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Colorado Springs entrepreneur brings flowers and charm to Old Colorado City with Sweetwater: A Flower Market - Colorado Springs GazetteWednesday, March 31, 2021
When Kristyn Cline walked into a mercantile shop while on a solo trip to Nashville, Tennessee, last September, she emerged with a spark of inspiration.The experience she had in the hometown-feeling store and the accompanying flower truck outside the store gave her an idea to open a business in Colorado Springs with the same vision.And with that short seven-day trip, “Sweetwater: A Flower Market” was born. The floral and mercantile store that opened this week is named for Sally, Cline’s mother, who passed nearly three years ago. The logo features lavender, Cline’s favorite scent, and something that calms and attracts her, and she hopes others as well. Cline bought a building at 2419 W. Colorado Ave. in Old Colorado City for the brick-and-mortar business, where she felt the market would fit in with the historic vibe while growing the neighborhood.Cline, 52, created Sweetwater because she wanted to share her experience with a southern charm mercantile store in Nashville with the Colorado Springs com... https://gazette.com/cheyenneedition/colorado-springs-entrepreneur-brings-flowers-and-charm-to-old-colorado-city-with-sweetwater-a-flower/article_7dbaedde-77a5-11eb-8fe3-1b45ec1a2d2e.html
Emma's, Rotier's buildings under contract to be sold - Nashville PostSunday, February 28, 2021
The Firestone Building, which is roughly 90 years old, is listed on the most recent Historic Nashville Inc. Nashville Nine list. (Read more on that here.) Firestone operated at the site until 1983 and was eventually replaced by Eckerd Drugs in 1985, HNI reports.The aforementioned Joy’s Flowers began operations in 1877. It now operates on Gallatin Avenue in East Nashville.GBT Realty is developing a downtown Nashville site at 13th and Broadway with high-rise ONE22ONE and is redeveloping a Murphy Road property with a combination hotel, retail and residential building (read here). https://www.nashvillepost.com/business/development/article/21146128/emmas-rotiers-buildings-under-contract-to-be-sold
Ice and Snow Would Not Stop Their Wedding in Texas - The New York TimesSunday, February 28, 2021
Ms. Broussard said.They decided they would just get married in their hotel room.Pastor Jerry Holt of Hicks Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn., had already traveled to them and was in another Woodlands hotel nearby. Pastor Holt, who works with Mr. Craft and is his mentor, said he was more than happy to still perform the ceremony. They reached out to their coordinator, Tamarah Smith of Tammy’s Table, with the news. And then a quick transformation began with the help of their wedding vendors.Meeker PicturesTheir florist filled their hotel suite with flowers. Their caterer delivered meals to their room and donated the remaining meals to a warming center in Houston at the couple’s request. Ms. Broussard’s maid of honor arrived with a makeup artist. And their original venue sent their photographers to shoot the wedding.Mr. Craft and Ms. Broussard ultimately married with only 10 family members, which included Ms. Broussard’s mother, son and maid of honor and Mr. Craft’s brother and his brother’s girlfriend.Mr. Craft said they are “grateful to have literally weathered a storm to become husband and wife.”Mr. Craft, 37, grew up in Mississippi. He is a coaching manager at Asurion, a company that provides insurance for consumer electronics, where he oversees the staff training programs.Ms. Broussard, 34, is a native Houstonian and a graduate of Sam Houston State University. She also has a post-baccalaureate certificate from Lone Star College. She is currently working on her master’s in management information systems at Lamar University and works remotely from the couple’s home in Katy, Texas as a math intervention specialist for a virtual public school.The couple met in 2014 at a dive bar in Houston called the Flat. “A pretty woman is sitting next to me, an obscure song comes on, and we are the only two people who seem to know it,” Mr. Craft said of Jesse Boykins III’s “Amorous.” That led them to chat, which led Ms. Broussard to follow Mr. Craft on Instagram.Ms. Broussard was on a date that night with another man, who happened to be a childhood acquaintance of Mr. Craft, as fate would have it.The instigator was an Instagram post. “Jerimy posted a picture of shrimp and grits. It looked so delicious that I had to ask him about the restaurant,” Ms. Broussard said. He messaged her back with the name of the restaurant. “And did her one better. I invited her to it... https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/26/style/ice-and-snow-would-not-stop-their-wedding-in-texas.html
