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'It's up in the air': Louisville-area florists hustle ahead of a pandemic Valentine's Day - Courier JournalWednesday, March 31, 2021
But like other holidays, COVID-19 continues to throw a wrench in everyone's plans."We really don't know what to expect," said Jessie Smith, lead designer for Susan's Florist. "We're just kind of rolling with the punches."As with businesses nationwide, the deadly coronavirus pandemic has impacted Louisville-area florists. On one hand, workers now suddenly confined to their home offices have sought flowers and other house plants to provide a much-needed serotonin boost in their work-from-home spaces.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 sma... https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2021/02/11/valentines-day-2021-louisville-area-florists-hustle-amid-pandemic/4435860001/
Build Your Own Bouquet With Rochester's Bar Fiore - Spectrum NewsWednesday, March 31, 2021
Fiore is a mobile flower shopIt's a horse trailer that's been turned into a fully functional mobile flower barBar Fiore is available to rent for private events?Burned out from her nursing career, Jessie Weiss was inspired to hit the road for something new. She turned a used horse trailer she bought on Facebook Marketplace into what is quite possibly the cutest mobile business you've ever seen. It's a flower trailer full of blooms called Bar Fiore."It was like 20 years old and rusty when I got it, but it's still in pretty good shape," said Weiss. "I bought it from this little family in Naples and I've just been working on it since like October of last year to renovate it and get it already to be a little mobile farm shop. Fiori means flowers in Italian and my grandmother was a really strong woman and 100 percent Italian and grew up here in Rochester so she kind of inspired the Italian name Bar Fiore."She turned a horse trailer into a colorful and fragrant mobile business. Jessie Weiss tows her flower trailer, “Bar Fiore” to private events, art shows and parties. Buy a bouquet or design your own. She sells flowers grown in the Rochester region. @SPECNewsROC #roc #smallbusiness pic.twitter.com/NpbZJwp8ET— Wendy Mills (@WendyMillsTV) October 13, 2020Weiss networks with other businesses, posts to social media, and books private events like art shows, bridal showers, and birthday parties. You can buy a premade bouquet or design your own. S... https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/rochester/news/2020/10/12/build-your-own-bouquet-with-rochester-s-mobile-flower-trailer-bar-fiore
Tributes as well-kent Largs florist and former fireman passes away - Largs and Millport Weekly NewsSunday, January 17, 2021
Both Stuart and Liz were blessed with the birth of daughter Elaine in 1972 and in 1974 the family was complete after the birth of son David. In 1975, Liz’s mum and dad Bessie And Robert took them to Largs as it was Bessie's favourite place to go. This is when they seen an opportunity in Gallowgate Street within a new shop created after the Rhiannon Guest House was turned into flats and retail units. They opened S Kennedy in 1979, combining the sale of fruit and flowers, and the business went from strength to strength. Liz said: "We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped us especially during busy times, including Stuart’s friend David MacDonald. "Stuart was a member of Largs Chamber of Trade, where he became president twice. During that period he became a member of the first committee of the Viking Festival in 1980, at that time with a simple aim of extending the summer season." From 1979 to 1991, Stuart served with Largs Fire Brigade in a retained capacity. He also owned another business in Largs with fellow fireman Jim Robinson - Robinson and Kennedy - which did window cleaning and swept chimneys. Stuart was also a proud member of Largs Rotary Club and Largs Golf Club. Daughter Elaine took over the running of S Kennedy's from 2008 to 12 after her father retired, while Liz stayed on part time and then retired in 2012, when the business was sold. In 2015, Stuart and Liz became grandparents when David and wife Nicky had a son Joseph, who brought great joy to his 'papa' Stuart. Elaine said: "Unfortunately in later life Stuart experienced problems with mental health. We all tried very hard to help him beat this awful illness. He also had physical health problems, with fractures in his spine which also stopped him from going out as he couldn't walk far. "In the last number of years he rarely left the house, although if he did meet anyone he would blether for ages and he would love it." Largs Fire Sta... https://www.largsandmillportnews.com/news/18972459.tributes-well-kent-largs-florist-former-fireman-passes-away/
How to Keep Flowers Fresh: 10 Hacks to Double How Long Your Buds Last - Realtor.com NewsWednesday, December 11, 2019
Photo by Dreamy Whites Freshen upFlowers drink more water than you realize. You should add fresh water to the vase daily, says Jessie Thompson, also a floral designer at Your Enchanted Florist.If you notice the water becoming cloudy, recut the stems and change the water.Trim extra foliageExtra leaves floating in the water will increase bacterial growth, which leads to a shorter life span of your flowers, says Tischler.Remove any excess foliage that falls below the water line in the vase.Photo by Celia Bedilia Protect from the (indoor) elementsAs much as bright sunlight helps plants grow outdoors, cut flowers aren’t as much of a fan. Keep them away from direct light indoors as much as possible to avoid their wilting (or opening up too quickly), says Thompson, and also be wary of exposing them to drafts—like a heat vent or a cold door in the winter, or an air-conditioning vent in the summer.It also helps to make sure your flowers are in a nice, cool room, says Kaylyn Hewitt, a floral designer with The Bouqs Company in Los Angeles.“The warmer the room, the shorter the vase life,” she says.Keep their distanceAs some fruits ripen (particularly apples and bananas), they produce a lot of ethylene gas—a chemical that can shorten the life span of a nearby bouquet.“Think about when your bananas start getting brown spots,” says Tischler. “That is due to ethylene, and like your bananas, it will cause your flowers to age and die quicker.”Angle your stems accordinglyMany flowers, like tulips, have stems that are phototropic—that means they bend toward light. In order to keep your bouquet from becoming lopsided, rotate the vase daily to keep stems more upright.Meanwhile, certain flowers like snapdragons, gladiolas, and bells of Ireland have stems that are geotropic, meaning they'll strive to remain completely vertical even if you place the stems at an angle (say, in a wide vase).“Those flowers should be kept vertically as much as possible to keep a straight, upright shape,” Thompson adds.Heat things upHydrangeas are one of the most beloved bouquet additions, known for their round, full blooms. However, they’re also among the most finicky. The most common cause of wilting for these blooms? Dehydration.“These bold, blousy blooms are heavy water drinkers,” says Leanne Kesler, president of Floral Design Institute, in Portland, OR.If they begin to fade and go limp, Kesler shares a surprising trick for reviving them. Replace the water in the vase with very hot water... https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/how-to-keep-flowers-fresh-flower-hacks/
Retired educator, florist Sylvia Richardson dies at 76 - Richmond Free PressTuesday, April 16, 2019
Mrs. Richardson closed the shop following the 2014 death of her husband, attorney Willie J. Richardson Jr.Survivors include her son, Timothy A. Richardson, and her sister, Essie Horton. ... http://richmondfreepress.com/news/2019/apr/05/retired-educator-florist-sylvia-richardson-dies-76/
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.
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 email@example.com.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
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
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/