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Coronavirus update: Newsom says florists, clothing stores may reopen this week - The CalifornianFriday, May 29, 2020
Newsom administration to review their plan.More than 2,200 Californians have died from the coronavirus and nearly 55,000 have been confirmed to have it, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The number of infections is thought to be far higher because of a shortage of testing.On Monday, Newsom's administration approved the reopening of beaches in the Orange County cities of Laguna Beach and San Clemente. The state Natural Resources Agency said the cities submitted plans with measures to avoid overcrowding and enable physical distancing.The approvals came days after Newsom ordered all Orange County beaches closed because of large crowds that flocked there during a heat wave late last month. Some people still tried to go to the off-limits beaches this past weekend.In northeast California, Modoc County Sheriff Tex Dowdy said the zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the county's 9,000 residents was a deciding factor in allowing a “staged, safe” reopening last Friday.Yuba and Sutter counties, north of Sacramento, are much bigger with a combined population of about 175,000 people — many of whom commute to jobs in the capital region. The counties have seen 50 confirmed cases of the disease and three deaths.Jesse Villicana, owner of Cool Hand Luke’s steakhouse in Yuba City, said 25 employees who were laid off returned to work Sunday to help prepare for the reopening. He was eager to welcome customers back into the bar and dining room but wary of the slow return to business as usual. Customers must sit a booth apart, meaning he can only fill half of the restaurant.For the vast majority of people, coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death. The virus can be spread in close quarters by people who don’t know they’ve contracted it.This story has been updated with comment from the Monterey County Public Health Officer.Subscribe to support local journalism. https://www.thecalifornian.com/story/news/2020/05/04/coronavirus-newsom-says-florists-clothing-stores-may-reopen-week/3082059001/
These flowers never fade: Fleur de Lis Garden Club marks 50 years of seeds, service - Gainesville TimesWednesday, March 14, 2018
No matter how much time passes, when they all get together, they talk about life and gardening as if they had just seen each other.For Betsy Hopkins, joining the Fleur de Lis club was her way of doing exactly that. She had been a teacher, but after retiring, she knew she wouldn’t be able to meet people at the school. She joined the club as a way to get more involved in the area.“I had never gardened,” said Hopkins, who moved to Gainesville in 1999. “I still don’t like getting down on my knees, but I joined because I wanted to get to know people. And it has been an ongoing ‘good friends’ place. But we’ve learned things, too, and we’ve done some neat things.”During each meeting, the members learn from different people around the community who teach them about different aspects of gardening. Sometimes, it’s about growing herbs, or taking care of orchids. Other times, it’s a little more unique.At the 50th anniversary, the gardening club invited Charles Hay, co-owner of The Olive Basket, a gourmet olive oil and vinegar store in Gainesville, to talk about myths and misconceptions of olive oil and pass out some samples.Kathy Hawthorne said one of the club’s greatest accomplishments was in 1996 when the Olympics came to Gainesville. Lake Lanier was used for rowing, canoe and kayak events, and with the world watching, Fleur de Lis wanted to make sure the city looked presentable. “Down at the Holly Tree corner, Georgia Power had all their lines up there and we thought they were very ugly,” said Hawthorne, who was president of the club at the time. “We petitioned Georgia Power and they moved their lines underground.”Fleur de Lis is hoping to continue making a difference in the community, just as it did in 1996 and in years before and since. But the problem is it seems to attract mostly retired women. While the club is open to gardeners of all ages, meetings take place in the morning when younger women are often working or in school.“I think people just got tired, and young people don’t like to get as involved as we did,” said Ann Alexander, who was president of the club in 1973.Regardless of who joins or who notices, members of Fleur de Lis said they will continue to make the city look better through their gardening efforts for as long as they can.“If we didn’t do some of the things we do, people would notice,” Propes said. “But since we do, it’s just kind of accepted that this is Gainesville, this is the garden club and this is what we do.”...
