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Valentine's Day: COVID-19 wilted the flower industry, but sustainability still a thorny issue - The Conversation USSunday, February 28, 2021
C. Next, those roses are flown to Miami, Fla. In fact, most cut flowers destined for the U.S. or Canada arrive via Miami International Airport. In the case of Edmonton-based Grower Direct, roses and other cut flowers are loaded onto refrigerated trucks for direct delivery to stores across Canada. The entire journey, from farm to flower shop, takes as little as four days. Despite the speedy journey, 45 per cent of all cut flowers die before they are sold. Low wages, pesticides and greenhouse gasesSustainability attempts to balance social, environmental and economic implications of decisions and actions, today and into the future. While the cut flower industry provides jobs for producers and distributors, there is a price. The International Labor Rights Fund notes that the industry has a reputation for low wages and poor working conditions. Workers on Colombian flower farms are predominantly female. They work 16 or more hours a day for a monthly wage of about $300. img alt="A woman walking through a greenhouse filled with pink roses, carries a large bunch of flowers." src="https://images.theconversation.com/files/383448/original/file-20210210-17-1d6xj2c.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&q=45&auto=format&w=754&fit=clip" srcset="https://images.theconversation.com/files/383448/original/file-20210210-17-1d6xj2c.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&q=45&auto=format&w=600&h=397&fit=crop&dpr=1 600w, https://images.theconversation.com/files/383448/original/file-20210210-17-1d6xj2c.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&q=30&auto=format&w=600&h=397&fit=crop&dpr=2 1200w, https://images.theconversation.com/files/383448/original/file-20210210-17-1d6xj2c.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&q=15&auto=format&w=600&h=397&fit=crop&dpr=3 1800w, https://images.theconversation.com/files/383448/original/file-20210210-17-1d6xj2c.jpg?ixlib=rb-1.1.0&q=45&auto=format&w=754&h=499&fit=crop&dpr=1 754w, https://images.theconversation.com/files/3... https://theconversation.com/valentines-day-covid-19-wilted-the-flower-industry-but-sustainability-still-a-thorny-issue-154889
Edmonton florist concerned COVID-19 travel restrictions may cut Valentine’s Day supply - Global NewsSunday, February 28, 2021
The suspension of flights to sunny destinations to limit the spread of COVID-19 may be disrupting more than just any potential vacation plans. An Edmonton flower shop is worried about a possible product shortage as it nears one of its busiest days of the year, Valentine’s Day.“With the whole issue of COVID-19, we’re having a lot of flight delays as well due to inspections, outbreaks things like that,” said Nicola Lapp, owner of Flowers by Merle. Read more: Canada’s new travel restrictions a ‘nail in the coffin’ for airlines, tourism: experts When it comes to Valentine’s Day, roses are a common gift choice.Roses are just one of many flowers imported into Canada from the tropics. Given the federal government’s temporary ban on flights to and from warmer destinations, Lapp is worried travel restrictions may interrupt regular shipments ahead of Feb. 14. Story continues below advertisement “The concern would be if the product didn’t show up and we have people that have already booked orders, what do we do at that point?” This isn’t the first time the flower shop has faced this issue.“At the b... https://globalnews.ca/news/7624213/edmonton-flowers-covid-19-travel-restrictions-valentines-day/
Edmonton flower shop giving back to Karens - CTV News EdmontonSunday, February 28, 2021
EDMONTON -- In 2020, the name Karen has become associated on social media with a specific type of middle-class white woman who exhibits her privilege and demands to “speak to the manager” to complain about the service. One Karen in Edmonton – Karen Ferguson, a co-owner of Flowers on 50th – is trying to give some love back to those who share her name. When the shop started a promotion offering free flowers to anyone named Karen, it took off on social media. “We are here for Karens for the next week so anyone named Karen can come in and get some free flowers,” read a sign outside the business’ door. “We thought Karens deserve some love because of all the memes out there, some funny, some mean.” One customer, named Karen, thought it was a great idea. “I was talking to the owner; she feels the same pain. Her name is Karen so we go through the same thing and you kinda have to laugh at it,” she told CTV News Edmonton. “This is a nice gesture.” The owners of Flowers on 50th are surprised how... https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/karens-deserve-some-love-edmonton-shop-giving-back-to-women-who-share-internet-dragged-name-1.5146906
Man to be sentenced in Edmonton flower store owner’s mall death during robbery - theglobeandmail.comMonday, August 24, 2020
Edmonton Law Courts are shown in Edmonton on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. A sentencing hearing for a man who has admitted to punching and killing an Edmonton flower store owner has heard from grieving family members and friends. JASON FRANSON/The Canadian Press The wife of a flower store owner says her world collapsed when she got a hysterical call saying her husband was bleeding on the floor of a shopping mall. Jordan Martin Cushnie, 25, pleaded guilty in May, 2019, to manslaughter in the death of Iain Armstrong. Mr. Armstrong had tried to stop Mr. Cushnie from robbing a cash box from a cosmetic kiosk outside outside Armstrong’s Bunches florist shop at Edmonton’s Southgate Centre a year earlier. On Monday, Justice Eldon Simpson sentenced Mr. Cushnie to six years in prison. Story continues below advertisement Justice Simpson said Mr. Armstrong, who was 61, fell down and hit his head on a corner of another kiosk after he was punched six times by Mr. Cushnie. Sharon Armstrong,... https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/alberta/article-man-to-be-sentenced-in-edmonton-flower-store-owners-mall-death-during/
