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Valentine's Day flowers increase in price 'because of Brexit' - Metro.co.ukSunday, February 28, 2021
Mr Davidson said year-on-year, flower prices usually increase by 9% anyway – so could shoot up even further this year.Market trader John Hardcastle of Bloomfield Wholesale Floris, prepares click and collect orders at their stall in the run-up to Valentine’s Day (Picture: PA)Lorries queue at the port of Dover before Brexit – flowers will soon need to be checked for pests before entering the country (Picture: PA)The Fresh Produce Consortium estimates that the new post-Brexit customs rules and tariffs will add £100 million to the cost of importing flowers to the UK. This is likely to increase the wholesale price by between 5% and 10%.Robbert Judels, the managing director of Vianen Flowers in the Netherlands, which supplies flowers to 160 wholesalers and florists in the UK, told ITV News his prices were rising by between 10 and 15%. A spokesperson at The British Florist Association said organised growers who didn’t pre-order their flowers will be hit hardest by the price hike. Florists say prices are likely to rise by 10 to 15% (Picture: PA)Valentine’s Day is the busiest time of year for most florists (Picture: PA)Most florists likely pre-ordered hundreds of red roses, the most popular flower of this time of year, before the country left the EU, they said. ‘Although the prices are going up, the red roses for Valentine’s Day have been pre-ordered at least a couple of months in advance,’ they added.‘Regardless of the fact that prices have gone up on other varieties, the price of red roses has remained pretty steady because of the pre-ordering.’Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.For more stories like this, check our news page. Advertisementdiv class="ad-slot... https://metro.co.uk/2021/02/10/valentines-day-flowers-increase-in-price-because-of-brexit-14058154/
Sweet smelling thank you goes to 100 for florist's centennial - Montclair LocalWednesday, December 02, 2020
So far, the Bartletts have bestowed the bouquets on a Montclair Park Street YMCA employee for her work with seniors; Jane Hanson, co-founder and recently retired executive director of Bloomfield-based Partners for Women and Justice, Inc., which helps those dealing with domestic violence and family law matters; The Bravitas Group CEO Bob Silver, for his work in support of cultural spaces to promote the Montclair Film Festival and Studio Montclair; and others.Hanson said she was extremely touched by the Bartlett family and noted that she received her bouquet in January.“They’ve been wonderful supporters of our organization and have helped us with flower arrangements at our benefit every year since 2003. They are lovely, talented people who make gorgeous floral arrangements,” she said.As of March 20, 21 of 100 bouquets had been delivered. There will be more coming, as Bartlett’s remains open due to its farm status and as such is an essential business. Nancy Bartlett said future recipients will be first responders and medical personnel. During National Food Pantry Month in September, local groups that feed the hungry will also be surprised by bouquets. https://www.montclairlocal.news/2020/04/11/sweet-smelling-thank-you-goes-to-100-for-florists-centennial/
Flower shop owner waits to get on with his life - Essex News DailyThursday, March 12, 2020
Roxy Florist, on Saturday, Feb. 22. The building was destroyed by a fire on Tuesday, Jan. 21, his 89th birthday. Now he is waiting to see whether or not the building will be condemned.BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Nick Zois arrives at the corner of Glenwood Avenue and Washington Street six or seven times a week, just to pass the time in the sun or shade. At this corner is where he ran his business, Roxy Florist, and had eight tenants, until a fire destroyed everything on Tuesday, Jan. 21, his 89th birthday.“I come down and just look,” he said this past Saturday. “My son sometimes opens the door and we look in to see if anything can be salvaged. It’s been 65 years since I’ve been here improving the building.”Zois says he got to know the flower business at Forest Hill Florist, his father’s shop on Broad and Market streets in Newark.“When I was 9 or 10, my mother said I was a bad little boy,” he said. “I lived in Newark and, one day, I was walking on the top of a freight train car. A policeman caught me and, for punishment, I had to work in my father’s flower store. Everyday I had to go down to his shop to stay out of trouble. I hated the business when I had to do that.”After graduating from high school, Zois was drafted into the Army and spent three years, nine months and 15 days in military service as a medic. He was stationed at Fort... https://essexnewsdaily.com/headlne-news/87066
