Champaign Flower Shop News
Brighton florist achieves title of certified designer - AdVantageNEWS.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Muenstermann, owner of Leanne’s Pretty Petals in Brighton, has earned the title of Illinois certified designer during the Illinois State Floral Association’s annual floral design show March 14-18 in Champaign, Ill.
She was assessed in theoretical knowledge of advanced design styles and techniques. She was required to create three “advanced design” arrangements during a timed test.
Internationally recognized floral industry professionals evaluated these advanced designs. Muenstermann is one of only five florists in Illinois to earn this accreditation.
She earned her title of Illinois certified professional florist during last year’s annual floral design show. She is one of 58 florists in the state to earn this distinction. She is working toward her national certified floral designer accreditation through the internationally recognized American Institute of Floral Designers.
To maintain the Illinois certified designer accreditation, the designer must continue to accumulate continuing education credits each year and maintain his or her membership in the ISFA and ICPF program.
This program is designed to give ICPF graduates the opportunity to develop and broaden their knowledge of the flora... https://advantagenews.com/news/business/brighton-florist-achieves-title-of-certified-designer/
After 77-year run, Campus Florist to closeTuesday, August 28, 2018
Questions? Ask 'em hereCHAMPAIGN — A Campustown mainstay plans to close at the end of October.“We don’t have a set date yet,” said Anne P. Johnston, whose Campus Florist has been at 609 E. Green St. for 77 years.As for why, Johnston said that “after 77 years of being here, I think it’s time.”The shop is just to the east of where a 17-story high-rise is expected to be built on the southeast corner of Sixth and Green streets, and Johnston said that played into the decision.“I had no intentions of retiring, until this mess came up about the high-rise, and it just seemed the time to call it quits,” she said. “I wanted to make it to the 80th birthday (of the store), but that wasn’t the case.”The high-rise is also leading to the closing next month of Campustown bars Firehaus and The Clybourne, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s The Loft above HomeTown Pantry has already moved across the street.The building’s developer, CORE, declined to comment.Johnston, who jokes that she’s 125 years old when asked, opened Campus Florist in 1941 after she moved to Champaign to attend the University of Illinois.It started on South Wright Street, but moved to its Green Street location a few months later for more visibility and a larger shop, according to a 2016 News-Gazette profile of Johnston during the shop's 75th anniversary.Campus Florist has survived two fires, stu... http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2018-08-22/after-77-year-run-campus-florist-close.html
For Campus Florist owner, the bloom is finally off the roseTuesday, August 28, 2018
CHAMPAIGN — In the years since it opened, Campus Florist has survived two fires, student protesters smashing its windows and a burglary in 1997 that left owner Anne P. Johnston in a coma for a week.A mainstay at 609 E. Green St., C, it has outlasted countless Campustown stores that have either moved or closed.But after 77 years, Johnston said, "I think it's time."She's planning to close the shop at the end of October."I always told them I wasn't going to retire, and I had no intentions of retiring until this mess came up about the high-rise, and it just seemed the time to call it quits," she said. "I wanted to make it to the 80th birthday (of the store), but that wasn't the case."A 17-story high-rise is slated to be built on the southeast corner of Sixth and Green streets. While it won't directly impact her building, Johnston said she didn't want to deal with the construction."It's going to be bad for anyone out here while they're tearing it down," she said. "Because when they tear it down, they're going to go through the alleyway, and we'll have no place to park. ... I'm too old for that."The high-rise is also leading to the closing next month of Campustown bars Firehaus and The Clybourne, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's The Loft above HomeTown Pantry has already moved across the street.Tom Harrington Jr., director of acquisitions for CORE, the high-rise's developer, declined to comment.Johnston, who jokes that she'... http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2018-08-23/campus-florist-owner-the-bloom-finally-the-rose.html
Local designer shaping Governor's Mansion renovationsTuesday, July 17, 2018
