Afton Flower Shop News
Grafton Floral's Larew recognized at the 2018 Teleflora Unit President's Meeting - Mountain StatesmanSunday, February 11, 2018
GRAFTON—Sheila Larew, our very own local florist from Grafton Floral, was recognized on several fronts at the 2018 Unit President’s Meeting. The florist co-owner traveled to Los Angeles, CA, and joined 44 other unit presidents in attendance at the Renaissance Hotel.Each year, there is a different theme for the meeting and this year it was called “AIM,” which stood for aspire, involved and motivate.The attendees went to several meetings, where they were taught different networking skills. The importance of how to utilize social media from a business perspective was emphasized.During the event, a trade fair, which included several different vendors, exhibited products for potential use by those in attendance.According to Larew, she won a Floral Education scholarship, valued at $1800, by choosing a gift from a table provided by Teleflora. In addition, she will be attending an all-expense paid trip titled “Everything but the Bouquet” from June 1-3, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Sheila...
From a single Mother's Day carnation to a riot of flowers - Mercer SpaceTuesday, May 02, 2017
It wasn’t intended to be a commercial bonanza. Credit for our Mother’s Day holiday goes to Anna Jarvis, who in 1908 had her mother memorialized at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Decades later the church took advantage of the occasion by becoming incorporated as the International Mother’s Day Shrine — something to visit should you ever inexplicably find yourself in Grafton.Jarvis chose white carnations to put on her mother’s grave because they were her mother’s favorite flower. With the success of the Sunday service, Jarvis campaigned for a national Mother’s Day. It took a lot of work but by 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed a presidential proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as a national holiday to honor mothers.Florists and card companies loved the idea and quickly touted their respective offerings as gifts. Jarvis was not amused. She argued that Mother’s Day was to be a moment for personal remembrance and acknowledgement — make your own cards and gifts — and not a money maker for others. When the nonprofit American War Mothers, founded in 1917, started selling Mother’s Day carnations to raise funds, Jarvis took to the streets and was arrested for disturbing the peace.Flower sellers quickly leaped upon the language of flowers, a concept known as floriography. While various attributes have been assigned to flowers for thousands of years, modern marketers carefully selected those for carnations.White carnations were said to symbolize the attributes of motherhood: purity, faithfulness, charity, and beauty. That seems a bit much, but these flowers are only to be used for mothers who...
Local florist attends Teleflora conference - Mountain StatesmanTuesday, February 07, 2017
GRAFTON—Local florist, Sheila Larew, co-owner of Grafton Floral, recently attended a conference to learn how to better serve her community.Larew attended the five-day National TeleFlora Conference, in California, last month as the West Virginia Unit President, which heads the network for the state.“It was a wonderful experience,” shared Larew. “We were able to learn all about the TeleFlora organization and new programs they’d like to start. It was really a lot of fun.”According to Larew, the guests at the convention were treated like kings and queens.“Everything was paid for. They even took us to see Rogers and Hammerstein’s The King and I live, and on the last night, they put on a prom-like event for us. Anyone that I had talked to, that had been on the trip to the convention, was elated. They would tell me it was a great experience, and they were right.”Larew reported, during the conference, florists from all 50 states, who are members of the TeleFlora network, attended training, which... http://www.mountainstatesman.com/v2_news_articles.php?heading%3D0%26page%3D72%26story_id%3D7233
10 gifts for gardeners: From succulents and seeds to tools and toys - Daily PressTuesday, December 20, 2016
For gardeners who decorate their yard and gardens, a fresh Fraser fir wreath enhanced with greenery is just the thing. Prices start at $34.99, available at Ken Matthews Garden Center on Route 17, Grafton area of York County; 757-898-7799 or kenmatthewsgardencenter.com.When in doubt•There's one universal, fits-everyone gardener gift that can be found at local garden and wildlife centers or from landscape designers — a gift certificate that enables them to pick out something they've... http://www.dailypress.com/features/home-garden/dp-fea-diggin-in-gifts-gardeners-1218-20161217-story.html