Open Studios to spotlight 145 local artists at 93 locations around Greenville this weekend - Greenville NewsTuesday, November 28, 2017
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The Ann Arbor Art Fair Features Four Separate Festivals - The Jewish NewsTuesday, July 18, 2017
I studied art in college and taught high school before teaching teachers.”Raman, who lived in Maryland while her late husband worked as a shaliach, also studied at Johns Hopkins. She returns to America to participate in fairs and now travels to about seven a year.“I’ve found that artists are treated the best in Ann Arbor,” says Raman, who appears at the South University Area Art Fair and will be surrounded by demonstrations, food services and entertainment as four separate fairs join forces in one large event.Ayala Naphtali will be at the Street Art Fair, the Original, with necklaces, bracelets, earrings and rings. Her brooches with contemporary Passover symbols are available through online orders.Giving distinction to her work is the use of covered coconut shells combined with silver enhancements. She has a minimalist approach with bold, elegant forms.“I’ve been using coconut shells since the late 1980s,” says Naphtali, who works out of a Brooklyn studio. “I like coloring my own materials, and I don’t have to use toxic materials with the shells. I also like the idea of renewables.”Naphtali, who grew up in New York and Tel Aviv, moved around as the result of her dad’s work in chemical engineering. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Michigan.“I try to keep my jewelry very lightweight so it’s comfortable,” says Naphtali, who tracked down where her dad lived in the 1950s and showed her son. “Pieces are in museum shops all across the country.”Naphtali, who comes from a long line of metalsmiths on her father’s side, is related to Israeli wholesale jewelers on her mother’s side.While living in New York, she took classes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She went on to the Fashion Institute of Technology and the State University of New York at New Paltz.“I’ll have close to a couple hundred pieces in Ann Arbor,” she says. “I have a wide price range.”Lisa Burge, also in the Original art fair, shows abstract oil paintings and prints. Based in New Mexico, she is in her 15th year showcasing work in Ann Arbor.“I use muted colors, but my images have grown brighter over the years,” she says. “I am inspired by nature, architecture and what I...
Danna's and The Florist Moving Locations - KSST (press release) (registration) (blog)Wednesday, July 05, 2017
With her 27 years of experience in Canton and a love and knowledge of vintage items, Danna embarked on her long time dream of creating the Bi-annual Flea Market Swap Meet to be held at the Hopkins County Civic Center in November and April. With this newest endeavor, Danna expects vendors and friends that she has made to be visiting Sulphur Springs from locations throughout Texas and the United States. It’s like a mini Canton. Local vendors can lease or buy a spot to showcase their specialties and interests. Local vendors are encouraged to get creative with their booths by displaying anything from: specialty-knitting, homemade crafts, woodwork, metal work, or even garage sale items. Check with Danna’s about renting a booth if you are interested. Danna suggest having a theme for your booth. Her booth will be the Buffalo Girls. Allison stated: “Buffalo stands for strength, lasting over the years, fierceness, fearlessness, and hard work.” The Buffalo Girls will have matching t-shirts and the creed on the back that Danna’s store lives by. “Buffalo Girls, Stand your ground, have a tough hide, keep moving on, wide open spaces, have a strong spirit, roam wild and free, let the chips fall where they may.” The metal buffalo in front of Danna’s new store location will also serve as the Flea Market mascot. “After much prayer and preparation Danna’s is moving back home to 438 Gilmer Street.” “[It’s] a main artery to the downtown district and “the heartbeat of the city” Danna wants her friends and customers to know that they can still expect that down home atmosphere and now they can find everything they need in one place.” Allison said.”We’ll be keeping our best lines and bringing in new items of vintage quilts and eclectic “junque” because that’s where Danna’s heart is. We hope that our friends, family, customers, and visitors will find this new location much more acceptable and convenient.” Danna’s new location will combine the gift shop , florist, and rental center. The Event Center can no longer be rented for events because it now houses everything you might need to rent for special occasions. “Whether it be for a huge wedding or gathering or small intimate dinner, We’ll have everything there for you to shop from. We can help you select exactly what you will need to make your day one to remember.”In looking back over the past 20 year...
