Local Flower Shop News
Edible Arrangements opens in Spring Hill - Tampa Bay TimesTuesday, January 08, 2019
By Beth N. GrayTimes CorrespondentSPRING HILL – On a recent Tuesday, immersed in fancy fruits, her apron smudged in chocolate, Christy Morrow was too busy to chat.She’s a produce handler-cum-artist-cum-florist at Edible Arrangements, which brought its celebratory comestibles to Hernando County in June. In corporate parlance, Morrow is a fruit specialist.The company's decoratively arrayed fresh fruits are artsy, clever and who’d-have-imagined? Add to that, healthy and refreshing, said owner Victoria Wilson.Edible Arrangement’s twist on celebrating and gifting is for people “who want something different, rather than flowers that you look at, then (they) die,” said Wilson, franchisee of the shop north of Timber Pines.Wilson, 30, who’s owned an Edible Arrangements outlet for a year in the city of Hernando in Citrus County, said most of her customers came from Hernando County, prompting her to open a shop here.Her corporation, based in Atlanta, encourages successful operators... https://www.tampabay.com/news/hernando/edible-arrangements-opens-in-spring-hill-20181011/
Village Floral in South Charleston closing after more than three decades in business - Charleston Gazette-MailTuesday, November 28, 2017
Customers wept when they heard the news.After 36 years in business, Village Floral at 4827 MacCorkle Ave. in the Spring Hill section of South Charleston is closing its doors.Owner Jim O’Dell said he decided to close his floral shop, because, at age 83, he’s ready to slow down and leave the business.Village Floral is having a going out of business sale, with remaining items priced at 50 percent off. When everything is sold, O’Dell will close the store, he said.“Fixtures and everything — it’s all going.”O’Dell, however, plans to continue operating his 24-Hour Flower Vendors of West Virginia business, which has flower vending machines in place at Charleston Area Medical Center hospitals.“I’m keeping that business open,” O’Dell said.When the remaining merchandise is cleared out of Village Floral, O’Dell, who owns the building, plans to rent the space to another business or organization.A DuPont retiree, O’Dell started 24-Hour Flower Vendors of West Virginia from the basement of his South Charleston home, where he and his late wife, Janet, would design various flower arrangements for their vending mac...
New shop AY Flowers opens its doors in Glendale - KABC-TVTuesday, January 08, 2019
What a nice place to be." "Best flower shop I've ever been to," added Yelper Anna P. "Amazing selection, great florist and good customer service."Interested? Stop by to welcome the new business to the neighborhood. AY Flowers is open from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. on Sunday. (It's closed on Monday.) ... https://abc7.com/business/new-shop-ay-flowers-opens-its-doors-in-glendale/4410976/
Swonks Flower Shop, downtown for 91 years, will close Saturday - Battle Creek EnquirerTuesday, January 08, 2019
After almost a century of business, Swonk's Flower Shop is closing its doors on Saturday. The downtown florist, which can be found a short distance from Horrocks Farm Market at 84 Goguac St., was opened in 1927 by Molly Simonds and her husband, Charlie Swonk. The current owners, Jeanette and Jim Schmid, took over the store in 2002 and are closing the store so they can retire. Jeanette Schmid had worked at Swonk's since the 1960s when she was in high school. She took a break in 1994 when they moved to Lansing but came back to Battle Creek in 2002 when they bought the store. She’s been running it ever since. “It’s not a business that’s real lucrative, so you can’t really think about that part,” Schmid said. “It’s the satisfaction of doing it. So I thought about being a secretary, but that fell by the wayside, and I stayed with this as a career. I continued working in a flower shop in Lansing. I never left the flower business.” Until now, when the Schmids decided it was time to retire. Jeanette Schmid will continue to work with flowers in her own garden at home. She has 12 flower beds that she’s looking forward to filling with phlox, lilies, hollyhocks and more once spring returns. “They’re miracles,” Schmid said. “To watch a flower grow, come to life, bloom, and there’s so many different kinds. They’re a magnificent creation of God. And they’re beautiful.&rd... https://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/story/news/local/2018/10/25/swonks-flower-shop-closing/1755166002/
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet program - Palo Alto OnlineTuesday, January 08, 2019
Random Acts of Flowers: Blossom Buddies in Menlo Park and Flowers of Comfort in San Jose.
