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Get Your Floral Fix and Help Sustain the Rhode Island Flower Economy - Providence MediaThursday, April 02, 2020
There is beauty in the now, and I can at least offer that,” says Kocon. “We are thrilled to share this beauty as safely as possible.”A sea of daffodils may be blooming in Bristol at Blithewold Mansions, Gardens & Arboretum but the venue has dutifully postponed all upcoming private events, classes, and programs. However, Blithewold welcomes online visitors and is assembling a series of workshops which will be live-streamed through their Facebook page. "The estate may be closed to the public but Blithewold is always open, virtually of course. Watch for Blithewold Connects a new series of hands-on 20-minute workshops, 2-minute tiny tutorials and meditative live streams from the grounds," says Tree Callanan, director of Communications and Visitor Experience. The organization launched this initiative with a Make a Wattle Fence tutorial to a sold-out online crowd.“With everything changing so quickly we have no idea where we are going to be in five weeks when the tulips are blooming,” says Keriann Koeman of Wicked Tulips, the wildly popular flower tourism site looking forward to the first season at their new location in Exeter. “We are farmers and therefore optimistic that we will be able to open in some capacity, and as farmers we are also creating several contingency plans.” Ever resourceful, the Koemans are preparing Virtual Tulip Tours with a live Tulip Cam which will offer 360 degree views of the field, close-ups of flowers, and more. “We’re also kicking around ideas for drive-thru bouquet pick up and tulip field viewing, a tulip delivery service, and donations to nursing homes and hospitals.”“In this time of extra stress, everyone needs more flowers,” is the message from What Cheer Flower Farm in Providence. The 501c3 charity grows, rescues, and gives flowers to people who could use a boost from blooms, including patients, people in recovery centers and shelters, at-risk youth, and seniors with dementia. Recently, WCFF started an initiative called #ShareCheer where participants are encouraged to make a bouquet from a local florist or farm and post it to Instagram with the dedicated tag. Sounds like we could all use some of that.Give Blooms a BoostWith restrictions changing quickly, we are offering a partial list of flower related businesses and advise visiting their websites and social media accounts for updates. Also, visit RI.gov for the latest guidance and information during COVID-19. For an expanded list of flower farms, visit FarmFreshRI.org. BlithewoldBlooming Blossoms Blue Moon Farm PerennialsBlue ... http://providenceonline.com/stories/ri-flower-farms-covid19,35379?
Attleboro Arts Museum Flower Show will feature 'Gardens Gone Wild' - The Sun ChronicleThursday, April 02, 2020
Exhibitors include Briggs Nursery, North Attleboro; Bristol County Agricultural High School, Dighton; Ethical Earth Creations, Foxboro (new); Flowers by the Station, Attleboro; Helping Hands Florist, Plainville; Jordan’s Jungle, Pawtucket (new); Nolan’s Flowers and Gifts, North Attleboro; Oracle Landscape & Lindsey Epstein Pottery, Tiverton; and Rosebud Florist Inc., Pawtucket.Flower Show hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 each day for adults, students, seniors and museum members and free for children 9 and younger.Admission covers all attractions and all other daytime Flower Show events.In addition to the major garden installations, unique floral arrangements of natural materials are an annual Flower Show highlight. This year’s artists have created animal-inspired masks built to represent mysterious, loveable and whimsical animal faces, organizers say.The show also offers, hands-on creative activities for children and families, live music, extraordinary raffles, a live plant sale from Jordan’s Jungle (which is also creating a garden installation), live cut flowers in a rainbow of colors, and a collection of gifts in an expanded museum gift shop. Partial proceeds from the sale of a handcrafted item supports the artist that created it as well as the museum while sales from mass produced items benefit the museum.DAILY SCHEDULE OF FLOWER SHOW EVENTS Wednesday, March 186-8 p.m.: Benefit Preview: Walk on the Wild Side! See the gardens before the Flower Show opens to the public.