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'It's up in the air': Louisville-area florists hustle ahead of a pandemic Valentine's Day - Courier JournalWednesday, March 31, 2021
Smith said. "So that's why we try to keep an open communication."Sheryl Anderson has also experienced the ebbs and flows of owning a florist shop, both before and during the pandemic. Anderson is the president of DN Surprise Florist, a Black-owned business that opened in 2018 at 2001 W. Broadway.For Anderson, a tricky day-to-day calculation for the business is deciding how many flowers to order. Last year, Anderson said her store "lost a whole lot of flowers we bought" due to them dying before they could be purchased.As for Valentine's Day this year, Anderson said it's hard to know what to expect out of orders until Feb. 14 gets closer. "It's up in the air, really. Nobody knows how it's going to go," Anderson said. "Florists order flowers, but it's always scary."Nonetheless, Anderson said locally owned flower shops both play a role in boosting the economy and morale — the slogan at DN Surprise Florist is "our flowers say the nicest things." She added that the store "tries to help people who don't have much money" by adjusting prices so the product is as accessible to as many people as possible.Eddie Kraft, the vice president of Nanz & Kraft Florists, also said flowers play a vital role in nonverbal communication.media-image image-set="https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2021/02/09/PLOU/f5150a2f-972e-466c-9fd4-317955d5fcf5-JF-Valentine-SusansFlorist-4L5A8117.jpg bestCrop, https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2021/02/09/PLOU/f5150a2f-972e-466c-9fd4-317955d5fcf5-JF-Valentine-SusansFlorist-4L5A8117.jpg?crop=2733,2050,x150,y0 4:3, https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2021/02/09/PLOU/f5150a2f-972e-466c-9fd4-317955d5fcf5-JF-Valentine-SusansFlorist-4L5A8117.jpg?crop=1541,2055,x750,y0 3:4, https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2021/02/09/PLOU/f5150a2f-972e-466c-9fd4-317955d5fcf5-JF-Valentine-SusansFlorist-4L5A8117.jpg?crop=2999,1687,x0,y180 16:9" image-alt="Anna Grace Roberts of Susan's Florist prepares a bouquet of flowers in preparation for the Valentine's holiday rush. Owner Am... https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2021/02/11/valentines-day-2021-louisville-area-florists-hustle-amid-pandemic/4435860001/
All the winners of the Reader's Choice Awards, from AZ | The Spinal Column - Spinal Column OnlineSunday, February 28, 2021
Senior Care• Alexander’s Polish AmericanRestaurant• Allweather Heating & Cooling• ALL-STARS Preschool andChildcare• Allor Plumbing Inc.• Amber Lights Photography• Americus Coney & Grill• Anderson Boat Sales• Anteater Pest Control• Art Ventures• Ascension Providence Hospital• Bakers of Milford• Bangkok City• Bay Pointe Golf Club• Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak• Billy’s Tip ‘n Inn• Black Rock Bar & Grill• Blossoms on Main• Bowser’s Pet Parlor• Brighton Dermatology &Regenesis• Building Blocks Preschool• Camp Bow Wow• Carls Family YMCA• CARSTAR Ellis Brothers Collision• Chino Loco• Christina Hamill CPA• Clothing Cove• Club Pet• Club Royale• Colasanti’s Market & Snook’sButcher Shoppe• Combs Electric• Comeback Inn• Commerce Urgent Care• Community Choice Credit Union• Coratti’s On MainSpectrum Construction, a family-run company, has been named best home improvement contractor by readers. From left to right: Nick, Jim, and Kevin Rashid.• Countryside Plumbing• Cranberry Park at Milford• Czapski’s Kitchen• D.E. McNabb Flooring• Dairy Queen• Dan Proctor Painting• DeFore’s Lanscaping• Dimitri’s Coney Island• DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital• Downtown Garage AutomotiveRepair• Dr. Curt Ahern, Ahern FamilyChiropractic• Dr. David Campbell, D.D.S.(White Lake)• Dr. Gregory Hicks, HicksChiropractic• Dr. Nicole Palmer, SerenityFamily Chiropractic• Dukes of Highland• Edelman Financial• Edward Jones• El Patio• Enochs Home Improvement• Exclusive Floor Covering• Eyecare Connection• Faerbe... https://www.spinalcolumnonline.com/articles/all-the-winners-of-the-readers-choice-awards-from-a-z/
This couple opened two plant shops during the pandemic; now they're coming to Redding - Redding Record SearchlightWednesday, December 02, 2020
Crown Photo & Video that have recently opened in that area of downtown.Starting a business during COVIDDill, 29, graduated from West Valley High School and Swanson, 27, graduated from Anderson New Technology High School. They are business partners and life partners, who have been together for more than 10 years. Dill is very much involved in their plant business, while Swanson works full time as a dental hygienist.Megan Kelly, who went to high school with Dill, will manage and operate their Redding store.Mike and Jessica Dill, Dill's parents, own Dill’s Deli in Redding. They were in the store Monday helping get it ready for Saturday’s grand opening at 10 a.m.