Local Flower Shop News
Some West Texas merchants donate wedding for Air Force groom - LubbockOnline.comTuesday, August 15, 2017
SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) — White linens, blue flowers and period piano music from the 1940s filled the Cactus Hotel on Saturday for a donated wedding to remember.The San Angelo Standard-Times reports as bride Sarah Davenport walked down the historic aisle, lined with flickering candles and rose petals, groom Jeffrey Mercado, an active-duty military member stationed at Goodfellow Air Force Base, couldn’t contain the wide smile on his face.Although the Cactus Hotel holds countless weddings every year, this one was unique, because it was entirely cost-free for the bride and groom.“Except for them buying their own personal items, like garters and toasting glasses, they haven’t been out one penny,” said Tinker Keeney, owner of local wedding-planning business Happily Ever After.Keeney, the organizer of the event, had been trying for several years to coordinate a donated wedding for a local military member, when the base put her in touch with Mercado and Davenport in November 2016.“They had pla... http://lubbockonline.com/news/texas/2017-07-11/some-west-texas-merchants-donate-wedding-air-force-groom
Local Florist Awarded Top 1000 - myfoxzone.comTuesday, May 02, 2017
Local floral shop awarded top marks for quality and customer service. (Photo: JJ Maldonado, KIDY)SAN ANGELO, TX - Bouquets Unique Florist was recognized for outstanding service, and the top 1000 of floral operations of the Teleflora Network. A network that links many floral shops across the country. "There are other shops that are bigger than us but my goal isn't to be the biggest shop our goal is to have more happy customers," Becky Pena, owner of Bouquets Unique Florist, said. The award recognizes the top 1000 floral shops in more than a network of 30,000. "It means that not only did we fill a lot of orders for Teleflora, but all these different flower shops, but we had a really good ranking in terms of quality," she said.Pena has owned the shop for more than 10 years and says she's happy to see her small shop blossoming. "To do what I can to satisfy everybody, to make sure their flowers are beautiful whether it's here or across the country or around the world," she said. © 2017 KIDY-TV... http://www.myfoxzone.com/news/local-florist-awarded-top-1000/435848845
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
Arizona Flower Market Encourages Random Acts of Kindness by Giving Away Free Flower BunchesTuesday, October 30, 2018
Wednesday October 24th. The free flowers are being given away in celebration of Petal it Forward, a floral industry event that spans all 50 states created by SAF (Society of American Florists). Florists all over the country are excited about sharing the feel-good proposition of giving away free flowers in their communities and encouraging the recipients to "pay it forward" by giving away flowers. Arizona Flower Market is giving away not one, but two FREE Daisy bunches to the first 300 customers who come in the flower market on Wednesday October 24th. No purchase necessary. Continue Reading Arizona Family Florist hosts their 4th annual Petal it Forward Free Flower Giveaway. Every customer receives 2 free daisy bunches, one to keep, one to "Petal it Forward" to someone else just to brighten their day!
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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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
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/