Hillsdale Flower Shop News
From flowers to housing: Family-owned Ah Sam property for sale in San Mateo - San Mateo Daily JournalTuesday, May 23, 2017
The site stretches to the train tracks just west of the massive Bay Meadows redevelopment and is a stone’s throw from the recently approved Hillsdale Terrace housing project.
The business has been in the Leong family since the 1930s and Ah Sam grew over the years into a prosperous floral business at the San Mateo locale. But now, nearly 70 percent of the site is currently unused as vacant greenhouses line the rear of the property, Paris said.
While the family plans to sell the land, loyal customers are reassured Ah Sam’s business isn’t going away. Instead, the Leongs are looking to downsize their current retail space, relocate some of the operations off-site, and occupy the ground-floor commercial portion of a new development, Paris said.
The property was publicly listed on the market earlier this year after a $21 million agreement fell through last year. A Southern California-based builder was under contract for the site when they backed out last minute, Paris said.
However, it means a good amount of due diligence has been done to assess what is feasible on the site. The conceptual proposal for a five-story building with about 160 units would meet all of the city’s zoning codes once a state-density bonus is applied, he said. The project would also include a portion of below-market-rate units, Paris noted.
A severe deficit of housing units to accommodate the region’s prosperous job growth has made transit-oriented, mixed-use development proposals a hot commodity for both cities and investors.
Across the street along the 2600 block of El Camino Real, the city recently approved 68 condominiums and nearly 13,500 square feet of commercial space as part of the Hillsdale Terrace proposal. Bay Meadows, the 180-acre revamp of the former horse race track, is also nearby and, when complete will include nearly 1,100 housing units along with office and commercial space. Developers of those two projects have cited the proximity to the Hillsdale Caltrain station and future grade separations as prime perks for the infill sites.
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Portland area bakers, florists on front lines of 'religious freedom' and gay ... - OregonLive.comFriday, July 31, 2015
Beaverton Florists is a family-owned business that's spanned three generations since its founding in 1943. The store is on Southwest Watson Avenue just south of busy Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway.At 33, Sara Hill is the daughter-in-law of store owners Keith and Sheri Hill and, with her husband Andy, is poised to take over the company's management in the coming years."I think it's ridiculous that any business would turn away a gay couple," she said. "As a business, you're shooting yourself in the foot to deny anybody."Hill said she doesn't have strong religious beliefs, characterizing herself as "either a humanist or an atheist," but noted that neither perspective is relevant when it comes to serving Beaverton's diverse communities."On a daily basis, we are delivering to lots of clients and we have to know a little about their traditions in order to serve them," Hill said.Hill said she is in charge of the floral shop's greeting cards and has made it a point to expand the inventory beyond "Mr. and Mrs." to include "Mr. and Mr." and "Mrs. and Mrs." options."I really don't get it," she said of the Gresham bakers' refusal to bake a wedding cake. "All you're doing is selling something to someone. You're not invited to the wedding. You're not involved once the transaction is done. "That anyone would refuse service on account of religious principles just doesn't make sense, Hill said."Most religions teach love and kindness and acceptance and compassion," she said. "So if you're going to be ascribing to religious values, discriminating against someone does not play into that."***Seri Lopez is a cake artist and designer... http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2015/04/portland_area_bakers_florists.html
Welcome Mat: Ferndale florist hits the road with mobile flower cart - The Detroit NewsSunday, July 05, 2020
One way to help butterflies is to plant native plants, such as milkweed for monarch butterflies. Ten milkweed species are native to Michigan – the most widespread of which are common milkweed, butterfly milkweed and swamp milkweed. If you'd like to plant milkweed in your own yard, Barson's Greenhouse, 6414 Merrimen in Westland, carries milkweed. To learn more about pollinators, click here. https://www.detroitnews.com/story/life/2020/07/02/mobile-flower-cart-ferndale/5351054002/
Flower growers see sales wither as planting season launches - CBC.caMonday, April 27, 2020
