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These are the best florists, chocolatiers, and candy shops in Boston, according to Yelp reviewers - Boston.comTuesday, April 04, 2017
Asheville tailgate edibles make great holiday gifts - Asheville Citizen-TimesTuesday, December 13, 2016
Food and beverages make perfect presents, and area farmers tailgate markets have so much to offer!Some of the best gifts are meant to be consumed soon after purchase. Local eggnog from Mills River Creamery is a delicious contribution to any holiday dinner or party — creamy and sweet (but not too sweet), it’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Find Mills River Creamery’s eggnog from Brittain Farms at the West Asheville Tailgate Market.Nothing is sweeter, both literally and figuratively, than local honey. There are honey vendors at most of the winter/holiday markets. At the North Asheville Holiday Bazaar, stop by Dave’s Raw Honey. He’s got sourwood honey, extracted in July from flowers of the sourwood tree, which he calls “the Cadillac of honeys” and has a light, delicate flavor. Dave also has other honeys gathered earlier, in May, from flowers of the mountain blackberry and tulip poplar, which have a fuller flavor than that of sourwood honey.Jam is a classic edible gift, one that’s a great choice for someone you aren’t sure what to get. Some local jams to give a try: Root Bottom Farm has their Bear’s Jam, which won in the West Asheville Tailgate Market jam contest this past summer. Find their jam at the West Asheville Tailgate Market for one more week. Imladris Farm has a range of jam flavors from their sixth generation farm. They also have locally,... http://www.citizen-times.com/story/life/home-garden/2016/12/09/asheville-tailgate-edibles-make-great-holiday-gifts/95050210/
How Portland's 100-year-old Alpenrose went from dairy to institution - OregonLive.comFriday, January 29, 2016
Cadonau Jr. said.Today, Alpenrose packages its products with labels for grocery store private brands, another way to stay ahead of the creamery industry's cardboard-thin profit margins. They produced about 1.5 million gallons of milk in December, about average, though it tends to spike in the winter and then drop in the summer when ice cream takes over production time.About 170 employees work in the plant, working in shifts that keep the plant running from 4 a.m. to sometimes 9 p.m. each day."To keep up with it, you have to run," said plant manager Bryce McKinnon, who married into the family and took the job 5 years ago after leaving Nike.Alpenrose was one of the last dairies to quit door-to-door delivery in the 1970s, said Cadonau Jr. At their height of "retail routes," there were 35,000 customers getting fresh milk on their doorstep. Alpenrose competed with Carnation and Mayflower – now Darigold. Eventually, all succumbed to the grocery store. Five-hundred-unit delivery trucks just couldn't beat the efficiency of 30,000-unit semi trucks.Now the dairy tries to distinguish itself with milk-based products such as cottage cheese and sour cream. Those products take a little more finesse. Co-president Rod Birkland eats cottage cheese every morning, reporting his notes back to the maker. It's a careful balance between too thick and too watery, Birkland said.A community businessAs technology and the economy forced the family to morph the business, they retained a connection to Portlanders that Cadonau Jr. and Birkland credit with the dairy's continued success.Now 70, Cadonau Jr. remembers one summer night, standing at the center of the field under the lights, pitching a no-hitter. That night his team lost by one run. He sobbed afterward.Take a journey backLater, he coached his own kids on the same field. Those kids grew up. Now he watches his grandsons play ball, sitting in the stands alongside generations of Portlanders who also hold close their own memories of spending time at Alpenrose and the many local institutions it helped build.Even after selling its milking herd, the family kept 30 to 40 cows at the dairy, not to supply the creamery, but to teach fourth graders on field trips how to milk a cow. After, the kids would cross the street to "grandma's house," where they took off their shoes and munched ice cream and cookies Rosina Cadonau baked them with some Alpenrose milk.Some of those children came back at Christmas to visit Dairyville and the Western Town, a series of displays and shops with frontier-era facades. Perhaps their school choir or dance group performed at the opera house, built on the foundation of a hay barn that burned down.Or maybe they now watch their own grandmother perform with the Northwest Senior Theater. On a recent January afternoon, they were on the stage singing Judy Garland's "Trolley Song" to 630 empty ornate chairs that Cadonau Jr. bought for 10 cents from a Portland theater that was going out of business.The activities portion of Alpenrose almost takes as much room as the dairy operation now.The next major addition came in 1967, when Franz Powell of Kissler's Cyclery, a Southwest Portland bike shop, approached Carl Cadonau Sr. about building a race track. After the reception the baseball field received, Cadonau agreed.For two years, cyclists used a track in the dairy's front parking lot. But the Pan American games were... http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2016/01/alpenrose_dairy_lasts_100_year.html
Local holiday gifts at Asheville, Buncombe tailgate markets - Asheville Citizen-TimesFriday, December 04, 2015
Almost all vegetable producers will have them, but you might have to show up early, before they sell out.•Other food staples: Butter is great for making rich winter dishes. Pick up Mills River Creamery butter from Joe Brittain, of Brittain Farms, at the West Asheville Tailgate Market.•Gift certificates: Ask your market manager if they have gift certificates available. Or, purchase tokens as a stocking stuffer.For a complete list of Appalachian Grown certified tailgate markets browse ASAP’s online Local Food Guide or online farmers market calendar.ASHEVILLE-AREA TAILGATE MARKETSFor markets outside Buncombe County, see the Home & Garden calendar in this section or visit www.CITIZEN-TIMES.com or www.buyappalachian.org/search/tailgate_markets.•Asheville City Market: 9 a.m.-noon, Asheville Public Works Building, 161 S. Charlotte St. www.asapconnections.org. Last day of season: Dec. 19.•North Asheville Tailgate Market: noon-3 p.m. Saturdays, UNC Asheville Campus Commuter Lot C. Take Weaver Boulevard to campus entrance at traffic circle; first parking lot on right. Last day of season: Dec. 19.•Weaverville Holiday Market: 2-6 p.m. Wednesdays. On the hill overlooking Lake Louise behind the Community Center on Weaverville Highway. Last day of season: Dec. 23.•West Asheville Indoor Holiday Market: 2:30-6 p.m. Tuesdays, Mothlight at Mr Fred’s, 701 Haywood Road. Last day of season: Dec. 22.Read or Share this story: http://avlne.ws/1Qk5m3z... http://www.citizen-times.com/story/life/2015/12/04/local-holiday-gifts-asheville-buncombe-tailgate-markets/76774138/
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