Albion Flower Shop News
Edible Arrangements opens in Spring Hill - Tampa Bay TimesTuesday, January 08, 2019
Robin Paquette. Salted, caramel-dipped apples are the current favorite, she said. And she swoons over the chocolate-dipped banana encrusted with hazelnut crunch.Not readily forgotten are the colossal Albion strawberries, used system-wide for their sweetness and longevity. They’re dipped in semi-sweet or white chocolate, drizzled with the opposing chocolate, sprinkled with chocolate microdots, ground almonds, coconut flakes or hazelnut crunch. Dipped berries are $2.99 each with a bit more for sprinkles.Centerpiece arrangements, gift baskets and boxed edibles are available in various sizes. Wilson said most customers make choices from photos on the Edible Arrangements website. They start at $19, but generally are in the $49 to $69 range.Corporate event or wedding reception, wow-worthy arrangements top out at $699, comprised of hundreds of pieces of slickly-sliced fruits deployed in a 3-foot long container.Those are built at the event site, but otherwise, Paquette and Morrow reproduce corporate designs at the Spring Hill store’s kitchen, working out of two walk-in refrigerators stocked by a Tampa fruit vendor.“We prepare our fruit the morning of, so everything’s fresh," Morrow said. “Our most popular arrangement right now is the salted caramel harvest bouquet of apples, strawberries, grapes and oranges.”Wilson, the on-site partner in the joint business endeavor with her mother, Cindy Williams, said the store’s summer opening was deliberately set for “slower times” so they could sort out problems before the autumn and winter holidays and hostess needs.“So far”, said Paquette, “we haven’t had any kinks.” The former business executive, 54, came out of a boring retirement to work for her niece, Wilson.“People keep coming in who didn’t know we were here," Paquette said. "Once we have our grand opening, a lot of people will know.”Meanwhile, the shop is growing market share through word of mouth, she said. Wilson has undertaken direct mail advertising to area businesses and is promoting local specials and discounts on its website.With busy-season holidays looming, Wilson urged customers to remember the lessor occasions for fruitful gifting. National Boss’ Day, she reminded, is Oct. 16.Contact Beth Gray at [email protected]... https://www.tampabay.com/news/hernando/edible-arrangements-opens-in-spring-hill-20181011/
"Flowers on the Lake" honors domestic violence victims in Gibson CountyTuesday, October 30, 2018
October is domestic violence awareness month. Thursday, albion fellows bacon center hosted an event to remember those affected by domestic violence in gibson county and offer help -- to those who need it."When was the last time you heard someone say the victim of a robbery was probably lying? Or that a victim of bank fraud was probably looking for attention? You don't," said Albion Crisis Intervention Specialist Hannah Brewer.In the last year in Gibson County, there have been 370 calls to law enforcement for domestic disturbances.In the last year, 72 people in Gibson County have been charged with domestic battery.Almost 250 people applied for some type of no contact or protective order.In Lafayette Park, people gathered for "Flowers on the Lake" to remember those affected by domestic violence, and the victims who did not survive."Anytime we release any of our statistics, people seem to be a little alarmed...and appalled," said Albion Crisis Intervention Specialist Becky Sawyer."If you've met... https://www.tristatehomepage.com/news/local-news/-flowers-on-the-lake-honors-domestic-violence-victims-in-gibson-county/1499334355
Candlelight vigil planned for slain Colorado mother with Clifton rootsMonday, October 01, 2018
