Altoona Flower Shop News
Fresh Flowers By Fine Things opens downtown - Newton Daily NewsTuesday, August 15, 2017
Last month, Prendergast debuted Back Alley Beauty by Fine Things, and now the fresh flowers and full-service florist will just add to the shopping experience.Prendergast said the idea took off when Altoona Floral and Gifts offered her and the flower shop’s co-owner, Shawna Wanders, an “incredible” deal.The shop now employs two part-time florists, Wanders and Danielle Simbro and a friendly delivery guy, Clayton Bentley. The store also offers online orders.When customers come in, Prendergast said they will meet in the store, which offers a fun and calming vibe.“We have already met with brides who are planning wedding and families who are planning funerals, and they really need some time to relax,” Prendergast said. “We really want it to be fun and not stressful.”Prendergast said she and Wanders have known each other for the last 10 years and were co-workers at a previous job.“She is amazing,” Prendergast said. “I wouldn’t have done this without her.”After accepting the offer to take over the business, Prendergast said she received a great clientele from Altoona.“I think you really need a good base to start with,” Prendergast said.From there, Prendergast said they re-designed the basement to be the flower shop, put in a walk-in cooler and design area.“This is where all the designing happens,” Prendergast said. “We also have a grab-and-go flower cooler upstairs in the store.”Prendergast said the idea behind the store was to bring fresh, affordable flowers to locals.“Whene... http://www.newtondailynews.com/2017/08/02/fresh-flowers-by-fine-things-opens-downtown/au9r3sz/
This Valentine's Day bittersweet for DuBois floral designer - Clearfield ProgressTuesday, February 21, 2017
Street Florist in DuBois, worked her last Valentine’s Day in DuBois yesterday.She is moving out of the area because her husband, Jim Long, has a new job. He will be opening a new Wingate hotel in the Altoona area. He has been the manager of the Hampton Inn in DuBois the last 15 years.With 32 years in the floral design field at various floral shops, Lissa Long has worked at Brady Street Florist for the last 11 years.“It’s kind of bittersweet because I don’t know what I’m doing after this season,” she commented.She has enjoyed working as a floral designer because of the variety of the job.“Every holiday is different,” she said. “This is the rose holiday. Christmas is pine. Mother’s Day is Mother’s week. It’s not just a day.”She likes working with the signature flower of Valentine’s Day.“I enjoy the roses,” she commented.In DuBois, she said, Valentine’s Day is “very busy.”She noted that the floral shop delivers to a wide area. She said Valentine’s Day is very popular in DuBois.“People like to get flowers at work, that makes it even more special.”She said there are a lot of male customers this year for Valentine’s Day. She doesn’t know the exact reason.“We’ve just noticed a lot of men as walk-ins.”In DuBois, she said the most popular Valentine’s Day gifts are red roses; mixed bouquets; lilies, for fragrance; and candy, as we... http://www.theprogressnews.com/business/this-valentine-s-day-bittersweet-for-dubois-floral-designer/article_71db4fb5-b4d2-51e4-80fc-54a58e266c5d.html
Target 2 Consumer Alert: Mother's Day flower shop scam and Microsoft popups - WBAYMonday, May 07, 2018
WBAY) -- Mothers Day one week away and one of the most popular "go-to gifts" are flowers. If you're buying them online, there are some important questions to ask before you buy. The Director of Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection says you may think you're selecting a local florist, but you are actually contacting a business in another state that just coordinates the purchase and delivery. Consumer protection says when you do an online search, follow up with a call. If the business answers with something generic such as, "flower shop," ask for a specific name, where it's located and get an address.Also, ask specific questions about the flower arrangement. How many roses versus carnations and if there are any tacked on fees for a vase or extras. If the people on the other end don't give you that information, hang up. There are plenty of local florists to get an arrangement from. Another costly scam we want to warn you about are the Microsoft Tech Support Scams. Usually there is a popup on your screen telling you there's a problem with your computer and to call a phone number for help right away. Some new information shows just how much this scam is spiking. Microsoft IT had 153,000 cust... http://www.wbay.com/content/news/Target-2-Consumer-Alert--481873001.html
Baraboo florist named trade group's best - Baraboo News RepublicTuesday, May 01, 2018
A regional trade group has recognized what Baraboo customers have known for years: Wild Apples Floral is a treasure.The Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Florist Association named Wild Apples owner Missi Blum its Retailer of the Year this month during a convention at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells.“I was just honored,” Blum said. “I let out a ‘Get out of here.’”Blum has owned the Eighth Street flower and gift shop for 10 years. The trade group recognized her for service to the organization and to customers. Before handing Blum the award, secretary Diane Schulte said she “puts her heart and soul into each and every design, customer and staff member.”Schulte also praised Wild Apples for cultivating a reputation as a top wedding florist. “Each bride is treated like a sister and they genuinely care about each one so that they represent her in the best way possible,” she said.The corner of Eighth and East streets has housed a flower shop for decades. Last year it expanded by incorporating Michelle Tirrel’s business, Red Shed Garden & Gifts, into the operation.Blum said being recognized by fellow floris... http://www.wiscnews.com/baraboonewsrepublic/news/local/baraboo-florist-named-trade-group-s-best/article_fb2403ba-f67e-5420-9582-1d70e0178504.html
What You Need to Know about Milwaukee's Newest Flower-powered Startup - Milwaukee MagazineWednesday, April 11, 2018
Steven Dyme founded an innovative, flower-powered startup in 2012, while enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The idea was simple – he figured he could sell a few hundred floral bouquets to parents for a local high school graduation ceremony, donating half the money he made to charity and keeping the other half to cover some of his college costs. But soon families at other high schools caught wind of the project and wanted to buy bouquets too. Eventually, Dyme was able to turn his college side hustle into a fully fledged company, keeping charity a central component of its mission.Now the company, Flowers for Dreams, operates out of Chicago and Milwaukee and is slated to open a brick and mortar store in Walker’s Point in less than a month. In anticipation of the event, we sat down with marketing manager Lindsay Leinenkugel to ask her about the company and its charitable focus. How is Flowers for Dreams unlike a traditional florist?First and foremost, we give back 25 percent of profits to charity every month. And we’re actively putting on events with the charities and partnering with them. Flowers for Dreams i...
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...