Former Edmonton flower shop owner sent to prison for sex crimes - CBC.caFriday, May 29, 2020
A former Edmonton flower shop owner will spend the next three years in prison for having illegal sexual contact with a pair of teenage boys. Majed Zetouni pleaded guilty last week to two counts of invitation to sexual touching. He wept in the prisoner's box as the Crown read an agreed statement of facts in Edmonton Court of Queen's Bench. Crown prosecutor Courtney Mah said both victims are Syrian refugees who came with their families to Canada in 2015. The boys were 13 and 14 years old when they got to know Zetouni, the owner of Flowers by Mark in Northgate Centre. The store is now listed as permanently closed. "They would often visit him in the flower shop and even helped him in the store," Mah said. In the summer of 2017, Zetouni took one boy into the back room of his shop and had him perform a sexual act. The boy continued to visit the flower shop and the sexual acts continued for more than two months. On multiple occasions, the older boy brought his young... https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/edmonton-zetouni-sexual-contact-minors-1.5398516
Small Business Spotlight: E. Stephen Hein - www.smileypete.comSunday, February 28, 2021
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.
Calif. flower shop with no connection to Capitol riot flooded with threats, negative reviews - SFGateSunday, January 17, 2021
Alberti’s business appeared to have been removed from the platform. However, Cudd’s business also has a 4.6 rating.) Two other florists bearing the same name in Kentucky and Scotland were burdened with similar harassment. Alberti said all of them have given up on deleting the comments, and are instead attempting to respond to each one in order to set the record straight. “I offered to send some people maps of the United States,” joked Alberti. “Most people apologize and then they reverse, but some are steadfast. My thing is, I understand the need to vent and get rid of that hostility, but just spend an extra five seconds of time to see that we’re not in Texas. The very platforms that these people are using to type these rants and tirades … it would take them less time to find out we’re not that business than it would take for them to write the post.” He’s concerned about what the future holds for his business, which has been around since 1973 and spans four generations. “We’re just trying to survive,” said Alberti. “Being a florist is hard enough. We don’t have a high profit margin. We do it because we love it and love flowers. To already be suffering through COVID and add this on top of it, it’s stressful.” source srcset="https://s.hdnux.com/photos/01/16/13/46/20494742/3/700x0.jpg 1x, https://s.hdnux.com/photos/01/16/13/46/20... https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Beckys-Flowers-Roseville-mistaken-Capitol-rioter-15871654.php
Florist Who Bragged About Entering Nancy Pelosis Office Charged - Patch.comSunday, January 17, 2021
KOSA. Death threats have been left for Cudd at her flower shop, she told KOSA. Other businesses with similar names to "Becky's Flowers" across the country have also been targeted. In Kentucky, Becky's Flower Basket has received backlash even though its business has no affiliation with Cudd's Texas shop, according to a WKYT report. Amber Sergent told the Kentucky television station her family has been swamped with angry calls from people who are confusing them with Cudd's business. "Very violent language, I'll put it that way," Sergent said. The FBI had not listed the exact charges Cudd faces as of Wednesday afternoon. To request removal of your name from an arrest report, submit these required items to firstname.lastname@example.org.Florist Who Bragged About Entering Nancy Pelosi's Office ChargedThe rules of replying: Be respectful. This is a space for friendly local discussions. No racist, discriminatory, vulgar or threatening language will be tolerated. Be transparent. Use your real name, and back up your claims. Keep it local and relevant. Make sure your replies stay on topic. Review the Patch Community Guidelines.Reply to this articleReplyReplies (1)Show 1 previous reply... https://patch.com/texas/across-tx/florist-who-bragged-entering-nancy-pelosis-office-charged
Audrey Cleary Bailey, 76, advocated for military families - Port City DailyWednesday, December 02, 2020
Survivors include her three children, retired U.S. Cmdr. Navy Todd E. Bailey, and his wife, Anita, of Norman, Oklahoma, Deborah B. Stakelum, and her husband, Kevin, of Prospect, Kentucky, and Leigh Ann Cumberland, and her husband, Jeff, of Chaplin, Connecticut; and seven grandchildren, Ali, Tyler, T.J., Brigid, Molly, Eddie and Caelan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, retired U.S. Navy Reserve Capt. Harry E. Bailey.At her direction, no local services will be held. A service and interment will be held in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Paws4People/Paws4Vets.Share online condolences with the family at Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service. https://portcitydaily.com/obits/2020/11/30/audrey-cleary-bailey-76-advocated-for-military-families/