Rosemary-Duff Florist: a landmark business - times-advocate.comThursday, March 12, 2020
South Broadway and was sold to Bob Socin in 1956.Mr. Socin sold Duff Gardens to Pete, Dolly and Rosemary in 1976. Pete & Dolly Santrach and their two children moved from Minnesota to California in 1956. Pete was a Marine at Camp Lejeune until sent to Camp Pendleton. Pete left the service and over the years worked as an administrator for the Escondido school districts, for groups of doctors and for Baker Enterprises. Pete & Dolly had six more children in California. Four boys and four girls and now 16 grandchildren and one great grandchild.Dolly’s sister Rosemary Gornick learned the techniques of the floral business from a school in Cleveland, Ohio and opened her floral business in her hometown of Chisholm, Minnesota. In 1957 she moved to California (following her sister) and worked for Casa De Las Florist in Del Mar for many years and for Bob Socin and Duff Gardens before starting Rosemary’s Floral on Grand Avenue in downtown Escondido in 1974.Duff Gardens and Rosemary’s Floral merged in 1982 and built the Spanish style building where the business resides today.Aunt Rosemary passed away in 2015. Dolly Santrach passed in 2018.Today the business has four partners: Mary Ann Santrach, Rozanne Reguly, Luanne Csonka and Joanne Santrach. The sisters/nieces bought the business from their parents, Pete and Dolly and aunt, Rosemary in 1988.Mary Ann’s specialty is floral design. She says planning is important. “Ordering for a holiday like Valentine’s Day requires placing an order for roses by mid-January if not earlier to reserve the product desired. That can be up to 2,500 red roses alone!” she said.Rozanne Reguly is the primary decorator for the window displays and a floral designer.The interior of Rosemary-Duff Florist.Luanne Csonka is the managing partner. She says, “It has been said that floral arrangements were the only gift item besides pizza that you could have made and delivered – all in the same day! Our business is unique, sending floral gifts to express one’s emotions from happy occasions like birthdays to condolences for the loss of loved ones.”The sisters credit much of their success to Aunt Rosemary for sharing with them the techniques she leaned from floral school and her years of experience. Remember Bob Socin? I can think of no greater testimony than praise from the former business owner. Mary Ann says that nearly every day Bob will stop by the shop to say hello. Rosemary Duff Florist has designed florals for many weddings, events and special occasions throughout San Diego and designed florals for celebrities Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Streisand and Martha Stewart. “But we most appreciate our lon... https://www.times-advocate.com/articles/rosemary-duff-florist-a-landmark-business/
Barronelle Stutzman, Christian florist, again appeals to Supreme Court over same-sex wedding refusal - Washington TimesSunday, February 09, 2020
And a film studio in Minnesota has been fighting a legal battle to enter the wedding business in a way that conforms to their Christian view of marriage. “Religious people should be free to live out their beliefs about marriage,” Ms. Stutzman’s attorneys argue in her appeal to the high court. “Only this court can resolve the numerous First Amendment conflicts these issues have created,” the petition reads. Sign up for Daily Newsletters Let's block ads! a href="https:... https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/sep/11/barronelle-stutzman-christian-florist-again-appeal/
'No regrets': Longtime Sioux Falls florist leaves legacy of success - Argus LeaderSaturday, January 18, 2020
Pat Gustaf, who owned and operated Gustaf's Greenery in Sioux Falls from 1986 until 2018, died Monday at age 67. Gustaf decided to close the Minnesota Avenue flower shop last year after battling renal cell carcinoma for two years. "No regrets. Truly no regrets at all," he told the Argus Leader in December. "I think we've made our mark on the world." Gustaf grew up on the north end of Sioux Falls and attended O'Gorman High School, according to his obituary. Early on, his love for flowers and plants was already flourishing: He began working at Earl May Garden Center in Sioux Falls while still in high school. After starting his own business at the Western Mall in the early 1970s, Gustaf and his sister Jean opened Gustaf's Greenery in 1986. "He was probably the most social person I ever met," Jean Gustaf said of her brother. More: Gustaf's Greenery flower shop closing after 42 years The Gustaf siblings used their respective skills in running their store. Pat, ever the social butterfly, handled the marketing and public-facing duties, while Jean, who worked as a nurse at the Veterans Administration, kept things going behind the scenes. "He'd say yes to everything. I'd say, 'No, we can't do that,'" Jean said, laughing. Gustaf's daughter, Karlee Bathke, echoed her aunt's sentiments. "He would make friends wherever we went because he wanted to know everyone’s story," she said. "He wouldn’t just make small talk; he truly connected with each and every person he met." Pat always valued spending time in his community, Jean said. In addition to running his own... https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/business-journal/2019/10/31/longtime-sioux-falls-florist-leaves-legacy-success-gustafs-greenery/2501479001/
St. Paul woman offers fresh bouquets from Little Free Florist stand - Minneapolis Star TribuneSaturday, January 18, 2020
Little Free Library movement and the unmanned produce stands you sometimes see in rural Minnesota. Except Hankerson wasn’t selling anything. She just wanted to do something neighborly for her Hamline-Midway community. In June, she installed a small, roofed box in front of her home and stocked it with mini bouquets of twine-tied cuttings from her garden. An arrangement of zinnias might be spiced up with elderberries, bluestem grass, Thai basil, potato flowers, even chard or kale leaves. “I put a lot of different things in these bouquets,” she said. ... http://www.startribune.com/seen-the-little-free-libraries-how-about-the-little-free-florist/559369902/