Local Flower Shop News
The flower truck he bought on Craigslist is his COVID lifeline - Los Angeles TimesWednesday, December 02, 2020
Welcome to our comprehensive gift guide for the 2020 holiday season. Nemuel DePaula sells flowers out of his truck in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District.(Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times) “I try to make them different from what you’ll find at the grocery store,” he says. “Everyone hates carnations and roses, but I include them, and people love it.”Developer Lina Lee, who invited DePaula to set up shop inside a 600-square-foot apartment alongside Tartine in Santa Monica, says he is not your “conventional florist.”“He picks exotic blooms and purposely looks for undervalued or quirky flowers,” she says. “It’s actually very focused. It’s a fun lesson every time I visit his shop.”Around L.A., DePaula is known for his all-day pop-ups, where he sells flowers, handmade gifts by local artists, plants, and his own line of cards. (“Love from Los Angeles” is a hot seller.)He is also known for building a business focused on inclusion. As an immigrant from Brazil, DePaula is keenly aware of the importance of embracing all the people who visit his truck.“A student told me that he used my Instagram in a school project because I highlight all types of people,” he says. “I want to showcase the people who come to the truck. Every background. Every color. Young. Old. Transgender. I know people are tired of the word ‘community,’ but it’s time for us to take the word ‘community’ back.” path d="M556.869,30.41 C554.814,30.41 553.148,32.076 553.148,34.131 C553.148,36.186 554.814,37.852 556.869,37.852 C558.924,37.852 560.59,36.186 560.59,34.131 C560.59,32.076 558.924,30.41 556.869,30.41 M541,60.657 C535.114,60.657 530.342,55.887 530.342,50 C530.342,44.114 535.114,39.342 541,39.342 C546.887,39.342 551. https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-11-12/lenita-by-grita-flower-truck-covid-lifeline
'Full Bloom' flower competition serves comfort on HBO Max - Los Angeles TimesWednesday, December 02, 2020
TV. We found people are completely obsessed with flowers and have been for a long time if you look at social media. It’s just been slow to get to the television world.”Eureka, which has offices in Los Angeles and Dening’s native home, Australia, has been protective about releasing early episodes or even a trailer of “Full Bloom,” which was shot outdoors in the August heat at its studio in Simi Valley. But here are the basics: The show starts with 10 contestants — three of whom are based in Los Angeles — who are given a series of solo challenges and team challenges. Every episode one contestant is sent home, and at the end of the eighth episode the last artiste standing is the winner of the $100,000 grand prize. Lifestyle Things plant lovers can make plans to do in L.A. right now Lifestyle Things plant lovers can make plans to do in L.A. right now Here are things plant lovers can do this month and next, from holiday shopping to classes in fall planting, in and around L.A. This is a gentle competition between the contestants, said Dening. “It’s not a stem-throwing fistfight. It’s not about you going to snap the necks off your competitors’ orchids while they’re not looking.”But there is a competitive spirit. “We didn’t just want a soft warm-feeling flower show,” he said. “We wanted it to have some teeth, so we wanted to find people who would not only be willing to compete on the show but take it seriously and want to win.”The cast and crew had to sequester themselves at a nearby hotel when they weren’t filming to keep everyone safe from the coronavirus, and rumor is that it got so hot on the set, some people came close to passing out. That’s not the best environment for delicate flowers, so that provided an extra challenge for the contestants.But the judges are legit big-name florists — Simon Lycett of London, whose A-list celebrity clients include the royal family (he did the flowers for Prince Charles’ second wedding); Elizabeth Cronin, owner and founder of the famed Asrai Garde... https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-11-07/escape-2020-with-full-bloom-its-like-the-great-british-baking-show-with-flowers
Longtime owner of Continental Florist dies - Vestavia VoiceSunday, January 17, 2021
Longtime owner of 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.
