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Nationwide volunteers gather to lay COVID-19 memorials – Decaturish - Locally sourced news - Decaturish.comSunday, February 28, 2021
Avondale Estates, GA — The Floral Heart Project, a COVID-19 Memorial effort, will lay floral hearts in cities and towns across the US in conjunction with a National Day of Mourning effort. It has organized a national mobilization of volunteers to recognize our mounting COVID-19 deaths.Supported at a national level by 1-800-Flowers.com and BloomStudios, the project has partnered local florists, COVID-19 loss families and volunteers to lay hearts in cities and towns throughout the United States.Local florist, Jessica Neese, is part of this movement and will be adding her flower art installation on the Atlanta Beltline. She lives in Avondale Estates and owns In Bloom, a landscape/micro flower farm in Scottdale.While the project is non-partisan, the effort on March 1st is aligned with Marked by COVID’s work to create a National Day of Mourning. To date, over 50 mayors from around the United States have supported their resolution. The Floral Heart Project supports efforts that are actively... https://decaturish.com/2021/02/nationwide-volunteers-gather-to-lay-covid-19-memorials/
This Chester County Greenhouse is Standing Strong Long After the Cut-Flower Industry's Heyday - Mainline TodayThursday, March 12, 2020
Lavender takes a lot longer, but no one wants lavender—or at least not much of it.”Third-generation growers in Avondale, Rosazza Son’s Florist & Greenhouses now has a variety of seasonal options, including Easter bulbs, geraniums, vegetable plants, mums and poinsettias. Right now, Ralph is tucking snapdragon blooms into four stacked layers of woven wire racks that keep them growing straight. All the “snap” will bloom a second time in April, then be cut and shipped mostly to flower shows and fairs in Kennett Square, Oxford and Wilmington, Del.Years ago, Rosazza was selling flowers to the White House. He specialized in carnations, England’s “divine flower,” first introduced to our Eastern Seaboard in the early 1800s. New York’s Charles Willis Ward popularized the carnation in 1903 when he wrote The America Carnation—How to Grow It. The American Carnation Society was formed in 1892 and survived until 1981.Rosazza supplied carnations to presidents from Harry Truman to George Bush Sr. Since then, the cut-flower industry has shifted operations to South America, becoming too expensive to be profitable. This wilting of a low-key industry is a story throughout southern Chester County, which was once known as the Carnation Belt.The heyday for some 25 local family growers lasted from the 1920s into the ’30s. As late as the early 1950s, there were still 50 diversified flower greenhouse operations between Oxford and Chadds Ford—basically in the shadow of the famed Longwood Gardens. But Rich... https://mainlinetoday.com/life-style/this-chester-county-greenhouse-is-standing-strong-long-after-the-cut-flower-industrys-heyday/
Upper Dauphin’s Macklin Ayers, Steel-High’s Mehki Flowers selected to Pa. Football Writers’ Class 2A All-Stat - PennLiveSaturday, January 18, 2020
Michigan State-bound Cal Haladay, Preston Zachman (Wisconsin) and Max Tillett (New Hampshire).Southern Columbia won its third straight PIAA championship earlier this month, defeating Avonworth 74-7 at Hersheypark Stadium.Fleming caught 72 passes for 1,538 yards and 23 touchdowns in his final season to become the state’s all-time leader in yards and receiving touchdowns.Since 2009, sports writers who cover high school football around the Commonwealth have overseen the all-state process. Players are nominated in all six classifications, and then a statewide ballot is issued to afford all writers the opportunity to cast their votes.Upper Dauphin’s record-setting athlete, Macklin Ayers, joined Steel-High’s Mehki Flowers on the team’s defensive side. A tremendous two-way talent, Ayers accounted for 3,230 yards (1,960 rush) and 48 touchdowns at quarterback.The Tri-Valley League player of the year also contributed 107 tackles, five sacks and three interceptions as a linebacker, guiding the Trojans to a District 3 title and state quarterfinal berth against Southern Columbia.Ayers set single-season and career marks for rushing yards and combined yards.Flowers, who starred as a wide receiver and defensive back, produced 18 touchdowns and six interceptions as one of the region’s top recruits in the Class of 2022. Avonworth’s Duke Johncour was voted 2A Coach of the Year.2019 Pa. Football Writers’ Class 2A All-State TeamOFFENSEQUARTERBACKAaron Tobias, Penns Vall... https://www.pennlive.com/highschoolsports/football/2019/12/upper-dauphins-macklin-ayers-steel-highs-mehki-flowers-selected-to-pa-football-writers-class-2a-all-state-team.html
Man Says Indianapolis Florist Denied Him Service Over Gay Marriage - NewsweekTuesday, May 21, 2019
A man is claiming a floral shop in Indiana refused to help him find flowers for his wedding after the store discovered he was marrying a man.David Elliott told WRTV that he went to Avon Florist in Avon, Indianapolis, on Thursday to order flowers for his upcoming nuptials. Elliott said he was having a normal conversation about the wedding with the owner until he mentioned that he needed two boutonnieres, one for him and one for his partner. "She said, 'What do you need?' I said, 'I need two boutonnieres.' She then said, 'What does the bride need?' I said, 'Well, there is no bride.' And then she said, 'Well then I'm going on vacation and I can't help you.' I then said, 'Okay,' and I walked out," Elliott told the news station. Avon Florist in Avon, Indianapolis. A man claims he was denied help for his wedding from the florist on Thursday because he is marrying a man. Google Maps/Screenshot Elliott told Newsweek that the manager's demeanor changed after he mentioned his partner, who he has known since he was 18 years old."I'm a normal-looking white guy, and when I told her there wasn’t a straight guy, I saw the change in her face," said Elliott. "I am not... https://www.newsweek.com/man-denied-service-florist-gay-marriage-1040569
Where to Find Fresh Flowers in Birmingham - StyleBlueprintTuesday, May 21, 2019
HollowMagic City Flower MarketBrand new to the city, the Magic City Flower Market is open to the public each Monday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This market fills local florist Holly Carlisle’s gorgeous Avondale studio, Rosegolden, with unique, locally grown flowers that are available both by the stem and in arrangements. Stop by each Monday to find a fresh bouquet for your home.The Magic City Flower Market sets up shop each Monday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Rosegolden in Avondale. Image: Magic City Flower MarketRELATED: Florally Inspired? This is the Event Series for You!GARDEN SHOPSWild ThingsAt Wild Things, in Homewood, you can create stunning, bespoke floral arrangements for any upcoming event, including weddings. But while you can easily order your fresh flowers online, we suggest stopping by the storefront to explore their wide selection of darling home goods, coffee table books, beauty buys, gifts for the pup and more. Wild Things also offers floral workshops throughout the year, each centered around a seasonal theme and perfect for building a beautiful bouquet while learning more about the art of arrangement. Learn more about Wild Things here.“I just want Wild Things to be a place where people can come and learn and be creative — a place for people to come and enjoy being themselves,” owner Carolyn Harbert says.Grab a friend or two, and sign up for one of Wild Things’ flower arranging workshops for your next girls’ night out.Leaf & PetalWith multiple local locations, including a dreamy — and relatively new — storefront on Crosshaven, Leaf & Petal is a local favorite for flowers, plants of all varieties, and home decor items. Peruse the lines of fresh and seasonal blooms, or find the perfect potted plant for your home. Either way, you’ll be impressed by their consistently beautiful and vast selection.p id="caption-attachment... https://styleblueprint.com/birmingham/everyday/where-to-find-fresh-flowers-in-birmingham/
'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/