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For Livingston County nurseries closed over the coronavirus: 'May is make it or break it' - Livingston DailyMonday, April 27, 2020
We are pleading to be allowed to go back to work, relieve the unemployment system, generate tax revenue for the State, and to save Michigan’s Green Industry," Amy Upton, the association's executive director, said in the statement."The very nature of our work, which is performed outdoors individually or in small teams with little public contact, poses a lower risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19. In addition, we have in place many initiatives that allow us to work safely with zero-contact and CDC social distancing to protect our associates and customers," Upton said.She also explained why retail garden centers should been deemed "essential" businesses.Retail garden centers:Carry vegetable plants and products to grow food;Carry vegetable seeds to grow plants;Carry fruit trees and small fruit plants like strawberries, raspberries, potatoes, etc;Carry native plants, annuals, and pollinator friendly plants that promote a healthy ecosystem;Teach customers how to grow food;Play an important role in Michigan residents' mental health with plants for their gardening activity.Gov. Whitmer ordered stores larger than 50,000 square-feet, including Lowe's and other big box retailers in the county, to close off areas that sell "non-essential" home goods, like flooring or paint, as well as garden centers and plant nurseries. The goal of the order is to dissuade people from making unnecessary trips to stores and potentially spreading COVID-19 or becoming infected, state officials said. Specific products are not banned outright.Farm and feed stores have been deemed essential because they support agriculture and the health and welfare of animals.Caution tape is wrapped around the outdoor plant displays at the Genoa Township Lowe's store near Howell. The only items available for sale Monday were seeds and a limited supplied of starter vegetable plants. The rest of the garden center was blocked off to customers. Lowe's customers cannot buy dirt, mulch or gardening tools at the store. In 'limbo'Karen Bovio feels lucky to have a financial cushion that would help her keep her nursery afloat for a year. "Opening day was supposed to be yesterday," Bovio said, who owns Specialty Growers, a large, outdoor flower nursery in Oceola Township near Howell. "I’m not too terribly upset about the fact we have these last two weeks of April," under the current stay at home order, she said. "There is a lot of pressure on the governor to allow places that are all outside to open. We have protocols in place how to take payments outside. People can spread out, social distance here."She plans to open May 1. However, if the stay at home order is extended or Whitmer does not loosen restrictions on green industry businesses, Bovio said she believes millions of dollars will be lost in the state."May is make it or break it, and we sell lots into June and a little into July. Those are our prime months of selling," she said. ... https://www.livingstondaily.com/story/news/local/community/livingston-county/2020/04/17/livingston-flower-nurseries-limbo-may-make-break-it-garden-centers/2986553001/
Locally Owned: Southwest Florist - San Angelo Standard TimesFriday, November 20, 2015
November 22 at 9:00AM CST in effect for: Andrews, Borden, Brewster, Crane, Culberson, Dawson, Ector, Glasscock, Howard, Loving, Martin, Midland, Mitchell, Pecos, Reagan, Reeves, Scurry, Terrell, Upton, Ward, WinklerWind Advisory issued November 20 at 4:36AM CST expiring November 21 at 12:00PM CST in effect for: Andrews, Borden, Brewster, Crane, Culberson, Dawson, Ector, Glasscock, Howard, Loving, Martin, Midland, Mitchell, Pecos, Reagan, Reeves, Scurry, Terrell, Upton, Ward, WinklerWind Advisory issued November 20 at 4:29AM CST expiring November 21 at 12:00PM CST in effect for: Brown, Callahan, Coke, Coleman, Concho, Crockett, Fisher, Haskell, Irion, Jones, Kimble, McCulloch, Mason, Menard, Nolan, Runnels, San Saba, Schleicher, Shackelford, Sterling, Sutton, Taylor, Throckmorton, Tom GreenFreeze Watch issued November 20 at 4:29AM CST expiring November 22 at 9:00AM CST in effect for: Brown, Callahan, Coke, Coleman, Concho, Crockett, Fisher, Haskell, Irion, Jones, Kimble, McCulloch, Mason, Menard, Nolan, Runnels, San Saba, Schleicher, Shackelford, Sterling, Sutton, Taylor, Throckmorton, Tom Green... http://www.gosanangelo.com/homepage-showcase/locally-owned-southwest-florist
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/