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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
7 Important Things to Consider Before Ordering Flowers Online - Hurricane Valley TimesWednesday, March 31, 2021
Delivery AreaEven though online florists provide an extremely accessible flower buying experience, not every florist can ensure delivery to every single part of the US. For example, if you or your giftee live in a more isolated part of the country, like in a remote area or a rural location, florists can’t guarantee that your flowers can be delivered in the best condition.Not all florists have the same exact shipping capabilities. Some can deliver to more addresses than others, so it’s important to look at more than one online store. Before you officially place your order, be sure to confirm that the provider you want can actually send it over to your target address.2. Delivery SpeedGift giving is certainly no easy task. That’s why flowers always come in as the most reliable solution anytime you’re stuck on what to do. They make for an easy grab on a quick trip to your local florist or supermarket.However, the situation might be a little different for ordering online. That’s because not all websites can provide fast last-minute flower deliveries. If you’re running out of time and need your bouquet to be shipped as soon as possible, ensure that your selected vendor can do same-day or next-day delivery.3. Professional AffiliationThere are plenty of florists that are involved with a floral wire service such as FTD, Teleflora, and several others. These wire services are essentially established companies that work at the center of all the order exchanges and fulfillment between local florists and third-party sale agents.Additionally, many other vendors are also affiliated with other industry groups and trade organizations, such as The Society of American Florists.When it comes to picking out a vendor, it’s in your best interest to rank those that professionally affiliate with these floral wire services, groups, and organizations higher. That’s because they can signify a commitment to the craft, a level of professionalism, and heightened credibility.4. Payment OptionsNowadays, there are far more options to pay for gifts than cash alone. That’s especially true for online purchases. While you can always use the most popular method of using a credit card to pay for your flowers, some flower delivery services have actually expanded the number of payment methods they can accept. How about that for inclusivity and convenience?If you’d rather pay with PayPal, Bitcoin, or in whatever alternative way you prefer, you can scout out some of the flower vendors that can accommodate you the best.5. PricingWithout a doubt, pricing should be one of the top factors to consider when ordering flowers on the web. That’s where you may need to step in with a little research, because not every flower vendor will offer the same prices.Some may be conveniently cheaper than others, but never sacrifice good quality for a low bargain. Don... https://hvtimes.com/7-important-things-to-consider-before-ordering-flowers-online/
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
Make a bouquet of cut flowers last longer - FOX 2 DetroitWednesday, March 31, 2021
Jill recommends even doing this for a brand new bouquet. She says that, even though it’s new to you, you don’t know how long the flowers were in water at the store or florist shop. It’s possible that they were sitting for a few days already. A fresh start never hurts, says Jill.Jill says it is often shocking how long you can get a bouquet to last when you care for it this way.PROJECT RATING: Super EasyTo watch Jill take you through the process, just click on the video player above. ... https://www.fox2detroit.com/news/make-a-bouquet-of-cut-flowers-last-longer
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 arrangements. https://abc11.com/owens-florist-barbara-colman-fayetteville-flower-shops/5931865/
10 Easter Flower Arrangements to Elevate Your Table Setting—Starting at $30 - Yahoo LifestyleWednesday, March 31, 2021
Want to support a local business? Just look for bouquets marked 'Local Florist Crafted.'The Easter flower arrangements include bouquets filled with daisies, tulips, and lilies in shades of yellow, pink, and purple. The Garden Glam Bouquet deserves to be noticed in either your entryway or living room, and the Alluring Elegance Bouquet is a work of art worthy of your Easter table setting. With bouquets starting at $30, ProFlowers offers arrangements at every price point.It doesn't stop at flowers: You can shop beautifully arranged Easter-themed gift baskets, including a Sunday brunch basket and a chocolate and candy assortment. Plant lovers will be in heaven with the plethora of indoor and outdoor greenery options available. While arrangements in glass vases work well for formal Easter table centerpieces, lush leaves and succulents arrive in baskets and planters fit for an everyday aesthetic.Ready to pick out your Easter bouquet? We've highlighted 10 flower arrangements and plants for every price point and style. If you want to see even more options, simply head to the ProFlowers's Easter shop.Garden Glam BouquetFilled with carnations, daisies, and mini roses, this bouquet adds pretty shades of pink to your home. Plus, the eucalyptus accents are aesthetically pleasing and emit an appealing aroma.Buy It: Garden Glam Bouquet, starting at $65Belle of the Ball BouquetThis whimsical bouquet, featuring vibrant lilies and irises, is a conversation starter. The arrangement arrives in bud form, so you’ll want to order it one or two days before your celebration.Buy It: Belle of the Ball Bouquet, starting at $40img alt src="https://s.yimg.com/ny/a... https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/10-easter-flower-arrangements-elevate-041347710.html