Local Flower Shop News
For love and for money, more seniors are staying employed - Midland Reporter-TelegramTuesday, October 24, 2017
Earlier this year, he opened a bed and breakfast."I never really wanted to retire," said Forrest, a 1954 graduate of Marshfield High School in Coos Bay. "I looked around when I was growing up, and anytime someone retired, they were dead in a couple of months; that's the way it seemed."Seniors are living far longer than past generations, and many of them still show up for work well past expected retirement age. Some work for themselves and others punch the clock, too busy to let aches and pains spoil their fun. Others find themselves back in the workforce to fill retirement plan gaps.The post-World War II baby boom between 1946 and 1964 produced 74.1 million births. Oregon Employment Department research by regional economist Guy Tauer reveals the percentage of people 55 and older in the Oregon labor market rose to about 40 percent in 2016 from about 30 percent in 1997. In the fourth quarter of 2016, nearly 18 percent — or about 15,500 — Jackson County workers ranged from 55 to 64 years old. Another 7 percent were older than 65.Tauer suggests as fewer people collect pensions after working for one company or organization throughout their career, workers are staying on the job longer."Housing costs are rising much faster than income; health care and insurance are going up," Tauer said. "All those things keep people engaged in the labor force longer, because they... http://www.mrt.com/news/article/For-love-and-for-money-more-seniors-are-staying-12242790.php
Marshfield Dana-Farber patient featured in floral fundraiser - Wicked Local MarshfieldMonday, March 06, 2017
Mary Whitfill The Patriot Ledger
MARSHFIELD – Customers shopping for flowers at Stop & Shop in three states will be able to see the artwork and read stories of Marshfield resident Tommy Scardina, a 10-year-old with NUT midline carcinoma.The Dana-Farber patient was chosen as a Jimmy Fund Clinic Patient Partner for the Ambassador Kids Flower Bouquet fundraiser, and will be featured on in-store floral display boxes in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island through April 19. His drawings, as well as information about his cancer diagnosis and hobbies, are included on the boxes.“He was one of two children chosen for this and they wanted to do a spring portrait, so he did some flowers and rainbows,” Tommy’s mom Tamika Scardina said. “He really wanted to be able to give back.”Scardina started a treatment plan for his rare cancer last summer, and went through 27 weeks of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation. He had his first clear scan at the end of December after being diagnosed in June of 2016. He returned to sch... http://marshfield.wickedlocal.com/news/20170306/marshfield-dana-farber-patient-featured-in-floral-fundraiser
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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Swonks Flower Shop, downtown for 91 years, will close Saturday - Battle Creek EnquirerTuesday, January 08, 2019
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/
Enderby florist pick of B.C.'s crop - Princeton Similkameen Spotlight - Similkameen SpotlightTuesday, January 08, 2019
An Enderby florist is again blooming as one of B.C.’s best.Crocus Floral Design has picked up the award for Best Wedding Florist- Overall, for the second year in a row at the B.C. Professional Wedding Awards.See: Enderby florist wins Best in B.C. Owner Janice Robillard“So honoured to be chosen as B.C.’s Best Wedding Florist Overall,” said owner Janice Robillard.The winning design came from a wedding with Kelowna’s Vintage Origami Weddings, a finalist in the awards.“This was the best wedding ever with the most amazing team of people involved,” said Robillard. “We are all winners.”From the photographer, “who captured the hearts of the judges I am sure,” to the, “fantastic bride and groom,” and Vintage Origami’s decor. “who’s dreams and visions are always a pleasure to create.”Crocus Floral Design opened five years ago in the North Okanagan and has since been recognized locally and provincially.See:... https://www.similkameenspotlight.com/business/enderby-florist-pick-of-b-c-s-crop/
Bright and Beautiful Flowers in Dereham under new ownership | Latest Dereham News - Dereham TimesTuesday, January 08, 2019
Dereham, based on Wellington Road.It comes after the previous owner, Claire Brightwell, was forced to sell the business following health concerns which left her unable to continue working as a florist.Ms Crummett, a former Neatherd High pupil, lives just outside of Dereham and has been working as a florist for more than 30 years.“I’ve always enjoyed floristry,” she said. “My parents were gardeners and my passion for the job developed from their love of nature.”The mother-of-three first began her career working Saturdays in a florist shop and went on to study at Oatley College in Wisbech, near King’s Lynn.She added: “After I had my family, I worked part time. Now that the children are older, it’s a great opportunity to have a shop of my own - a life long ambition fulfilled.“I want to keep up the great reputation the shop already has, while working on expanding the wedding flowers side of the business.”The independent shop has been trading from its town centre location since October 2013 and has gone from strength to strength. It will continue trading as the same name under the ownership of Ms Crummett.Well wishers have already been quick to wish the new owner the best of luck with her new venture and have taken to Facebook to share their messages.Bright and Beautiful Flowers will also continue to sell tickets for Dereham Memorial Hall.- For more information search for Bright and Beautiful Flowers on Facebook or visit the website www.brightandbeautifulflowers.co.uk.- Do you think Dereham has a good mix of independent shops in the town or would you like to see more of them? Write to The Community Editor, Dereham and Fakenham Times, Office 440, Breckland Business Centre, Saint Withburga Lane, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1FD or email firstname.lastname@example.org. ... https://www.derehamtimes.co.uk/news/bright-and-beautiful-flowers-in-dereham-under-new-ownership-1-5824802
Tips for cutting costs on your wedding without sacrificing quality - Globalnews.caTuesday, January 08, 2019
READ MORE: What to do as soon as you get engagedWhere to saveDecorPick flowers that are in season The flower selection may vary across the country so ask your local florist what your best options would be for the month you’re getting married.And if you’re really dying to have a certain flower (but don’t want to pay to import them if they’re not in season), you may want to consider picking your wedding date accordingly.If your floral budget is smaller, know that you’ll likely end up with more green in the arrangements, which is golden if you choose that as one of your colours.Mix up the centerpiecesBefore you go all Pinterest-crazy with centerpiece ideas, know that what you see on there can be quite costly.Wise recommends putting elaborate and tall floral centerpieces on every other table, and simple low centerpieces (that can be a smattering of different-sized candles) on the rest.“Alternate centerpieces can give room definition,” she said. “It makes it more intriguing to look at.”Candles are also pretty cheap. Just make sure to check the burn time so they don’t go out during your reception.Find twinkly lightsThe little white lights are quite inexpensive, as well.But they can make a room look magical.“This whole twinkle light thing is super trendy and romantic,” Wise said.She suggests buying them online and getting your groomsmen to hang them up.READ MORE: Wedding décor trends: Tips to turn your reception into an ‘experience’ 2016 trends in wedding decor Don’t print everythingThis tip will help save you cash — and the environment.For those doing a sit-down dinner, you don’t need to print menus for everyone. Place a couple on the table instead.The programs can be cut out too, Wise said, unless you have a really unique DIY idea for them. People will figure out what’s going on.If you’re really worried they won’t, you could write out a breakdown at the entrance.Or just include the details on your wedding website.Another thing to s... https://globalnews.ca/news/2709285/tips-for-cutting-costs-on-your-wedding-without-sacrificing-quality/