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4 local, women-owned flower and plant shops to check out right now - NEXTpittsburghWednesday, March 31, 2021
Phillips says. “Our customers are creating beauty in an unsettling time.”City Grows. Photo by TH Carlisle.City Grows, 5208 Butler St., Lawrenceville and 1659 Smallman St., Strip DistrictPatty Ciotoli caught the gardening bug from her mom. In 2014, the budding entrepreneur quit her real estate job to follow her dream of opening an organic gardening and gift shop.City Grows sprouted in a tiny Lawrenceville storefront and now has additional digs at The Terminal in the Strip District (a fitting location given the site’s history as a produce depot).The new 1,885-square-foot showroom, bathed in natural light, boasts 24-foot ceilings, allowing Ciotoli to sell not only small plants but towering palm trees, too. Inventory changes week to week since plants sell fast these days.Shop by appointment at the Lawrenceville store or stop by the Strip location for some socially distanced browsing. You can pick up everything from seeds and soils to skincare products and succulents. Houseplants make great roommates, especially during a pandemic.A floral pop-up display in Aspinwall. Photo courtesy of Fox and the Fleur.Fox and the Fleur, online Anna Dickson has a good aesthetic eye.After working in New York City for stylists such as Tommy Hilfiger and Dolce & Gabbana, she moved to Fox Chapel and started growing flowers in her backyard. Dickson gifted bouquets to family and friends, who marveled at the way the thoughtfully arranged flowers changed the energy of a space.An online business arose from those random acts of kindness. Fox and the Fleur, which Dickson operates out of her garage, is a full-service flower shop. Through a partnership with Eleven Mile Farm just outside of Pittsburgh, she offers socially distanced workshops in the great outdoors that help other women find their creative voice.While Dickson searches for a permanent brick-and-mortar location, she’s getting back to her roots by orchestrating pop-up floral installations throughout the city. She fills garbage cans with spring blooms and beautifies street lamps with colorful vines.“I love the power color and nature have to really shift someone’s mindset,” she says. “I do these pop-ups just to brighten the spirits of the community in a time when it’s really needed.”Photo courtesy of Perrico Plant Co.Perrico Plant Co., 158 41st St. (pick up only), LawrencevilleAbi Falcioni’s business caters to those who migh... https://nextpittsburgh.com/city-design/4-local-women-owned-flower-and-plant-shops-to-check-out-right-now/
Have You Spotted the Giant Floral Displays Popping Up Around the City? - Pittsburgh MagazineWednesday, March 31, 2021
Lawrenceville last week — and more unexpected blooms are on the way. Located on the corner of 43rd and Butler streets, the florals were the third in a series of pop-up floral installations by Fox and the Fleur owner Anne Dickson, who has operated her full-service, online floral business from her Fox Chapel garage since 2016.“It’s a way to bring joy, even momentary joy, into people’s lives,” she told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the whimsical displays. A mother of three boys who previously worked for Tommy Hilfiger and Dolce & Gabbana, Dickson says she came up with the idea for the installations after seeing florist Lewis Miller Design’s “Flower Flash” project in New York City. In February, she installed her first display, wrapping garlands of flowers around the columns of Shadyside’s Family House — which provides a “home away from home” for patients and their families seeking medical treatment in Pittsburgh. “To all of the healthcare workers and all of the patients and their families, this one’s for you!” Dickson wrote on Instagram of the project. Later that month, she spruced up her hometown area, coating a light pole and corner on Brilliant Avenue in Aspinwall with flowers. In early March, she struck again, creating an enormous bouquet atop a recycling bin on Pe... https://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/have-you-spotted-the-giant-floral-displays-popping-up-around-the-city/
CBS2 Investigates TerrysFlorist.com: ‘Of Course I Didn’t Get Any Refund’ - CBS New YorkSunday, February 28, 2021
Red Bank, and they did not have any records of the company.Now receiving dozens of complaints weekly is Terry McPherson who owns similar-sounding Terry’s Florals in Lake Butler, Florida.“It’s very time-consuming and it’s very hurtful to a small business,” McPherson said. “You’re like, ‘What did I do?’ And then it’s not even my shop.”Consumer credit expert Paul Oster points out Terry’s doesn’t list a physical address under its “Contact Us” link – a common red flag.“SEO optimization has made it very easy for companies to appear that they’re local,” said Paul Oster, president of Better Qualified. “Call the business and tell them you want to stop by.”And when ordering flowers, he says make sure the vendor guarantees no substitutions. He says get orders in writing because emails are admissible in the court of law.Terry’s says it’s “committed to perfecting the customer experience” and “has hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers.”MORE NEWS: 1 Injured In Manhole Fire In Midtown; FDNY, Utility Crews On SceneThe New Jersey Attorney General’s office says it has received eight complaints against Terry’s. Mastercard says it has raised concerns with the merchant’s bank. https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2021/02/12/cbs2-investigates-terrysflorist-com-of-course-i-didnt-get-any-refund/
Paul Burrell says wife cried over gay wedding revelation - Stock Daily DishWednesday, December 11, 2019
Paul Burrell tells of how he and his former wife cried when he told her he was going to marry his gay lover and how he feels ‘selfish‘ at hurting her Princess ‘s former butler Paul Burrell has spoken of the moment he told his ex-wife that he was going to wed his gay lover.The 58-year-old revealed he and Maria broke down into tears during Paul‘s agonising revelation, and that Maria warned how he faced losing their two sons.Mr Burrell, 58, now a florist living in Cheshire, will wed his lawyer partner Graham Cooper, 58, next month and they have reportedly been together for up to a decade.The father-of-two divorced his Maria, 63, last year and the wedding was the first public acknowledgement that he is gay – despite a source close to Mr Burrell claiming the only person her ever told about his sexuality was Diana.Burrell told how he feels ‘selfish‘ about the decision as he had ‘hurt the most important people‘ in his life.He told the newspaper: ‘Myself and Maria have been to hell and back. Our marriage lasted 32 years, and I still want to be there for her. We cried, when I told Maria I was marrying Graham.‘And she said, “Does that mean we’ll never be togeth... https://stockdailydish.com/paul-burrell-says-wife-cried-over-gay-wedding-revelation/
Teleflora Recognizes Michael Kraft of Nanz & Kraft Florists as the 2019 Tom Butler “Floral Retailer of The Year” - PerishableNewsTuesday, October 22, 2019
Palm Springs, CA – Teleflora, the world’s leading floral delivery service, today honors the late Michael Kraft of Nanz & Kraft Florists in Louisville, Kentucky, with the fifth annual Tom Butler “Floral Retailer of the Year” Award. David Kraft, co-owner of Nanz & Kraft Florists, accepted the award on his behalf. The Honorary Award recognizes a retail florist and Teleflora member who best exemplifies the legacy of Teleflora’s former Chairman, Tom Butler. The announcement took place at the American Floral Endowment (AFE)Fundraising Dinner in conjunction with the Society of American Florists’ (SAF) AnnualConvention in Amelia Island, Florida. Established in 2015, the “Floral Retailer of the Year”Award was created to honor former Chairman Tom Butler, who was devoted toserving as a trusted business partner, friend and innovator to independentretail florists across the U.S. and Canada. In addition to leading a superbretail operation, the awarded florist must show commitment to servicing theircommunity, being a steadfast ambassador in the floral industry, and offeringmeaningful guidance to fellow florists. “Michael Kraft’s incrediblecontribution to the floral industry and to his ... https://www.perishablenews.com/floral/teleflora-recognizes-michael-kraft-of-nanz-kraft-florists-as-the-2019-tom-butler-floral-retailer-of-the-year/
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/