Derby Flower Shop News
'It's up in the air': Louisville-area florists hustle ahead of a pandemic Valentine's Day - Courier JournalWednesday, March 31, 2021
But coronavirus-related restrictions on businesses and events, as well as the general instability instilled by the pandemic, have led to sale fluctuations for many Derby City flower sellers — and potentially permanent changes to their business models.Susan's Florist, which has been in business since 1948, closed its storefront in April and did not open back up until Monday, ahead of Valentine's Day, instead opting to do curbside pickup and delivery only.The week leading up to Mother's Day, another flower-centric holiday, saw a major boom for the store, with about 30 orders per day, Smith said, adding that the week after the holiday saw roughly 15 to 20 orders per day. But then things began to taper off in the following months, with fewer and smaller events like weddings taking place — Smith said orders went down to roughly five per day.More: Here are 12+ romantic or fun events to help you celebrate Valentine's Day in LouisvilleBusiness is slightly back to normal — and Smith said she has established great relationships with longtime customers, as brief phone orders pre-pandemic have turned into 15 to 20-minute conversations about flowers and life. But she, like most small business employees, still feels the stress of the pandemic."It's a very kind of uneasy feeling being a florist at this moment because (people) don't have to order flowers, but they have to buy groceries," Smith said. "So that's why we try to keep an open communication."Sheryl Anderson has also experienced the ebbs and flows of owning a florist shop, both before and during the pandemic. Anderson is the president of DN Surprise Florist, a Black-owned business that opened in 2018 at 2001 W. Broadway.For Anderson, a tricky day-to-day calculation for the business is deciding how many flowers to order. Last year, Anderson said her store "lost a whole lot of flowers we bought" due to them dying before they could be purchased.As for Valentine's Day this year, Anderson said it's hard to know what to expect out of orders until Feb. 14 gets closer. "It's up in the air, really. Nobody knows how it's going to go," Anderson said. "Florists order flowers, but it's always scary."Nonetheless, Anderson said locally owned flower shops both play a role in boosting the economy and morale — the slogan ... https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2021/02/11/valentines-day-2021-louisville-area-florists-hustle-amid-pandemic/4435860001/
Small Business Spotlight: E. Stephen Hein - www.smileypete.comSunday, February 28, 2021
Stephen Hein or his customers.
For more than 30 years, long-time clients have purchased their holiday wreathes, special arrangements for Easter and Derby, bouquets for Mother’s Day and fresh flowers “just because” from Stephen “Steve” Hein at his shop, E. Stephen Hein Florist. Hein’s personal touch has kept clients coming back for decades, many of them now considering him a friend.
“I always say that we do from birth to death and everything in between,” he said. “We send [arrangements] to the hospital for new babies being born daily, and unfortunately, I have buried a lot of my early clientele, who were not young at the time when I started. I miss a lot of them.” As for the in-between, Hein supplies flowers for plenty of weddings and special events along the way.
Hein first opened his shop in 1987, in the East Main Street apartment building Wellington Arms. He worked his floral magic for customers in the building’s basement until his six-year lease was up, at which time he moved down the street to a space next to Heritage Antiques’ Main Street location at the time. When that property was sold in 2008, he pulled up stakes and headed to Winchester Road ... https://smileypete.com/community/small-business-spotlight-e-stephen-hein/
The Gardeners Who Planted for US Presidents - Prescott eNewsThursday, March 12, 2020
Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover.) A Yorkshireman, and proud of his horticultural training, having worked for Lord Mowbray in Yorkshire, Lord Denbigh in Warwickshire, and Lord Harrington in Derbyshire before spending five years with the Royal Horticultural Society. Henlock arrived in Washington D.C. just before President Cleveland's wedding in 1886 and was hired as a foreman gardener at the White House, and grew to the propagating gardens and city parks. Henlock was the White House head gardener in 1909, where he was responsible for the first shipment of cherry trees sent from Japan as well as the successful plantings around the Tidal Basin.William Saunders Reeves (Served 1931–1945, under Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt. William Saunders Reeves was the first American-born White House head gardener.) His grandfather, William Saunders, was the chief of experimental gardens for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and founder of the National Grange but is perhaps best remembered for introducing the navel orange. Reeves worked under both Roosevelt's, starting as a groundskeeper at the White House during the Theodore Roosevelt administration in 1903. Through World War I, he was gardener-shepherd to Wilson's flock of sheep. Reeves became the head gardener and chief floral designer while Hoover was in office.Robert M. Redmond (Served 1945–1962, under Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and John Kennedy.) Born in 1907, the tall, red-haired Redmond started mowing lawns at the White House as a teenager during the Coolidge administration. "Red" became superintendent of the White House Grounds under the Truman administration. Redmond was the last head gardener at the White House also to be responsible for indoor floral decorations. Jacqueline Kennedy appointed Rusty Young to the new post of the chief floral designer in 1961, for his contemporary aesthetics.Irvin Williams (Served 1962–2008, under John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush.) When Rachel "Bunny" Mellon and Perry Wheeler designed the Rose Garden for President Kennedy, they handpicked Williams as their horticulturist to supervise the installation. The son of a West Virginia f... https://www.prescottenews.com/index.php/features/columnists/mountain-gardener/item/34856-the-gardeners-who-planted-for-u-s-presidents
Enderby florist pick of B.C.’s crop - Vernon Morning StarTuesday, September 10, 2019
An Enderby florist is again blooming as one of B.C.’s best.Crocus Floral Design has picked up the award for Best Wedding Florist- Overall, for the second year in a row at the B.C. Professional Wedding Awards.See: Enderby florist wins Best in B.C. “So honoured to be chosen as B.C.’s Best Wedding Florist Overall,” said owner Janice Robillard.The winning design came from a wedding with Kelowna’s Vintage Origami Weddings, a finalist in the awards.“This was the best wedding ever with the most amazing team of people involved,” said Robillard. “We are all winners.”From the photographer, “who captured the hearts of the judges I am sure,” to the “fantastic bride and groom,” and Vintage Origami’s decor “whose dreams and visions are always a pleasure to create.”Crocus Floral Design opened five years ago in the North Okanagan and has since been recognized locally and provincially.See: Enderby honours top businesses@VernonNewsjennifer@vernonmorningstar.comLike us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. https://www.vernonmorningstar.com/business/enderby-florist-pick-of-b-c-s-crop/
Love flowers? This SLO County company is America’s main grower of cut roses - San Luis Obispo TribuneTuesday, March 05, 2019
The award-winning company’s beautiful blooms have graced such prestigious events as presidential inaugurations, the Kentucky Derby and the Pasadena Tournament of Roses. Founded in 1984 by sixth-generation rose grower Andy Koch, Eufloria now produces 4 to 5 million rose stems a year in 350,000 square feet of greenhouses. The company employs 35 to 40 workers. For the past couple of months, Eufloria’s staff has been busy working to bring their hothouse divas to perfection just in time for Valentine’s Day — the nation’s No. 1 floral holiday, when roses make up 84 percent of U.S. flower sales. Sign Up and Save Get six months of free digital access to The Tribune #ReadLocal ... https://www.sanluisobispo.com/living/home-garden/article225343710.html
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
Toilet Tissue Bouquet goes viral amidst cornavirus TP shortages - WCTVSunday, January 17, 2021
By: IvanhoeMarch 18, 2020Faster than you can say "double play," the toilet tissue bouquet has been born.What started as a joke on Facebook for the owners of Blossom Events and Florists in Trumann, Arkansas has quickly become a viral sensation."Like I said, it was just for giggles," said David Faulkner. "You know, to bring some smiles to our community."??Work Flow .... Show ?? to Someone Special with this Unique and Fabulous Bouquet ?? ???????Why Be Ordinary when You can...Posted by Blossom Events & Florist on Friday, March 13, 2020With the coronavirus pandemic foremost on everyone's mind, David and Bart Faulkner recognized the need for something people would smile about.Judging from the nationwide reaction the TP bouquet has received, they're succeeding.It even got a big thumps up from a caller in the Big Apple."Because in New York, she said it's very doom and gloom," said Bart Faulkner. "She said this is definitely making people smile up here."Faulkner says people across the nation have asked about ordering a bouquet, but sales have been limited to local customers.While the unique arrangement is making for a lot of snickering, the pair is seriously concerned about what... https://www.wctv.tv/content/news/Toilet-Tissue-Bouquet-goes-viral-amidst-cornavirus-TP-shortages-568902351.html
Obituary for Jack Thomas Lewis, Little Rock, AR - Arkansas OnlineWednesday, October 28, 2020
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, October 29, 2020, at Spring Valley Cemetery, Spring Valley Cemetery Rd. We are complying with the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines; all attendees must provide and wear their own masks. In lieu of flowers please send memorials in Jack's name to the Jack Lewis Memorial Fund, #5 Allied Drive, Suite 51110, Little Rock, Ark., 72202 or arcf.org/jack. Please share memories of Jack at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/chenalPublished October 28, 2020... https://www.arkansasonline.com/obituaries/2020/oct/28/jack-lewis-2020-10-28/
Josh Bilicki, Rich Mar Florist and Lemons of Love Bring Cancer Awareness to the Roval - Kickin' the TiresWednesday, October 28, 2020
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/