Syracuse Flower Shop News
Syracuse flower business destroyed by Internet order-gatherers, florists say - Syracuse.comTuesday, January 22, 2019
Paul Daniels, owner of St. Agnes Floral Shop in Syracuse.Dennis Nett firstname.lastname@example.orgSYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Thanks to Mother's Day, high school proms and Syracuse University's Commencement, it's a big weekend for the flower business in Central New York.Local flower shops are slammed with orders, and about half of those orders will go through order-gathering websites, siphoning money from Syracuse's economy and further squeezing a struggling industry.Order-gathering websites, such as Teleflora or Gift Services, are out-of-town companies which collect online orders and farm them out to local flower shops (whom they charge to be part of their network). They never touch a flower, but rather act as a middle man on the Web, charging $15-25 in "service fees" for each sale.They get the business because they tend to top the search results on Google.Paul Daniels, owner of St. Agnes Floral Shop Inc. in Syracuse, says normally 20 percent of his business comes through these online "order-gatherers," but before holidays like Mother's Day, they take... https://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2015/05/syracuse_flower_business_destroyed_by_internet_order-gatherers_florists_say.html
Pomeroy Alumni hold banquetTuesday, June 19, 2018
Hawley of Pomeroy;1950 — Betty Genheimer Knight of Point Pleasant, W.Va.;1952 — Phyllis Meier May of Pomeroy;1953 (65th anniversary) — Kenneth Cole of Wellston, Sue Struble Tubbs of Syracuse, Shirley Smith of Pomeroy, and Ed Kennedy of Pomeroy;1954 — Ray Hines of Belpre;1955 — William Hysell of Columbus, Roger Hines and Flora Hayes Karnes of Logan, Ray Shasteen of The Villages, Florida, Don Grueser of Racine, Tom Smith, Harley Johnson, Carol Kennedy and Stacie Arnold, all of Pomeroy;1956 — Carolyn Brown Charles of Columbus, Mary Scott Wise of Middleport and David Riggs of Pomeroy;1957 — Arthur Arnold of Prosperity, N.C., Janet Struble Williamson of Rutland, Lila Terrell Mitch, April Shasteen Smith, Carolyn Sisson Teaford, Dan Morris and Carol Curtis Riggs, all of Pomeroy;1958 (60th anniversary) — Vickie Clark Shreve of Burlington, Ky., Marilyn White Bankes of Melbourne, Fla., Robert Parker of Marietta, Larry Curtis and Florence Bearhs Wood both of Coolville, Jerry Fields, Marcia Grueser Arnold, Thelma Davis Jeffers, Robert Chaney and Patricia Douglas Arnold, all of Pomeroy;1959 — Gene Romine, Eldon Sauters, Gary Freeman and Kathryn Slack Johnson, all of Pomeroy;1960 — Paul Roush of Tuppers Plains; Sharon Douglas Swindell of Shade, Nancy Brown Strauser of Columbus, Howard Parker of Marietta, and Barbara Eskew Fields, Vince Knight and Phil Harrison, all of Pomeroy;1961 — Michael Roberts of Akron, Norman Price, Paula Sayre Welker, Wallace Hatfield, and Bill Young, all of Pomeroy, and Keith Barnitz of Kingston;1962 — Jean Casto Hilton of Parkersburg, W.Va., Mike Werry of Belpre, and Christine Faber Sauters of Pomeroy;1963 (55th anniversary) — Jerry Shamblin of Madison, Tenn., Mary Jane Douglas Daggett of Fairfield, Ohio, Sandra Wells McCallister of Cutler, Ohio, David Borden of Senoia, Ga., Tracy Schrinsher of Crossville, Tenn., William Murray of Columbus, Douglas and Sandra London Moore of Piketon, James Gilbert of Springfield, Donald Brown of Columbus, Jennifer Lohse Sheets, Charlene Diehl Rutherford, Rosetta Lisle Redovian, Judy Wehrung Sisson, Allen Downie and Roger Young, all of Pomeroy, George Starcher of West Columbia, W.Va., and Rick Crow of Syracuse;1964 — Jennifer Crew Solomon of Chester, S.C., Keith Whaley of Lancaster, Karen Miller Gilbert of Springfield, Danny Smith of South Point, Don Mayer, Yvonne Young and Donna Hatfi... https://www.mydailysentinel.com/features/community/27230/pomeroy-alumni-holds-banquet
How this flower shop rebounded after fire ripped through downtown Cohoes (Video) - Albany Business ReviewTuesday, December 05, 2017
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Are Commercial Wildflowers Ever Truly 'Wild'? - The AtlanticTuesday, August 01, 2017
