Local Flower Shop News
Flower shops spring back to life ahead of Mother’s Day after state lifts restrictions - The Boston GlobeFriday, May 29, 2020
From Brookline to Cambridge to Dorchester, florists were crushed with orders from sons and daughters looking to substitute bouquets for brunches this Mother’s Day due to social distancing restrictions.“It’s only Wednesday and I’ve pretty much doubled what I did last year,” Mike Lopez said over the sound of ringing phones at his family’s 100-year-old shop, Lopez the Florist, in Dorchester. “I’m starting to worry if I need to shut down my website and say ‘Enough.’ ”Florists said that the swell is a godsend for businesses that were on the brink of bankruptcy, but that they remain hamstrung by staff restrictions and a global supply chain still shattered by the pandemic.The luxury florist Winston Flowers reached peak capacity for Mother’s Day orders on Wednesday in Boston, Greenwich, Conn. and New York City, citing “changes in the supply chain and our commitment to following all safety and health guidelines by limiting our staff in order to keep their workspaces distant.” Any new orders for the holiday will be delivered the following week.Flower orders typically hitch rides in the cargo compartment of passenger planes, allowing for efficient travel at bargain prices. But with limited international passenger flights between the United States and flower powerhouses like the Netherlands, Colombia, and Kenya, there are very few cost-effective ways to ship flowers now, even when there is a demand.Advertisement“That is the latest battle. Can you even get the flowers on a plane? Usually, I can have any bulb flower from Holland within two days. Or a rose from South America,” said Jackie Levine, manager of Central Square Florist in Cambridge, which has been passed down in her family over four generations. “Those that came took a week.”figcaption class=" img_caption margin_horizontal_0--mobile margin_horizontal_0--... https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/05/07/nation/after-months-empty-shelves-closed-shops-florists-spring-back-life-ahead-mothers-day-surge/
Victoria's Mobile Flower Shop is always in bloom with a new brick-and-mortar store - Tribune-ReviewSaturday, January 18, 2020
Up until recently, Smith was running the business out of her Brookline basement, where she lives with her husband Josh and their dog Harris.Victoria’s Mobile Flower Shop now has a brick-and-mortar store in Avalon.It’s a bright and sunny space located at 643 California Ave. Years ago, the building housed a barber. When he retired from the hairstyling business, his wife transformed it into a flower shop.The shelves are relatively bare — lined with a few locally made products, including soaps, T-shirts and candles — but that will change after the holiday season when Smith has time to make the place blossom.Since opening in early December, she’s hosted classes on everything from block-printing and hand-lettering to wreath-making and cocktail mixology. The studio also is available to rent for private parties. There’s a large white table in the center of the store where people can work and mingle. Harris, a friendly pup who looks like a Muppet come to life, greets customers at the door.“More than anything, I want this to be a community space,” Smith says. “I even had a sign out front last week that said, ‘Don’t come in here for flowers. Come for conversation and a cup of coffee.’ ”Giving back to the community is important to Smith, which is why she launched an online Pay It Forward campaign. People can donate money through PayPal and, once the pot reaches $25, Victoria’s Mobile Flower Shop will deliver a bouquet to someone who could use a morale boost. Smith has already compiled a list of nursing homes and hospitals in the area.Aside from making deliveries, the truck will be parked for the winter. Smith is taking requests from individuals and businesses who want to book it for events when the warm weather rolls in.She hopes the Daihatsu – which boasts the license plate FLOWERS – is a welcome sight in every Pittsburgh neighborhood and inspires people to pick a bouquet.“A lot of times people think flowers are a luxury they can’t get for themselves,” Smith says. “But, when you make them accessible and it’s something you can grab one or 40 of, it makes your day.”TribLIVE's Daily and Weekly email newsletters deliver the news you want and information you need, right to your inbox.More Allegheny Stories... https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/victorias-mobile-flower-shop-is-always-in-bloom-with-a-new-brick-and-mortar-store/
18 beautiful flower arrangements to send this Easter - CNN Wednesday, March 31, 2021
We know it’s easy to be overwhelmed with all the choices out there, but no need to stress about the details. We’ve scoured all our favorite online florists and below, you’ll find beautiful blooms for every florals fan in your contacts. Dreamscape (starting at $49; bouqs.com) Dreamscape This bouquet of pink and ivory roses with carnations, hydrangea and eucalyptus is the stuff their spring dreams are made of. The Beatrix ($75; urbanstems.com) UrbanStems The Beatrix For people who love Easter, it doesn’t get much cuter than this orchid in a bunny-eared vase and a box of chocolates. Better yet: Use code CNNBLOOM20 to score 20% off now through May 10. Easter Sentiment Lily Plant (starting at $39.99; 1800flowers.com) 1800Flowers Easter Sentiment Lily Plant The lily, a sweetly fragrant flower, is a traditional symbol of Easter. This plant arrives nestled in a sweet woven basket, and is sure to bring tidings of spring. The Spring Refresh ($160; urbanstems.com) UrbanStems The Spring Refresh p class="paragraph inline-plac... https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/26/cnn-underscored/easter-flowers-for-delivery/index.html
Grow Plant Shop's First Brick-and-Mortar to Open Saturday - Fort Worth MagazineWednesday, March 31, 2021
Owners Emily and Bobby Lynge always saw the Airstream as temporary, however, and during the pandemic, were able to make the move to the space once occupied by The Enchanted Florist on Camp Bowie.
