Ashburn Flower Shop News
The versatile DC investor with a buzzy nonprofit - Washington Post - Washington PostTuesday, August 01, 2017
About half a dozen full-timers run the day-to-day operations from an office in Ashburn, assigning 75 staffers to clients. Price bought a Virginia franchise in 2016 for about $350,000, including working capital. He expects it to earn around $2 million in revenue this year and double that by 2019, throwing off a 10 percent profit. The Rockville native gets his entrepreneurial bug from his grandfather, who sold whiskey from a still he had hidden in the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina.His great-grandfather was an Italian immigrant and roadbuilder who coined the family aphorism that it’s “better to sell apples on the corner than work for The Man.”Price’s father ran an excavating firm in Washington, where Price worked before attending the University of Maryland. He graduated summa cum laude in 1980 with an accounting degree.The guy was ambitious. Upon entering Maryland, he set his...
Arlene Earl, Flower Lady of the Great Lakes, dies at 78 - Detroit Free PressTuesday, March 28, 2017
I’ve ever met in my life," she said. "She was so well-loved by everyone … just made people laugh. Very spunky. Never a dull moment in mom’s life."Earl's sister, Linda Engel Washburn, said she was grateful Earl is now at peace.“She was just amazing and remarkable and had perseverance for being a dynamic business women, a giver, a heart of gold,” Washburn said. "Just a golden girl."?Related: Freighters sound a salute, Flower Lady sends her thanksEarl's great-grandfather founded Chris Engel's Greenhouse in 1883 in southwest Detroit. The shop was handed down through the generations, and Earl grew up in the business. She ran the shop until recent years, traveling the 90-minute route daily from Harsens to Woodmere Street.In the '80s, Earl wrote letters to captains asking them to sound a salute as the ships passed her house. She did so for a very special reason.When the ships began honoring her request, she showed her thanks by sending bouquets from her flower shop."I was brought up in a world that if somebody gave you something, you thanked them," she said in 2014. "How many people are out there today who will give you anything?"This giving quickly grew beyond a one-time deal. Before long, Earl was sending flowers through the J.W. Westcott mail boat about five times a year, around the major holidays. Folks at the Westcott, a business in the shadow of the Ambassador Bridge that has been around even longer than the flower shop, were happy to accommodate."We would probably put flowers on as many as 50 or 60 vessels, when she brought in the batches, like at spring fit out and Father's Day and Thanksgiving," said Paul Jagenow, a longtime Westcott employee.The mail boat would motor out to the center of the river, sidle alongside the massive freighters and hand up the bouquets just like the mail — by putting them into a bucket that would then be hoisted high above to the towering ships.The flowers "always put a smile on their face," Jagenow said in 2014. The sailors flooded Earl with letters and thank you notes.In recent years, the flower deliveries slowed as Earl struggled with her health. Her sister believes the last time Earl was able to send bouquets was around Father's Day 2015.Earl overcame breast cancer, but then contracted brain cancer. She lived alone on Harsens Island after her husband, Dick, died in 2010. The couple was known for legendary parties with family and friends. Besides Kapanowski, they had two sons, Chris and Richard Jr.The Interlake Steamship Co., which owns nine freighters that haul iron ore and coal on the Great Lakes, posted ... http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/12/21/arlene-earl-flower-lady-great-lakes/95700266/
DIY holiday gift ideas and the classes to take to make them - Philly.comTuesday, December 06, 2016
