Aurora Flower Shop News
Elaine's Flower Shoppe in North Tonawanda will move to Amherst - Buffalo NewsTuesday, May 21, 2019
Green Zone Hydroponics has a location at 2928 Southwestern Blvd. in Orchard Park.The North Tonawanda building is currently listed for sale at $159,900. Elaine's has two more locations, in East Aurora and Depew. ... https://buffalonews.com/2019/01/14/elaines-flower-shoppe-in-north-tonawanda-will-move/
From exquisite Orchids to lush Fuchsia, let the shades of ‘Awakening’ inspire your home garden - Architectural Digest IndiaTuesday, April 16, 2019
Also, known as the Red Edged Madagascar Dragon Tree, the staggered cane is a great alternative to the silk bamboo as an indoor plant with similar Feng Shui benefits.LIPSTICK PLANT Aglaonema Siam AuroraThis stunner has leaves has that show off dark green leaves elegantly flushed with bright pink veins that makes it look like a woman’s painted lips. A relatively new addition to the houseplant world, the stylish shrub grows best in mild, indirect light which is why it is best suited for coffee tables and office desks. The plant needs minimal care and its attractive features make it the perfect hostess gift! Place it in an ivory white planter alongside a pink polka dot plant (listed below) and you have a sureshot conversation starter!PINK POLKA DOT PLANT Hypoestes PhyllostachyaThe polka dot plant’s hot pink foliage would announce a pop of colour in even a plain jane living room! Get the most from the polka dot plant’s bright color by growing it a pot that contrasts or complements the colorful foliage. Mix it with other polka dot plant varieties that have white or red leaves to create a peppered look! The plant looks best short, so keep pruning and pinching it often and since it is an annual, do remember that it has a short shelf life.RED AMARANTH Amaranthus CruentusThis superfood looks superb when grown in the kitchen. Even if you do not have a green thumb, the salad leaf can be grown using soil-less gardening techniques, in a plant gel or hydroponically. Having a steady supply of the nutritious plant growing on the window sill also means you could save some grocery shopping money! Many small, tropical, songbirds draw nectar from the amaranth flower so expect pleasant surprises at the kitchen window, when this one blossoms!DWARF LILY Nymphaea RubraThis emerse plant comes from the same genus as the water lily and is a big hit with aquarium keepers! While you won’t be able to find one at a plant nursery, it is easily available at most tropical fish shops! It is fairly easy to grow even in low light plant which is why it is recommended even to amateur aquascapers. It grows from a bulb and has both leaves underwater and lily pads on top of the water. Even if you don’t keep fish as pets, this makes an attractive spectacle when grown in a glass vase or decanter! All you have to do is top up the water levels from time to time.ALSO READ:Kunal Maniar’s inspired design for this garden fuses nature with decor... https://www.architecturaldigest.in/content/asian-paints-awakening-colour-of-the-year-indoor-plants/
Gardening: Enjoying the flowering rebirth of perennials while they bloom - OCRegisterTuesday, April 16, 2019
Blooming dahlias should be available now in most nurseries and garden centers.Tip of the Week: A special sale of orchids to readers is being held by Art and Aurora Mendoza on March 22, 23, and 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 16057 Nordhoff St., North Hills, 91343. Refreshments will be served. The Mendozas specialize in growing dozens of cymbidium orchid varieties, available in 8-inch and one-gallon containers for $5-10 dollars. Dendrobium and Cattleya orchids will also be on sale. Cymbidiums are nearly always grown in containers but they may also be planted in the ground in suitably amended soil. Just the other day in West Los Angeles, I saw the most glorious cymbidium growing in the protective shadow of a bronze Codyline. https://www.ocregister.com/2019/03/21/gardening-enjoying-the-flowering-rebirth-of-perennials-while-they-bloom/
Elaine's Flower Shoppe and Gifts expanding to East Aurora - Buffalo NewsSunday, February 10, 2019
Elaine's Flower Shoppe and Gifts is getting ready to grow again.The florist will open its third location at 201 Main St. in East Aurora on April 2 in a former metal fabrication shop.Longtime Elaine's employees and sisters Dona Kurkowiak and Emma Patti, along with their partner Dale McCormick, bought the company's Depew store from its original owner, Elaine Bialecki, when she retired in 2015.Bialecki had the store in two different locations on George Urban Boulevard over a period of 36 years. The new owners moved the store to 5100 Transit Road in Depew in May. Shortly after buying Elaine's, the trio purchased Hock's in 2015. That flower shop, which opened as a greenhouse operation in 1922, was preparing to close.All three stores will now do business under the Elaine's banner.Elaine's also has partnered with Noco Express to sell affordable bouquets in 11 of its locations. ... https://buffalonews.com/2018/03/23/elaines-flower-shoppe-and-gifts-is-still-growing/
Kids plant flowers in TroyTuesday, July 17, 2018
Sets of Hands Cleaning Service, Brunswick Esthetics, Brasi Media, Lewis Lawn Care & Masonry, Hewitt’s Garden Center, Bickford Landscaping, The Aurora Foundation, Corey Jamison Consulting and XperienceU Training and Leadership Development helped supply the program with materials for the project. “I really wanted to do something fun and hands on with the kids at the center,” said Domenica Hotte, who initiated the project. “Ray [Piscitelli, executive director] and the Catholic Youth Organization do so much for the kids in the community and I felt like this was a small way of giving back and at the same time beautifying downtown Troy.” In the future, Troy Youth Association plans to use the new flower bed each year, and possibly even add another one. More information about Troy Youth Association and its programs is available online at troycyo.com or by calling the center at (518) 274-2630. http://www.troyrecord.com/article/TR/20180620/NEWS/180629976
'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.
Josh Bilicki, Rich Mar Florist and Lemons of Love Bring Cancer Awareness to the Roval - Kickin' the TiresWednesday, October 28, 2020
Outlet Super Store (BOSS), Custom Fiberglass Molding, Insurance King, and Fort Worth Screen Printing on board.In 18 NCS starts this season, Bilicki has a best finish of 25th twice coming at both Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Kansas Speedway.The Bank of America Roval 400 NASCAR Cup Series race will take place on Sunday, October 11th at 2:30PM ET. It will be televised on NBC.?????? pic.twitter.com/6JAfZs8YFQ— Josh Bilicki (@joshbilicki) October 7, 2020Photo Credit: Josh Bilicki Racing... https://kickinthetires.net/nascar/josh-bilicki-rich-mar-florist-and-lemons-of-love-bring-cancer-awareness-to-the-roval/