Friday night vigil in Clifton, where she grew up. The vigil is set for 8 p.m. at Albion Park, said organizer Swenja Liguori. Shanann Watts, 34, who was Shanann Rzucek when she lived in Clifton and attended School 11, was 15 weeks pregnant when she and her daughters, Celeste, 4, and Bella, 3, were killed about three weeks ago in Frederick, Colorado. Chris Watts, 33, Shanann's husband and father to the girls, was charged with nine counts of felony in the deaths of his wife and daughters. He is being held pending a November court appearance. Liguori said that when she heard the news about Watts' killing in Colorado, it sent a shiver through her. As she watched the reports about Shanann Watts unfold, it became increasingly personal. "With so many people following the story, everyone was crushed," Liguori said. More: Colorado man arrested in deaths of daughters, pregnant wife from Passaic More: Former 'Cosby Show' actor qui... https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/passaic/clifton/2018/09/04/vigil-set-slain-colorado-mom-clifton-nj/1189312002/
Four Floral Businesses To Receive The Century Award In Palm SpringsTuesday, August 28, 2018
York. From veggies, he later tried his hands at flowers. Calla Lilies being his first floral crop. It was his Son, John B. Gould who opened the first of the family's flower shops in Middleport, Albion and Medina. Then came the first location in Lockport, on Locust near Main St. The shop relocated to 83 Locust St. where Gould's has been servicing customers since 1952. John B. & Barbara Gould have spent years making the shop a family tradition. Their four children spent many years in the shop. Janet Gould, the youngest of the fourth-generation time-honored tradition, manages day to day operations of the shop. She works alongside her Mother, Barbara, Niece, Kylee (Gould) Peters (who is a fifth generation Gould) and loyal staff. Janousek Florist & Greenhouse Inc. Omaha, Nebraska Now in their fourth generation, Janousek Florist originally opened in 1913 to serve the people of Omaha with the freshest flowers possible. Since then, they have been delivering to the entire Omaha Metro area with their own fleet of delivery vehicles and pride themselves on accommodating their customers' requests. Edward and Fred Janousek founded Janousek Florist & Greenhouse Inc. as a wholesale business in 1913 inside a cemetery in Omaha, Nebraska. Edward and Fred began to grow their own seasonal flowers and plants and over the last century and through four generations, they have maintained their position as the premier florist and greenhouse in Omaha. Ervin and Eddie Janousek ran the business from 1956 to 1983. Donald Janousek took over in 1983 and continues to run it with his son, Eric. While the days of delivering their flowers by streetcar are long gone, the Janousek family continues to pride itself on providing the freshest flowers and plants to the citizens of Omaha and the surrounding areas. Lake Forest Flowers Lake Forest, Illinois Erwin Dryskey moved his family to Lake Forest, Illinois, and opened the doors of Lake Forest Flowers in September of 1917. He went on to open two other flower shops on Chicago's North Shore. When Grace McGill bought the Lake Forest shop from Dryskey in 1949, she moved it one block, to the corner of Illinois Road and Western Ave, where it stands today. McGill designed custom floral and wedding work for families in Chicago's North Shore communities until her retirement in 1981, when she sold the business to John Looby III, AAF. Looby, with a background in greenhouse growing (who earned his AAF by commercially developing the oxalis regnelli-white blooming shamrock), expanded the business. Today, Lake Forest Flowers continues as a full-service boutique floral operation, and Looby's daughter, Eileen Looby Weber, AAF, joined the management team after earning her Bachelor's degree in horticulture and MBA. She established a large wedding and event following and has developed a variety of floral design education programs. Her continued efforts in promoting the floral industry earned her AAF in 2014. The 2018 Century Award honorees will celebrate with the 2017 Century Award recipients. Due to Hurricane Irma forcing the cancelation of SAF's last convention which was scheduled for last September in Florida, the 2017 Century Award recipients will be honored alongside the 2018 honorees. The 2017 Century Award recipients are: Johnston's Quality Flowers in Fort Smith, Arkansas Mitchell's Flowers and Events in Orland Park, Illinois Wistinghausen Florist & Greenhouse in Oak Harbor, Ohio Read about the history of their businesses here. Any industry company that has served the floral industry for 100 years or longer qualifies for the Century Award. The award was first presented in 1982. For information about the Century Award or to apply for recognition, visit safnow.org/awards or contact email@example.com. ### About SAF The Society of American Florists is the leading organization representing all segments of the floral indust... http://www.perishablenews.com/index.php?article=0069973
