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Small Business Spotlight: E. Stephen Hein - www.smileypete.comSunday, February 28, 2021
Terre Haute, Indiana. Then he was hired by Crystal Ice Palace, located in Lexington’s new Gardenside Shopping Center, in 1961. The developers of the center, Pierson-Trapp Co., operated the outdoor skating facility in winter and had a swim club called Cabana Club during the summertime, both of which closed around 1964.
Those same developers invited Hein to join as a managing partner in the Villager Gift Shop, he said. For several years, Hein ran the retail store: a bridal registry shop with gifts, antiques, an art gallery and framing department. The Villager Gift Shop was advertised in national magazines like House & Garden and House Beautiful, and gave Hein his first experience buying beautiful silk flowers, which had become available to the gift market “just after the horrible episode of awful plastic flowers for homes,” he recalled. By the time he changed the name of the shop to E. Stephen Hein, Inc., customers were coming in requesting silk flower arrangements en masse.
“I had to do an arrangement like I knew what I was doing,” Hein said with a laugh, recalling his early foray into floral arranging.
Over the next two decades, the gift shop in Gardenside closed and Hein became involved with a couple of other businesses and jobs, including a stint at W.P. Pemberton & Sons Greenhouses.
“I didn’t know what was going on with that shop, but I thought I wouldn’t mind going in to learn the flower shop business,” he said. It turned out that they were looking for a manager. Building off his experience with silk flower arrangements, he soon learned how to work with natural flowers and plants, and in 1987, he left Pemberton’s to open his own shop.
Today, Hein’s floral shop has turned into a true family affair, with his granddaughter, Kelsey Hein Smith, having worked alongside him since graduating from Eastern Kentucky University in 2017. A floral designer and the store’s social media manager, Smith calls her grandfather PoPo – except during business hours.
“It’s weird to call him Steve,” she admitted.
Thoughtful, artistic expression has always been appreciated in the floral business, and remains a staple of Hein’s business model. While centerpieces and corsages are less common than they were at the start of his business, sending flowers across town – or even across the country – remains a popular action, and Hein can help with both. Some of his loyal clients utilize his services not only for local flower delivery but also to coordinate out-of-state arrangements for funerals or special occasions.
“We know what to say to the other florist, the dos and don’ts of what to use and what not to use,” Hein said, explaining that his clients appreciate his specific aesthetic. His penchant for communicating the specifics of that aesthetic when “calling out” orders to other florists hasn’t gone unnoticed, as the shop has often been lauded for orders that Hein helps coordinate across the country.
Former and fellow florists have also expressed their gratitude to Hein over the years.
“They have told me that when I set up shop in Lexington in 1987, I raised the bar for what florists do to make a show with their flower arrangements,” he said. “I thought that was a very nice compliment.”
E. Stephen Hein Florist is located at 380 E. Second St. More info is available at www.estephenheinflorist.com.
Riverside small businesses prepare to reopen for coronavirus stage 2 - Press-EnterpriseWednesday, July 29, 2020
Gene Berkman arranges books Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Renaissance Book Shop in Riverside as he prepares to reopen the business. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)Renaissance Book Shop in Riverside sells books, music and movies. It will reopen for curbside sales Friday, May 8, 2020. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsRenaissance Book Shop, which also stocks music and movies, plans to open for curbside sales Friday, May 8, 2020, in Riverside. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)After weeks without any business at all, though, the preparation is welcome, said owner Jeannette Wester.The shop shut down for weeks, though Wester has seen arguments that she could have stayed open because the shutdown exempted horticulture.“Our clientele includes young moms, grandpas and everyone in between, and I think that’s why we felt like closing was not a bad thing for our community, because we were doing our part to keep us all safe,” she said.The shop, at 3900 Market St., lost a lot of money during the shutdown, and “it wasn’t pretty for the flowers,” though they gave many away, Wester said.But they’re now taking orders for curbside pickup by phone or online, though still with some exceptions.“Customers request to have flowers delivered to a hospital, and we have to tell them, at this moment, hospitals are not accepting deliveries of flowers,” she said. “I think it’s still settling in people’s minds what we can do and what we can’t.”Some have been open as an online business before this, like Renaissance Book Shop, which will begin doing curbside sales.“I’ve done more online sales than I used to do, but still a fraction of what I normally sell,” said owner Gene Burkman.He’s come into work alone ... https://www.pe.com/riverside-small-businesses-prepare-to-reopen-for-coronavirus-stage-2
