Bloomington Flower Shop News
ROUNDUP: JP Parker Flowers vacates Indy store, adds retail truck - Indianapolis Business JournalWednesday, October 28, 2020
The restaurant’s grand opening was June 26.It opened in Indianapolis in June 2018 at 805 W. 10th St. near IUPUI, followed by a Castleton location in 2019. Tandoor & Tikka also has a location in Bloomington.— The culinary establishment Studio C, 1051 E. 54th St., has discontinued its coffee service though it is continuing with its other lines of business. Local chef Greg Hardesty opened Studio C in 2019 as a place for a variety of food-oriented offerings based on market demand. The business’ offerings include carry-out meals, private dining and a wine club.— Peppy Grill opened June 19 at 910 W. 10th St. in The Avenue, a mixed-use development near the IUPUI campus. The restaurant is in the spot formerly occupied by Madd Greeks Mediterranean Grille, which closed in March after 3-1/2 years.The new Peppy Grill is associated with the Peppy Grill at 1004 Virginia Ave. in Fountain Square—it is not affiliated with Burt’s Peppy Grill at 3401 E. 10th St.— The Fudge Kettle plans to open its first brick-and-mortar retail space... https://www.ibj.com/blogs/property-lines/roundup-jp-parker-flowers-vacates-indy-store-adds-retail-truck
Spring Park Woman Operates Organic Flower Shop from Her Home - Lake Minnetonka MagazineTuesday, September 24, 2019
Fiddles and Fronds will be part of the Three Rivers Park District Wedding Fair, on September 29 at Hyland Hills Ski Area in Bloomington. Susan Snegosky will be available to talk about winter and spring weddings and show interested couples some of her creations.Fiddles and FrondsFacebook: Fiddles and FrondsInstagram: @fiddlesandfronds... https://lakeminnetonkamag.com/spring-park-woman-operates-organic-flower-shop-her-home
Orange Flower Healing blossoms into new locationTuesday, October 16, 2018
Becky Holtzman discovered Reiki in 2013 when someone recommended she take a class on it. After taking this class, Holtzman said she found something she loved.She moved back to Bloomington from Portland, Oregon in 2015 and opened her own local Reiki practice, Orange Flower Healing, out of her home. In spring 2016, she started looking for places for the practice outside of her home.Orange Flower Healing moved to a new location Sept. 4 in the Landmark Offices off West Third Street. The practice had an open house Sept. 22. Reiki is a Japanese form of alternative medicine. According to the Orange Flower website, the benefits, which include stress reduction and body system balance, are given through light touches.At Orange Flower, a Reiki treatment is 90 minutes. Sixty minutes is the Reiki process itself, which involves the practitioner placing his or her hands on spots on the client's head, stomach and back for three to five minutes each. The remaining 30 minutes are for conversation before and after the session. A sign that says “Keep Calm and Practice Reiki” sits in Becky Holtzman’s healing studio Sept. 26 in Orange Flower Healing. Reiki, an alternative therapy focused on restoring mind and body balance, usually translates as “universal life energy.” Matt Begala Buy Photos Holtzman said she is not the only person in Bloomington to offer Reiki. In fact, there is an active Reiki community and there are many different types. The type Holtzman practices is Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki. Holtzman said she feels she was trained in the very traditional way, which is a slow process, and is still apprenticing with a Reiki master. She hopes to finish next year. “... https://www.idsnews.com/article/2018/09/caorangeflower092418
Local designer shaping Governor's Mansion renovationsTuesday, July 17, 2018
Pastry says its an honor to design flower arraignments for the Governors Mansion which reopens on Saturday.(Photo Courtesy: Illinois Governor’s Mansion Association/Facebook)By Blake HaasBLOOMINGTON – Stop and smell the Roses has always been an old saying, but for one Bloomington native that has turned into a life long dream.With the seed being planted in 4-H, one local florist didn’t know what she would be doing then would blossom into the face of the Governors Mansion in Springfield.“I was a kid in 4-H and I took flower design and horticulture as a project and then enjoyed it and kept doing it over the years and [then] I majored in horticulture in college,” added Candice Hart, owner of Pollen and Pastry located at 2121 Morrissey Dive in Bloomington. “I started my business during Grad School [at University of Illinois in Champaign] and kept going with it.”When Gov. Bruce Rauner first moved to the mansion in 2014, he found peeling paint, over grown trees and shrubs, buckling walls and other problems including problems with the roof, but after a $15 million renovation was announced on July 18, 2016, by Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner, that paved the way or ... http://www.wjbc.com/2018/07/13/local-designer-shaping-governors-mansion-renovations/
Museum of History dedicates garden to Illinois bicentennialTuesday, June 19, 2018
The red, white, and blue flowers outside the McLean County Museum of History symbolize the county’s contribution to Illinois’ history. (Patrick Baron/WJBC)By Patrick BaronBLOOMINGTON – Red, white, and blue flowers on the four corners of the McLean County Museum of History have been dedicated to Illinois’ bicentennial celebration.Museum Executive Director Adam Lovell said the museum wanted to do something special to commemorate Illinois’ 200th birthday.“We’re dedicating this as the Illinois bicentennial garden,” Lovell explained. “We always do some sort of garden landscaping every year. We wanted to up the game a little bit this year so we have the red, white, and blue theme to symbolize McLean County’s contribution to Illinois’ and America’s history.”Lovell noted the flowers will be on display all summer. He took a moment to recognize a few people who played an important role in getting the flowers put in the ground.“One of our board members, Russel Francois, he was really instrumental,” said Lovell. “We had our master gardener, Bob Bradley, and he organized a group of a... http://www.wjbc.com/2018/05/25/museum-of-history-dedicates-garden-to-illinois-bicentennial/
'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
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/