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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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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... https://www.kentucky.com/news/local/article223514825.html
Silver Lake says goodbye to Tokio Florist and a Japanese-American legacy - The Eastsider LATuesday, January 08, 2019
Silver Lake — Bargain hunters, neighbors and old friends swarmed over the 100-year-old Tudor-style home that for decades housed the Kozawa family and their business – Tokio Florist.An estate sale provided an opportunity to explore the overgrown grounds and creaky house on Hyperion Avenue that has intrigued passersby in the busy commercial hub.Wedged between Jersey Mike’s and the Trader Joe’s parking lot, the two-story home is mostly hidden from view by shrubs, trees and other greenery. Out front, a faded and rusted Tokio Florist sign rises above the sidewalk.On Friday afternoon, Susie Kozawa watched as strangers wandered through the house she grew up in with her parents and grandmother. The visitors sorted through boxes and displays of everything from kitchenware and old Playboy magazines to pieces of Bauer pottery and florist ribbons, vases and other supplies.“It’s a privilege to be in the house,” one woman told Kozawa. “I’ve seen this house not knowing [what was inside] when I went to Trader Joe’s. All this, oh my god, it’s so fabulous, so wonderful.”Tokio Florist was originally loca... https://www.theeastsiderla.com/2018/11/silver-lake-says-goodbye-to-tokio-florist-and-a-japanese-american-legacy/
Citizen of the Year: Catlins fantastic florist - Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteTuesday, January 08, 2019
CATLIN — What happens when you want to congratulate someone with flowers, but that person is your go-to florist?"Starbucks gift cards work just as well," Cheri Welsh said, breaking into a grin.The longtime Catlin resident and business owner was selected as the 2018 Citizen of the Year. She'll be honored at a banquet today, which is also her birthday."Cheri is an integral part of this community," said Mark Stutsman, president of the Catlin Lions Club, which has put on the banquet every year but once since 1954.He nominated her for her "tireless" volunteerism in the village and throughout Vermilion County.That's included serving on the Catlin Sesquicentennial Committee; helping to launch and put on the annual Christmas Tree Celebration; hanging red, white and blue buntings on downtown buildings for Memorial Day and the Fourth of July; planting the village's flower pots and serving as a class and prom sponsor for several years; sponsoring Little League teams; serving on the Catlin Historical Society; sponsoring the Georgetown Fair Princess Tea and directing the talent contest; and decorating for the Danville Symphony Orchestra gala, among other things.Welsh is also a member of the Catlin Church of Christ and helped establish its backpack program, which provided Salt Fork North Elementary students from low-income families with snacks on the weekend. The program is on hiatus this year, but Welsh hopes to restart it soon."She's always willing to help out," Stutsman said. "She does a lot of behind-the-scene things that people don't even realize she does."Because Welsh is so involved in the community, most assume she's always been there. Actually, she grew up in Lockport and came... http://www.news-gazette.com/noelle-mcgee/2018-11-01/citizen-the-year-catlins-fantastic-florist.html
Longue Vue hosts Banksy of flowers Lewis Miller, master of guerrilla floral design - The AdvocateTuesday, January 08, 2019
That’s what they’re meant to do.”“Doing very well” is a bit of an understatement. Miller has been the florist of choice for events as diverse as a “Babylonian Garden Party” staged in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as a picnic in Central Park inspired by Georges Seurat’s pointillist masterpiece “A Sunday Afternoon.” Vogue, Flower, Forbes, Haute Living, Architectural Digest and The New Yorker (calling him the “Banksy of Flowers”) have all written about the “renegade” “guerrilla” floral designer in the last 12 months.Miller won’t be in New Orleans long enough to create a "flower flash," a feat usually accomplished in 45 minutes under cover of darkness. +6 img src="data:image/png;base64,iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAAQAAAADCAQAAAAe/WZNAAAAEElEQVR42mM8U88ABowYDABAxQPltt5zqAAAAABJRU5ErkJggg==" alt="Lewis Miller 3.jpg" class="img-responsive lazyload full" width="1241" height="1238" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/theadvocate.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/81/3813b46e-d94b-11e8-b6ef-1f9406db2839/5bd359ec231a5.image.jpg?resize=200%2C200 200w, https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/theadvocate.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/3/81/3813b46e-d94b-11e8-b6ef-1f9406db2839/5bd359ec231a5.image.jpg?resize=30... https://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/entertainment_life/arts/article_d2abe736-d94a-11e8-8c4c-9ba946986727.html