And if there is anything that riles up Gregory McGee, it’s invasive plants. McGee is a forest biodiversity expert at State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. His current work, the Wildflower Restoration Project, intends to reinvigorate native wildflower populations in central New York forests. McGee looks after extraordinarily delicate blossoms, like trout lily, a yellow spray of petals that bow to the ground like a showerhead for squirrels. Some of the species McGee protects are the same ones Rachel picks. And seeing as he already contends with hungry deer and people overpicking for their own enjoyment, he’s wary of florists who might deplete his struggling populations even further. But he and Andre share a campaign against non-natives, which he would love to see eliminated from fields and forests.In fact, McGee first realized invasive species could feed the flower market a few years back. He attended a wedding with centerpieces made of two invasive but beautiful species, purple loosestrife and phragmites, a tall reed grass topped off with plumes of purplish gray. Though initially horrified that the flowers choking out natives were on proud display, McGee decided he’d rather the plants be on the table than choking out natives. “Whoever can figure out how to exploit honeysuckle to extinction in North America will have a national holiday named after them,” he says.Andre has the same philosophy. If they are flowering and can be incorporated into an arrangement, invasives are exempt from her pity—“actually the invasives I don’t feel bad about,” she says, laughing. “I’m like, grinning from ear to ear as I cut them.”To Daniel Atha, eliminating invasive species in upstate New York will take much more than a single florist. Atha is the director of conservation outreach at the New York Botanical Garden. He’s skeptical that wildflower florists could have any real impact on invasive species, but “I think the supplier promoting native plants and local and sustainable agriculture is probably the pinnacle of what we should all look for [in a florist],” he tells me.Atha says he’s been mulling over this topic a lot recently. He thinks that brides seeking out wildflowers are like grocery shoppers choosing “natural” products. There’s no regulated definition for either wildflowers or “natural” foods. But by pursuing these options anyways, customers are expressing their disenchantment with highly processed or imported goods, no matter if...
Floral shop owner watches industry change with Syracuse - The Daily OrangeTuesday, February 21, 2017
Her sister teases her, “Well then, am I going to get free flowers when I go by the store?”Frankie Prijatel Senior Staff Photographer</em>Cerio, a lifelong Syracuse resident, has been the owner and operator of Markowitz Florist for 30 of its 83 years in business. During that time, she’s seen history pass through her shop and through the city itself, almost as parallels.Naturally, Valentine’s Day is the busiest time of the year for Markowitz Florist. Cerio estimated that she receives at least a couple hundred orders this time of year.For obvious reasons, Markowitz’s most popular items for the season are red roses, but she also offers arrangements of flowers with typical Valentine’s Day colors: red, pink, white and purple. Bouquets come in all shapes and sizes.With the craziness of the season, it’s not easy for Cerio as the only regular staff member at the shop. As owner and operator, she usually does everything from start to finish. From designing to delivering to bookkeeping, her duties are “extensive.” She often sources from friends and loyal customers for an extra hand designing and delivering bouquets for Valentine’s Day.While things may get hectic without the trained and skilled help Cerio needs, business, like business in the city of Syracuse, has declined for Markowitz Florist. Cerio attributes some of the decline to the internet, noting that sales have gone down. Shopping at local businesses keeps money in the community, but the intern... http://dailyorange.com/2017/02/floral-shop-owner-watches-industry-change-with-syracuse/
Independence florist will close, blames rising property taxes - KSHBSaturday, January 18, 2020
Jeffers said. "You can't trend anything. It's too complex."The city limit between Kansas City and Independence splits Flowerama almost down the middle. The part of the building on the Kansas City side increased by exactly 15%. Flowerama's market value on the Independence side went up from $200,056 to $471,400. Sack doesn't believe someone would buy the building, which he said is just rehabbed concrete, for that much. But someone may get that chance as Flowerama prepares to vacate the property, saying goodbye to customers and hoping its inventory goes fast. "It’s not just local florists over time becoming less and less," Sack said. "It’s also the independent jewelers, shoe repair shops, all these personalized businesses that over time will be very few."Sack said the property owners he's worked with for nearly 20 years filed an appeal with the county, but it was denied.They are paying the tax bill, which is due by Dec. 31, under protest. https://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/independence-florist-will-close-blames-rising-property-taxes
HER | Local decorator helps get homes ready for holidays - Texarkana GazetteWednesday, December 11, 2019