In Loving Memory: Obituaries Of The Week February 14, 2021 - Smokey Barn NewsSunday, February 28, 2021
Gardens with Pastor Jon Briggs officiating.Mildred Webb Burnette was born in Algood, TN on September 17, 1927 to Morris Brewer Webb and Ethel Lee Rittenberry Webb. She and her family moved to West Nashville in 1934. She loved to reminisce about her time spent roller skating around the city and at the Hippodrome Roller Rink, playing in... https://smokeybarn.com/in-loving-memory-obituaries-of-the-week-february-14-2021/
Katy Kirby's Debut Album 'Cool Dry Place' Is Simple And Stunning: Review - StereogumSunday, February 28, 2021
She starts off minimal and lets the songs escalate from there, building transcendent moments by having them begin in one place and end up somewhere totally different. Kirby — who was based in Nashville until the pandemic forced her to move back to her small Texas hometown — operates in the well-worn tradition of rambling folk songs. Cool Dry Place is assured enough that it doesn’t need much fuss. There are echoes of Feist, Big Thief, and Hop Along throughout; fans of Florist, Hand Habits, and Lomelda will find a lot to like here. And Cool Dry Place sounds as confident as any of them — music that is subtle and full of space and puts an emphasis on what Kirby is trying to say.What Kirby sings about is more complicated. Her lyrics are wrapped in analogies; she’s wry and has an imaginative streak. On “Peppermint,” she processes the unsatisfying distance of a friend like an overly sweet candy: “Made out of peppermint, all white and red pins/ Pins and needles on my tongue/ It’s not exactly what I wanted.” On “Juniper,” she sings about motherhood and likens the accumulation of knowledge passed down through generations to a garden: “Oh, true blue juniper/ Never got around to asking her/ The difference between weeds and herbs and flowers.” Closer “Fireman” has her imagining what it would be like to date a fireman, the constant danger but also the consistent time off, time that can be better used for nurturing a loving relationship. These songs are mostly about wanting to find a relationship where communication comes easy. Kirby, who was homeschooled and raised in a conservative Christian household, is reckoning with feeling out-of-step with everyone else. She spends a lot of the album hoping to catch up, or at least find someone that’s on her same wavelength. “Secret Language” — which borrows its opening lines from one of the most covered songs of all time, Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” — goes on to wonder: “Do you ever worry that they understand our secret language?” On “Traffic!,” an exuberant standout, she modulates her voice to a digital warble to reflect her alienation: “I’m slipping into an accent/ It’s almost more than a habit/ What are we going to do?/ When I can’t talk straight at you.” Kirby journeys through the album trying to learn not just... https://www.stereogum.com/2115947/katy-kirby-cool-dry-place-review/reviews/album-of-the-week/
Longtime owner of Continental Florist dies - Vestavia VoiceSunday, January 17, 2021
Continental Florist Barbara Orr died Wednesday, Sept. 2 at the age of 85.
Orr purchased the popular Rocky Ridge floral business in 1986 and was named the 2004 Florist of the Year by the Alabama State Florists' Association, according to her obituary.
Orr is preceded in death by her husband, Herbert L. Orr; son, John Michael Orr; brother, Gray Garner Jr.; sister, Faye Gardner; father, Edward Gray Garner Sr.; and mother, Tressa Allen Garner.
She is survived by her sons, James Steven Orr and David Garner Orr; daughter, Nancy Orr Athnos; grandchildren, Chelsea Marie Orr and Emily Louise Orr; and sister, Carolyn Bullard.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2020 from 10 a.m. to noon at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home in Hoover.
