to harbor harmful pests and diseases.Those who are planning to purchase flowers in Mexico and transport them to the U.S. should advise their florist accordingly so prohibited plants will not be used in their flower arrangement. http://www.kgns.tv/content/news/CBP-agriculture-specialists-inspecting-floral-arrangements--473619103.html