Gardeners scare up Halloween-themed flower show - GoErie.comTuesday, October 24, 2017
For reservations call Ethel Enserro, 716-485-6227 or email: EthelGEnserro@me.com. Jamestown Garden Club maintains the Roger Tory Peterson Butterfly Garden in Jamestown, New York.Garden club meetingsAlbion Garden and Civic Club, Tuesday, 6 p.m., Stonehouse at Albion Boro Park. Members will tour Wooden Nickel Buffalo farm. Call Sue Mihalak, 756-4404.Westminster Garden Club, Tuesday, 11:30 a.m., Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, 3302 W. 26th St. Master gardener Janet Krack will give a program called “Thistles of Scotland.” Call Barb Eberlein, 864-6489.Erie County Council of Garden Clubs, Wednesday, 10 a.m., Nick’s Place, 12246 Route 99, Edinboro. Civic beautification winners will be announced. Gary Foster of Foster’s rose of Sharon Shop will present his design program: “What’s New for Christmas.” Each club should bring at least four items for the auction. Cost: $20 for lunch. Call Lynn Jackson, 431-4470.Cambridge Garden Club, Thursday, 7 p.m., Cambridge Springs Public Library, 158 McClellan St., Cambridge Springs. Master gardener Ellen DiPlacido will talk about companion planting. Call Sandy Moraski, 528-7748.Elk Valley Garden Club, Friday, 8:45 a.m., Wells Park, 34 Main St., Girard and Lake City Borough Building, 2350 Main St., Lake City. Members will get the parks ready for winter. Call Janet Nelson, 833-6123.Pioneer Church Garden Club, Oct. 26, 11:30 a.m., Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, 3302 W. 26th St. A speaker will talk about the snowy owl. Call Helen Singer, 838-8741.Sue Scholz is a member of the Presque Isle Garden Club. Send garden news to firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.goerie.com/entertainmentlife/20171014/gardeners-scare-up-halloween-themed-flower-show
'HOOSIERS WE'VE LOST': Lifelong florist never hesitated to help those in need - The RepublicWednesday, March 31, 2021
Sheets Editor’s note: This is one of a continuing online series of profiles of the more than 12,000 Hoosiers who have died from COVID-19. The stories are from 12 Indiana newspapers, including The Republic, who collaborated to create the collection to highlight the tremendous loss that the pandemic has created. The series appears daily at therepublic.com.Name: Dawn SheetsCity/Town: IndianapolisAge: 93Died: April 16Dawn Sheets never hesitated to help a friend in need.Sheets, a lifelong florist, had no formal medical training, but when her friend Maxine Hessong needed kidney dialysis treatment, Sheets taught herself how to operate a dialysis machine so Hessong’s husband Dale could continue working.For more than a year, Sheets made three to four trips a week to Methodist Hospital to care for her friend, offering support and companionship during Hessong’s procedures. Eventually Hessong came home, and Sheets continued to run her machine, even showing Dale the necessary steps in the process.“She cared about people,” daughter Lori Arment said. “She cared about people’s feelings and their well being.”“That’s one of the highlights of her life to be able... http://www.therepublic.com/2021/03/30/hoosiers-weve-lost-lifelong-florist-never-hesitated-to-help-those-in-need/
Small Business Spotlight: E. Stephen Hein - www.smileypete.comSunday, February 28, 2021
Birmingham. In more recent years, his work has been seen at the annual Fabby Abbey Ball, a benefit for KET held at Spindletop Hall.
Hein first came to Lexington in 1961 from his home state of Indiana. While attending Evansville College (before it became the University of Evansville) in the late ’50s, he got an offer to become an ice skating instructor in 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.
