Valencia Flower Shop News
Steve's Valencia Florist closing after 45 years - Santa Clarita Valley SignalTuesday, April 16, 2019
When you enter Steve’s Valencia Florist, a small business off Lyons Avenue in Newhall, the door always chimes a cheery “Ding dong.” In recent years, it has chimed a little longer. On repeat, on repeat, on repeat — mostly because Penny the pit bull, the resident pet, likes to sit in an exact spot a foot from the door that will cause the sensor to keep pulsing.Penny will greet anyone on a quest to find the best flower with a droopy look in her eyes, and a slight, friendly pant of her tongue, enjoying the company each time a customer walks through to find the best pot, the best plant, the best bloom to suit their occasion.“She gets mad if she doesn’t get to come here,” her owner, Jan Hanauer, said with a chuckle.But Penny is the last to know that, on Saturday, she will lie there for the last time as Steve’s Valencia Florist closes its doors after 45 years of business.“Penny doesn’t know we’re closing,” Hanauer said on Wednesday, three days before the last day of operations and three days before she’ll sell the ... https://signalscv.com/2019/01/steves-valencia-florist-closing-after-45-years/
Santa Clarita Florist, Community Fixture Dies After Complications From Fall - KHTS RadioTuesday, August 15, 2017
By Pearl ObispoLongtime Santa Clarita resident Steve Hanauer – the “Steve” in Steve’s Valencia Florist – died Wednesday night from complications stemming from a fall he sustained the previous day.Don’t miss a thing. Get breaking KHTS Santa Clarita News Alerts delivered right to your inbox.Not just a florist, Hanauer was also a fixture in the Santa Clarita community, known for his generous support of local charities including the SCV Senior Center and the SCV Boys and Girls Club.“He was very proud of this valley,” said his widow, Jan Hanauer. “He loved the people. He was very prominent with the ‘old-school Santa Clarita’ community and was always willing to help.”The local entrepreneur owned and operated Steve’s Florist since 1974 – which makes it the oldest full-service flower shop in Santa Clarita. Prior to the Santa Clarita location, Hanauer owned flower shops in San Fernando and Brentwood.The business expanded at one point to three locations in the Santa Clarita Valley, but Jan Hanauer said they later decided to dwindle it down to one – the original and current locati... http://www.hometownstation.com/santa-clarita-news/community-news/santa-clarita-florist-community-fixture-dies-after-complications-from-fall-200557
Santa Clarita florist Steve Hanauer dies at 76 - Santa Clarita Valley SignalTuesday, August 15, 2017
Florist and community leader Steve Hanauer died Wednesday at age 76, due to complications from a fall. He opened Steve’s Valencia Florist on Lyons Ave. in 1974.Steve and his wife Jan’s paths had crossed long before they started dating in 1986. Steve had been a friend of Jan’s father, and Jan had been a student in a Regional Occupational Program floral design class at John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills.In 1986, Jan called to order flowers, “and we were both newly single,” Jan said. “He had a certain charm, a way of joking with people. And he was tall, and I’m tall, so that helped.”When they started dating, Steve sent Jan a single rose the first day, two the second day, and more each day until she received a dozen.Steve Hanauer, owner of Steve’s Valencia Florist, died Wednesday at age 76. Courtesy photo.By that point, Steve Hanauer had been running the shop on Lyons Ave. for twelve years, having moved up from San Fernando, where he’d also run a flower shop.Hanauer got started in the flower business in junior college, when he and a friend got jobs driving a florist’s delivery truck. The friend end...
Feature Film Florist Jenny Tobin Joins Queen Victoria's Festival of Flowers Voyage - PR Newswire (press release)Tuesday, April 11, 2017
VALENCIA, Calif., March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Luxury travel brand Cunard has today announced leading film and TV floral designerJenny Tobin will join its first-ever Festival of Flowers voyage this summer on Queen Victoria, giving guests the opportunity to explore some of the Atlantic Isles' most awe-inspiring gardens and floral landscapes. Jenny Tobin is renowned for her work on blockbuster films such as "Allied" and "Fantastic Beasts, and Where to Find Them," as well as for her floral arrangements at the most soughtafter hotels around the world and even for the British Royal Family. Jenny will be imparting her knowledge, tips and insight into her career during the voyage, which departs following Queen Victoria's refurbishment this June. Jenny Tobin and her original bouquet created for Cunard.
Cunard bellman showcasing Jenny Tobin bouquet in London.