‘The power of flowers’: Alabama’s florists cope with pandemic, recovery - AL.comMonday, August 24, 2020
Volume dropped to almost nothing except what I could do,” Morris said.Morris’ experience was much like other industries, but it illustrates the particular challenges felt by florists around Alabama. The life events where people expect flowers - hospitalizations, funerals - were suddenly in the news, but the demand for them was all but extinguished.Cameron Pappas at Norton’s Florist in Birmingham said the lockdown, and the reopening that followed, has reminded him of the “power of flowers.”“We’ve had a lot of reminders of how important flowers are to everyone,” he said. “They keep people sane.”The pandemic hit America right in a peak season for florists - the rush before Easter, proms and spring events. Pappas said business began to slowdown by about 40 percent one week before his shop closed for two weeks on March 23. The store laid off all of its employees for that period.Cameron Pappas delivered flowers to Birmingham-area restaurants during the coronavirus shutdown.Thousands of floral businesses around America were left with perishable goods that they couldn’t sell. Just three days before Norton’s closed, it had received a shipment of about $5,000 in flowers. Rather than throw them out, Pappas said, they made bouquets to give away at restaurants and nursing homes that would accept them. In some cases, he hand delivered them.“We wanted the flowers to still do their job, to bring joy to bad situations,” he said. “We wanted them to say that we’re not going to let this virus take away the heart of our city.”Morris, 86, said he was reduced to little better than a one-man operation for about five weeks, with his nephew keeping the books. Most of the business coming in ... https://www.al.com/business/2020/06/the-power-of-flowers-alabamas-florists-cope-with-pandemic-recovery.html
HER | Local decorator helps get homes ready for holidays - Texarkana GazetteWednesday, December 11, 2019
Marie said, "including four banks, a phone company, some cell phone businesses and lodges at Beaver's Bend."But Oklahoma isn't as far as she is willing to go. "Every July I go to Dauphin Island, Alabama, where I have several clients. They get decor 'refreshers' each summer," she said. "When I go down there I also go deep-sea fishing for Red Snapper, so it's an annual vacation for me."When she isn't decorating for others, she and her husband Jerry reside on the Louisiana side of Caddo Lake where they enjoy entertaining. They are also very active at Trees Baptist Church. They have four children: Tony Campbell of Queen City, Dee Dee Wells and Misty Lutton of Atlanta, and Damon Donnell of Athens, Texas.Marie says she has never gotten too busy to take on more clients."I never turn anyone down," she said. "I just hire more people to do the work. We will do what it takes to make people happy." n... https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/her/story/2019/dec/03/her-local-decorator-helps-get-homes-ready-holidays/806564/
Wild Honey Flower Truck is Birmingham's florist on wheels - Alabama NewsCenterTuesday, September 10, 2019
It’s an idea that bloomed when Kelsey Sizemore and her husband, Josh, saw similar flower operations outside of Alabama.“We had seen a couple of similar businesses in other cities and we thought it was something that Birmingham would really love,” Kelsey Sizemore said.If you’re going to have a flower truck, it has to start with the truck.“We started by looking at trucks on Craigslist and eBay,” Sizemore said. “We decided on the kind of truck that we liked.”[embedded content]Wild Honey Flower Truck is blooming in Birmingham from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.When they found a potential truck in Ohio, Sizemore sent her father-in-law to check it out. When it earned a thumbs-up, they had the truck towed to Birmingham.“We started the process of really transforming the truck into something that could house the flowers,” she said.That meant a paint job, building out the back to carry flower vases and adding an awning.Next came procuring flowers by working with wholesalers, flower markets and other dealers.With the truck ready and outfitted with flowers, the only decision was where to go to sell them.“We just sought out the places that we really like to go,” Sizemore said.That could mean being outside of the Pizitz building one day and in Woodlawn the next.You can also find Wild Honey Food Truck at the West Homewood Farmer’... https://alabamanewscenter.com/2019/06/28/wild-honey-flower-truck-is-birminghams-florist-on-wheels/