Louisville 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
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Valentine's Day hustle at Susan's Florist gets started well before the calendar turns to February.Myriad roses need to be ordered for the storefront at 2731 Preston Highway. Grids have to be taped on top of colorful vases to hold up flowers during transportation. And, of course, flowers must be arranged in said vases for the special occasion.And though this year's Valentine Day is anomalous for multiple reasons — it's on a Sunday, a non-workday for many, and in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic — the 73-year-old flower shop is ready to do what it has done for nearly a year now: stay nimble and make special deliveries for its many customers.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 h... https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2021/02/11/valentines-day-2021-louisville-area-florists-hustle-amid-pandemic/4435860001/
Newtown Florist Club to hold follow-up event on progress made in policing reform - Gainesville TimesWednesday, October 28, 2020
One of the officers was charged with second-degree murder.Taylor, an emergency medical worker, was shot multiple times March 13 by officers who entered her Louisville home during a narcotics investigation.A Kentucky grand jury indicted one police officer last month for shooting into neighboring apartments but did not move forward with charges against any officers for their role in Taylor’s death.The Taylor case will be part of the conversation but not central to it, as there is a criminal justice roundtable set later to discuss the case.Johnson said it is vital for communities not to miss the opportunity to focus on problems highlighted in these national cases to prevent them from happening locally.“We have to take advantage of these moments and learn as we go and not be afraid to have conversations,” she said.Johnson said the event will last one hour, and people wanting to register for the event can call or email the club. It will also be shown on the club’s social media through Facebook Live. https://www.gainesvilletimes.com/news/badge-bar/newtown-florist-club-hold-follow-event-progress-made-policing-reform/
Buy THESE 10 Cut Flowers (They Last the Longest!) - StyleBlueprintMonday, August 24, 2020
RELATED: 5 Houseplants You Can’t Kill10 Fresh-Cut Flowers That Last the LongestSB Note: images of these flowers are found in image collages below.Calla LilyLauren Stanfield, owner of Louisville’s Fleur and Frond flower truck, says the Calla Lily makes her list for long-lasting flowers. Native to South Africa and the epitome of elegance, Calla Lilies are typically available year-round and last around seven to 10 days. They come in a wide range of colors, including a deep eggplant that’s often seen in autumnal centerpieces. In ancient Greek culture, the Calla Lily represented magnificent beauty. It’s easy to see why!CraspediaLauren is also a fan of Craspedia. Yellow and spherical, these whimsical flowers can last up to 10 days and even maintain their color and shape when they dry, which makes them a favorite for those of us who forget to change out the vase water daily. Believe it or not, they’re in the daisy family, and they go by several different names that reflect just how playful they are, such as Billy balls, Billy buttons, and woolly heads.LisianthusSarah Marshall, owner and lead florist of Gaia Florals in Birmingham, AL, says the long-stemmed Lisianthus is one of her favorites. “Of the flowers that I routinely use, the longest-lasting showstopper is Lisianthus,” she says. “It holds beautifully.” It’s known by many names, including the “Texas bluebell” and the “poor man’s rose,” and it can last between seven and 10 days. Fair warning: It tends to be susceptible to rot if it’s sitting in unclean water, so be sure to change it out daily for the best results.SnapdragonsSarah tells us, “Snapdragons are the long-lasting cool-season winner.” In the rig... https://styleblueprint.com/everyday/fresh-cut-flowers-that-last-the-longest/
Here's How to Make Your Fresh-Cut Flowers Last - StyleBlueprintMonday, August 24, 2020