"With the increasing popularity of gardening and flower arranging, we felt it was important... http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/feature-film-florist-jenny-tobin-joins-queen-victorias-festival-of-flowers-voyage-300428119.html
Santa Clarita Facebook Group Organizes Gift Basket Collection For First Responders - KHTS RadioTuesday, April 11, 2017
Scanner),” is a closed Santa Clarita online group that allows citizens to post and ask questions concerning local news, held a gift basket collection event on Saturday, April 8 at Meadows Park, Valencia.The gift baskets were assembled and given to the SCV Sheriff’s Station and California Highway Patrol officers stationed at the Newhall Office.“We are collecting donations for baskets that we are putting together for the sheriff station to say thank you for their hard work,” according to Jenn Dumars, an administrator for the online community group. Christine Hart-Horwitz created and organized the event, which was hosted by the admins, she added.The collections are starting up again next month, Dumars added.“Beginning May 1, we will begin pro-actively collecting donations for the (Los Angeles County) Fire Department,” she said.“Helicopters, Lights & Sirens” is a 12,000-plus-person social media group that shares information about emergency situations as they’re occurring.The group also allows regional news articles and self-posts concerning community news and events that affect local residents. http://www.hometownstation.com/santa-clarita-latest-news/santa-clarita-facebook-group-organizes-gift-basket-collection-for-first-responders-188620
Shopping for holiday decor at the L.A. flower mart - Los Angeles TimesSunday, February 09, 2020
Holiday orchids at the Los Angeles Flower Market.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times) We got up early and went wild retail harvesting with the pair at the Southern California Flower Market and Original Los Angeles Flower Market to see exactly how Juhos and Renna envision a winter forest, without going near a single silver spray-painted branch. Advertisement What does “Winter Forest” mean to you?Juhos: “It’s England, cozy, not wet but damp, think evergreen, snow, the smell of juniper and pine and that feeling you get when you walk into the mountains and being in that environment.”What about using what’s in your yard to decorate?Renna: “Forage, we encourage that. Look outside and you will be amazed at how much is there.” Advertisement How can we break away from that traditional holiday look?Juhos: “It’s psychological; you don’t have to do what your parents did. If your family had a fake tree, it doesn’t mean you have to. Start your own tradition. Trust what you like. People have collections of heirlooms from their families, incorporate those but still make it new.” Nicole Renna gathers her selection at O&J Growers in the early morning hours at the Los Angeles Flower Market.(Al Seib/Los Angeles Times) What’s the biggest mistake people make in their holiday decor? Renna: “They don’t take enough risks. People think there are rules — red balls, gold balls — but there are no rules. That’s the beauty of design: Make your own rules. If you want to have a pink Christmas, do a pink Christmas.”What are you looking for when you go to the flower market?Juhos: “Special things. Unique. Ideally long-lasting; we don’t want to be selling stuff that’s going to die in a day. We look for the freshest product possible, like a chef going straight to a farm.” Nicole Renna with protea at the Los Angeles Flower Market.(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times) Advertisement Do you like poinsettias?Renna: “We like them. But people assume that means the red ones with the foil you buy at the supermarket. That’s not the kind we’re talking about. The nontraditional colors are actually really pretty; there’s a light pink one, a sherbet color, a beautiful gold. Just use one in an arrangement.”Fiore Designs’ favorite stalls at the Southern California Flower Market... https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2019-12-14/browsing-the-la-flower-mart
Gardening: Succulents not only save water and money, but offer other benefits - OCRegisterSunday, February 09, 2020
Santa Barbara growing grounds.The proliferation of succulents among the nursery’s selections may be attributed to a number of factors, but the long periods of drought in California over the past four decades is foremost among them. During this time, many municipalities have resorted to water rationing that makes the planting of lawns, for example, which need almost daily irrigation during the summer to stay lush, problematic. When lawns are removed, succulents — many of which are quite parsimonious when it comes to water consumption — are often called upon to fill the void.There are other reasons which explain why succulents have become the preference of many. Their slow growth means maintenance is less intense than in a garden of more traditional plant fare. Thus, a weekly gardening service is no longer required and the gardener’s monthly service fee is saved. Since there is no mowing and less pruning in a succulent than in a traditionally leafy garden, disposal of green matter is also less of a concern.For years, it was assumed that in order to have a garden of constant color, you needed to plant vivid annual flowers in every season. This was a somewhat costly proposition, however, especially when compared to a garden of evergreen and colorful succulents, where red, blue, yellow, green, pink, and gold are on display 365 days a year.Beyond savings in water, labor, money, and green waste, there is a bonus in store for those who wish to transition to succulents. When yo... https://www.ocregister.com/gardening-succulents-not-only-save-water-and-money-but-offer-other-benefits