The key is using greens and natural materials, said Bryn Ashburn, graphics and media coordinator for Greensgrow in Kensington and West Philadelphia. "Our audience in particular wants to know where their food comes from, cares about sustainability, and doing it yourself means you aren't dealing with all the packaging and the things that go along with what you buy."The experience also allows you more than the chance to check an item off your to-do list. "You can come to the farm, see the pig, go to the farm stand. You're in a place that's really green - it's a nicer atmosphere," she said.Though it helps to have an eye, the professional florist will share insider tips on balance, textures, and arranging.Holiday centerpiece workshop, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Greensgrow West, 5123 Baltimore Ave., 267-244-4441, www.greensgrow.org.Herbal remedies. Give your loved one the know-how and materials to beat the winter blues or flus with personally crafted herbal remedies. Rather than having the gift-giver create the blends and tinctures, Terra Luna, a smal... http://www.philly.com/philly/home/20161202_DIY_holiday_gift_ideas_and_the_classes_to_take_to_make_them.html
2016 Best of Topeka: University Flowers - Topeka Capital JournalTuesday, September 27, 2016
Cliff Wright and Steve Gleason.For 25 years, Wright and Gleason have operated the floral business, near the northeast corner of Washburn University. The shop originally was on the north side of S.W. 17th Street and moved to 1700 S.W. Washburn Ave. in 2000.The shop sells single-stem flowers — 200 to one customer in a day is the record — as well as floral arrangements and plants. They supplement their supply with irises, peonies and other blooms grown at their home.“Steve and I handle every flower,” Wright said.Their best-seller? Stargazer lilies.Gleason is known for his creative, personalized designs — a recent casket spray incorporated cowboy boots and blue carnations. The shop also sells home décor items and antique furniture and glassware.Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day find Wright and Gleason working overtime to fill orders. And for years, the florists have set the stage for local high school and university commencements and other special community events.Their most high-profile — and nerve-wracking — undertaking? A Kansas Expocentre stage from where first lady Michelle Obama delivered a televised address to local high school graduates in May 2014.“We got great reviews from the Washington people,” Wright said.— Jan Bilesfloristtopekaks.com1st runner-up: Porterf... http://cjonline.com/life/2016-09-23/2016-best-topeka-university-flowers
2 Teens Rob Flower Shop in Dulles Town Center: LCSO - Patch.comTuesday, September 20, 2016
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Grafton Floral's Larew recognized at the 2018 Teleflora Unit President's Meeting - Mountain StatesmanSunday, February 11, 2018
Vancouver, BC, Canada. Sheila also raised $3,000 in scholarship money, which is the highest amount raised for all of the units. This scholarship money could send up to three people from West Virginia to attend a professional training, of their choice, at the Teleflora Scholarship academy.Because of the awards Larew won, she said she believed West Virginia was well represented.“I really enjoyed this year’s meeting and felt proud that West Virginia was recognized,” expressed Larew.Each unit was required to bring something that was made in their state. Florists, who presented, had to state their name, what they brought, and what it meant to their home state.Larew brought “WV marbles,” which were made out of Paden City, West Virginia. Each little bag of marbles had a note on it that read, “Just in case you think you’re losing your marbles…you can find them in West Virginia.”The meeting wasn’t all just work; the attendees were also treated to an evening of fun.“One of the benefits of attending the President’s meeting is the ‘mystery night,’” shared Larew. “All of the units Presidents were put on a bus to a surprise event and this year’s event was a live production of Aladdin presented at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre.”Larew revealed that Teleflora pays for all expenses for this event.While in Los Angeles, Larew was able to enjoy another favorite pastime.“I went to the Price is Right. I didn’t get up on stage, but it was a lot of fun,” Larew said.Teleflora is always continuing education and looking forward to a great 2018.“Teleflora encourages members to join the Teleflora board and taking advantage of the great opportunities as a board member as I have,” said Larew.She reported that she is having a show in Brideport for Teleflora on April 9.“Everyone is welcome to attend. We would love to see you there,” she commented.Please contact Larew at 304-265-4260 for more information.
