Local Flower Shop News
HIGH PROFILE: Little Rock florist's fascination with flowers began in his grandmother's garden - Northwest Arkansas Democrat-GazetteTuesday, December 19, 2017
But he also wanted a Plan B ... namely, a business degree. After graduating from Catholic High, he earned that degree from Christian Brothers College (now University) in Memphis.While working at his aunt's business, Walls met Tom Chandler, who'd offered him a job at his interior design firm after high... http://www.nwaonline.com/news/2017/dec/03/michael-rayburn-walls-20171203/
Booksellers Show Off Creativity in Holiday Window Displays - BTWTuesday, December 19, 2017
Her name is Sarah Pope, and she creates original art for each window, including these amazing woodcut block prints of cardinals.”Burke’s Book Store, Memphis, Tennessee: Businesses in the city’s Cooper Young Historic District light up their windows for the annual “Unwrapped” contest hosted by the Cooper Young Business Association that includes an evening of carols and Santa strolling.Astoria Bookshop, Astoria, Queens: Sharing on Instagram with the hashtags #booktree, #bookart, and #booksculpture, the store showed off its own contribution to the category. Lexi Beach, co-owner of the bookstore, said she found a way to make use of damaged stock by creating a book tree. Once Upon A Storybook, Tustin, California: Store founder Susie Alexander said the window combines both Christmas and Hanukkah, noting: “My manager, Tina, does all of our windows and displays — she is amazing!”The Golden Notebook, Woodstock, New York: The bookstore won first place in the Woodstock Open House Window Display Contest of 2017. Co-owners Jacqueline Kellachan and James Conrad tapped their friend Lucia Reale-Vogt to create their displays. Reale-Vogt, an artist, crafter, and baker, created the “Let it Snow” tableau with old books, sheet music, and metallic paper. Bloomsbury Books, Ashland, Oregon: “Our stockings are hung in our window with care! Our holiday displays are bursting with great books for everyone on your list,” the store wrote on Instagram.Black Bird Bookstore, San Francisco, California: “Wintry snow flowers float around a holiday wreath in the front window at Black Bird Bookstore,” said owner Kathryn Grantham. Card Carrying Books & Gifts, Corning, New York: Co-owner Sarah Blagg said she wanted to harken to Card Carrying’s identity as a feminist bookstore while making a play on words. “We thought it would be fun to be a little tongue-in-cheek this holiday season,” she said. http://bookweb.org/news/booksellers-show-creativity-holiday-window-displays-102395
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
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/
Swonk Flower Shop, downtown for 91 years, will close SaturdayTuesday, October 30, 2018
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/
More top designers to return to 2019 RHS Chelsea Flower Show as children theme emergesTuesday, October 30, 2018
Greenfingers children's hospice garden charity.In the pavilion, Thompson & Morgan hope to exhibit new plants on Sparsholt College’s exhibit.Dutch growers such as Florist Holland hope to exhibit on a Birmingham Council exhibit, which has not been confirmed.Millais, APHA, Hillier and Medwyn Williams are also set to exhibit in the pavilion alongside dozens of the regular nurseries. ... https://www.hortweek.com/top-designers-return-2019-rhs-chelsea-flower-show-children-theme-emerges/landscape/article/1497566