Canadian production stems from Ontario. Neighbouring New York and Ohio have also forced garden centres to lock their doors, while Michigan and Vermont have banned retailers from selling non-essential products, including home gardening items. "If they don't open, the damage is going to be astronomical," said trade group head Andi Kuyvenhoven, noting garden centres' crucial role for bedding plants in particular. British Columbia — the second-biggest flower and plant producer — Alberta and Manitoba and have allowed garden centres to keep running, while Quebec deemed them essential along with nurseries as of April 15, though not in time for Easter. Kuyvenhoven, who with his wife co-owns a $2.5-million business selling potted Chrysanthemums and indoor calla lilies — largely to U.S. distributors — on a pair of farms west of Toronto, says clogged supply chains south of the border remain a problem. 'I haven't slept in five weeks' "U.S. customers for a time closed their distribution systems to floral and so the main grocery chains were not purchasing plants," he said, which was hard on growers of cut flowers such as roses and tulips. "If a truck can take 24 skids and four skids were flowers, the flowers came off the trucks and they put more food on the truck — which we completely understand. The only challenge is, when you're growing flowers as we do, they also have a shelf life," said Kuyvenhoven, who bought his business from his parents in 1990. "Now we're now facing liquidity issues...I haven't slept in five weeks." Flowers Canada Growers says exports to the U.S. make up about one-third of greenhouse flower and plant sales, which hit $1.6 billion in 2018, according to Statistics Canada. Nursery sales topped $500 million. While garden centres can continue to operate across much of the continent, growers wonder whether bouquets and flower pots will remain on the shopping list of consumers struggling to make rent amid soaring unemployment numbers and a looming recession. Kuyvenhoven is hoping that families confined to their homes for most of the day will choose to spend what they've saved from unpurchased vacations and lattes on plants for their vases and flower beds. "That's part of what's carried us through downturns in the past," he said. Growers associations are in talks with federal and provincial governments over potential financial relief, with Flowers Canada Growers asking for a "cash injection" as well as extended debt repayment plans secured in part by Ottawa, Kuyvenhoven said. So far, the federal government has extended a stay of default for eligible farmers until Oct. 31, giving flower and potted plant producers an extra six months to pay off federal loans that would have been due at the end of April. Ottawa has also granted exemptions on air travel restrictions to temporary foreign workers and invested $50 million to help farmers fly in labourers on charter trips. "New flights are being booked ever day," the agriculture department sai... https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/flower-growers-hamilton-1.5546023
For Livingston County nurseries closed over the coronavirus: 'May is make it or break it' - Livingston DailyMonday, April 27, 2020
Her hanging flower baskets and flats of flowers are beginning to bloom as April nears its halfway point. However, like other nurseries and retail garden centers in Michigan, Morehouse's business, Tulip Tree Gardens, is not going to open for the season on time.The delay is due to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay home order, which she recently extended until April 30 with tighter restrictions. "If Gov. Whitmer keeps everything closed past May 1, she'll kill agriculture," Morehouse said. "Half of what I've prepared to sell would be sold by Mother's Day."She said she believes any more extensions of the stay home order would bankrupt nurseries like hers. MORE: New map shows where COVID-19 cases are in countyMORE: Former judge David Reader to run for county prosecutorMORE: No Livingston County residents charged with order violationsBefore the spread of COVID-19 in the state, Morehouse was planning to open Saturday. She said the season ends for her in July, but most of her business is done in May and June. She said she is worried she will have to toss plants she's been growing and tending for months. The financial loss in equipment and investment in plants could be at least $45,000, not accounting for lost sales. She continues watering her plants every day, hopin... https://www.livingstondaily.com/story/news/local/community/livingston-county/2020/04/17/livingston-flower-nurseries-limbo-may-make-break-it-garden-centers/2986553001/
9 Fabulous Flowers To Plant To Remind You Of Your International Travels - TravelAwaitsThursday, April 02, 2020
You can also spot these gorgeous blooms at festivals around the United States in the spring. Tulip Time in the aptly named Holland, Michigan, is the best known of them all.One of the great things about tulips is that they can be grown from bulbs. That means that once you plant them in your garden, they can come up year after year. Though most people think of single tulips in bright yellow, red, and pink hues, there are actually many varieties of tulips, including double, fringed, and multicolor.Pro Tip: Remember that to enjoy tulips in the spring, you’ll need to plant them in the fall.Where To BuySome large stores such as Costco and Home Depot carry tulip bulbs. If you want to order them online, Breck’s and Holland Bulb Farms offer large selections.2. Irises -- FranceThe national flower of France is the beautiful iris. These delicate blooms are the model for the symbol of the French monarchy, the fleur-de-lis. There are some 300 flowers in the iris family, with colors ranging from quite subtle to very vibrant. We especially love the purple and blue varieties.Areas around the Loire Valley offer many wonderful places to view irises; there is even a sightseeing circuit you can follow to see them.Like tulips, irises can be grown from bulbs.Where To BuyGilbert H. Wild... https://www.travelawaits.com/2493621/flowers-to-remind-you-of-international-travels/?pv=related_list