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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
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Fresh bouquets sent to home with weekly subscription - The Straits TimesTuesday, January 16, 2018
This will help the others last longer.• Keep the bouquet out of direct sunlight and in a less humid room, if possible.• Mist the tops of the flowers and add plant food (which can be bought at a florist or nursery for about 50 cents a sachet) to the vase.Compiled with advice provided by Ms Charlotte Puxley, founder of Charlotte Puxley Flowers, and Ms Min Yong, founder of Beverly's Blooms.At least eight florists provide the service here, delivering fresh floral arrangements weekly or monthly to customers' homes and offices for $60 to $150 a bouquet, including delivery charges.For these florists, such subscriptions account for anywhere from 10 to 60 per cent of their business and this is a growing segment.The composition of the bouquets is dictated by what flowers are in season, though several florists - such as Charlotte Puxley, Bloomeys and Fleuriste - do take customer's preferences into account.Others allow clients to choose their bouquet style - modern, romantic or classic.While customers sometimes request delicate flowers such as hydrangeas and peonies, florists say these do not do well in Singapore's tropical weather.So, many florists prefer to fill subscriptions with hardier varieties, such as Dutch carnations, Kenyan roses and proteas mixed with sprays and fillers, for a longer-lasting bouquet.Advance orders mean that florists can plan ahead, place orders for unique flowers and stock only what they know they will need, cutting down on wastage.Briton Charlotte Puxley, who opened Charlotte Puxley Flowers in Tiong Bahru when she moved to Singapore three years ago, has offered subscriptions on an ad-hoc basis to private clients, but will launch a formal subscription programme next month.She says floral subscriptions are popular now because they are part of the wave of online shopping."Subscriptions are much more convenient for the customer and a great way of ensuring we can provide the freshest and most unique flowers possible."Beverly's Blooms in The Central in Clarke Quay, which started offering a subscription service 18 months ago, and The Floral Atelier in Tiong Bahru, which launched its service in July 2015, also accept pre-orders of bouquets for occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and Valentine's Day.The founder of The Floral Atelier, Ms Lelian Chew, says it launched its Forget Me Not service when it opened after she noticed customers, mostly husbands, coming into the store looking frantic because they had forgotten an important date.The service allows subscribers to choose up to five dates a year on which floral arragements will automatically be sent to their loved ones. Prices of such subscriptions vary depending on the size of the bouquets and the number of dates selected.Ms Chew declined to pro... http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/home-design/fresh-bouquets-sent-to-home-with-weekly-subscription
Florist hiding free bouquets around central Indiana for 'Make Someone Smile Week' - Fox 59Tuesday, January 16, 2018
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An Indianapolis florist is hiding free bouquets around central Indiana this week.McNamara Florist says it will hide the flowers around landmarks throughout the near east side, downtown Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel and Greenwood.McNamara says it will send out hints via social media to let the community members know where they can find a free bouquet.“The whole purpose of this campaign is to make people smile, so we want it to be interactive and fun,” said Erin Davidson, Marketing Coordinator for McNamara Florist. “We want people to look for our hints and then go out and find our bouquets.”The freebies are being offered in honor of Teleflora’s “Make Someone Smile Week.” McNamara says it is participating as a way to give back to the community that was so supportive of their move from Fishers to the 1800 block of Ludlow Ave. on the near east side.“We are excited to participate in a fun way and send people on a scavenger hunt for a beautiful surprise,” said Davidson. “Flowers are a great way to spread smi... http://fox59.com/2017/07/17/mcnamara-florist-hiding-free-bouquets-around-indianapolis-for-make-someone-smile-week/
As wedding costs top $25000, couples and businesses adjust - AZ Big MediaTuesday, January 16, 2018
There are even vendors that specialize in coordinating and planning the event itself, all of whom have their own brand, business model and goals.Arizona wedding planner and florist Skyla Wilson started her business when she was 22.“I gained my event planning experience through working with nonprofit organizations, planning galas and fundraisers,” Wilson said. “Then, through that, I found that planning weddings, and working with two people on the most special day of their lives was more fulfilling for me.”Wilson said her market demographic appeals to customers between the ages of 25 to 32.“I think that I tend to work with younger clients because of how young I am,” she said. “When it comes to florals, wedding design and style, I think that younger couples trust me to know their vision.”Wilson said couples of the millennial generation prefer to personalize their weddings and add elements that represent who they are as a couple.