Local Flower Shop News
E. Stephen Hein Florist makes a move from Winchester Road to Second Street - Lexington Herald-LeaderTuesday, January 08, 2019
E. Stephen Hein Florist, a fixture among downtown Lexington businesses, is moving from its current Winchester Road location to Second Street near the new Martine’s Pastries. The floral business, which has been in business downtown for 31 years, was moving from Winchester Road to Second Street at Eastern Avenue the day after Christmas. It started business at The Wellington Arms at 508 East Main Street, then moved to another Main Street location, to the store at 611 Winchester Road, where it has been for 11 years. It is moving to a location at Second Street and Eastern Avenue, near Martine’s Pastries, at 400 East Third Steet. Martine’s opened in April, moving from a location near Eastland Shopping Center off Winchester Road... https://www.kentucky.com/news/local/article223514825.html
Rising shipping costs spell the end of Norridgewock Christmas wreath company - Press HeraldMonday, December 17, 2018
A phone call to the number on a “For Sale” sign on the building at 69 Depot St. also was not returned.Newman, who died in 2012, was a florist and greenhouse owner in Winchester, Massachusetts, when he started the tree farm on Sandy River Road in 1965. He eventually moved to Maine and with his wife, Nancy, started a mail-order Christmas tree and wreath business out of the Depot Street building, according to Newman’s obituary and Morning Sentinel archives.Newman retired in 1995, at which point he sold the wreath company to its current owner, David Bolduc.In the message on the website, Bolduc talks about shipping expenses increasing more than 27 percent in a single year. It said the average cost for shipping a wreath is $18 to $20 each, but the company charged only $11.25 for shipping.Leman, the Ellsworth wreath maker, said that sounds about right. His company ships about 6,000 wreaths each year to places all around the country. Six years ago, he said the average shipping cost per wreath was about $8 to $12, with $12 for wreaths going to the West Coast.Now it costs $25 to $30 to send a wreath to the west coast via UPS and “close to $16 bucks to send it next door.”The U.S. Postal Service is also an option, but the rates are generally more expensive than UPS or FedEx to ship wreaths across the country, Leman said.Representatives for both companies said in emails that dimensional weight pricing is a common industry practice, and they have efforts in place to help customers improve their packaging practices.“It allows us to make the best use of space in our vehicles and encourages customers to make packaging adjustments,” said FedEx spokeswoman Rae Lyn. “Ultimately, more efficient packaging is good for our customers and increases the sustainability of our operations.”But Leman said, “When they did that, our shipping costs went through the roof pretty much overnight. We’re a medium- to small-wreath company, so we’re able to negotiate slightly lower rates only because of the volume we ship. A lot of these smaller wreath companies don’t have the volume.”He said he’s considered talking with other wreath purveyors to see if they could form some sort of collective bargaining group, so that smaller businesses could negotiate together on shipping deals.“Every year it’s a problem — shipping costs,” said Tom McCarthy, owner of Central Maine Wreath in Skowhegan. “UPS has a monopoly on everything. The post office is no longer competitive, so you’re caught.”McCarthy said he didn’t know when the Norridgewock company went out of business exactly, but he estimates he’s absorbed some of the product from “fir tippers” who harvest and sell boughs.At Maine Wreath & Flower in Freeport, owner Debbie Cupo said pricing by size has affected her business too, but there’s not much she can do to change the size of boxes or get a better rate.“It just affects the bottom line,” Cupo said. “I don’t make as much money.” She said she is not willing to pass on the extra cost to her customers. “They’re unconditional, so I just don’t make as much. It’s difficult.”Winter wreath making is a New England tradition, and Cupo said she sends her products to customers around the country. Most of her sales are sent out of state.Kell, of Kelco Industries, said the early winter storms this year have “kept people out of the woods who would be collecting the tips, and every wreath producer is behind by a week to 10 days.” His company produces about 5 million wreath rings annually, of which about 25 percent, or 1 million, are sold to wreath-makers in Maine, suggesting the state probably has a few thousand wreath-making operations.Kell said another small industry trend is the “buy-local” movement that has wreath-makers popping up in other parts of the country, decreasing the demand from traditional sellers in New England. Higher shipping costs cont... https://www.pressherald.com/2018/12/08/closure-of-longtime-norridgewock-christmas-wreath-company-a-sign-of-higher-costs-industry-challenges/
Pater named lead florist at The Clubhouse at Baywood - Sussex CountianTuesday, January 08, 2019
