Princeton Flower Shop News
Local flower shops “petaling it forward” Wednesday - week.comTuesday, November 19, 2019
East Peoria is just one of many participating in the area.Other shops “petaling” it forward include:Picket Fence in ChillicotheIvy Gardens in El PasoFlower Basket in EurekaFlowers by Julia in PrincetonG.P. Miller Floral in PeoriaSterling Flower Shop in PeoriaHy-Vee in PeoriaDespite the rebuild, the Greenhouse Flower Shop in Pekin will be participating at the Pekin Post Office and Beechams Market in Tremont. ... https://week.com/news/top-stories/2019/10/23/local-flower-shops-petaling-it-forward-wednesday/
Franklin White - LaSalle News TribuneTuesday, September 24, 2019
Tiskilwa where Frank worked at The Cheese Factory. He retired from State Farm Insurance Co. where he served as an insurance agent.He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Princeton. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing and winters in Arizona.Frank is survived by his loving wife of 74 years (where they shared a room at Heartland Health Care) Lucille (Forney) White; one daughter, Kristie (William) Cass; one son, Paul (Barbara) White; five grandchildren, Laura (Steve) Cass Gray, David (Shawna) Cass, Kathryn Cass Seaworth, Jason White and Nichole (Ritch) White Fundell; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Finks; one sister-in-law, Betty Jean White; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.He was preceded in death by three brothers, Harold White, Dave White and Clifford White.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Jude Hospital.Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com. http://www.newstrib.com/2019/09/24/franklin-white/ai45x63/
Botanical illustration: Putting a timely focus on nature - New Haven RegisterTuesday, September 24, 2019
Helen Bynum, who with her husband, William Bynum, compiled "Botanical Sketchbooks" (Princeton Architectural Press, 2017), a compendium of botanical illustrations by 80 artists from around the world. "Being a sketcher of whatever ability makes you really engage with what you are looking at it," says Bynum. Botanical drawing dates back to at least to the times of the Pharaohs. It was particularly developed in the Middle Ages, when plants were often used for medicinal purposes and people needed to be able to tell safe from poisonous plants. A lot of plant families contain both. For instance, the nightshade family of plants includes Belladonna, a poisonous plant, and also edibles like tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. Explorers often brought a botanical artist along to record the plants encountered. During "Tulip Mania" in 17th century Holland, when rare bulbs sold for the equivalent of an average person's annual salary, it was crucial for collectors and breeders to record each flower's unique patterns and contours. And botanical art can be about more than accuracy. Often, the story a botanical illustration tells is more mesmerizing than the perfection of the drawing itself, says Bynum. "What I learned doing this book is that you don't have to be a great artist to get things down on paper in a way that can communicate to other people," she says. Robin Jess runs the Botanical Art and Illustration program at the New York Botanical Garden, the oldest certificate program in the subject in the country. "We tend to be very accurate, and to pay attention to all the details. We require that students take classes in plant morphology, so they understand what it is exactly that they are drawing. It requires a strong basis in botany," she explains. The garden is also the headquarters of the American Society of Botanical Artists, with about 1,8... https://www.nhregister.com/living/article/Botanical-illustration-Putting-a-timely-focus-on-14463500.php
Community blossoms at Princeton's Vaseful Flowers and Gifts - Community News ServiceTuesday, July 09, 2019
Robert Stack, president and CEO of Community Options and a Princeton resident. “So let’s just say you have a person that happens to be high on the autistic scale and he can’t speak, maybe he can wash the refrigeration units down. Maybe he wants to count the vases and do inventory.”The aim is eventually to hire 12 employees with disabilities at the store, all under the watchful eye of a program manager, Nicole Young, and a professional florist, Kathleen Angelinovich.Above, employees at work in the store, which plans to hire a total of 12 employees with disabilities.Kanjani works at the shop five days a week, from Monday to Friday, as a floral trainee. He called working there “pretty good” and said his duties include feeding the flowers, putting them in vases, and sweeping the floors. Jose Saez, another employee, felt it was exciting to be a part of a new business.Employees work part-time, 20 hours a week, and get paid at the state minimum wage. Their tasks run the gamut, like working the cash register, keeping the store clean, and making deliveries — all intended to build job skills that they can take to their next employer.“This is a stepping stone for them, so we’re looking for them to gain competitive employment outside of here,” Young said. “So this is their training ground. This is where it all gets started. This is where they get the taste of what employment is.”They work with the flowers too, said Angelinovich, who has spent 30 years in the flower business. Before this job, she was a floral manager for a ShopRite in Neptune.“They’re learning about processing the flowers, cutting them, hydrating them, the different names, different varieties,” she said. “I think for me walking into this, it was a flower shop, but it was so much more. It was just so much more of an opportunity for me to get to do this and get a sense of purpose.”Community Options purchased the current Vaseful site five years ago and first used it as temporary offices. Stack said his vision was always to make it a flower store, a step that required getting a variance from the town and renovating the building.At a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the s... https://communitynews.org/2019/07/01/community-blossoms-at-princetons-vaseful-flowers-and-gifts/
Florist to hand out bouquets Oct. 24 for 'Petal It Forward' - Bureau County RepublicanTuesday, April 16, 2019
Julia CainPRINCETON — On Wednesday, Oct. 24, Flowers by Julia will be hitting the streets of Princeton, handing out bouquets of flowers to random people, as part of the Society of American Florists’ “Petal It Forward” program.Flowers by Julia is joining hundreds of florists across the country in this random-acts-of-kindness effort. This effort is in response to the release of data by SAF, showing the positive emotional benefits of flowers.After receiving their flowers, recipients are asked to spread the happiness by gifting their extra bouquet to share with a loved one, co-worker, or even a stranger.“We see the positive impact, day in and day out, when we make our flower deliveries,” said Julia Cain of Flowers by Julia. “People love to get flowers ‘just because,’ so we wanted to create random smiles on Wednesday, and give people a chance to do the same for someone else,” Cain said.“The impact of giving or receiving flowers is powerful and memorable. It can turn an ordinary day into an extraordin... http://www.bcrnews.com/2018/10/19/florist-to-hand-out-bouquets-oct-24-for-petal-it-forward/a7gtylc/
'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/