Wisconsin Flower Shop News
8 hotels for a Valentine's Day getaway in Wisconsin - Milwaukee Journal SentinelSunday, February 11, 2018
Sundara Inn & Spa in Wisconsin Dells offers couples massages.(Photo: Sundara Inn & Spa)Devin Remiker considers himself a bit of a romantic guy. So for Valentine’s Day last year, the 25-year-old La Crosse resident surprised his girlfriend, who lives in Madison, by taking her for a getaway to Eau Claire’s hip Oxbow Hotel. He scored big points with dinner at the boutique hotel’s Lakely Restaurant and champagne delivered to their room. They also had a retro Lakely cocktail or two, which he described as one of the highlights of the visit. “It was a great time and we saw Grammy Award-winning musician Sean Carey of the band Bon Iver playing there that night,” Remiker said. The special dinner-and-stay package included a four-course dinner. For Valentine’s Day 2018, they returned in late January for another visit as part a special Supper Club dinner at the Lakely. On Feb. 14 they plan to see Bon Iver in Milwaukee, which Remiker said is “Eau Claire-related.”This year, th...
Johnson's Florist and Garden Center in Tenleytown to close, cites raised rent - Washington TimesSunday, February 11, 2018
American University, to allow the longtime shop to continue operating there.American University has rented the commercial space that Johnson’s occupies at Van Ness Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW for the last decade.On Jan. 3, the shop — which employs about 50 people and sells a wide variety of items including house plants and floral arrangements — posted a notice saying the university had increased the rent, forcing it to close.“They increased the rent by about 30 percent,” Johnson’s general manager, John Williams, told The Washington Times.Tenleytown neighbors formed an ad hoc committee to help Johnson’s remain open and requested meetings with AU President Sylvia M. Burwell. On Wednesday night, the committee met with university representatives in what turned into tense, back-and-forth exchanges. Ms. Burwell did not attend the meeting.The verbal exchanges often spun in circles due to a non-disclosure agreement in Johnson’s lease. This was especially clear when Charles Smith, the university’s commercial property manager, said the shop had released information online about its rental negotiations “that wasn’t true.”“It was our understanding that you raised the rent,” said one resident.“I’m not going to get into the specifics,” Mr. Smith replied.When neighbors asked whether the space...
What does the one you love really want for Valentine's Day; how much do most people spend? - WYFF GreenvilleSunday, February 11, 2018
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
Floral Art: The challenges of working in an ephemeral medium - Chippewa HeraldTuesday, January 30, 2018
Chippewa Valley, enriching our lives with beauty and employing many people. Plus, as wedding parties tend to grow larger, that’s more flowers and more business for the Valley.Brent Douglas FlowersWisconsin weather isn’t the only thing that complicates situating the perfect floral arrangement at a Valley wedding. Florida’s and California’s weather are also in play as California is the top producer of flowers, and Miami is a major hub for processing flowers from out of country.Brent D. Stelzer, owner/designer at Brent Douglas Flowers, said, “We like to place our flower orders at least one month in advance to guarantee we will get items, but when we can’t, weather is often the biggest culprit. California weather is always affecting what we can get on a regular basis, and when (Hurrucane) Irma hit Florida, we had to make a few wedding changes for a couple weeks.”When Florida and California can’t deliver, Douglas has to make a quick call.“If anything is unavailable, we discuss options right away with the couple to find the best replacement. Couples always understand that we can’t control nature.”Weddings comprise 15 percent of Douglas’s business, and he dispenses as much data as possible to the impending couple, as couples are increasingly informed consumers.“The more we can give examples, the better a couple can envision their big day. We often offer a free example bouquet a few months prior to their wedding. We also include a picture of each flower on the quote and give a detailed list of flowers used, with how many stems in each bouquet. Many florists simply list what flowers will be used and a price and never specify how many stems are used. Without such information, we feel that is very hard for a couple to really understand what they are buying.”Douglas had done weddings from under a hundred dollars up into the thousands, but averages between $1,000 and $3,000 with centerpieces. However, all that work and all those stems can be undone by a single puff.“Rain is often thought of as the biggest worry for an outdoor wedding. However, I feel it makes great memories and great photo opportunities. The most overlooked problem is wind. One random gust can destroy hours of setup.”So, how does Douglas plan for uncertainty?“Always plan for the windiest day, make sure items are sec... http://chippewa.com/business/businessreport/floral-art-the-challenges-of-working-in-an-ephemeral-medium/article_f8fc8b05-ec75-5716-b71f-a64fc7c75341.html
Tenleytown florist in AU building to close due to rising rent - The EagleTuesday, January 30, 2018
The store is shutting its doors due to increasing rent and occupancy fees, the company said in a statement Wednesday. Johnson’s D.C. store sits at 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW, the same building as Medstar Georgetown Pediatrics and UPS. AU is their landlord. “AU is going to have a black eye for many generations if they succeed in closing Johnson’s,” Levine said. When Levine heard about the closing, she and Tenleytown residents Judy Chesser and Bill Rice formed the Ad Hoc Committee to Save Johnson’s Florist and Garden Centers. Their goal: meet with President Sylvia Burwell and persuade her to keep Johnson’s open at its D.C. location. Levine and her committee initially planned to protest outside the University’s annual community town hall Thursday, she said. But after AU postponed the meeting due to cold weather, the group instead demonstrated near the store Sunday, Levine said.Finally defrosting enough from temp. in 20s to tweet: great demo to #SaveJohnsonsGarden as mes to #AUPres@SylviaBurwell@AUinYourHoodpic.twitter.com/Nspk01Xtb5— bill rice (@ricebilldc) January 8, 2018 AU employee Chuck Smith contacted the committee to ask for a meeting, university spokesperson Mark Story and Levine said. However, the group could not attend the University’s requested time and later did not agree with AU’s terms for the meeting, s... http://www.theeagleonline.com/article/2018/01/tenleytown-florist-in-au-building-to-close-due-to-rising-rent