Fayette Flower Shop News
WRAL Small Business Spotlight: Fallon's Flowers celebrates 100 years in Raleigh - WRAL.comWednesday, March 31, 2021
Fallon family migrated to Raleigh in 1919 and began growing their own flowers in a series of greenhouses near Oakwood Cemetery.In 1920, the Fallons opened a retail shop on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, where they sold flowers for decades until they moved into the current building at 700 Saint Mary's St., which was originally a Piggly Wiggly.The business was eventually sold to the Brown-Wynne family and is now owned by the McCarthy family. The longest-working employee started helping in the greenhouses 45 years ago and still works at the Saint Mary's Street location.Frank Campisi has managed that location for 20 years. He said, while the ownership has changed, the family focus remains the same."I talk to customers who say, 'You did my mother's wedding 50 years ago,'" Campisi said. "It's just amazing. Or I meet three or four generations of family members that have all bought their corsages and boutonnieres here."Three times a week, refrigerated semi-trailer trucks deliver fresh flowers to Fallon's. Campisi said around 50,000 deliveries are made to customers each year, but the number of annual orders is probably closer to 100,000.The flowers come from all over the world, but Fallon's still utilizes some North Carolina growers. "We pull from everywhere -- we want to find the best, long-lasting flowers for customers," Campisi said.Fallon's customers can order plants and floral arrangements, stop by the shop to pick up a gift or even create their own bouquet. The shop is also known f... https://www.wral.com/wral-small-business-spotlight-fallon-s-flowers-celebrates-100-years-in-raleigh/19595753/
Fayetteville florist delivers flowers to families for soldiers overseas - WTVD-TVWednesday, March 31, 2021
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- As floral shops scramble to prepare and deliver orders for Valentine's Day, one Fayetteville flower shop is bringing smiles from loved stationed overseas.Owens Florist says they will fulfill up to 300 orders on Valentine's Day alone of both local and orders coming from deployed Fort Bragg soldiers.The shop's owner, Barbara Colman, said it's a special way to help soldiers stay in touch with their loved ones, even when they are far away from home."There's a lot of preparation, a lot of orders for flowers that need to be placed months ahead of time," said Colman.For the full staff on hand, it's more than just a busy flower delivery day."We love just giving that hometown feel that they aren't that far away. Because they can call us and order online we can just make their spouse happy during this difficult time," said Colman.Barbara says those needing last-minute bouquets might be out of luck, by the end of the day, the shop plans to sell out of all the Valentine's Day... https://abc11.com/owens-florist-barbara-colman-fayetteville-flower-shops/5931865/
East Bay Florists Say 'I Love You' to Valentine Customers After Months of Lockdown - CBS San FranciscoSunday, February 28, 2021
Love was also in the air at Floral Arts in Lafayette but much of it was coming from owner Nese Ganch to her staff who braved the coronavirus to work long hours as the orders continued to pour in.READ MORE: Trailers, RVs, Shed Burned at Industrial Yard in Oakland“We will celebrate it once we complete our last order for tomorrow,” Nese said. “I will open up a bottle of wine and we will celebrate it with my staff — and I have the best staff here!”Back in May, the city of Berkeley would not allow Ashby Flowers to sell anything direct from its small shop at Ashby and Telegraph, even though the Whole Foods next door could. At the time, owner Marcy Simon was so mad she made KPIX hide her face when speaking about it during an interview. As a result:“I got millions of phone calls, e-mails, social media comments and people ordering from us,” she said.The outpouring of support from the community warmed Marcy’s heart and, on Saturday with the rules now relaxed, customers lined up to buy flowers. Simon has become a bit more philosophical about the whole thing.“You know, it was early on, people didn’t know,” she said. “We have all become adjusted to functioning in a different way now so, for us, this is the new normal.”MORE NEWS: Santa Clara Officials Open COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic At Local FarmFlorists say this has actually been a good year for business as people search for ways to stay connected during the pandemic. https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2021/02/13/coronavirus-florists-valentine-day-traffic/
'For the community': Dunn volunteers deliver flowers to nursing homes during pandemic - The Fayetteville ObserverWednesday, December 02, 2020
Volunteers in Dunn assemble more than 1,400 flowers and cards to deliver to nursing homes for “Project Not Forgotten.”Rachael Riley The Fayetteville ObserverDUNN — Growing up, Jefferey Surles remembers visiting nursing homes with his mother, a former nurse who specialized in geriatric care. Recently Surles, a Cape Fear High School graduate who now owns a florist shop in Dunn, said he felt as if God was telling him to provide flowers to nursing home patients who are shut in during the coronavirus pandemic. “My mama always said that these people are forgotten,” Surles said. Similar to the “No Child Left Behind” slogan, he came up with the concept of “No Patient Left Behind.” On Monday, he put a notice on Facebook about his plan to deliver flowers to those patients. By Friday, dozens of volunteers assembled at the Dunn Community Center to make flower arrangements to deliver to 19 nursing homes in the region later in the day. More than $5,600 was raised to ensure more than 1,460 vases would be delivered to every patient at each nursing home. Surles said volunteers and others mad... https://www.fayobserver.com/story/news/2020/09/04/dunn-community-others-make-special-delivery-during-covid-19-pandemic/5719277002/
Lafayette flower shop donating free flowers to public service professionals - wlfi.comThursday, April 02, 2020
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — One Lafayette floral shop is showing us the power of the flower. Blooms and Petals Fresh Flowers owner is donating flowers to public service professionals during this pandemic. "I can't stop the coronavirus but I can control what I do and how I behave in my community," said Paula Davis, Owner of Blooms and Petals Fresh Flowers. Davis joins dozens of local business owners dealing with the negative impact of COVID-19. "We had many flowers, green carnations for St. Patrick's Day, that did not happen," said Davis. "We had weddings that were scheduled to come up that they had to cancel because of the uncertainty so it impacted and I had planned for these flowers 90 to 120 days in advance." With a surplus of flow... https://www.wlfi.com/content/news/Lafayette-flower-shop-donating-free-flowers-to-public-service-professionals-569172631.html
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/