Castle Rock florist to design 'Parasite' Oscars party - The ColumbianSunday, February 09, 2020
We will just add the extra flair once we get there.”Vorse will buy most of his flowers and design product once he’s in California, he said. But he also plans to take “a little piece of Washington with us,” because locally grown flowers are “just the best,” he said. Plus, some of those species aren’t readily available in Los Angeles. The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. Subscribe Today Vorse flies out Thursday, “teleporting Pollen to Los Angeles.”(Vorse said he will fully stock the Castle Rock stop, so it will remain open in his absence.)That Friday and Saturday, Vorse will buy his materials and prep his design team. Pollen hired about 10 Los Angeles-based freelance designers to help.Sunday morning before the Oscars, the team will install their pieces for the event, which starts at 4 p.m.“It’s just another moment to allow us to push to the next level creatively, and even mechanically to be able to figure out new designs and presentations, like the suspended pieces,” Vorse said. “It’s just pushing (Pollen) to the next level.” ... https://www.columbian.com/news/2020/feb/05/castle-rock-florist-to-design-parasite-oscars-party/
Column: Farmers Open fixture: San Diego Police officer Ganley bounces from flowers to fugitives to fairways - The San Diego Union-TribuneSunday, February 09, 2020
Torrey Pines was hiring a golf starter. She had been wowed by Long Island’s Shinnecock Hills, ranked as the best U.S. Open track in history by Golfweek in 2018. Advertisement The Southern California gem hugging the Pacific Ocean coastline stole her breath, though. Still does.“I fell in love with this place,” said Ganley, 57.Along the way, a friend who worked in the police department arranged a ride-along. One thing led to another and, in 1998, she entered the police academy.Ganley shifted to the department’s Special Events Unit and a rare road presented itself. After providing security for a Rolling Stones concert at the Sports Arena, fans long gone and the house lights up, grizzled guitarist Richards sauntered out and parked near Ganley and an EMS worker.“Keith comes out and he’s watching the roadies,” she said. “He’s like, ‘I love watching the roadies. They’re the coolest.’ When they were playing, Sheryl Crow opened for them. So I’m standing stage-right and she’s standing right next to me. I’m like, Mick Jagger is right in front of me and Sheryl Crow is right next to me.“I’m a huge Stones fan, so I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ ” San Diego police officer Debbie Ganley, left, handles security for Phil Mickelson during the Farmers Insurance Open. Ganley has been the officer in charge since 2002.(Courtesy photo) Memories at Torrey Pines, though, linger most. She was there for seven of Tiger’s eight wins. She was there in 2004, when Daly picked up the last of his five PGA Tour victories. She was there in 2016, when wicked winds uprooted trees and forced a fan-less final round as Brandt Snedeker lifted the trophy in surreal silence. Advertisement When Armen Keteyian co-authored the book “Tiger Woods,” he interviewed Ganley because of her many interactions with the star. She talks about the parents of player Pat Perez on a first-name basis, with a warmth reserved for family.A smile rushed across Ganley’s face as she drifted back to 2008, when a Golf Digest essay contest tied to the U.S. Open selected a random player to play with NFL quarterback Tony Romo, entertainer Justin Timberlake and TV host Matt Lauer.“The USGA said to me, only people with passes are allowed inside the ropes,” said Ganley, who will retire from the department in September. “I’m looking at passes, ‘You need to be outside the ropes,’ ‘You need to be outside the ropes,’ ‘You need to be outside the ropes.’ I wasn’t looking at faces.“I looked up at one point and I was kicking out (Hall of Famer and Masters winner) Freddy Couples. I’m like, ‘I’m sorry, Freddy.’ He laughs and I said, ‘You can stay.’ The rest of the round, he kept asking, ‘Am I OK?’ He is one of the nicest people ever.” San Diego police officer Debbie Ganley, the officer in charge at the Farmers Insurance Open since 2002, was given the tournament’s inaugural Hometown Hero Award.(Bryce Mille... https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/sports-columnists/story/2020-01-17/farmers-insurance-open-golf-san-diego-police-office-deborah-ganley-tiger-woods-phil-mickelson-john-daly