Many of the volunteers have maintained their earlier relationships with local donor retailers, florists and markets.
"There's nothing that excites us as much as a bucket of day-old or week-old flowers," said Palo Alto resident Barbara Levin, as the group cheered the arrival of a new bucket of leftovers from Mills Florist. Levin is a longtime volunteer who routinely collects cast-offs from Trader Joe's in Palo Alto. Others pick up from Trader Joe's in Menlo Park and a branch of Whole Foods.
"We never know what flowers or vases we're going to have to work with, so every time we come in it's a new and interesting experience and it's a way of showing off our creative side," Levin said.
The women have no trouble unpacking funeral wreaths and other event-specific arrangements to "create something more interesting," Klause said. But in some cases the used flowers are not fresh enough for a second life and must be discarded.
Volunteer Sandra Bachman, a Woodside resident, said her favorite place to deliver is Stanford University Hospital.
"To go in and see patients that do not have any flowers or visitors and walk in with a bouquet and for five minutes they forget about their problems," Bachman said. "They open their eyes and to get that smile, and to hear through that family what a difference that can make for healing ... A lot of the nurses say it helps them heal. It brings the outside in, the sunshine in."
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Roots in Bloom entrepreneur returns to her roots - The GazetteTuesday, January 08, 2019
ION — Cassie Hammarmeister’s new business is rooted in her pursuit of wellness.Long Para:1 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 23-- On Aug. 1, Hammarmeister opened Roots in Bloom, a florist and wellness business in a historic Marion home.Long Para:2 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 23-- “It’s all very personal,” Hammarmeister said of the path that led her to the new business. “It’s scary to put it out there, but maybe it will help set someone else free.”Long Para:3 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 23-- After Hammarmeister completed a floriculture program at Kirkwood Community College, she worked at a couple smaller flower shops before taking a manager position at a large florist in the Corridor.Long Para:4 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 23-- “I was running a business and dealing with personal stuff in my 20s,” she said. “I didn’t appreciate working with nature.”Long Para:5 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 23-- It was those personal issues, including chronic back pain and struggles with anxiety and depression, that drew her to a new career as a wellness practitioner. In 2011, she attended Carlson College to become a licensed massage therapist.Long Para:6 Long Pra Tota... http://thegazette.com/subject/news/business/roots-in-bloom-marion-iowa-florist-wellness-corridor-cbd-yoga-20180827
How to design your own holiday centerpiece - Purdue Agricultural CommunicationsTuesday, January 08, 2019
He added that differently textured foliage should be used to give the piece a dynamic look.Many winter greens can be found in backyards and neighborhoods, eliminating the need to purchase from a florist. “White pine, for example, can be found in many neighborhoods,” Cotterman said. “When it comes to blooms for the centerpiece you might need to visit a flower shop, but greenery can be found everywhere.”After disguising the dish and base with greenery, Cotterman suggested choosing several different blooms to intersperse throughout the arrangement. A variation of colors, textures and sizes will enhance the arrangement and produce an inviting fragrance. When it comes to adding the blooms, don’t go overboard, Cotterman advised, and stick to an odd number of flowers.Perhaps most importantly, sink the stems of blooms and greenery into the base by at least half an inch. If a bloom needs to be moved, the stem must be re-trimmed and inserted into a different location.“This is so we don’t clog the stems. We want the stems to be able to soak up as much water as possible,” Cotterman said.While decorating is an important part of the holidays for many families, decorations should never come at the expense of guests, he continued. Floral arrangements can be aromatic, so be sensitiv... https://ag.purdue.edu/stories/how-to-design-your-own-holiday-centerpiece/