How a Milwaukee florist knew Giannis Antetokounmpo would likely sign his supermax contract with the Bucks before the rest of the world - Milwaukee Journal SentinelSunday, January 17, 2021
Sophie Carson Milwaukee Journal SentinelShow Caption Hide Caption Florist Emily Neubauer keeps Giannis Antetokounmpo floral arrangement a secretWhen florist Emily Neubauer was asked to create Greek-themed and deer antler arrangements. She knew it had to do with the Bucks Giannis AntetokounmpoMike De Sisti, Milwaukee Journal SentinelFlorist Emily Neubauer knows how to keep a secret.As owner of Belle Fiori on Milwaukee's east side, she often gets the inside scoop about surprise birthday parties and marriage proposals from clients who want flowers to accompany their special occasions.But recently, she learned a secret the whole world was clamoring to find out.Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo was likely signing his supermax contract extension. He'd stay in Milwaukee five more years.More: 'This is my home, this is my city': Giannis Antetokounmpo is now the pride of MilwaukeeMore: Giannis Antetokounmpo commits to Milwaukee and the Bucks: What it means for everyoneWhen an event planner asked her shop for two table centerpieces for a... https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/2020/12/16/milwaukee-florist-had-inside-scoop-giannis-antetokounmpos-contract/3916678001/
Clarksville florist heading to DC to decorate the White House for Christmas - NewsChannel5.comSunday, January 17, 2021
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Clarksville floral designer is taking her talents to the White House. Out of thousands of people who applied, Kassie Peterson was chosen as one of the florists to join the White House Christmas decorating crew."It was a humbling thing because I enjoy it so much and they always say find something you would do for free as a job," Peterson said.Peterson opened her floral shop "Kassie Kay Floral Designs" back in June on Franklin Street in downtown Clarksville during the midst of the pandemic. "It's been very challenging," said Peterson. "We had to dial back a lot of our workshops and in-person events."She says going to the White House for this opportunity was a dream come true."This year it was one of my reach goals for 2020," Peterson said. "I try to be a goal setter, it keeps me on task and this was one of my reach goals for 2020 so I was ecstatic when I heard the news."Peterson will leave for D.C. on Thanksgiving day. She will be assisting the first lady in preparing the White House for the holidays, spending three days, 11 hours each decorating."Super honoring and the idea that people come from all over the country and give time an... https://www.newschannel5.com/news/clarksville-florist-heading-to-d-c-to-decorate-the-white-house-for-christmas
Budding florists get day in the sun in new reality series - Your ValleySunday, January 17, 2021
P) — They designed epic floral statements in limited time with some very intense judges, but the contestants on the new reality competition series “Full Bloom” did not wilt under pressure.Ten budding florists from around the United States compete in wildly creative floral design challenges on the eight-episode HBO Max series. It debuts Thursday on the streaming service.Contestants accept two themed challenges per episode -- with the luxury of choosing from the best blooms -- and spin flowers into art. The show lifts the curtain on the high-pressure world of floral design and what it takes to be successful. It’s not as easy as it may seem.“It’s not just about who’s making the most beautiful bouquet. That is part of it. We all have to make beautiful things for our clients. But it is so much about the journey of being in the floral industry, which people just do not understand," judge Elizabeth Cronin said.While it may appear that florists just “play with flowers,” she said, the work can and does lead to injuries, and the show reveals “the real deal of what it is to be a florist.”Cronin is one of the show’s three judges, along with Simon Lycett and Maurice Harris, all well-known in the floral design world and with some famous clients. https://www.yourvalley.net/stories/budding-florists-get-day-in-the-sun-in-new-reality-series,200666
Calif. flower shop with no connection to Capitol riot flooded with threats, negative reviews - SFGateSunday, January 17, 2021
Not long after pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, the angry yet puzzling calls started rolling into Becky’s Flowers, a florist in Roseville.But it didn’t end there. Over the past week, the family-owned business in Placer County has been subjected to hundreds of negative reviews on Google and Yelp, in addition to countless threatening comments on Facebook and Twitter. All of them were directed toward Jenny Cudd, a woman who was arrested Wednesday in connection with the riots and charged with two misdemeanors for entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct. Cudd was identified after she posted a video on Facebook bragging about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office being broken into during the riot, reports the AP. She also happens to be the proprietor of a florist called Becky’s Flowers in Midland, Texas — the source of the confusion for Aaron Alberti, who has owned and operated the Roseville Becky’s Flowers since 2004. Now, he’s trying to clear the air in order to save his business. https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Beckys-Flowers-Roseville-mistaken-Capitol-rioter-15871654.php