We get to do a lot of natural decor in them," she said.For natural decor such as twigs, moss and dried flowers, Marie has a 35-year relationship with "The Nature Lady" in Mena, Arkansas. It is one of few suppliers she uses outside of the Dallas market.Marie Barfoot has lots of little friends around to brighten up the holidays. (PHOTO BY KATE STOW)Farmer's Bank in Texarkana is just one of the businesses Marie decorates this time of year. Others can be seen in Broken Bow, Idabel, Valiant and Hochatown."I've decorated several businesses in Southeast Oklahoma," Marie said, "including four banks, a phone company, some cell phone businesses and lodges at Beaver's Bend."But Oklahoma isn't as far as she is willing to go. "Every July I go to Dauphin Island, Alabama, where I have several clients. They get decor 'refreshers' each summer," she said. "When I go down there I also go deep-sea fishing for Red Snapper, so it's an annual vacation for me."When she isn't decorating for others, she and her husband Jerry reside on the Louisiana side of Caddo Lake where they enjoy entertaining. They are also very active at Trees Baptist Church. They have four children: Tony Campbell of Queen City, Dee Dee Wells and Misty Lutton of Atlanta, and Damon Donnell of Athens, Texas.Marie says she has never gotten too busy to take on more clients."I never turn anyone down," she said. "I just hire more people to do the work. We will do what it takes to make people happy." n... https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/her/story/2019/dec/03/her-local-decorator-helps-get-homes-ready-holidays/806564/
Business Spotlight: Blooming Business - Springfield Business JournalTuesday, November 19, 2019
Truck is currently the only flower truck in Springfield. Eden’s Flower Truck, a similar business concept, launched in Springfield in 2018. Owner Eden Garrett earlier this year moved the business to Arkansas, where the flower truck serves the Bentonville and Rogers areas.Hartman says she’s starting to see the trend grow nationally.“Since we’ve started, I’ve seen more pop up across the country,” Hartman says. “I still get emails pretty frequently asking how to start a flower truck, and the whole concept is gaining momentum.”Kate Penn, CEO of the Society of American Florists, says retail floral sales have been growing – to the tune of $35 billion in 2017, a $2 billion increase from the year prior, according to a U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis report on personal consumption expenditures.Penn says the mobile floral business is catching on, and she describes it as “experiential, interactive purchasing.”“There’s a lot of innovation and entrepreneurialism in the flower-buying space right now,” Penn says, noting floral sales have steadily increased during the last decade. “There is a big trend across retail right now, and the floral industry is no different. It’s the idea of trying to do something creative that makes what you’re purchasing interactive and memorable and fun.”The consumer appeal, she says, is being able to walk down the street, stop at a flower truck and purchase flowers by the stem, or create an individual bouquet. “It’s a super smart business model,” Penn says. ... https://sbj.net/stories/business-spotlight-blooming-business,66208?
Teleflora Recognizes Michael Kraft of Nanz & Kraft Florists as the 2019 Tom Butler “Floral Retailer of The Year” - PerishableNewsTuesday, October 22, 2019
Hall of Fame Award andLifetime Achievement Award and Place in the Sun Award; Michigan State Florists’Association Award of National Industry Service; Michigan Floral Foundation Hall ofFame Award; Arkansas State Florists’ Association Distinguished Service Award and Oklahoma StateFlorists’ Hall of Fame. Tom passed away in August 2014, after a battle withcancer. Many who knew Tom considered him to be the “Chief Champion of Florists”– always there when they needed him, always understanding their issues andconcerns, and always representing their cause. Say everything and share your “Love OutLoud®” with the gift of Teleflora® flowers— all made by hand and deliveredby hand by your local florist. By tapping over 10,000 member florists in NorthAmerica alone, Teleflora offers the kind of personal touches, artistry andexpertise you expect from a trusted neighborhood florist—even if thatneighborhood is across the country. No prepackaged flowers in nondescript boxesdropped on your doorstep—Teleflora’s network of professional florists createsartistic arrangements personally delivered in a vase, often on the same day.Teleflora makes every day an occasion with a two-in-one gift that includes amultipurpose keepsake container for long-lasting enjoyment. Follow Teleflora onFacebook and tag your own #LoveOutLoud moment. ... https://www.perishablenews.com/floral/teleflora-recognizes-michael-kraft-of-nanz-kraft-florists-as-the-2019-tom-butler-floral-retailer-of-the-year/