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'Shark Tank' investment Alice's Table blossoms in Cape Coral, Southwest Florida - The News-PressTuesday, May 01, 2018
Beck is the second in Florida to sign on, the other in St. Petersburg.Peggy Davis, of Bonita Springs, celebrated her birthday with two daughters, Tara Adragna of Naples and Danielle Maiero of Bonita Springs, at the ice cream shop."I'm a flower fanatic," she said. "This was fantastic.""Shark Tank" investors play with flowers for Alice's Table. (Photo: Courtesy photo)Alice's Table joins the ranks of painting on canvas, jewelry making and personalizing wine glasses among the friends nights out in Southwest Florida. The franchises of national chains set up at homes, restaurants, bars and community centers for nights out where they provide instruction and all the needed materials to create art."I saw Alice's Table on 'Shark Tank' when it aired in January," Beck said. "And when I wanted to take a class, I went onto the website and noticed there wasn't a single class listed for Florida. Since I was really interested, I sent an email to Alice and less than a month later, I became the Southwest Florida event exec."She is pleased with the initial response, with classes at Anthony's on the Boulevard in Cape Coral, private classes at Shell Point in Fort Myers and bookings for bridal showers, holidays and even themed events. Petals and Pilates is a pilates class on May 11 followed by the Alice's Table floral arranging class with snacks sponsored by Kind. A second one will be held an afternoon on May 12 at Lynq restaurant called "Mom's Day Out at the Lynq," which includes a complimentary glass of Champagne. A return to Tipsy Cow is set for May 20. "People are looking for more relaxing activities to do around town — and this one really uses the sense of touch, sight and smell," Beck said.The attendees don aprons to protect their clothing, and get a brief introduction to flo...
Holiday traditions continue with The Nutcracker at Bridges - Claremont CourierTuesday, November 28, 2017
You don’t want to miss these inspiring dancers who all bring fresh and unique qualities to their roles.”The Nutcracker was first presented in 1892 at the Maryinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. The ballet was an adaptation of the 1816 story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, by E.T.A. Hoffman. The ballet was choreographed by Lev Ivanov with music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Marius Petipa, the reigning choreographer at the Maryinsky, fell ill, so the job passed to Ivanov. Tchaikovsky only reluctantly accepted the commission to compose the score which, when completed, he considered “infinitely worse than Sleeping Beauty.”At the premiere, the ballet was deemed a complete failure. More than 60 years and many productions would pass before The Nutcracker would become a staple of the repertoire in ballet companies around the world and one of the universal traditions of the holiday season.IPB’s educational outreach program, “A Young Person’s Guide to the Ballet,” is back this season for students from local area schools. Students are encouraged to participate in simple movement activities in their seats and then view the professional ballet performance, followed by a question and answer session. Teachers also have access to a free study guide to continue the conversation back in the classroom with pre- and post-performance activities aligned through the California State Content Standards for Dance, California Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and the California English Language Development Standards. For many of these students, this will be the first time they get to experience live performance art, being in a theater and learning about ballet.Children’s tickets for IPB’s The Nutcracker start at $23, senior tickets start at $38 and adult tickets start at $41, with premium seats at $59. Group discounts are available.Performances take place from December 9 and 10 at 2 p.m. and December 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Bridges Auditorium at Pomona College, 450 N. College Way, in Claremont.Additional regional performances are offered on December 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and December 16 and 17 at 2 p.m. at Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga; and December 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and December 23 at 2 p.m. at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside.For more information or to purchase tickets, visit ipballet.org.