• Live music from pianist Mark Taber, sponsored by the Ray Conniff Foundation.• Featuring handcrafted paper flowers by Jessica Smith, who will be demonstrating her floral-making technique during the Benefit Preview.Tickets are on sale now. Call 508-222-2644 x10 to reserve. Tickets includes beer, wine, soft drinks and light hors d’oeuvres. A current photo ID is required for bar service.Ticketed guests can purchase menu items from Chub’s Blue Pig BBQ, owned and operated by local husband and wife team Amy and Pete Diaz.Preview ticket fees (not including Chub’s purchases): $15 for museum members; $17 for nonmembers. To order call 508-222-2644 x10.Thursday, March 19• 9:30-11:30am: Continental breakfast in Tony’s Whistle Stop Café, sponsored daily by Attleboro Rotary Club• 10-10:30am: Storytime with Krystal Brown of the Attleboro Public Library – Ottmar Gallery• 10:30-11am: Capron Park Zoo Live Animal Show #1 – Clay Room+• 11:15-11:45am: Capron Park Zoo Live Animal Show #2 – Clay Room (encore presentation)+• 11:30am-2pm: Lunch and refreshments in Tony’s Whistle Stop Café• 2-3pm: Pastries, tea and coffee in Tony’s Whistle Stop Café• 2-4pm: Alpacas from Kave Rock Alpaca Farm of Rehoboth, MA – Emory St. EntranceFriday,... https://www.thesunchronicle.com/features/stories/attleboro-arts-museum-flower-show-will-feature-gardens-gone-wild/article_c02a57ce-e827-5a45-a4fb-fd495bf8d32a.html
31 Best Flower Delivery Services Online—Best Online Flower Delivery Services Near Me - ParadeSunday, February 09, 2020
Floom also offers same-day delivery in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Boston and Houston, as well as in London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Bristol in the U.K.13. Florists.comRakuten members will get 18 percent cash back if they shop at Florists.com, which also offers deals of the day. In addition, if you don’t want to send just flowers, Florists.com also offers gift baskets, chocolate and fruit bouquet options.14. Florists’ Transworld Delivery (FTD)Chances are you’ve heard of FTD, but perhaps didn’t know what the actual abbreviation meant. It stands for “Florists’ Transworld Delivery,” and it means exactly what it says: They work with local florists worldwide and offers same-day and next-day delivery options, as well as 20 percent cashback for Rakuten users. They also offer cute additions like teddy bears and candy.15. FlowersFastIt’s midnight on February 14 (or Mother’s Day, your anniversary, your love’s birthday, etc.). Are you out of luck and out of time? Nope! Flowers Fast offers same-day delivery across the U.S. and... https://parade.com/978393/jessicasager/best-flower-delivery-companies/
31 Best Flower Delivery Companies Near Me—Flower Delivery Services - ParadeSaturday, January 18, 2020
Floom also offers same-day delivery in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, San Diego, Boston and Houston, as well as in London, Edinburgh, Manchester and Bristol in the U.K.13. Florists.comRakuten members will get 18 percent cash back if they shop at Florists.com, which also offers deals of the day. In addition, if you don’t want to send just flowers, Florists.com also offers gift baskets, chocolate and fruit bouquet options.14. Florists’ Transworld Delivery (FTD)Chances are you’ve heard of FTD, but perhaps didn’t know what the actual abbreviation meant. It stands for “Florists’ Transworld Delivery,” and it means exactly what it says: They work with local florists worldwide and offers same-day and next-day delivery options, as well as 20 percent cashback for Rakuten users. They also offer cute additions like teddy bears and candy.15. FlowersFastIt’s midnight on February 14 (or Mother’s Day, your anniversary, your love’s birthday, etc.). Are you out of luck and out of time? Nope! Flowers Fast offers same-d... https://parade.com/978393/jessicasager/best-flower-delivery-companies/
AAM promises an enchanted Flower Show this month - The Sun ChronicleTuesday, March 19, 2019