Gypsy Rose lets owner's creativity flower - Worcester TelegramTuesday, October 11, 2016
Ms. Thomas makes centerpieces for about 80 tables at the DCU center in Worcester. She has also does frequent events for Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, and Highfields Golf & Country Club in Grafton.Weddings are one of Ms. Thomas’s favorite celebrations; she done hundreds of weddings in her career.Ms. Thomas hopes to turn part of The Gypsy Rose into a bridal showroom. In a side room off the main sales area, she plans to display sample centerpieces and arrangements for weddings.“Eventually I hope to make this a one-stop shop for brides. I want a bride to be able to get everything they need here, like photographer, cake, flowers and dress. I can rent the upstairs to expand,” Ms. Thomas said.The shop's name is a play on Jacklyn Rose, Ms. Thomas’s daughter.“My daughter didn’t want her whole name as the name of the shop. I love outdoors, animals, nature and all things beautiful. I have a very old gypsy soul in me, and it comes out in my form of craft and creativity, or maybe it’s more of a Mother Nature, natural thing ” Ms. Thomas said.The Gypsy Rose is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is closed on Sundays. http://www.telegram.com/news/20161009/gypsy-rose-lets-owners-creativity-flower
What does the one you love really want for Valentine's Day; how much do most people spend? - WYFF GreenvilleSunday, February 11, 2018
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
How an Ecuadorian rose makes the journey to your American sweetheart for Valentine's Day - The Denver PostSunday, February 11, 2018
Wholesale Florist in north Denver. Amato broke into the wholesale business in January 1974. (The company started as a carnation grower in 1958.) It ships flowers across Colorado, but also to Kansas, Wyoming and Nebraska.President and CEO Heather Weickum was born in that first year. She grew up roller skating on the warehouse’s concrete floors after hours. Her father was a co-founder and eventually became the sole owner of the business.“This place was my only sibling growing up,” she said.Now Weickum runs the company and employs 70 people. Amato projects it will sell 130,000 stems of flowers over the Valentine’s holiday, tallying up hundreds of thousands of dollars in profit. The most popular varieties of roses can cost a retailer more than $70 a bunch.Amato can stock several hundred varieties of flowers at a time in the warehouse, and more than half of those are roses. They come in a rainbow of hues and gaggle of names, many inspired by the flower breeder’s daughter, mother or lover. Some names, such as Hot Nina, Lola and Jessika, call to mind an old flame. Others read like perfume ads tucked in a magazine: Pearl Avalanche, Sweet Unique, Cool Water. And then there are the names that beckon to whom they’re selling: Sweetness, Engagement, Soulmate. Rose breeders trademark these names and can receive royalties from other plantations that grow their variety.Most roses are natives of Ecuador. The year-round sunshine and high-altitude...
Lathrup Village flower shop owner killed outside Detroit home - The Oakland PressTuesday, October 10, 2017
WWJ radio.Deantai Box, 32, reportedly owned Something Unique Floral Boutique, 26710 Southfield Road, south of 11 Mile Road.Box was headed to work when he was shot in his driveway in the area of Wyoming and McNichols in Detroit at about 7:20 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25.It’s unclear whether Box was targeted or if this was a random shooting. Police have no suspects.AdvertisementAnyone with information should call Detroit police at 313-267-4600. http://www.theoaklandpress.com/general-news/20170926/lathrup-village-flower-shop-owner-killed-outside-detroit-home
'Trashcan Takeover:' waste bins bloom, beautify on First Friday - Scranton Times-TribuneTuesday, September 26, 2017
Sunday, with a passing morning shower. Things will warm up Monday, with a high of 79 degrees and sunny conditions. 3. A Mass in Italian is scheduled at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 315 Wyoming Ave., at 10 a.m. Sunday. 4. Dozens of performers are scheduled to entertain those in attendance, including Dean Martin impersonator Andy DiMino of Las Vegas. DiMino will perform Sunday at 6 p.m. 5. La Festa is not the only thing going on in downtown Scranton this weekend. Fights4Vets presents Street Fights, an amateur boxing card, today inside the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center, with doors opening at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Railfest 2017 is set for today and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Steamtown National Historic Site. http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/trashcan-takeover-waste-bins-bloom-beautify-on-first-friday-1.2237919