What does the one you love really want for Valentine's Day; how much do most people spend? - WYFF GreenvilleSunday, February 11, 2018
Google search data. Most of the favorite gifts were to be expected, but some that made the top five were surprising. In Kansas, a flask made the top five gifts list, while in Connecticut, Virginia, Texas and both North and South Carolina, Yeti coolers were in the top five. Pedicures made the top five most popular list in Georgia, Hawaii, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.Flickr, RaySunglasses made the top five list in several states, including Alaska, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Evening though chocolates and roses dominated the list, in Wyoming, gummy bears made the top five, while Oreos were big in Iowa and North Dakota. The first-place choices for Valentine’s Day gifts in each state were: Alabama: ChocolatesAlaska: Engagement ringsArizona: RosesArkansas: RosesCalifornia: RosesColorado: RosesConnecticut: ChocolatesDelaware: Engagement ringsFlorida: RosesGeorgia: ChocolatesHawaii: RosesIdaho: RosesIllinois: RosesIndiana: SunglassesIowa: RosesKansas: RosesKentucky: RosesLouisiana: RosesMaine: RosesMaryland: ChocolatesMassachusetts: RosesMichigan: ChocolatesMinnesota: RosesMississippi: ChocolatesMissouri: RosesMontana: Box of chocolatesNebraska: RosesNevada: Box of chocolatesNew Hampshire : Diamond braceletNew Jersey: Box of chocolatesNew Mexico: Bouquet of rosesNew York: RosesNorth Carolina: Flower bouquetNorth Dakota: Flower bouquetOhio: Wedding bouquetOklahoma: Teddy bearOregon Flower: BouquetPennsylvania: Bouquet of rosesRhode Island: Aquamarine ringsSouth Carolina: Chocolate trufflesSouth Dakota: Gold stud earringsTennessee: Bouquet of rosesTexas: Flower BouquetUtah: RosesVermont: Men’s ringsVirginia: Flower bouquetWashington: Box of chocolatesWest Virginia: SunglassesWisconsin: Bouquet of rosesWyoming: PerfumePro Flowers... http://www.wyff4.com/article/what-does-the-one-you-love-really-want-for-valentines-day-how-much-do-most-people-spend/16573899
Top Florist in Northern VA, OpenBlooms, Partners with Celebrity Chef Santosh Tiptur for Valentine's Day - BenzingaSunday, February 11, 2018
OpenBlooms, the premier flower delivery company in Virginia, has announced a collaboration with Celebrity Chef Santosh Tiptur to create an exclusive gift offering for the 2018 Valentine's Day, featuring handcrafted chocolates and long stem roses.(PRWEB) February 06, 2018 Top northern Virginia florist and flower delivery service, OpenBlooms, has announced a collaboration with Celebrity Chef Santosh Tiptur to provide an exclusive Valentine's Day gift offering, the Bouquet di Amore. The exclusive offering will be available through OpenBlooms.com and also offered free to the winner of a specially crafted Valentine's Day Story Contest, which will be promoted on the OpenBlooms Facebook page.For his part of the collaboration, Chef Santosh created an exclusive set of handcrafted chocolates, each made in small batches and with no preservatives. OpenBlooms is providing a stunning bouquet wrap featuring a dozen 50cm red roses accented with eucalyptus and ruscus."By partnering with Chef Santosh, we're able to bring a unique experience to our cu...
Flowers are a passion for Hannah Warfield at Brown's Floral Design - ThetribunepapersSunday, February 11, 2018
After graduating from Appalachian State in 2002, Hannah managed the grounds and wedding/events at Tuckahoe Plantation, the boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson in Richmond, Virginia. (www.tuckahoeplantation.com) There she tended 7 acres of formal estate gardens, cutting gardens for wholesale and fell in love with historic garden restoration. Her career at Tuckahoe grew to include managing weddings and developing her talent for wedding floral design, using flowers from the historic gardens and grounds.With this type of professional background, when Hannah first moved here, she worked as a landscape consultant for homes in Biltmore Forest, where she advised on the care of mature gardens, reviving and rejuvenating them. In fact, she still enjoys garden consultation, helping clients see the potential in their own backyard.The emphasis at Brown’s is in providing beautiful bouquets of flowers for all kinds of occasions—birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, funerals, and many other occasions—through her shop. For example on the table nearby was a wrist corsage for a father-daughter dance Saturday night. It certainly displayed an artistic touch for a special occasion. On a more somber note, Hannah said, “She has found it a meaningful part of her work to arrange flowers for someone’s passing, for the funerals or graveside services.” She herself has experienced some difficult personal losses in the last few years so can empathize with the sorrow and is sensitive to needs of families during difficult times. She often helps with the flowers at West Funeral Home & Memorial nearby in Weaverville. Her arrangements are delicate and unique with a choice of flowers not often seen together.For unique varieties of the freshest and most beautiful cut flowers Hannah either grows them herself or supports a number of local famers like the Never Ending Flower Farm of Kurt & Loretta Ball in Barnardsville or the Flourish Flower Farm in Candler by Niki and William Irving. Of course their floral offerings change with the season, but the flower quality is exceptional. The blooms haven’t traveled for weeks to get to this area so will undoubtedly stay fresh and last longer. She particularly likes to incorporate fra... http://www.thetribunepapers.com/2018/02/01/flowers-are-a-passion-for-hannah-warfield-at-browns-floral-design/