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Wooden flowers sprout on a vacant Syracuse lot; figures appear on boarded-up windows - Syracuse.comTuesday, November 15, 2016
McKinney's law office building and the old hospital. They are friends and business partners.Moore, a retired administrator from the Syracuse City School District, is the volunteer director of the Dunbar Center now. She hopes to someday turn the old hospital building into an African American history museum that also has retail space. She and McKinney are working on opening a restaurant next to McKinney law office.But they didn't like how sad the spaces looked as they worked to get the financing and plans together. "We wanted it to have a pop of life," McKinney said.So she got some spray paint and enlisted the help of her nephew. She painted figures that meant something to her family -- a niece is a nurse, a nephew plays the piano."It just brings such life," McKinney said.The two women also have planted, and tend to, a decorative garden in front of the law office. Technically, it's on city property. But they feel an obligation to make to the space around their property look happy and inviting.Moore grew up in the neighborhood nearly half a century ago. There were well-tended city mansions and thriving businesses then. Now the area on the edge of the city's Near Westside is somewhere between struggle and revival.The women belong to the West Onondaga Street Alliance, a group of residents and business owners who are trying to better tie their strip of the city to the newly renovated Hotel Syracuse, which is in walking distance.There is a lot of work to do, but the little things in between, like flowers and jazz singers, matter."It just makes you smile," McKinney said.Marnie Eisenstadt writes about people, life and culture in Central New York. Contact her anytime: email twitter Facebook 315-470-2246Look up, you might be surprised: Syracuse artist leaving pieces around the city... http://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2016/10/wooden_flowers_grown_around_a_vacant_lot_did_syracuse_guerilla_artist_start_a_mo.html
Final Thoughts: Witten's Importance, Mayowa vs. Flowers; More Notes - DallasCowboys.comTuesday, September 20, 2016
The play action game is a simple way for a quarterback to make easy throws with defenders overreacting to the run. “On Cowboys Break,” the group had a discussion about the confidence level of Lance Dunbar going into this game. Nick and Taylor were not as high as Derek and I were, but to be honest that’s understandable being that we have not seen Dunbar the entire preseason. As much as I believe that you will see plenty of Ezekiel Elliott, I have high hopes for Dunbar. The Giants’ linebackers struggle to deal with running backs that can play in space, and Dunbar is a guy who can take advantage of that when on the field. I am more concerned about Doug Free against Jason Pierre-Paul than I am Tyron Smith and Olivier Vernon. Free has always been able to block rushers due to his athletic ability -- mainly his foot work. Free would never admit it, but he has fought his way through a foot problem that has robbed him of some mobility. Where I worry about Free is when he has to get all the way outside to handle the wide rush of Pierre-Paul coming off the corner. What I have seen from Pierre-Paul is that he is finally playing to the level that we had seen from him before the accident with his hand. He’s back to using that hand in order to keep blockers off him. Keep an eye on how many times Free is able to work Pierre-Paul past Dak Prescott in the pocket, because that will be an indication if Prescott is getting the ball off in the pocket. I think this is where fans finally get to see what a href="http://www.dallascowboys.com/team/players/roster/benson-mayowa" data-player-height="6-3" data-player-weight="240" data-player-position="DE" data-player-college="Idaho" data-player-experience="4" data-player-image="/sites/dallascowboys.com/files/styles/player_hover/public/m... http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/2016/09/09/final-thoughts-wittens-importance-mayowa-vs-flowers-more-notes
Gov. John Bel Edwards 'not sure why' Louisiana requires florists ... - The AdvocateTuesday, January 16, 2018
Edwards campaigning on the issues and personally pushing for their approval in the State Capitol.Currently, Louisiana is the only state that requires licensing for florists and one of just four that requires licensing for interior designers – two licensing requirements that are frequently noted by critics."I'm not sure why we do that," Edwards said of the florist licensing requirement specifically.He has not yet outlined which licenses that he thinks should be changed. Edwards has spent the past few months meeting with business leaders across the state, largely to discuss the state's finances and a looming $1 billion shortfall, but also to gather input for his session agenda, he said. Edwards said he thinks reevaluating occupational licenses will help small businesses, putting him on the side of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, and Americans For Progress, among other more traditionally Republican-leaning groups.“LABI has long supported smart deregulation across various industry sectors as well as reforms to Louisiana’s occupational licensing system," LABI President Stephen Waguespack said. "Especially as our economy struggles to overcome the current recession, we need to remove as many obstacles to good jobs as possible. Regulatory reform is a great place to start."He said that the Legislature got the ball rolling with some deregulation efforts last year and LABI is willing to work with the Edwards administration and lawmakers to further those efforts.A November report from the Institute for Justice called on Louisiana to repeal some occupational licenses or adopt scaled-back regulatory alternatives when licenses are needed to ensure safety.It found that Louisiana licenses 77 of the 102 lower-income occupations the institute studied and often Louisiana's laws were more burdensome. The state tied Washington for the most occ... http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/politics/article_b6bbd088-f979-11e7-ae8a-a3a0d3dd36d8.html
As wedding costs top $25000, couples and businesses adjust - AZ Big MediaTuesday, January 16, 2018