WRAL Small Business Spotlight: Fallon's Flowers celebrates 100 years in Raleigh - WRAL.comWednesday, March 31, 2021
By Jessica Patrick, WRAL multiplatform producerRaleigh, N.C. — Fallon's Flowers isn't just the oldest florist in Raleigh -- it's very likely the oldest in North Carolina, owners say. It was recognized by the public as the best, winning the best florist category in the 2020 WRAL Voters' Choice Awards.The company has been around for more than 100 years, since the 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... https://www.wral.com/wral-small-business-spotlight-fallon-s-flowers-celebrates-100-years-in-raleigh/19595753/
Jacksonville's best flower shop: Hurst Florist - WJXT News4JAX Wednesday, March 31, 2021
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Pro tip -- shopping for a special occasion? Looking to tell that special someone you’re thinking about them?Two words: Hurst Florist. Your choice for Jacksonville’s best florist.Hurst offers an arrangement of bouquets and gifts that are perfect for any occasion. Looking for something in particular, or want to make a custom order? They’ll work to make it happen.Ordering outside Jacksonville? No worries. Hurst serves Orange Park, St. Johns, Atlantic Beach, Middleburg, Fleming Island, Neptune Beach and Callahan.Head over to its website for a closer look at the arrangements!Runners up: Kuhn Flowers, Arlington Flower Shop... https://www.news4jax.com/jax-best/2021/01/18/jacksonvilles-best-flower-shop-hurst-florist/
The Bouquet Farm blooms in the Fraser Valley - Vancouver SunWednesday, March 31, 2021
English says with a laugh. “My grandfather was a greenhouse grower and they had a wholesale floral industry. And my dad took over a portion, so I worked for him. … And then my mom was also a florist.” Her father eventually sold the floral arm of the family business connected to Houweling Nurseries, where English continued to work after the sale. But, when the floral company closed down, forcing English to lose her job — an event that coincided with a breast cancer diagnosis — she took some time to focus on herself. And then, she got right back into the growing game. source data-srcset="https://smartcdn.prod.postmedia.digital/vancouversun/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/258982965-1227_feat_bouquet_farm_1-s.jpg?quality=90&strip=all&w=472&type=jpg, https://smartcdn.prod.postmed... https://vancouversun.com/homes/gardening/the-bouquet-farm-blooms-in-the-fraser-valley
5 Best Florists in Columbus ?? - Kev's BestWednesday, March 31, 2021
Below is a list of the top and leading Florists in Columbus. To help you find the best Florists located near you in Columbus, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.Columbus’s Best Florists:The top rated Florists in Columbus are:Flowerama – a full-service flower shop that features flowers and some baked goodsOberer’s Flowers, Inc. – offers plants, flowers, and gift baskets for various occasionsSawmill Florist – provides high-quality flowers and creative arrangementsDe Santis Florists, Inc. – features flower and gift arrangements and delivery across the areaMarket Blooms – offers handcrafted bouquets with a diverse set of flowers and accessoriesFlowerama Flowerama is a full-service flower shop that features flowers and some baked goods. They arrange flowers for birthdays, holidays, and casual surprises. Their products include centerpieces, wreaths, and arrangements. In addition, they have flower arrangements great for anniversaries, get well gifts and sympathy. Their diverse selection of pla... https://kevsbest.com/florists-in-columbus/
Lorraine Lucille Layton, florist, craftsperson - CapeGazette.comWednesday, March 31, 2021
High School and after getting married, moved to Lewes. Ms. Layton enjoyed being a homemaker and embarked on a career in floral design working for McNichol Place, and then spent many years at Windsors Florist. Later in life she enjoyed working with extended family at Millmans Hardware, and there she was able to showcase one of her many talents - wood crafts. Lorraine had a lifetime passion for crafts, art, drawing, and woodworking. She was generous and kind and loved to make Christmas ornaments, wooden toys and decorations, and other intricate handmade crafts for friends and family. When she wasn't busy working and crafting, Ms. Layton was spending time with those she loved most. Lorraine was a dear friend to all, and a wonderful loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to many. In addition to her parents, Ms. Layton was preceded in death by her son, Wayne Layton. She is survived by her son, Eddie Layton (Beverly) of Lewes; her daughter, Jeanne M. Fischer of Lewes; her son, Richard Layton of Lewes; her daughter, Judy Bundick (Lee) of Lewes; and her numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. All services will be private. Arrangements have been entrusted to Parsell Funeral Homes and Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, Lewes. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Lorraine's honor to The Alzheimers Association alz.org or the Surfgimp Foundation surfgimpfoundation.org (a local organization who provides limitless adventures or grants for adaptive eq... https://www.capegazette.com/article/lorraine-lucille-layton-florist-craftsperson/216239