Jun 13, 2018 at 8:00 PMDanielle Panarello, director of operations for The Clubhouse at Baywood in Millsboro, announced the appointment of Shelby Pater to the position of lead florist at the restaurant and event venue, which is owned by SoDel Concepts.“With Shelby at the helm of our floral department, we can make our clients’ vision a reality,” said Panarello. “Shelby has extensive experience in the floral industry, and she’s up to date on all the trends.”A native of Southern Indiana, Pater began working in a floral shop while still in high school. She graduated from Indiana University with bachelor’s degree in visual communication and drama.She’s worked as a corporate trainer and lead designer for a retail store and for a Washington, D.C.,-area wedding planning company. Most recently, she’s been an independent florist and wedding planner.As lead florist at The Clubhouse at Baywood, Pater handles the floral arrangements for the restaurant and the event center. Her once-a-month floral workshop series is open to the public. The class, which includes a take-away arrangement, is $45.For more, visit sodelconcepts.com or baywoodclubho... http://www.sussexcountian.com/news/20180613/pater-named-lead-florist-at-clubhouse-at-baywood
What Fashion Week Is Like for a Florist - FashionistaTuesday, January 08, 2019
I might like to pick up a small bouquet of tulips when we do our weekly grocery shopping: Flowers, according to professional florist Michael Putnam, are the ultimate luxury. Michael has grounds to speak on the subject with authority, as he's one-half of Putnam & Putnam, the New York-based boutique floral design studio that's an unequivocal favorite amongst the fashion (and bridal) industries. ADVERTISEMENTThanks for watching!Visit WebsiteTogether with his husband Darroch, Putnam & Putnam brings a romantic, almost overgrown quality to every project it takes on. And while weddings certainly contribute to a significant portion of the company's business, Michael and Darroch are themselves professionals in the fashion space, working with some of New York's most high-profile designers (including Jason Wu, with whom Putnam & Putnam also collaborated for Fall 2018) while also maintaining excellent retail partnerships (like Bergdorf Goodman). ADVERTISEMENTThanks for watching!Visit WebsiteADVERTISEMENTdiv class="m-ad-outstream--endcard m-ad-outstream... https://fashionista.com/2018/02/fashion-week-florist-putnam-flowers
Team flower power | News, Sports, Jobs - The Adirondack Daily EnterpriseTuesday, January 08, 2019
SHOW ARTICLE -- A Canna plant stands out with striking color on Broadway in downtown Saranac Lake. These subtropical plants are wintered carefully by Scott’s Florist co-owners Kathy and Roger Steinbrueck.(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone) Petunias bloom in a barrel in downtown Saranac Lake. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone) Flowers brighten Broadway, Saranac Lake, in front of the village parking lot beside Berkeley Green.(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone) A Canna plant stands out with striking color on Broadway in downtown Saranac Lake. These subtropical plants are wintered carefully by Scott’s Florist co-owners Kathy and Roger Steinbrueck.(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone) SARANAC LAKE — They fill the downtown streets with vibrant life, hanging off of buildings, sitting on the corners, on sidewalks and in parks. Flowers — you can’t go anywhere in the village without running into them. Filling the streets with flowers is no small feat, and it takes a dedicated group of volunteers and village employees to organize the beautification project, plant t... http://www.adirondackdailyenterprise.com/news/local-news/2018/09/team-flower-power/
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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New Kalamazoo drive-through flower shop is heaven on Earth for owner - Mlive KalamazooTuesday, January 08, 2019
The construction worker said he doesn't enjoy entering a business when he is dirty after work, especially on Valentine’s Day, which is considered a “last minute” holiday by florists because so many wait to buy gifts. When Julie first told her husband that she wanted to open a flower shop, she said he didn’t understand why because she has a good job already. “Two days ago he spent hours prepping roses, which is a long process and we do it with every flower,” she said. “I can’t believe it. I’m the luckiest girl in the world for my husband to prep so many roses. He really shows that he cares by being here and I can see that he’s proud because he wouldn’t be here, by my side, if he wasn’t.”Munger said sales have tripled this week due to the romantic holiday. She plans to keep the business small and family-oriented in the future. For more information about All Occasion's Floral and Gifts, visit their Facebook page or call 382-2220. “When people walk in they will feel the positive vibes of myfamily because love is in the air here,” she said. "We’ve never had a Valentine’s Day as special as this." Contact Ursula Zerilli at email@example.com or 269-254-5295. Follow her on twitter. https://www.mlive.com/business/west-michigan/index.ssf/2013/02/new_kalamazoo_drive-through_fl.html