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Fiori Flowers, Flower Child Blooms, HRW Begins - Houston PressMonday, August 24, 2020
Common Bond.The bar menu includes shareables like Nashville Crispy Shrimp, a charcuterie and cheese board and Bacon Sliders plus a variety of flatbreads. There will be classic cocktails as well like Paloma, Vesper, Sazerac, Aperol Spritz and Cosmopolitan. The craft cocktails include drinks such as the Amalfi Coast made with Woodford Reserve bourbon, limoncello, simple syrup, lemon and mint. Common Bond has locations in the Medical Center, Montrose, and the Heights plus an On-The-Go concept that recently opened at 601 Heights Boulevard in May. There is a Common Bond Bistro and Bakery planned for downtown Houston at 800 Capitol, soon.Dawn Burrell is striking out on her own.Photo by Amy Scott Chef Dawn Burrell has left her role as executive chef at Kulture to launch PIVOT, a chef-driven prepared meal service. PIVOT was originally founded by I'll Have What She's Having, a women-led culinary network whose mission highlights the inequities of healthcare for women including reproductive rights, maternal health and breast cancer, primarily focusing on women in the restaurant and hospitality industry who are often without medical and healthcare resources. In the wake of COVID-19, PIVOT helped to give a prepared meal platform to chefs who had been displaced or were suffering from the pandemic's financial hit on the industry. Burrell became the face and culinary director of the project and is now fully taking over operations with her signature Global Comfort style of cooking.Prior to her stint as executive chef at Kulture for two and a half years, Burrell worked as a sous chef at Japanese hot spots Uchi and Uchiko after having worked with Tom Aikens in London. Her role at Kulture led her to become a James Beard Award Semi-Finalist for 2020 Best Chef: Texas. She is also a former 2000 Olympian who traveled with the USA Field and Track team. Dawn Burrell's meals are wholesome global comfort food.Photo by Amy ScottIn a press release, the chef said, "It is with a heavy hear... https://www.houstonpress.com/restaurants/fiori-flowers-flower-child-blooms-hrw-begins-11485623
Here's How to Make Your Fresh-Cut Flowers Last - StyleBlueprintMonday, August 24, 2020
If they’re already browning or turning yellow when you’re going to purchase them, they will most likely last one or two more days,” says Mattie Bush, owner of Amelia’s Flower Truck in Nashville, TN. “On the other hand, if a flower looks a little sad and droopy, touch the stem and see if it’s sturdy. If the stem is still holding up, the flower will most likely revive once you get it in water and out of direct sunlight.”Greg Campbell, co-owner of Garden District in Memphis, TN, adds, “Take a look at the water in the bucket holding the flowers you are considering. Is it clean and debris free? If not, there’s a pretty good chance the flowers have been around a while.”RELATED: The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Flower Arranging We are grateful to all our sponsors:Pro Tip #3: Get your flowers home quickly.It might go without saying, but get your bouquet home and into a vase as soon as possible. Leaving flowers in a hot car during the summer months is the fastest way to end up with distressed buds.Pro Tip #4: Trim the stems and remove the leaves.Our experts unanimously agree that trimming flowers is crucial since it opens their stems back up to drink water more efficiently. Lauren Stanfield, owner of Louisville, KY’s Fleur and Frond flower truck, advises, “With clean floral scissors, trim the stems underwater.” She suggests submerging them and making angled cuts below the water level, allowing the stems to pull in water without getting any air along with it. She also recommends removing any leaves that will be below water level, which helps keep debris out of the vase, leading to less opportunity for bacteria to form.Pro Tip #5: Use lukewarm water and change it often.Once you’ve selected the container in which you plan to display your fresh flowers, wash it with soap and water to remove any bacteria from prior use and then add water. Seems pretty simple — you just turn on the sink and fill, right? Not exactly. “Flowers have a preference just like us,” Lauren says. “If you want to get technical, the water should be around 100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit.” While there are a handful of flowers that prefer colder water temps, mainly those that are grown from a bulb, it’s typically best to stick with lukewarm or room temperature water. Greg adds, “The warmer water helps stimulate the flowers’ absorption and keeps them happy and hydrated.”Replacing vase water at least every few days, if not more freq... https://styleblueprint.com/everyday/how-to-make-fresh-cut-flowers-last/
Buy THESE 10 Cut Flowers (They Last the Longest!) - StyleBlueprintMonday, August 24, 2020
Dr. Seuss story. It’s a member of the Amaranth family and sometimes lasts over two weeks.EryngoMattie Bush, owner of Amelia’s Flower Truck in Nashville, TN, is big on Eryngo. An eye-catching flowering herb, it’s bluish-purple, prickly looking, and resembles a thistle. Also referred to as Flat Sea Holly, Eryngo has an incredibly long vase life, sometimes lasting well over two weeks. We are grateful to all our sponsors:LimoniumLimonium is another one of Mattie’s choices. Also known as Sea Lavender, even though it has no relation to lavender at all, Limonium looks more fragile than it is. Often used for bouquet filler, Limonium can last one to two weeks, and it retains its color when dried out.Magnum MumsMagnum Mums round out Mattie’s top three long-lasting flowers. An oversized chrysanthemum with hundreds of petals, the beautiful bloom is an impressive flower that can last up to two weeks.RanunculusLauren is a fan of using Ranunculus for long-lasting arrangements. These beautiful flowers look like they’re crafted out of tissue paper. They resemble mini roses in bloom, making them a popular choice for wedding bouquets. They’re winter hardy, come in a variety of vivid colors, and last 10 to 12 days after being cut.Top row, left to right: Celosia, Amaryllis, Ranunculus; Bottom row, left to right: Limonium, mums, EryngoNow that you know which flowers last the longest, click here to read “Expert Tips to Make Fresh Cut Flowers Last.”**********Find more great tips that make life easier in our archives. Click HERE!span class="ctx-article-... https://styleblueprint.com/everyday/fresh-cut-flowers-that-last-the-longest/