Candice Hart, owner of Pollen and Pastry located at 2121 Morrissey Dive in Bloomington. “I started my business during Grad School [at University of Illinois in Champaign] and kept going with it.”When Gov. Bruce Rauner first moved to the mansion in 2014, he found peeling paint, over grown trees and shrubs, buckling walls and other problems including problems with the roof, but after a $15 million renovation was announced on July 18, 2016, by Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner, that paved the way or ‘planted the flower’ for Hart.“This was really an opportunity to kind of partner with Illinois flower farmers,” added Hart, who’s business offers flowers and desserts. “Another flower farmer Becky Newton [owner of Wren’s Gate Garden and Studio] out of Decatur kind of helped organize this event for us. Basically we took all of the products from the farmers who were willing to donate and everything came from a 100 mile area of Springfield which is relay awesome. We used things like Sunflowers, Vivias, a lot of different perennial cut flowers that we were able to harvest really a lot of great products that we were able to use that were locally grown.”A Facebook page called ‘Central Illinois Flower Farmers,’ blossomed into six designers and six flower farmers across central Illinois working hand-in-hand to volunteer their time to harvest, plant and design flowers for the new renovations at the Governors Mansion.“It’s totally volunteer. The farms donated the product [flowers] and then the designers donated their time to put it all together,” added Hart. “We [farmers accross central Illinois] knew that it would be great idea to give back to the state in general , but then also to have kind of an opportunity to promote local grown products. We wanted to get it... http://www.wjbc.com/2018/07/13/local-designer-shaping-governors-mansion-renovations/
Beautify Decatur Coalition planting flowers in downtown - WANDTuesday, May 30, 2017
K settlement By: Matt Loveless2017-05-30T10:24:38ZCvijanovic's allegations of player abuse and medical mistreatment sparked a series of investigations into the program.Gunfire rings out at Champaign mall2017-05-30T13:35:44ZCHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WAND) - Police in Champaign are investigating after shots were fired at the Market Place Shopping Center on Monday evening. Decatur man injured in Sunday night shooting2017-05-29T15:25:02Z2017-05-29T15:04:36Z2017-05-29T15:25:02ZDECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - The Decatur Police Department is investigating a Sunday night shooting that left one man injured.Stolen flags at Graceland Fairlawn Cemetery2017-05-30T14:30:23Z2017-05-29T22:23:28Z2017-05-30T14:30:23ZDECATUR, Ill (WAND) - Flags play an important role every Memorial Day, especially at Graceland Fairlawn Cemetery. There are 115 flags placed to honor service men and women, living and deceased. This year, however, four flags have come up missing. David Goebel, the general manager at Graceland Funeral Home and Cemetery is not happy and said, "this is not taken lightly." He also said that the cemetery plans to take precautions next year by installing cameras and i...Woman runs into store to avoid gunfight at Quick Stop2017-05-30T16:17:43Z2017-05-30T15:33:07Z2017-05-30T16:17:43ZDECATUR, Ill. (WAND) - Decatur police continue to investigate a gunfight that happened at the Monroe Quick Stop Friday night. By: Megan O'Dell2017-05-27T01:46:52ZSPRINGFIELD- Over the course of two weeks there have been at least five different shootings and violent crimes, all suspects under the age of 18. .a href="http://www.wandtv.com/story/35... http://www.wandtv.com/story/35519655/beautify-decatur-coalition-planting-flowers-in-downtown
Illinois Hospital Plants Flowers To Represent COVID-10 Patients - q985online.comMonday, April 27, 2020
Edward Hospital in Naperville, Illinois is using a flower with a very special meaning to represents inpatients that were treated and released for COVID-19. Not only is it significant to show the recovery rates of this pandemic but it also looks great too.The frontline heroes at Edwards are planting daffodils outside of the hospital, each represents their COVID-19 patients. The daffodils are near signs that read, "a flower for every COVID-19 discharged and healing at home."Edward Hospital & Health Services (Facebook)Edward Hospital's Facebook post explains why this is an important message for its local community.The daffodils will provide an uplifting representation of those who are winning the fight against this deadly virus.This would look great outside each hospital of hospitals along the state line.TRENDING: Dixon Man Asks if Anyone Knows Whose House Door Landed On His CarJB Love is ½ of Q98.5's Lil Zim & JB In The Morning, weekday mornings from 5:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. Follow h... https://q985online.com/illinois-hospital-plants-flowers-to-represent-covid-10-patients/
South Bay History: Torrance flower producer once supplied gardenias and orchids nationwide - The Daily BreezeThursday, April 02, 2020
