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
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