Trim the stems and remove the leaves.Our experts unanimously agree that trimming flowers is crucial since it opens their stems back up to drink water more efficiently. Lauren Stanfield, owner of Louisville, KY’s Fleur and Frond flower truck, advises, “With clean floral scissors, trim the stems underwater.” She suggests submerging them and making angled cuts below the water level, allowing the stems to pull in water without getting any air along with it. She also recommends removing any leaves that will be below water level, which helps keep debris out of the vase, leading to less opportunity for bacteria to form.Pro Tip #5: Use lukewarm water and change it often.Once you’ve selected the container in which you plan to display your fresh flowers, wash it with soap and water to remove any bacteria from prior use and then add water. Seems pretty simple — you just turn on the sink and fill, right? Not exactly. “Flowers have a preference just like us,” Lauren says. “If you want to get technical, the water should be around 100 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit.” While there are a handful of flowers that prefer colder water temps, mainly those that are grown from a bulb, it’s typically best to stick with lukewarm or room temperature water. Greg adds, “The warmer water helps stimulate the flowers’ absorption and keeps them happy and hydrated.”Replacing vase water at least every few days, if not more frequently, will extend the life of your blooms, too. “In a perfect world, you would be able to recut the bottom inch or so off the bottom of each stem before placing them in the new water,” suggests Greg. If you do trim them again, be sure to help stems hydrate faster by trimming them at an angle.Pro Tip #6: Use the powder packet.You know the little packet that comes with a flower bouquet that you sometimes ignore and toss in the trash? Go ahead and use it. While the packets do not preserve the flowers, they do contribute to a longer vase life by providing nutrients, controlling PH levels, allowing for more water absorption, and fighting off bacteria. “Most of the time, the powder contains citric acid, sugar and a touch of bleach,” Greg explains. “The acid and sugar give the flowers an extra dose of nutrients, and the bleach helps eliminate bacteria in the water.”And what do you do if you don’t have a packet? Greg says you can try a small amount of Sprite or 7-Up and a drop of bleach in the vase, but he cautions against using flower food for some varietals. “Here at Garden District, we have discovered that bulb plants such as tulips, hyacinths and daffodils are much happier in just clean water,” he says.Mattie, on the other hand, prefers taking a more natural approach. “We don’t use any flower food in our flowers, and we don’t recommend it,” she says. “If you’re going to use anything, I would use a few drops of Purification Essential Oil. It helps kill any bacteria in the water.”Taking the proper steps to maintain your fresh-cut flowers helps keep them alive longer. Image: Amelia’s Flower TruckPro Tip #7: Keep your flowers fresh and cool.There’s a reason florists keep flowers refrigerated — the ideal environment is on the colder side. Since heat and sunlight will cause dehydration, it’s best to keep arrangements away from windows, in a well air-conditioned space. Just be sure to avoid placing your bouquet in front of a vent or fan, which can cause them to wilt. As an added measure to extend their life ex... https://styleblueprint.com/everyday/how-to-make-fresh-cut-flowers-last/
Charissa's Floral Design Opens Brick & Mortar Space in Louisville, Kentucky - PR LeapWednesday, December 11, 2019
Download Full Size Image" Charissa's Floral Design is excited to announce the opening of its first ever brick and mortar location on 10513 Watterson Trail in Louisville, Kentucky. Local floral designer and owner, Charissa Shea specializes in providing beautiful and unique floral arrangements, decorations and day of coordination services for weddings, corporate events, private clubs, parties and much more. Located next to J-Town Hardware and Rental this new space will serve as a gathering place for consultations, bachelorette crafting parties, and other special events. To celebrate the new location, Charissa's Floral Design is hosting an Open House on Thursday December 12th from 12-7pm. Holiday arrangements and mugs will be available for purchase and guests can enjoy treats from Out of the Box Cookies. Those in the community are encouraged to stop by as Charissa's Floral Design looks forward to growing and serving many brides, families and businesses in the future. As a nurse and mom of four, Charissa Shea has always had a passion for helping others. After 15 years of experience in floral design and the encouragement of a fellow nurse, Charissa officially established herself as a... http://www.prleap.com/pr/273044/charissas-floral-design-opens-brick-mortar-space-in-louisville-kentucky-
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 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
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/