There are even vendors that specialize in coordinating and planning the event itself, all of whom have their own brand, business model and goals.Arizona wedding planner and florist Skyla Wilson started her business when she was 22.“I gained my event planning experience through working with nonprofit organizations, planning galas and fundraisers,” Wilson said. “Then, through that, I found that planning weddings, and working with two people on the most special day of their lives was more fulfilling for me.”Wilson said her market demographic appeals to customers between the ages of 25 to 32.“I think that I tend to work with younger clients because of how young I am,” she said. “When it comes to florals, wedding design and style, I think that younger couples trust me to know their vision.”Wilson said couples of the millennial generation prefer to personalize their weddings and add elements that represent who they are as a couple.“They’re bombarded by trends and inspiration on every social media platform, so when it comes to their own personal experience, they want it to be unique to them,” Wilson said.Vendor-client communicationVendors have found technology and social media have made a significant impact on communication and relationships with their clients.For Wilson’s business, Skyla Brooke’s Weddings and Events, technology has helped her communicate with her clients more thoroughly.“It’s a platform that allows me to communicate with the couple, their families and even their wedding party simultaneously,” Wilson said. “We can add people to the forum and we are notified whenever any activity occurs. This also keeps me from getting texts and phone calls at all hours every day.”Other vendors say technology has created a 24/7 industry and can cause delays in the planning process.“Since everything can be done through a phone in our pockets, it’s human nature to push things to the last minute. I get more calls after hours and more texts on Saturdays and Sundays. The expectation in this industry is that you are available 24 hours a day to the couple,” said Jocelin Meesenburg, event manager at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix.Andrea Micetic and Christiana Hammond from The Elegant Barn said they mostly communicate with couples via email or text. Taryn Pollock, the owner of Serendipity vide0 and Simply Cinema services, said sometimes she won’t actually speak to the couple until the day of the event.“There’s constant communication and yet my phone never rings. Sometimes I wonder why I even have a business line,” Pollock said.By contrast, Meesenburg said in her experience, every couple wants to sit down in person and talk through the details leading up to the wedding.“Even millennials, they want to come to lunch and go over the final details of their wedding face-to-face. The more complex the service is, the more couples want to meet in person. To the bride it’s a concept of, ‘I see your file, I see your notes. You look so confident. I feel better,’” she said.However, most vendors agree reviews and especially complaints happen almost purely online.Social media in the wedding market“People find a lot of security in hiding behind a computer screen. They can be a lot more vicious, a lot more angry and a lot more mean. Then when you go and call the couple, suddenly they’re saying that it wasn’t that bad and they were just frustrated, when on their review or email, they said that I ruined their wedding,” Pollock said.“It’s very scary for business owners because reviews are awesome, but at the same time, clients have the opportunity to be the judge and the jury in that situation. If you get a bad review it is impossible to get it removed, even if it’s not true,” she said.In addition to keeping up with clients and coordinating, vendors need to create a presence on the social media platform, adding an entirely new sector to their business. During The Knot Workshop, an industry event held in Scottsdale this summer, there were sessions dedicated to social media practices.Social media, esp...
Jackson Heights Boutique Store Closing Jan. 31 - Jackson Heights PostTuesday, January 16, 2018
Pauglina, located 75-26 37th Ave, have announced the store will close on Jan. 31. All merchandise is currently 50 percent off.The store opened in October 2016 and was a combination coffee bar, florist, and home decor shop.The store owners, husband and husband duo Miguel Briceno and Jeffrey Whitney, announced the closing Jan. 2 on Facebook. They thanked their customers for their support during the store’s run.“No regrets and it’s been a pleasure to serve the Jackson Heights community as it continues to thrive albeit sans Pauglina,” said the posting.Briceno and Whitney are Jackson Heights residents.Google5 Comments...
DC residents call for American University to save local florist - W*USA 9Tuesday, January 16, 2018
WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - After 84 years, a local DC florist is closing its doors, prompting action from community members who are sad to see the business go.Johnson’s Florist and Garden Center in Tenleytown announced on January 3rd that they will be closing their D.C. location on or before January 14. In a letter posted to their website, they wrote that the reason for closure is the “result of the significant increase in rent and other related fees of occupancy imposed upon us by the building’s owner,” which they say they were unable to negotiate with their landlord.On Sunday, community members called for the American University, which owns the building on Wisconsin Avenue, to save the florist, gathering in front of Johnson’s Tenleytown location. They carried signs that said "AU save Johnson's" and "Burwell save Johnson's," referring to American University President Sylvia Burwell.According to a statement put out Mary Alice Levine, a resident of Tenleytown, a committee has been formed to save the florist. The committee is call... http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/dc/dc-residents-call-for-american-university-to-save-local-florist/506011439
Florist hiding free bouquets around central Indiana for 'Make Someone Smile Week' - Fox 59Tuesday, January 16, 2018
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An Indianapolis florist is hiding free bouquets around central Indiana this week.McNamara Florist says it will hide the flowers around landmarks throughout the near east side, downtown Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel and Greenwood.McNamara says it will send out hints via social media to let the community members know where they can find a free bouquet.“The whole purpose of this campaign is to make people smile, so we want it to be interactive and fun,” said Erin Davidson, Marketing Coordinator for McNamara Florist. “We want people to look for our hints and then go out and find our bouquets.”The freebies are being offered in honor of Teleflora’s “Make Someone Smile Week.” McNamara says it is participating as a way to give back to the community that was so supportive of their move from Fishers to the 1800 block of Ludlow Ave. on the near east side.“We are excited to participate in a fun way and send people on a scavenger hunt for a beautiful surprise,” said Davidson. “Flowers are a great way to spread smi... http://fox59.com/2017/07/17/mcnamara-florist-hiding-free-bouquets-around-indianapolis-for-make-someone-smile-week/