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This Flower Shop Won't Let You Buy Online Unless You Reject White Supremacy - DNAinfoTuesday, October 24, 2017
Nazism or racial superiority, Dyme said.The message comes after a weekend that saw white nationalists — some bearing Confederate flags and torches — march at the University of Virginia and in Charlottesville, Virginia. One woman was killed when a driver ran over a crowd of counter-protesters, and two officers died in a helicopter crash while monitoring the rally and counter-protest.RELATED: Chicagoans Against White Supremacists Protest At Trump TowerIt isn't controversial to reject Nazism or white supremacy, Dyme said, but some people feel like their more progressive views are "under attack." He's hoping Flowers for Dreams can make them more comfortable in their values."People feel a little more vulnerable about their ideas ..." after the weekend's events, Dyme said. "We want to reinforce and reiterate our values that we shouldn't feel like we're under attack. These are shared values from many, many, many people — the vast majority."Flowers for Dreams is dedicated to using its business to "advance causes we care about," Dyme said. It hosted a promotion to send flowers to refugees last year, and it's donated nearly $200,000 to local charities in recent years, according to its website."Our customers tend to use their dollars to express their values," Dyme said. "We want to be a leader in that. [Rejecting Nazism] is not that controversial."...
Florist trades LoHi for Wash Park - BusinessDenTuesday, October 24, 2017
Denver Debutant Ball at the Brown Palace Hotel last winter and will again this year.Another florist, Flower Power, is moving one block west of its current location at 2101 E. Virginia Ave. this November.About the author: Lynn Yen View all posts by Lynn YenLynn is a reporter who covers the restaurant industry, startups and real estate. She is a graduate from the University of Nebraska. She can be reached at Lynn@BusinessDen.com. http://www.businessden.com/2017/10/02/florist-gets-air-new-wash-park-digs/
Support piling up in Arlene's Flowers request for Supreme Court review - Tri-City HeraldTuesday, September 26, 2017
Supreme Court by 14 states or their governors. They include Arkansas, Alabama, Arizona, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin.Among the groups that filed friend-of-the court briefs were the Cato Institute, Becket Fund for Religious Freedom, the Restoring Religious Freedom Project and the Thomas More Society.Stutzman and her corporation were sued by Washington state’s attorney general, Bob Ferguson, and the American Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed, who were refused flower arrangements for their wedding.Stutzman, a Southern Baptist, said she declined her services not because of Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed’s sexual orientation, but because of her religious views on marriage. She argued that arranging flowers is artistic expression protected under the First Amendment.“As a Christian, weddings have a particular significance,” she wrote in an op-ed for The Seattle Times. “I just couldn’t see a way clear in my heart to honor God with the talents He has given me by going against the word He has given us.”But the state Supreme Court justices affirmed the 2015 ruling in Benton County Superior Court. They unanimously agreed that the owner of Arlene’s Flowers violated Washington’s anti-discrimination law and the Consumer Protection Act by declining to provide services based on sexual orientation.If the U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear the florist’s case, friends-of-the-court briefs also are likely to be filed in support of the couple denied service. Many briefs were filed supporting the couple and the state of Washington when the case went to the state Supreme Court.“Religious freedom is a fundamental part of America,” said Kathleen Taylor, executive director of ACLU of Washington. “But religious beliefs do not give any of us a right to ignore the law or to harm others because of who they are.”When people experience discrimination, they feel they are not full and equal members of our society, she said. http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article169702567.html
The fall harvest has arrived at local farmers markets - Washington PostTuesday, September 26, 2017
Yes, you pay more than at the Giant but the food is local; farmers come to the D.C. area from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware.Lois Allensworth departs her 150-acre farm in Leedstown, Va., before dawn in a truck loaded with tomatoes, garlic and eggplant. She leaves around 4 a.m. to make it to Falls Church with enough time to set up her “Lois’s Produce” stand. The early birds start flowing in at 8 a.m., and the morning goes by fast.She’s been hawking her vegetables, grown in the rich soil of the Northern Neck, at the Falls Church Farmers Market since it first opened in 1984.“We grow a variety of vegetables and even supply Whole Foods with melons. Our prize product is probably tomatoes. We are not an ‘organic’ farm but use the least amount of fertilizer and pesticides as possible,” Allensworth said.As the consumer trend of eating more local and sustainably grown food has mounted, the number of farmers markets exploded in the 2000s. “There were 8,268 farmers markets operating in 2014, up 180 percent since 2006,” NPR said. But according to the USDA, the growth has plateaued lately because the market for locally grown food has become saturated. This is actually believed to be a good thing and is related to the maturation of farmers markets.So head out this weekend to your neighborhood farmers market and take part in the fall bounty our region provides. But before you go, check out the mouthwatering pictures below for a flavor of what’s available at the award-winning Falls Church Farmers Market.A worker at Lois’s Produce stand hands a customer an eggplant. (John Hopewell)Purple okra turns green after being cooked but they are still delicious in a gumbo, or breaded and fried. (John Hopewell)Shoppers enjoy free samples of ju...
Chamber Business of the Week: Magnolia Blossom Florist - MagnoliareporterTuesday, September 12, 2017
Learnin’ Tree greeting cards, silk flowers, home décor, plush stuffed animals, balloons and Old Virginia scented candles are available.Call 870-901-7933 or 1-866-901-7933.Magnolia Blossom Florist can deliver worldwide. Daily floral deliveries are made to funeral homes.CLICK HERE to visit the Magnolia Blossom Florist website. http://www.magnoliareporter.com/news_and_business/local_business/article_45db315e-8243-11e7-85d2-176cf79b97b2.html