Petal Power: The 5 Best Florists In Pittsburgh - CBS PittsburghSunday, February 10, 2019
Florist. Located at 2650 Penn Ave. in Strip District, the florist is the highest rated florist in Pittsburgh, boasting 4.5 stars out of 60 reviews on Yelp.2. 4121 MainPhoto: Eugina n./YelpNext up is Bloomfield’s 4121 Main, situated at 4121 Main St. With 4.5 stars out of 35 reviews on Yelp, the florist, which offers coffee and tea and more, has proven to be a local favorite.3. The Farmer’s Daughter FlowersPhoto: hannah z. /YelpEast Allegheny’s The Farmer’s Daughter Flowers, located at 431 E. Ohio St., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the florist 4.5 stars out of 34 reviews.4. Alex’s East End Floral ShoppePhoto: emmy f. /YelpAlex’s East End Floral Shoppe, a flor... https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2019/02/09/best-florists-pittsburgh-flower-shops/
Better Than Roses - The Newtown BeeSunday, February 10, 2019
Ms Collette, who is currently selling house plants.Around mid-January, Evelyn Lee of Butternut Gardens LLC of Southport shared a presentation in Bloomfield with local farmers on flower growing in Connecticut.“We’re trying to get Connecticut-grown flowers to become a thing in people’s minds,” said Ms Lee, adding that this time of the year is hard for local growers. “... I think for next year, there is a better opportunity.”Ms Lee shared information about the Slow Flowers Movement, which, according to a website for the movement, slowflowers.com, is “a response to the disconnect between humans and flowers in the modern era. It aspires to reclaim the act of flower growing, recognizing it as a relevant and respected branch of domestic agriculture. Slow Flowers connects consumers with the source of their flowers, putting a human face of the flower farmer and floral designer behind each bouquet or centerpiece. The value of local, seasonal, and sustainably grown flowers is heightened when there is transparent origin labeling of all botanicals sold to consumers and professional florists.” The website was created by author Debra Prinzing. Ms Lee recommended Ms Prinzing’s book The 50 Mile Bouquet: Seasonal, Local, and Sustainable Flowers and Flower Confidential: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful, by Amy Stewart, for those who wish to know more about the flower industry and the positive impact of supporting local farms.Locally grown flowers stay fresh longer and have a smaller carbon footprint than those purchased from afar. As a result of her discussion with local farmers in mid-January, Ms Lee said she is working to build a stronger consortium of growers. She is also looking for partners in various towns in Connecticut to create flower pickup points for her flower subscription service, which is offered seasonally. Anyone interested in reaching Ms Lee can contact her through her website, butternutgardens.com.Since locally grown flowers are hard to come by at the moment, Ms Lee suggested Valentine’s Day gifters can purchase a flower subscription service for their loved ones or a subscription to a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. (Shortts Farm & Garden Center of Newtown, an organic fruit and vegetable farm, offers a CSA program. Questions about 2019’s CSA program can be e-mailed to email@example.com.)Farming 101, a certified organic farm in Newtown, offers more than 60 varieties of organic heirloom tomatoes, flowers, greens, carrots, beets and other seasonal products, according to its Facebook page, Farming 101. Jennifer Gaskins, who owns the farm with her husband, Trout Gaskins, said customers at local farmers markets have observed that locally grown flowers and vegetables last longer than those shipped in from farther away.For those who want an alternative to buying flower bouquets, some greeting cards are made with flower seeds inside them, ready to be planted. There is also a plethora of DIY directions online to create “seed bombs,” handy compact clusters that can be made with native seeds.C.H. Booth Library, 25 Main Street, also offers a seed bank in its Gathering Room. Take out a romantic book, select seeds, and make an activity of planting and watching love grow while reading to one another. https://www.newtownbee.com/better-roses/02102019
'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
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/