Maker Space: Eden Garrett's idea blossomed - NWAOnlineThursday, March 12, 2020
It was an immediate success, as she suspected it would be. She originally got the idea from a business she saw in Nashville, Tenn., where a woman was selling bouquets out of an open-air Volks-wagen. Eden Garrett (left), with Eden's Botanicals, visits with Sam Carlton at the entrance of her new brick and mortar store Friday, February 7, 2020, located at Uptown Apartments and Retail in Fayetteville. Garrett started her business with a mobile flower truck. Check out nwadg.com/photos for a photo gallery.(NWA Democrat-Gazette/David Gottschalk) "So with mine I thought, 'How do I make that not so seasonal?'" says Garrett. "Because with hers, I noticed that if it rained, she had to close, and then she would have to close for a portion of the year until it was warmer weather. I thought, 'I'm going to do something where people walk right inside, an immersive experience, where they're surrounded by flowers.'"The particular genius of Garrett's idea is that the mobility of the business means it can be placed in well-traveled places, catering to those who may have forgotten a special event, only to be reminded of it when they see the flower truck."Mostly, it's targeted towards men who have no idea what they're doing," says Garrett with a laugh. "Maybe they're in trouble with their girlfriend or wife, and they're like, 'I need some flowers.' And maybe they're intimidated to walk inside a full-on florist because they think, 'I don't know if a twenty-dollar bill can get me what she deserves,' or 'I don't know what colors.' But if a guy comes in my truck and says, 'Here's a twenty-dollar bill, make me something -- her favorite color is pink,' then I can customize it to their price point. There's no minimum or maximum -- it's whatever they happen to have in their pocket."After graduation, Garrett spent about a year in Springfield running the truck before deciding to move to Northwest Arkansas."I love Northwest Arkansas," she says. "There are so many opportunities for growth here. And because I work out of a truck, I can go from Fayetteville to Rogers to Springdale to Bentonville and all of those towns in between -- so I catch more people than just being in the middle of Springfield."Garrett says part of the process of becoming a successful business person was learning how to be flexible when business was in a slow period."I'm just motivated every day to push forward and make the sales higher each day -- even if it's really slow, even if, that day, no one wants flowers," she says. "I'll think, 'OK, what else can I do? Can I do deliveries? Can I announce on social media that all bouquets are $5 or that delivery is free on this particular day?' Each day, I'm going to make as much money as I can and provide an excellent product."She's also available for parties and weddings; one popular option for celebrations are the custom flower crowns partygoers can make inside the truck.Garrett says she's wanted to own a business since she was a child. Her first business idea -- a boutique that would serve as both a makeup salon as well as an event space, so you could get ready for a party right there at the site -- came to her when she was just 10 years old."My mom owned her own business, and I was just super fascinated by it," she says. "I've always known I didn't want to have a 9-to-5 job where I sit behind a desk all day -- that's just not who I am. I've always wanted to own my own business."It's clear that her youth isn't holding her back. Eden's Flower Truck was recognized at the 2019 Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Excellence i... https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2020/feb/13/maker-space-eden-garrett-s-idea-blossom/
New Flower Shop to Open in Downtown Franklin - Williamson SourceSunday, February 09, 2020
A new flower shop called The Merry Stem will open in downtown Franklin at 117a 5th Avenue North. Since the closing of Franklin Flower Shop, which has since merged with Rebel Hill Florist in Nashville, this will be the return of a floral shop in downtown Franklin.The shop will offer unique, high-end floral designs for daily delivery, corporate accounts, events, and other special occasions, shared owner Lauren Bourgeois.Customers will also have the option to order online and request delivery. Walk-in service will also be available.“In addition to flowers, we will offer cards, candles, chocolates, houseplants, vases/pots, and other specially curated items including unique vintage prints, pieces, etc,” Bourgeois added.Bourgeois moved to Williamson County when she was four years old and her fond memories of Franklin are one of the many reasons why she chose to open The Merry Stem.“I’ve always loved Historic Downtown Franklin, and I’ve always loved flowers. The Lord put the desire in my heart years ago when I was working at an amazing flower shop in Nashville, and it was really just a dream until about five months ago when He started providing the means for it to become a reali... https://williamsonsource.com/new-flower-shop-to-open-in-downtown-franklin/
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/