This year’s garden displays are being provided by Attleboro Farms in North Attleboro, Briggs Nursery in North Attleboro, Bristol County Agricultural High School, Flowers by the Station in Attleboro, Helping Hands Florist in Plainville, Nolan’s Flowers and Gifts in North Attleboro, Oracle Landscape & Lindsey Epstein Pottery in Tiverton, and Rosebud Florist in Pawtucket.“The Flower Show is always such an exciting time of the year at the museum,” show co-chairwoman Sarah Mott said. “There are many individuals, volunteers, board members and staff who work for months to bring the show to life in the gallery each March.”In addition to garden installations, the show will feature unique floral arrangements of natural materials, and this year artists will be creating magic wands, whimsical creations that will be displayed on the lower level of the museum.Two local artists will be featured in the Flower Show’s Breadcrumbs Café Gallery & Boutique, on the lower level. J. Cornelia DeVeau of A Faery Knoll Works in Norton, will show his handmade faery portals (doors), ornaments and faery dust jars; and Laura White Carpenter of Providence will bring her assemblages of porcelain ceramic pieces on driftwood or reclaimed wooden building materials.The items will debut at the preview event and be sold (while supplies last) during standard Flower Show hours.The museum is seeking show sponsors, both individuals and businesses, with levels starting at just $5. All sponsors are recognized with a handmade gift created as a keepsake. To learn more and to become a sponsor in advance of the show, call 508-222-2644 x10.The Flower Show is one of the museum’s largest and most anticipated annual fundraising events.All activities are free with admission except for the Flower Show Benefit Preview on March 20. Below is a schedule of events; all attractions are subject to chang... http://www.thesunchronicle.com/features/stories/aam-promises-an-enchanted-flower-show-this-month/article_7f0f01fe-56be-5f0d-ab6d-95270aca75d3.html
'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.
ROUNDUP: JP Parker Flowers vacates Indy store, adds retail truck - Indianapolis Business JournalWednesday, October 28, 2020
Hamilton County, but until recently a big part of her business came from handling floral arrangements for large gatherings.JP Parker’s new floral truck.“I did love the (Indianapolis) shop, but it just didn’t make business sense in this climate,” Parker said.The South Meridian Street shop, which occupies 2,000 square feet, opened in 2008. The lease for that space expires at the end of the month, which is another reason Parker decided to close that shop now.She said she intends to re-establish a presence of some sort in the Stadium Village neighborhood because she loves the neighborhood and wants to have a convenient spot to meet with clients once Indianapolis’ tourism and events business gets back on track. But exactly where that location might be and when it might open is unknown.“When will the crowds come back, and how will we be doing business in the future?” Parker said. “You can talk to any vendor that’s in the events business and they’re having to go to Plan B.”For JP Parker Flowers, part of that Plan B involves a newly acquired floral truck named Flora.The truck will operate similar to a food truck, giving the business a mobile option for reaching customers. JP Parker Flowers could, for instance, use the truck as a pop-up retail location where customers could walk up and buy a bouquet. Or, a client might hire the truck to distribute flowers for a retail store’s grand opening or other event.“It’s actually been a long-time dream of mine to have a flower truck” Parker said. “It’s a very fun, trendy thing to do right now.”In other news this week:— Fast-casual seafood chain Slapfish opens Monday at 345 Massachusetts Ave. The restaurant takes the space formerly occupied by Louie’s Wine Dive, which closed in March.Franchisees are long-time friends Mark Weghorst and Nick Smith. Weghorst opened the area’s first Slapfish location in July 2019, inside the Broccoli Bill’s grocery store that his father, Bill Weghorst, owns in Noblesville.California-based Slapfish offers a mostly seafood-focused menu, with an emphasis on sustainably sourced fish. Menu items include fish tacos, burritos, grilled fish bowls and other items, including a children’s menu. The chain is based in the Los Angeles suburb of Fountain Valley and has about 20 locations in several U.S. states, plus England.— Fast-casual Indian restaurant Tandoor & Tikka has opened its third Indianapolis store, and its fourth overall, at 5650 W. 86th St. The restaurant’s grand opening was June 26.It opened in ... https://www.ibj.com/blogs/property-lines/roundup-jp-parker-flowers-vacates-indy-store-adds-retail-truck