Roots in Bloom entrepreneur returns to her rootsTuesday, August 28, 2018
ARION — Cassie Hammarmeister’s new business is rooted in her pursuit of wellness.Long Para:1 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 26-- On Aug. 1, Hammarmeister opened Roots in Bloom, a florist and wellness business in a historic Marion home.Long Para:2 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 26-- “It’s all very personal,” Hammarmeister said of the path that led her to the new business. “It’s scary to put it out there, but maybe it will help set someone else free.”Long Para:3 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 26-- After Hammarmeister completed a floriculture program at Kirkwood Community College, she worked at a couple smaller flower shops before taking a manager position at a large florist in the Corridor.Long Para:4 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 26-- “I was running a business and dealing with personal stuff in my 20s,” she said. “I didn’t appreciate working with nature.”Long Para:5 Long Pra Total: 17 Total Para Total: 26-- It was those personal issues, including chronic back pain and struggles with anxiety and depression, that drew her to a new career as a wellness practitioner. In 2011, she attended Carlson College to become a licensed massage therapist.Long Para:6 Long Pra Total: 17 Tot... https://www.thegazette.com/subject/news/business/roots-in-bloom-marion-iowa-florist-wellness-corridor-cbd-yoga-20180827
Do You Have a License for That Bouquet?Tuesday, August 28, 2018
But on a more prosaic point of public policy, Louisiana is a less flattering outlier. It’s the only state in the union that requires florists to pass a licensing exam before they can make and sell flower arrangements. And the local florist is but a poster child for Louisiana’s extensive licensing laws, which have proved particularly resistant to reform. On paper at least, outdated licensing rules ought to be easy to repeal. Louisiana these days is a reliably red state, with voters typically skeptical of activist government. The lone Democrat in statewide elective office, Gov. John Bel Edwards, won in 2015 only after an election widely viewed as a fluke. His Republican rival, then- Sen. David Vitter, had previously been linked to a Washington escort service. Since becoming governor, Mr. Edwards has continued to highlight his conservative sympathies, including pro-gun and antiabortion stances. This spring, trying to burnish his free-market credentials, he backed a legislative push to do away with the florist exam. This could have been a first step toward broader reforms of the state’s licensing practices. Groups that usually butt heads with Mr. Edwards, such as the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, cheered the prospect. “Occupational licenses are essentially government permission slips to work in certain professions,” John Kay, a state director of Americans for Prosperity, wrote in a March op-ed. “In Louisiana, it costs an average of $360 in fees and 202 days of education and experience to obtain an occupational license. For many in our state, particularly the least fortunate, those are insurmountable obstacles and therefore act as barriers to enter certain occupations.” Louisiana’s regulation of florists began in 1950, perhaps not coincidentally under the governorship of the flamboyant machine politician ... https://www.wsj.com/articles/do-you-have-a-license-for-that-bouquet-1535147773
FIORE florist grew business out of grit and hustleTuesday, August 28, 2018
Florist Shannon Pallin, owner of FIORE on Main Street in Pensacola, offers far more than exquisite and unique flowers and arrangements. She also designs, styles and executes chic events including weddings, parties, and other events in Pensacola and across the Gulf Coast. The unexpected journey from scrappy college-aged entrepreneur to New York florist to downtown Pensacola business owner took a lot of drive and persistence. Pallin’s 25 years of experience is comprehensive and hard-earned. She quit college at the age of 19 to open her first floral shop, All Occasions. “I told my dad, ‘I’m going to drop out of college and open a flower shop.’ He said, ‘No, you’re not,’ and I said, ‘Yes, I am.’ And I did. I had some flyers made, got on my bicycle and rode around La Jolla, an affluent community near San Diego where we lived, putting flyers on the windshields of Mercedes Benz and Rolls Royce’s, offering to sell flowers, do home decor design and help with events. My grandparents helped me get my business off the ground,” Pallin said. Her parents met in Pensacola — her mother lived here and her father was a pilot in the U.S. Navy. When Pallin and her brother... https://www.pnj.com/story/life/2018/08/25/pensacola-florist-grew-fiore-business-out-grit-and-hustle/1070517002/
College floristry department in running for national awardsTuesday, August 28, 2018
A college floristry department is celebrating being nominated for two national awards. East Durham College is thrilled that due to an incredible year it has been nominated for two awards in the British Floral Association (BFA) Industry Awards 2018.We really have had an amazing year in the floristry departmentSue LeeThe college, which offers floristry courses at the Houghall campus in Durham, has been nominated as floristry Training Provider of the Year.Rebecca Hough, floristry lecturer at East Durham College, has also been nominated for Floristry Tutor of the Year.Earlier this year, lecturer Rebecca, from Peterlee, won the highly prestigious title of Chelsea Florist of the Year 2018 at the Chelsea Flower Show.The college’s students have also seen great success, with two students also competing for the Chelsea Florist title.Students have attended competitions including NECTA and the Harrogate Show.At NECTA, students achieved three gold, three silver and three bronze medals, w... https://www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk/news/college-floristry-department-in-running-for-national-awards-1-9294309
Flowers by Pesha finds room to grow in TroyTuesday, August 28, 2018
TROY, N.Y. >> Celebrated Capital Region florist Flowers by Pesha now has a new home at The News Apartments. The downtown flower shop recently relocated to a storefront at 501 Broadway, the former Record building, from its previous location on lower River Street. A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Thursday to officially mark the occasion. PHOTOS: Flowers by PeshaOwner Pesha King and her husband Mark King were surrounded by friends, family, customers, community members and local dignitaries, all congratulating the couple and welcoming them into their new space. AdvertisementAfter eight years on River Street, Pesha and Mark decided to move their business to The News Apartments after searching the downtown Troy area for a more convenient location within the Business Improvement District.“We were always drawn to the upper Broadway area, since it has been one of the up-and-coming spots downtown,” Mark said in a press release. “As we watched the transformation of the Troy Record building,... http://www.troyrecord.com/article/TR/20180826/NEWS/180829849