Local Flower Shop News
Tubbs of Flowers still abloom in Corpus Christi after 72 yearsTuesday, October 16, 2018
Baugh in 1946. Photo by Jane Kathleen GregorioBy Jane Kathleen GregorioSeptember 28, 2018For 72 years and counting, Tubbs of Flowers has been knocking on Corpus Christi doors bearing gifts of flowers, candy, kindness, and celebration. When Gertrude Tubbs Baugh, then a young widow, started her own business creating flower arrangements, she had nothing but her own tenacity and acumen as a businesswoman to help her succeed. She also had two children to feed, so the drive to survive was definitely part of the equation as well.“It was 1946, just after World War II, and the only careers women were more accepted in were nurses or school teachers — not entrepreneurs,” said Bobbie McElhaney, who began working for the company in 1969. She is now president of Tubbs of Flowers. “Gertrude went to school and learned the flower business and, afterwards, moved from San Antonio to Corpus Christi.”Tubbs began the business as ESCO Flowers because it was located behind Eastern Seed Co. After she remarried to designer and businessman Jerry Baugh, the couple decided to change the name to Tubbs of Flowers. It has since moved several times before settling in its current location on Staples Street. A succession of Tubbs and Baugh children all helped in the shop as the business became an established Corpus Christi icon.McElhaney began as bookkeeper, movin... https://www.ccbiznews.com/tubbs-of-flowers-still-abloom-in-corpus-christi-after-72-years
Using an iPhone, former Houston florist grows her photography line to include home goods - Houston ChronicleTuesday, October 24, 2017
Back to GalleryAshley Woodson Bailey didn't know how much she loved arranging flowers until she couldn't.The 44-year-old pink-haired artist, who grew up in Corpus Christi, learned the floral-arranging technique she calls "wild garden" at Bergner & Johnson Design in Houston, where she worked for several years. In 2012, after moving to Austin, Bailey, her husband and then months-old baby were involved in a head-on car accident that resulted in a broken back and left her in a cumbersome brace for seven months."I lost about 98 percent of my clients, which was really sad and hard," she says. The labor of standing to arrange flowers was too painful and difficult, so she "tried to lose myself in taking pictures of arrangements with my iPhone and posting them on Instagram, just for somewhere to put them."When people commented on her posts to ask if they could purchase prints, Bailey laughed, thinking how "awful" the quality of a snapshot would be blown up on paper. Nevertheless, she tried it - and a new career was born.While not every picture printed well, the very first one she took was "perfect and beautiful" when printed on the largest print she now offers, 40 inches by 60 inches: "I cried when I saw it," she says. Shot with a black background, it remains part of her popular "Dark" collection.Now working in Jacksonville, Fla., where she lives with her husband and three children, Bailey no longer uses the painted piece of plywood that was the background of her first subjects - she's upgraded to seamless art paper - but she does still rely on her iPhone 6 Plus. (She bought the iPhone 7 when it was released but returned it, finding the features too complicated.) She edits her photos using the Afterlight app, layering several images on top o... http://www.houstonchronicle.com/life/style/luxe-life/article/Using-an-iPhone-former-Houston-florist-grows-her-12282650.php
How to get, give free flowers today to "Petal It Forward"Tuesday, October 30, 2018
A stranger may hand you a bouquet today in an effort to make you smile. A florist may offer you two free flower bunches, one to keep and one to gift. What's this all about? The annual Petal It Forward giveaway, which takes place this year on Wednesday, Oct. 24.The event, sponsored by the Society of American Florists, calls attention to the variety of floral products grown in the U.S. and the positive, instant impact of giving and receiving flowers.-- Janet Eastman email@example.com@janeteastman Dandelions Flowers & Gifts Local growers, wholesalers and retailers are among those participating in 400 cities. Each florist chooses how to pass out the bundles. They can spread joy to residents in assisted living facilities, passersby and people stuck in traffic. Sunflower Flats ... https://www.oregonlive.com/expo/life-and-culture/erry-2018/10/4bc4e605d83579/give-get-free-flowers-today-to.html
Bloomex Provides Flowers for the 2018 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront MarathonTuesday, October 30, 2018
Canadian charities. We wish all the runners the best of luck in their races!”About Bloomex CanadaBloomex is the largest florist in Canada. Orders are taken and processed through the company's site at www.bloomex.ca or by phone, and then delivered to customers via local courier. In addition to flowers, Bloomex offers a variety of other gift items including plants, gift baskets, gourmet foods, sweets and treats, balloons and other items. The company serves Canada, the US, and Australia.About Canada Running SeriesCanada Running Series (CRS) is passionately committed to building community through running. As the nation's premier running circuit with 8 events across the country, CRS annually attracts 60,000 participants and raises more than $5 million for some 250 mostly-local charities. https://www.pr.com/press-release/767677
Volunteers band together to revive recycled-bouquet programTuesday, October 30, 2018
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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Florist Fire outgrows Hyde Park Village, relocates to Davis IslandsTuesday, October 30, 2018
TAMPA -- Florist Fire Design House creates award-winning florals for any special occasion: weddings, corporate parties, charity events “and just because flowers make everyone happy,” said Gayle Zerr, the owner/lead designer who relocated the floral shop to downtown Davis Islands last month.“We outgrew our space in Hyde Park Village,” Zerr said. “I really like the sense of community on Davis Islands and felt it needed a neighborhood flower shop.”Weddings keep the business busy year round and account for 75 percent of the work.“I love weddings,” Zerr said. “We’ve done themes from traditional to Bollywood, a really fun one with exotic flowers, incense and lanterns.”Corporate and charitable clients, including Wine, Women and Shoes and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital gala can take 80 hours of planning and preparing, she said.“We did a Dali event where we copied his paintings and portrayed them in florals... https://www.tampabay.com/news/hillsborough/city-times/florist-fire-outgrows-hyde-park-village-relocates-to-davis-island-20181011/
Waitrose launch surprise flower delivery service for online shoppersTuesday, October 30, 2018
And of course, if you'd rather choose the flowers for your home, you can always browse a huge selection at WaitroseFlorist.com. ... https://www.housebeautiful.com/uk/lifestyle/shopping/a23560057/waitrose-surprise-flower-online-delivery-service/