“I’m excited about it,” Jessica said. “What a time to do it. If you can make a business work in a time like this, you have got it made.”More new businesses: Couple opens horse rescue with 'off grid' glamping in Siskiyou County during coronavirusThe business primarily sells indoor houseplants, but there is another aspect of Plant Daddy that Jacob Dill believes has played in its success and helped others.Every month, Plant Daddy features a local artist or maker and dedicates an area in the store to them.“That maker has the entire area of the store and 100 percent of their sales go to them,” Dill said.How they reinvented plant sales and saw their store thriveDill and Swanson were living in Portland when they became interested in plants and started thinking about opening a store.They signed the lease for their first Sacramento store last February, about a month before the pandemic hit and the state shut down for the first time.“We had no idea this (pandemic) was going to happen,” Dill said. “We opened March 17 and two days later we had to close our doors. … So it was tricky. We had to learn how to still be relevant in the community.”That meant somehow finding a way to get the Plant Daddy name out without customers coming to their store.“The next day we went to our social media page and did plant sales on our social media page,” Dill said. “That alone was extremely successful for us.”Plant Daddy also started a plant delivery service, something Dill said set their business apart from their competition.partner-banner util-module-path="elements/partner" fluid bottom lazy class="spac... https://www.redding.com/story/news/local/2020/11/27/plant-daddy-thrives-covid-19-economy-opening-indoor-nursery-redding/6414714002/
How this company saved thousands of flowers during the pandemic - Business Insider - Business InsiderWednesday, October 28, 2020
Sweet Root Village, which lost 80% of its business in March, were hit particularly hard.To save their business — and all the flowers stranded from canceled events — owners Lauren Anderson and Rachel Bridgwood held a drive-through flower event. Business Insider visited Sweet Root Village's pop-up flower market in Alexandria, Virginia, to see the other pivots the owners have implemented to keep their small business afloat.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Following is a transcipt of the video.Lauren Anderson: When people ask, like, "How are things going? How's the business, how are you?" Like, you know, your first thing is to be like,Rachel Bridgwood: "Fine!"Lauren Anderson: But then we're like, no.Rachel: We're bad.Lauren: Bad. Things are bad.Narrator: Lauren and Rachel run the flower design company Sweet Root Village in Alexandria, Virginia. At the beginning of 2020, they were expecting their most successful year yet.Lauren: It was our 10-year anniversary in business. We were at our highest booking level we had ever been for events. And literally within a week, it was gone.Narrator: Then COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders canceled weddings across the country and crippled the wedding industry. Lauren and Rachel lost 80% of their business and had to furlough their staff, including themselves.Lauren: We're like, congratulations to us. We made it 10 years...unemployment.Rachel: We're unemployed from our own business.Lauren... https://www.businessinsider.com/how-va-wedding-florist-saved-thousands-flowers-during-pandemic-2020-10
Colorado flower farms, CSAs, mobile florists, flower markets and more - The KnowWednesday, July 29, 2020
Normally this flower farm sells its blooms and pots of succulents at farmers markets, but this year it switched up due to COVID-19 and the delayed start of the market season. That’s why owner Kristy Anderson decided to add on a subscription service.“We really want to connect with customers who loved coming to market and buying the freshest flowers,” said Anderson, who offers contact-free pick-up at the farm. “Ultimately it is a service that can be tailored, and is all about our commitment to get fabulous flowers in people’s hands.”Each subscription can be for one, two or four times a month, starting at $40. It includes a large bouquet as well as four single-variety bunches. You can also find her bouquets at select Whole Foods and online.The Fresh Herb Co., 4114 Oxford Road, Longmont; 303-449-5994; thefreshherbco.comimg class="size-large wp-image-242300" src="https... https://theknow.denverpost.com/2020/07/24/fresh-flowers-denver-flower-csa/242223/
'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/
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
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.
Dawn Sheets, who died of COVID-19, was a beloved florist, baker and seamstress - IndyStarWednesday, October 28, 2020
Akeem Glaspie Indianapolis StarDawn 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 to help in that way at that time,” daughter Cathy Hiatt said.Helping others, faith and family were the pillars of Sheets' life. Her compassion was matched by her late husband Ken’s, who became her primary caretaker as... https://www.indystar.com/story/news/2020/05/29/coronavirus-death-indiana-dawn-sheets-florist-baker-seamstress/5271779002/