Florists’ Transworld Delivery, or FTD. FTD started in 1910 as Florists’ Telegraph Delivery in Detroit, later moving to Downers Grove, Illinois, and growing into a global enterprise.Wright already was a master flower grower, and frequent winner at the Southern California Horticultural Association’s annual garden show for his roses.But he had a vision that went beyond his flower shop’s walls. He decided to specialize in producing two types of flowers, gardenias and orchids. He wanted to grow them in bulk and set up a network to distribute them nationwide.Gardenias grow in a greenhouse at Wright’s Greenhouses orchid and gardenia farm in Torrance, on May 27, 1937. (Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection)Neither plant naturally thrives in the South Bay’s cool and dry climate, so Wright went looking to buy land where he could build greenhouses to replicate the humid climate in which they grow best.He found such a parcel at the corner of present-day 190th Street and Western Avenue but it wasn’t in Torrance. Yet.The city wasn’t on anyone’s radar in 1907, when Wright began his operations there. He started building greenhouses five years before the city’s founding date and 14 years prior to its incorporation.Wright’s parcel was 12 acres of unincorporated county land then, and it wouldn’t be annexed to Torrance until 1930. “Not a building was to be seen,” when he bought the land, Wright told the Torrance Herald in 1936.Flowers grow in a greenhouse at Wright’s Greenhouses orchid and gardenia farm in Torrance, on May 27, 1937. (Credit: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection)Gardenias in bloom. 2007 file photo. (Credit: Orange County Register) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBy 1912, he had his operation... https://www.dailybreeze.com/south-bay-history-torrance-flower-producer-once-supplied-gardenias-and-orchids-nationwide
Demanding Answers: NJ Company Accused Of Posing As Local Florists Nationwide - CBS New YorkThursday, March 12, 2020
Troys Florist customer Susan Hatch ordered online, pictured on the right is the arrangement that was received (Photos Provided)“Googled ‘local florists in Park Ridge, Illinois’ and they came to the top of the search engine,” Hatch said.Each time CBS2 searched for a “local florist” — from Plano, Texas, to West Milford, New Jersey — Troys Florist was one of the top results, boasting it’s a “family-run business” with a “huge loyal following within the community.”A former employee of Troys Florist says orders nationwide really go through a house on Route 18 in East Brunswick, New Jersey. (Credit: CBS2)A former employee who asked we hide her identity says orders nationwide really go through a house on Route 18 in East Brunswick, New Jersey.“How would you find the real local florist?” Rozner asked.“The same way like the people do. We go on Google,” the former employee said. “So once you put in your order for, let’s say, $100, we send it out to a local florist.”But they allegedly called in a much cheaper arrangement, she says, at the discretion of owner Perry Kessisiades, who would keep a cut of the money as his commission.“He would be on top of us in order to make that percentage everyday,” the former employee said. “Anywhere from 40% up was perfect.”She says she was fired after complaining about two weeks’ worth of pay she was owed. She says she earned $15. She also alleges that arrangements under $60, some for funerals, were never fulfilled.Legitimate flower shops told CBS2 confused customers ended up posting bad reviews about them.Mario Milewski, the owner of Christy’s Florist, located across the street from Troys, says he stopped doing business with them months ago.“That put my business, my name at risk, my reputation,” he said.CBS2 showed him some of the arrangements people have been getting.“Absolutely terrible. My kids can do a better job,” Milewski said.At least 350 customers nationwide have complained to the Better Business Bureau, mostly in the last year. It’s given the company an F rating.“We’re assuming our letters and our notices... https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2020/02/12/troys-florist-scam/
CBS11 Investigates Online ‘Florist’ With Hundreds Of Complaints - CBS Dallas / Fort WorthThursday, March 12, 2020
That’s what Susan Hatch did when she wanted to send flowers to an out-of-state relative.“Went to Google. Googled local florists in Park Ridge, Illinois, and they came to the top of the search engine.” She’s talking about Troys Florist, a company whose website touts it as “the best Park Ridge florist you trust.”“They had a whole range of flower arrangements, probably 100 different selections,” said Hatch.She paid $100 for the “beauty in bloom” arrangement, but Hatch said the flowers that arrived were not nearly as nice. “Cheap! Really poor quality.” When she complained, Troys offered her a 10% refund. “That didn’t even cover the delivery fee,” said Hatch.Even so, Troys Florist is “the best” in a lot of places. We searched for local florists across DFW; every time Troys was one of the top results. The best in Fort Worth, Frisco, DeSoto and Melissa. So we ordered a bouquet of our own. We paid for the “thinking of you” bouquet. A Fort Worth florist delivered a smaller arrangement with different colors to our studios. She said she had never heard of Troys.CBS 11 News ordered the bouquet on the left. The one on the right is what was delivered to the newsroom. Not even close! (credit: CBS 11 News)That’s because Troys Florist isn’t in Texas. The company’s address i... https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2020/02/12/cbs11-investigates-online-florist-with-hundreds-of-complaints/