Abbotsford Flower Shop News
Thousands expected at memorial for fallen police officer in Abbotsford, BC - Lethbridge HeraldTuesday, November 28, 2017
By The Canadian Press on November 18, 2017.Cst. John Davidson is shown in this undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Abbotsford Police DepartmentABBOTSFORD, B.C. – The streets of Abbotsford, B.C., will be lined with blue on Sunday as thousands of police officers from across the country and around the world march in remembrance of their slain colleague.Police estimate about 12,000 people – including 8,000 first responders – will attend a memorial for Const. John Davidson.“It’s pretty important for us to come together as a family,” said Sgt. Judy Bird, spokeswoman for the Abbotsford Police Department. “Our family member was murdered. He deserves to be remembered.”Davidson, 53, had served as a police officer for 24 year when he died on Nov. 6, responding to reports of a stolen vehicle.He is survived by his wife and three adult children.A suspect, Alberta resident Oscar Arfmann, 65, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Davidson’s death.Davidson began his career with the Northumbria police in the United Kingdom in 1993. He moved to British Columbia in 2006, driven, Bird said,... http://lethbridgeherald.com/news/national-news/2017/11/18/thousands-expected-at-memorial-for-fallen-police-officer-in-abbotsford-bc/
Why this BC CEO swapped his bank job for flower power - Business in VancouverTuesday, September 20, 2016
Co-ops such as Dairyland (acquired by Saputo Inc. in 2000), B.C. Hot House Foods Inc. (which shrank dramatically following the loss of its marketing monopoly in 2001), and Abbotsford Growers (reconstituted as a for-profit business last year after financial troubles) are all examples.Pringle had become familiar with United Flower Growers during his career at CIBC, but guiding the co-op into the future was a complex endeavour.“I had worked with this company through good times and bad as a banker,” he said. “We have never had financial difficulties, but there were things happening in the industry and the business needed significant change. I did not know how significant that was when I got involved.”Tapping his background in corporate finance, and the advice of accounting firm KPMG and lawyers Farris Vaughan Wills & Murphy LLP, Pringle identified the co-op’s real estate holdings as fundamental to both its long-standing auction and its emerging for-profit business opportunities.Through five years of discussions with its 82 members, the co-op devised a structure that gives growers a controlling stake in the property while allowing non-growers to gradually take an equity stake in the business. Co-op members voted 82% in favour of a plan that promises to support the future development of the flower business.“There wasn’t a simple way to do this in the co-op act,” Pringle explained. “We used a corporate plan of arrangement … [and] created a structure that we hope lasts for decades to come, where [this property] has a business function, it has a return for those shareholders, but it’s controlled and designed to stay in the floral business.”He proudly shows off the six thick binders of legal documentation that culminated with the formation of United Floral Holdings Inc. on September 30, 2015.A few weeks later, the company acquired Kirby Floral Inc., a move that boosted its wholesale business from $10 million to $22 million. United Floral now records about $60 million in annual revenues, about half of which comes from the co-op’s auction sales.The transformation means that Pringle, now 60, can spend more time with his wife, their three kids and his skis.“This has been a very time-consuming few years for me,” he said. “I used to be a very avid skier, and I’m actually getting back into that.”Raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Pringle studied agricultural economics at the University of British Columbia before joining CIBC in 1980 just as interest rates began heading skyward. He was in the bank’s special loans division at the time and saw first-hand how quickly things can go sideways.Other experiences, such as serving as an independent director with the Madison Group and chairing the finance committee of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, gave him further insights into how to build consensus and create value.“I’ve seen a lot of these complicated situations where a lot of people have to come together to find the right outcome,” he said, noting that flower growers should receive the first dividend cheques from the renewed co-op in early 2017.“We hope to start paying dividends to our members next year,” he email@example.com ...
New laundry plant won't necessarily be built in Kelowna - Nelson StarMonday, May 02, 2016
A publicist for Ecotex said president and CEO Randy Bartsch is out of the country and unavailable for interviews, but issued a statement on his behalf.“We are a proud Canadian company based in Abbotsford with operations in Canada and across the western United States,” Bartsch said. “We are always looking at opportunities to expand and bring our eco-friendly approach to the health care span class="n_ 486 v... http://www.nelsonstar.com/news/371451921.html
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
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...
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...
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