The Magnolia Avenue Airstream will be open until Thursday. On Saturday, the Camp Bowie space will be open from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fleurs de Villes: Free self-guided walk through downtown Vancouver's Christmas floral trail - Vancouver Is AwesomeWednesday, March 31, 2021
December with a stroll in downtown Vancouver highlighted by 30 beautiful fresh floral installations.It's the second annual Fleurs de Villes Noel Vancouver, a holiday celebration featuring top florists from around the city and their stunning displays, set up along Robson and Alberni streets. Use the map to follow the 'Floral Trail' as you walk past the stunning creations, displayed outdoors for all to enjoy. Be sure to adhere to social distancing best practices as you enjoy your self-guided stroll.Fluers de Villes takes places at various times of year in cities across the globe, from London to Seattle, as well as in several Canadian cities. Other Fleurs de Villes events have been curated around Vancouver over the past few years, though this is the second time there's been a Christmastime display. (Great news, too, as Fleurs de Villes has pinned down June dates for a return to Robson and Alberni with springtime blooms!)Running December 4 through 13, Fleurs de Villes Noel is a chance to get some fresh air and exercise, do a little shopping, and enjoy the talents of our local florists.You'll find the map and details about each of the presenting florists online here.Here are some images of last y... https://www.vancouverisawesome.com/events-and-entertainment/walk-free-floral-trail-pop-up-installations-fleurs-de-villes-christmas-vancouver-2020-3152912
Florist brightens her city with gorgeous floral installations - Aleteia ENWednesday, March 31, 2021
Anne Dickson is working hard to bring joy to the residents of Pittsburgh with pop-up flower displays.Florists have been hard hit by the pandemic. With major events being canceled, a lot of work and profit has dried up. However, one Pittsburgh florist, Anne Dickson, has decided to put her skills and time to good use.Inspired by fellow florist, New Yorker Louis Miller, who’s been creating some stunning “flower flashes” to brighten up New York City, Dickson decided she wanted to spread some floral joy in her own community, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.She started by sharing her gratitude with health workers for all their hard work. So the owner of Fox and the Fleur florists went along to Shadyside’s Family House, where patients and their families can stay together. She brought some bright blooms to decorate the facade of the house with an impressive installation. She also tagged her work “F&F [Heart] Pittsburgh #flower power” in chalk on the sidewalk in front of the home, and added it to her Instagram account to spread a little more joy.From there Dickson created more imp... https://aleteia.org/2021/03/24/florist-brightens-her-city-with-gorgeous-floral-installations/
N.J. communities mourn those lost to COVID-19 with flowers and memories - NJ.comWednesday, March 31, 2021
Passaic EMT.At each location, including a Passaic fire station and Anthony E. Russo Park in Union, family and friends eulogized their loved ones and laid a flower for them, said Amanda Elisca, the florist who coordinated the events across the state.The effort is part of the Floral Hearts Project, a nationwide initiative pushing for an official national day of morning for those lost to COVID-19, said Elisca. As of Tuesday morning, there were more than 100 hearts laid out across the country, she said.But for Elisca, the push to bring the memorial to New Jersey was more personal. Her father, Cesar Perez, an EMS supervisor in Passaic, was a mentor and longtime friend of Israel “Izzy” Tolentino, the Passaic firefighter who died last March from the coronavirus, and a friend of Kevin Levia, an EMT in Passaic who also died from the virus.The day of mourning was for those who were left behind, missing their loved ones and in need of a way to express their grief a year later, she said.“These people don’t have anyone to reach out to,” said Elisca. “Usually if you lost someone you can get a hug from a friend. And we can’t do that now. Even a year into the pandemic, it’s even more important for us to reach out to people and to do these types of things.”In Passaic, mourners gathered at the West Side Fire Station, remembering Tolentino and Levia. Both Perez and Tolentino’s wife, Maria Vazquez, were at the event, with Vazquez laying flowers for her husband and Perez in full uniform remembering his friend he’d call, “Nudge.”“It was very, very emotional at the firehouse,” said Perez. “There had to be 100-something people.”In Union, mourners gathered at Anthony E. Russo Park,... https://www.nj.com/coronavirus/2021/03/nj-communities-mourn-those-lost-to-covid-19-with-flowers-and-memories.html