Washington court rules against florist in gay wedding case - Albuquerque JournalSunday, February 28, 2021
The case thrust the great-grandmother into the national spotlight and she testified before state lawmakers in Indiana and Kansas.Michael Scott, a Seattle attorney who worked with the American Civil Liberties Union to represent Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed — the couple denied the flowers — had previously told justices he didn’t believe Stutzman’s floral creations constituted speech. By providing flowers for a same-sex marriage, he argued, “she’s not endorsing same-sex marriage. She’s selling what she sells.”Ferguson had said the state’s argument rested on longstanding principle, and uprooting it would weaken antidiscrimination law.After the arguments in the Supreme Court case last November, at a packed theater at Bellevue College, a large crowd of Stutzman’s supporters greeted her outside, chanting her name and waving signs that said “Justice For Barronelle.”In a February 2015 ruling, Benton County Superior Court Judge Alexander Ekstrom found that Stutzman’s refusal to provide flowers because of sexual orientation violated Washington’s anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws. The following month, Ekstrom ordered Stutzman to pay a $1,000 penalty to the state and $1 in costs and fees.Stutzman entered the florist business 30 years ago, when her mother bought a flower shop.At a press conference following the ruling, Ferguson said that under Washington law, a business is not required to provide a particular service, but if it does so for couples of the opposite sex, it must provide that service equally to same-sex couples. Ferguson noted that Stutzman is not currently selling wedding flowers, but if she were to resume that side of her business, she would not be allowed to sell to only heterosexual couples.“The state Supreme Court has made that very clear,” he said.___AP writer Gene Johnson contributed from Seattle. ... https://www.abqjournal.com/951260/washington-court-rules-against-florist-in-gay-wedding-case.html
ROUNDUP: JP Parker Flowers vacates Indy store, adds retail truck - Indianapolis Business JournalWednesday, October 28, 2020
Hamilton County, but until recently a big part of her business came from handling floral arrangements for large gatherings.JP Parker’s new floral truck.“I did love the (Indianapolis) shop, but it just didn’t make business sense in this climate,” Parker said.The South Meridian Street shop, which occupies 2,000 square feet, opened in 2008. The lease for that space expires at the end of the month, which is another reason Parker decided to close that shop now.She said she intends to re-establish a presence of some sort in the Stadium Village neighborhood because she loves the neighborhood and wants to have a convenient spot to meet with clients once Indianapolis’ tourism and events business gets back on track. But exactly where that location might be and when it might open is unknown.“When will the crowds come back, and how will we be doing business in the future?” Parker said. “You can talk to any vendor that’s in the events business and they’re having to go to Plan B.”For JP Parker Flowers, part of that Plan B involves a newly acquired floral truck named Flora.The truck will operate similar to a food truck, giving the business a mobile option for reaching customers. JP Parker Flowers could, for instance, use the truck as a pop-up retail location where customers could walk up and buy a bouquet. Or, a client might hire the truck to distribute flowers for a retail store’s grand opening or other event.“It’s actually been a long-time dream of mine to have a flower truck” Parker said. “It’s a very fun, trendy thing to do right now.”In other news this week:— Fast-casual seafood chain Slapfish opens Monday at 345 Massachusetts Ave. The restaurant takes the space formerly occupied by Louie’s Wine Dive, which closed in March.Franchisees are long-time friends Mark Weghorst and Nick Smith. Weghorst opened the area’s first Slapfish location in July 2019, inside the Broccoli Bill’s grocery store that his father, Bill Weghorst, owns in Noblesville.California-based Slapfish offers a mostly seafood-focused menu, with an emphasis on sustainably sourced fish. Menu items include fish tacos, burritos, grilled fish bowls and other items, including a children’s menu. The chain is based in the Los Angeles suburb of Fountain Valley and has about 20 locations in several U.S. states, plus England.— Fast-casual Indian restaurant Tandoor & Tikka has opened its third Indianapolis store, and its fourth overall, at 5650 W. 86th St. The restaurant’s grand opening was June 26.It opened in ... https://www.ibj.com/blogs/property-lines/roundup-jp-parker-flowers-vacates-indy-store-adds-retail-truck