“They’re bombarded by trends and inspiration on every social media platform, so when it comes to their own personal experience, they want it to be unique to them,” Wilson said.Vendor-client communicationVendors have found technology and social media have made a significant impact on communication and relationships with their clients.For Wilson’s business, Skyla Brooke’s Weddings and Events, technology has helped her communicate with her clients more thoroughly.“It’s a platform that allows me to communicate with the couple, their families and even their wedding party simultaneously,” Wilson said. “We can add people to the forum and we are notified whenever any activity occurs. This also keeps me from getting texts and phone calls at all hours every day.”Other vendors say technology has created a 24/7 industry and can cause delays in the planning process.“Since everything can be done through a phone in our pockets, it’s human nature to push things to the last minute. I get more calls after hours and more texts on Saturdays and Sundays. The expectation in this industry is that you are available 24 hours a day to the couple,” said Jocelin Meesenburg, event manager at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix.Andrea Micetic and Christiana Hammond from The Elegant Barn said they mostly communicate with couples via email or text. Taryn Pollock, the owner of Serendipity vide0 and Simply Cinema services, said sometimes she won’t actually speak to the couple until the day of the event.“There’s constant communication and yet my phone never rings. Sometimes I wonder why I even have a business line,” Pollock said.By contrast, Meesenburg said in her experience, every couple wants to sit down in person and talk through the details leading up to the wedding.“Even millennials, they want to come to lunch and go over the final details of their wedding face-to-face. The more complex the service is, the more couples want to meet in person. To the bride it’s a concept of, ‘I see your file, I see your notes. You look so confident. I feel better,’” she said.However, most vendors agree reviews and especially complaints happen almost purely online.Social media in the wedding market“People find a lot of security in hiding behind a computer screen. They can be a lot more vicious, a lot more angry and a lot more mean. Then when you go and call the couple, suddenly they’re saying that it wasn’t that bad and they were just frustrated, when on their review or email, they said that I ruined their wedding,” Pollock said.“It’s very scary for business owners because reviews are awesome, but at the same time, clients have the opportunity to be the judge and the jury in that situation. If you get a bad review it is impossible to get it removed, even if it’s not true,” she said.In addition to keeping up with clients and coordinating, vendors need to create a presence on the social media platform, adding an entirely new sector to their business. During The Knot Workshop, an industry event held in Scottsdale this summer, there were sessions dedicated to social media practices.Social media, esp...
Jackson Heights Boutique Store Closing Jan. 31 - Jackson Heights PostTuesday, January 16, 2018
Pauglina, located 75-26 37th Ave, have announced the store will close on Jan. 31. All merchandise is currently 50 percent off.The store opened in October 2016 and was a combination coffee bar, florist, and home decor shop.The store owners, husband and husband duo Miguel Briceno and Jeffrey Whitney, announced the closing Jan. 2 on Facebook. They thanked their customers for their support during the store’s run.“No regrets and it’s been a pleasure to serve the Jackson Heights community as it continues to thrive albeit sans Pauglina,” said the posting.Briceno and Whitney are Jackson Heights residents.Google5 Comments...
Worcester florist readies for FTD America's Cup - Worcester MagTuesday, January 16, 2018
Blackstone River Road is inhabited by one of America’s most distinguished floral design competitors: Sally Jablonski. Jablonski lives above the fragrant oasis of Herbert E. Berg Florist Inc., which has operated in the space for the last 83 years. Berg, who excelled as an agriculture student at North High School in his adolescence, sold the shop to Jablonski 23 years ago, just as she was making a name for herself as a fierce competitor in the country’s most prestigious floral design circuit. In 1989, she was a contender at the FTD World Competition in Tokyo, and in 1996 she competed at what she imagined would be her final FTD America’s Cup. The ’90s marked a pivotal time in the flower industry as online business disrupted the market. The Economist reports that between 1992-2014, the number of florist shops in America fell from 27,000 to 15,000. But flowers are timelessly extravagant, heart-stirring and sophisticated, and florists willing to evolve persisted with ease. Herbert E. Berg Florist Inc. was no exception. Jablonski’s selection as a competitor in the 2018 FTD America’s Cup in July marks her reentry into the national competition field. “At 57, I’m at the top of my game,” she said. Sally Jablonski displays some of her past arrangements from the WAM Flora in Winter show.Jablonski is one of only 10 floral designers from around the country chosen to battle the pressures of time and mechanics before an audience of esteemed peers. A blind judging will take into account phy...