Local Flower Shop News
Love At First Sight florist to retire after blossoming career - Current in CarmelWednesday, March 06, 2019
Suzanne Calloway Fammartino pauses in her shop, Love At First Sight Floral & Design. (Submitted photo)By Viktoria Nasteva Twenty-eight years and more than 60,000 bouquets later, Suzanne Calloway Fammartino is retiring from the floral industry. Fammartino plans to spend retirement in Arizona and is seeking a buyer for her Love At First Sight Floral & Design store in Carmel. She opened the store nearly 20 years ago after moving from Miami, where she opened her first floral business, Lasting Impressions.While Fammartino she was trying to grow Lasing Impressions, her mother’s health declined. She met her future husband, Gary, while tending to her mother in the hospital. Fammartino and her husband eventually moved to Carmel, she she opened Love At First Sight Floral & Design at W. 131st St. The store has been in business for 18 years. Customers are sorry to see Fammartino retire.“I honestly don’t know what we’ll do,” said Mary Bennett of the Carmel Clay Public Library,... http://www.youarecurrent.com/2019/03/01/love-at-first-sight-florist-to-retire-after-blossoming-career/
Tips for Valentine’s Day Flower Shopping - NBC 7 San DiegoSunday, February 10, 2019
NBC 7 Responds has a few tips.First and foremost, better get your order in soon if you want those flowers delivered on time.“Right now, you’re less than a week away,” said Jim Martin from Dave’s Flower Box in University Heights. “I would do it now if you wait until two or three days before, or even one day. Then you’re gonna be in big trouble.”Waiting could have other consequences.=Valentine's Day Flowers“Some florists will up the delivery costs on the holidays, so it’s best to order at least a few days ahead of time.”Another tip; make sure that the flowers you want to order are in season.Otherwise, there’s a good chance the recipient will get something other than what you ordered. If that’s the case, take some photos and contact the florist. You may be entitled to a refund.Also, shop around. Some florists boost their prices on Valentine’s Day. Just as a reminder, remember the longer you wait the fewer choices you may have and more expensive those options might become. ... https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Tips-for-Valentines-Day-Flower-Shopping-505589531.html
Traverse City Florist Closes After 72 Years of Business - 9&10 NewsTuesday, March 19, 2019
July 14, 2018 , Some very sad news for a florist shop in Traverse City Saturday.Teboe Florist closed their doors for the last time.The florist shop was a staple in the Traverse City community.It had been open for 72 years.The owner says she is closing the shop down to spend more time with her family.She also says that while the florist was thriving for decades, it’s now having a tough time competing with bigger box stores.“We’ve come to the end of an era here, and it’s getting more and more costly to keep operating at this location,” says Tessa Alexander, the owner of Teboe Florist. “We will certainly miss the business and the employees. We’ve got some wonderful employees.”Teboe Florist wants to thank Northern Michigan for all the support they’ve given the shop over the decades. Related Articles Comments comments ... https://www.9and10news.com/2018/07/14/traverse-city-florist-closes-after-72-years-of-business/
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
Dinner series brings floriculture to the table - Greenhouse CanadaTuesday, March 19, 2019
You’re buying a feeling.”An experience is right. Starting with a cocktail reception and live music, guests are invited to make their own flower crowns as demonstrated by a local florist. The evening continues with a tour of the greenhouse, where guests are encouraged to ask any questions they have about the industry. Finally, the evening is concluded by a four-course dinner and introductions from the chef.Cultivating the next generation’s love for flowersThe first Petals & Plates was held at Rosa Flora in September 2017, with three others since then at CosMic Plants in Lincoln, Van Geest Bros in St. Catharines and Creekside Growers in Delhi. While the event is attended by people of all ages, they are starting to see more interest from the younger generations, which Kristan says is a great sign as the industry continues to develop the next generation’s relationship with flowers.“There’s a lot of gardeners, there’s a lot of flower lovers in the older generation,” he says. “But part of the fear is the newer generation, the millennial generation; they don’t have the same relationship with flowers.” Petals & Plates is one way to get people looking at flowers in a new light.For example, there’s the flower crown bar during the event. “It’s not your classic flower crown that you’re thinking of that has 100 flowers and maybe some fruit in it,” says Kristan. “These are very subdued.” People are keen to wear them as fashion accessories.Demonstrating the relevancy of floriculture is not the only goal of Petals & Plates, however. “There’s a lot of misconceptions with the industry,” says Kristan. By inviting people to see how flowers are grown and brought to the marketplace, Petals & Plates provides a venue for greenhouse operators to clarify misconceptions and instill pride in the industry. “Allowing people to come see what goes on in these greenhouses goes a long way to dispelling those rumours,” he says.According to Ed Vermolen, sales manager at Aldershot Greenhouses and volunteer member of... https://www.greenhousecanada.com/business/marketing/bringing-floriculture-to-the-table-32796
Mystery Sender of Cardi B's Tom Petty Flowers Revealed - TMZTuesday, March 19, 2019
Tom Petty for a Grammys bouquet she received -- but, TMZ has learned who REALLY did the honors.Sources tell us ... celebrity florist Annie Wonderlich, owner of Art Fleur, sent the bouquet wishing Cardi luck at the award show. We're told Cardi is one of her clients, and Annie also delivered a Grammy arrangement to Lady Gaga. After getting the flowers, Cardi looked at the back of the card -- which contained a Petty lyric -- and thought they were from him. She thanked Tom on social media ... prompting the internet to quickly point out that would be pretty freakin' amazing (as in, impossible) since TP sadly died nearly 2 years ago.Although, we're sure Ghost Tom's probably a Bardi fan. The sender's true identity was there the whole time ... because the other side of the card had a note from Annie reading, "Cardi B! Wishing you LOVE, LIGHT & LUCK tonight at the Grammys! All the best! XOXO, The Art Fleur Team."We're told Annie's company has TONS of celeb clients, including Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift, and every special delivery comes with a card quoting someone famous -- like Oscar Wilde, Claude Monet, David Bowie, and in this instance, Petty.As for the flowers ... we're told the $600 arrangement is dubbed "Ms. B" and stands 3 and a half feet tall!!! There are 250 vendulas, orange crush and garden roses ... and monster leaves painted with 24-karat gold!!!Yeah, if you spend that much on flowers, you deserve the credit. No offense to Tom ... who we all k... https://www.tmz.com/2019/02/14/cardi-b-tom-petty-flowers-grammys/
Agassiz florist asking community for help - Agassiz-Harrison ObserverTuesday, March 19, 2019
Lance fulfilled a lifelong dream of owning her own flower shop when she opened Holly Tree Florists and Gifts in Agassiz nearly twenty years ago. The shop – which moved from Cheam Avenue to Pioneer in 2002 – is well-known by locals, as is the aging yellow pickup truck Lance uses to deliver flower orders.But after nineteen years of bringing floral arrangements and bouquets to her community, the 72-year-old is asking locals for their support.Right before Mother’s Day, Lance underwent a bilateral femoral endarterectomy surgery – the removal of plaque from the femoral artery. Her recovery time was going to cut into profits during one of the busiest times of the year, so a fellow florist based in Mission, Tami Klassen, started a GoFundMe page to help her.“The floral industry is something people do because they love it and they’re passionate about it,” said Klassen. “Cash flow isn’t always that great in the [industry.] When good seasons come they will often cover you through to the next event.”“If you miss out on one event it can really hurt your cash flow... https://www.agassizharrisonobserver.com/news/agassiz-florist-asking-community-for-help/