Charlestown Flower Shop News
On Mother’s Day, Mass. Florists Struggle to Meet Demand - nbcboston.comFriday, May 29, 2020
Mother’s Day, but some business owners said it wasn’t enough time to prepare.Some businesses, however, got creative to make the day special. Monument Restaurant in Charlestown partnered with a local florist, Junebug, to create dozens of pre-ordered breakfast in a box packages: meals with flowers.Social distancing rules are preventing mothers from going out to celebrate, so one Charlestown restaurant decided to put Mother’s Day in a box and bring it to some of them.“So we’ve been able to get creative with it and do different things to keep engaging with our community,” said Monument Restaurant General Manager Lauren Wheland.Wheland said her restaurant partnered with a local florist, Junebug, to create dozens of pre-ordered packages: meals with flowers.Monument’s Mother’s Day brunch in a box to-go was designed as a nice at home or even brunch in bed option.“We had people order them for friends or loved ones to drop off, so that’s been really fun.” Wheland said.Small businesses that are trying to make the most out of less than ideal circumstance this Mother’s Day say they cannot do it without their community’s support. “Our neighborhood has been incredibly supportive," Wheland said. "We're so lucky to be in Charlestown everybody has really rallied around us." ... https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/businesses-adjust-to-mothers-day-during-pandemic/2121803/
For the Love of Flowers: Florists Prepare for Valentine's Day Rush - The Keene SentinelSunday, February 11, 2018
Daley concluded. “It should be a feel-good experience and that is what I strive for.”?The Village Blooms delivers throughout Walpole, and as far south as Keene, to the north to Charlestown and across the river into Bellows Falls. For more information, visit thevillageblooms.com... http://www.sentinelsource.com/elf/by_hand_by_hobby/for-the-love-of-flowers-florists-prepare-for-valentine-s/article_d5bcd352-0da5-11e8-ace7-bb36ff6ba4b8.html
Florist Selling Sunflowers to Support Charlestown Man Struck by Car - Patch.comSaturday, August 22, 2015
Photo Credit: Getty ImagesCharlestown residents have shown great concern regarding Joe Shadroui, an employee at Bunker Hill Florist, who was struck by a car in July. Now the shop is selling sunflowers in support of Shadroui’s recovery, the Charlestown Patriot-Bridge reports.More from Charlestown PatchShadroui was struck outside of his Main Street shop on July 16 on Main and has been recovering ever since. Employees at the small shop have struggled without Shadroui, with many community members offering assistance during his time of absence.The fellow florists are finally turning to the community for hand, asking local residents to purchase special “Send a Smile to Joe” sunflower bouquets in support of his recovery. The bouquets come with five sunflower stems and cost $7.50.“We’re doing it as a way to support him. A lot of people have come in and wanted to know what they can do to help Joe. The best way to support Joe is to come buy flowers right now,” employee Christine Kerans told the Patriot-Bridge.The employe... http://patch.com/massachusetts/charlestown/bunker-hill-florist-selling-sunflowers-support-man-struck-car-0
Charlestown florist struck by a car feet from shop - WHDH-TVThursday, July 23, 2015
CHARLESTOWN, Mass. (WHDH) -Joseph Shadroui was struck just a few feet from his shop when a car suddenly struck him. Shadroui’s co-worker, Christine Kearns said it happened quickly.“It was just an accident. It was an older gentleman driving, just one of those crazy things that happen,” Kearns said. Shadroui was rushed to a hospital where he remained on Thursday night. ... http://www.whdh.com/story/29569070/charlestown-florist-struck-by-a-car-feet-from-shop
Beloved Florist Hit By Car Outside Charlestown Shop - CBS LocalThursday, July 23, 2015
BOSTON (CBS) – A popular Charlestown florist remains in critical condition after being hit by a car outside his shop on Main Street Thursday afternoon.Friday at Bunker Hill Florist, employees tried to keep business open with heavy hearts for Joseph Shadroui whose absence was unmistakable. “He is a very well known guy,” said Christine Kerans, a longtime employee.Bunker Hill Florist in Charlestown (WBZ-TV)He’s handled just about every wedding in the community in more than thirty years in Charlestown. “Joe is an institution here,” said customer Rosann Maden. “I think any girl who lives in Charlestown and is going to be a bride ends up at Joe’s.”He was on the job when he was critically injured in the accident. Witnesses say he was just taking flowers out of the company van when he was struck. “All the plants went up in the air. We saw it was a guy carrying plants and when we went over he was half way under the car,” said a witness who identified himself as John.Boston Police say the accident remains under investig... http://boston.cbslocal.com/2015/07/17/beloved-florist-hit-by-car-outside-charlestown-shop/
'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/