Athens Flower Shop News
HER | Local decorator helps get homes ready for holidays - Texarkana GazetteWednesday, December 11, 2019
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/
Urbandale: Where business is blooming and helping one another is the way the neighborhood grows - south west michiganTuesday, April 16, 2019
Battle Creek but never expected to return after leaving for college and her ensuing several year as a resident of Grand Blanc.“We lived in Bedford for a bit and Athens,” says Elisha Hodge, owner of Plumeria Botanical Boutique. “I didn’t have a great high school experience and I never thought I would come back.”Hodge graduated from Central Michigan University and took a job in banking and later in financial advising. She had a good job, a dog, and a home in Grand Blanc, but realized she wasn’t happy with what she was doing.“I had this heart and this spirit, but the world kind of steps on you at times and I learned to be quiet,” Hodge says. A telephone call to her mother in Battle Creek set her life on a course she never expected to follow.“I was calling my mother and she said you should come home,” Hodge says. “My mom, my two sisters, their two families, and the rest of my family lives in Battle Creek. I don’t have a relative outside of Battle Creek. For years they were asking me to come back.”Hodge’s mother, Sandy, had worked for more than 30 years at the Country Bouquet Flower Shop located on West Michigan Avenue in Urbandale. The owner of the flower shop was planning to sell the business and at her mother’s urging, Elisha decided to throw caution to the wind. She put her house in Grand Blanc on the market.“My mom said I could take my banking background and her florist background and we could buy this business,” Hodge says. “When she mentioned it, I don’t know if any of us thought she was serious.”However, when Hodge’s Grand Blanc home sold in two weeks, she took it as a sign and moved back in June 2015 to embark on a new career as a business owner... http://www.secondwavemedia.com/southwest-michigan/features/Urbandale-Where-business-is-blooming-and-helping-one-another-is-the-way-neighborhood-grows1213.aspx
Liz Cooper & The Stampede Debut Album 'Window Flowers' Receiving Rave ReviewsTuesday, August 14, 2018
ATESAugust 18—Columbia, MO—Fortune FestAugust 24—Fishers, IN—Nickel Plate Amphitheater*August 26—Evanston, IL—Out of SPACE: Big Evanston Block PartyAugust 28—Athens, GA—Georgia Theatre†August 29—Savannah, GA—B&D Beer Garden†August 30—Asheville, NC—The Orange Peel†August 31—Charlotte, NC—Neighborhood Theatre†September 1—Charleston, SC—Charleston Music Hall†September 9—St. Louis, MO—LouFestSeptember 20—Nashville, TN—Musician’s CornerNovember 8—New Orleans, LA—One Eyed Jacks‡November 9—Austin, TX—Emo’s‡... https://guitargirlmag.com/news/music-news/liz-cooper-the-stampede-debut-album-window-flowers-receiving-rave-reviews/
Pomeroy Alumni hold banquetTuesday, June 19, 2018
Penny Hayes Holcomb of Lithopolis, Robert Murphy of Racine, Shelia Faulk Hollon of Chester, Jim and Becky Nease Anderson of Racine, Jennifer Menchini Kirby of Middleport, Sandy Bailley Mathews of Athens, Jane Wells Mitchell of Ravenswood, W.Va., Becky Hawley Ellis, Don Lambert, Jane Quivey, Janet St.Clair Peavley, Jerry Well, Paulette Hudson Harrison, John Goodwin, Sally Globokar Erwin, Loring Vaughan, Bonnie Banks Lightfoot and David Carr, all of Pomeroy.Officers elected for 2019 are William Young, President; William Francis, Vice President; Marcia Grueser Arnold and Thelma Davis Jeffers, secretary-treasurers.The executive committee elected includes Mary Scott Wise, April Shasteen Smith, Judy Wehrung Sisson, Lila Terrel Mitch, Charlene Diehl Rutherford, and Carol Strauss Kennedy.The advisory committee elected includes Norman Price, Carolyn Sisson Teaford, Jean Caston Hilton, Ed Kennedy and JoAnne Jones Williams.Ted Scott, Class of 1953, who lives in Westland, Michigan, was given a free ticket to next year’s banquet. The ticket was given by Madalyn Pickett Markham of Plantation, Florida. Markham graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1936. A second free ticket given by the alumni association went to Carolyn Brown Charles (1956), who comes to the banquet every year.Sara Hawk Cullumns (1938) celebrating her 80th anniversary and Belva Glaze (1943) celebrating her 75th anniversary were given purple and white flower arrangements.Many door prizes were given out and the ladies were given potted purple and white petunias at the conclusion of the meeting.Scholarship winners were also announced. (The winners will appear in a separate article).Singing of the Alma Mater and the benediction by Joe Kennedy closed the event. Group photos were taken of the reunion classes.Submitted by Marcia Arnold, secretary-treasurer. RECOMMENDED FOR YOU Load comments ... https://www.mydailysentinel.com/features/community/27230/pomeroy-alumni-holds-banquet
UPDATE: Local flower shop owner speaks out after robbery, one arrested - WVNS-TVTuesday, December 12, 2017
W. Va (WVNS) -- A man is in jail and another is on the run after the two came up with an elaborate plan to rob a local flower shop. The robbery happened last week at Colonial florist along Athens road in Princeton. Wesley Brown, the owner, said he feels lucky to be alive. "I'm scared to death if I see somebody walk in front my shop," Brown said. Brown said last week a man wearing a grey hoodie walked into his shop, knocked him to the ground, and stole his wallet that was full of cash and credit cards. "Took my wallet, keys to my car and I had $1,000 in my bill fold I collected over thanksgiving weekend and $95 dollars in my pocket," Brown said. But the man in the grey hoodie wasn't alone. While the robbery was taking place, another man was in the store. Eric Long was working in the flower shop for Brown in exchange for "flowers for a funeral." Little did Brown know, it was all part of a bigger plan. Brown told 59 News the men attacked him with a medal vase before running off together. Long was arrested on Tuesday but his accomplice is still on the run."He needs to be put away because if he done me that way, he will do somebody else. Maybe wors... http://www.wvnstv.com/local-news/mercer-county/troopers-man-arrested-for-robbing-princeton-floral-shop-/876091452
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/