Local Flower Shop News
Jackson Attorney to Represent Flowers in Possible Seventh Trial - Jackson Free PressTuesday, July 09, 2019
Flowers before a jury with as few black jurors as possible, and ideally before an all-white jury," Kavanaugh's ruling reads.On June 24, Doug Evans, the prosecutor behind all six trials, told the Grenada Star he would retry the case for a seventh time.“He will have to be retried,” Evans told the paper. “The decision they made sent it back to have another trial. At this point, I haven’t thought much other than that. I have to say I was surprised by the decision.”In the July 2 MCJ press release, McDuff said the case ought to be dismissed.“Despite six trials, the prosecution has been unable to secure a lawful conviction against Curtis Flowers,” McDuff said. “Meanwhile, he has spent twenty-two years in prison, most of it on Death Row. The evidence, much of which has been uncovered since the last trial, indicates that Curtis did not commit this crime. If there is a seventh trial, we will be there to defend him. But six trials is enough, and this case should be dismissed without putting everyone through another one.”The case will likely return to the trial court sometime in August, McDuff said.Flowers is accused of killing four people execution-style in a furniture store in 1996 in the town of Winona. Evans has tried Flowers six times, with four convictions overturned and two other cases ended in mistrials.When retired Tardy Furniture employee Sam Jones arrived at work one July morning in 1996, he found the bodies of employees Robert Golden, Carmen Rigby and Derrick Stewart. He also found the body of Bertha Tardy, the owner of the store who had called him earlier that morning and asked him to come in to help train two new employees. Three victims were white, and one was black. All had been shot.Police suspected Flowers because Tardy had fired him less than two weeks prior, and eyewitnesses claimed they saw him near the scene of a car burglary earlier that morning, where someone had stolen a .38-caliber pistol. Though investigators never found the weapon, they declared that the bullets at the scene were a match for a .38-caliber pistol.Follow State Reporter Ashton Pittman on Twitter @ashtonpittman. Send tips to firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2019/jul/08/jackson-attorney-represent-flowers-possible-sevent/
Army Couldn't Prepare Texas Florist For Church Massacre - Patch.comTuesday, November 28, 2017
Santiago and his wife had become accustomed to since he settled in Stockdale and bought the flower shop. The commotion at first reminded him of his combat tours in Grenada, Panama and Kuwait. "It's not like the movies," he said of his Army experience. "There was times when we were getting shot at, a few people died in my arms. That was tragic, but I also saw that on Castle Hill Avenue," he said, referring to his native New York City borough of the Bronx. "I had a good friend of mine, I was 17 years old, he was talking to me, and all of a sudden this guy took a sawed-off shotgun and blew his head off when I was talking to him." "These things are tragic," Santiago said. "But this one is different."The warm and tight-knit community of his adopted home makes the church massacre sting more than anything he saw on a battlefield or in New York. The people in the town are good natured and polite, and welcomed him into their community when he bought the shop four years ago. "What really gets to me here is that I knew these people. They come in just to chat, the kids come in to play around. People out here help each other," he said, pausing to apologize for getting emotional. "They wave. You don't see that a lot anymore, where people see each other, they wave at each other. They leave their doors open; I leave my shop open." His friends and customers were among those slain in First Baptist Church, Santiago said. "I deliver to people's homes in Sutherland Springs. They don't deserve this," he said, crying. "They really don't." It's the reason he's offering a 50 percent discount at his shop to anyone sending flowers for the victims' funeral services. He's received an outpouring of support from across the country, filling orders from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Florists from out of state have even offered to come and help him with the arrangements. One from northern Colorado will be at the shop on Wednesday, Santiago said. On Tuesday morning he had bought more than $500 worth of flowers to meet the demand. His wife was in Sutherland Springs, hoping to spread the word about the discount and help the town in any way she could. "All funeral services I'm doing half off and if they can't pay, I'll just take it out of my pocket," Santiago said. "These are my people, we have to take care of them."It's the least he can do, he said, to help the community he's come to call home.Santiago finished his Army career in 1997...
Longtime owner of Continental Florist dies - Vestavia VoiceSunday, January 17, 2021
Longtime owner of Continental Florist Barbara Orr died Wednesday, Sept. 2 at the age of 85.
Orr purchased the popular Rocky Ridge floral business in 1986 and was named the 2004 Florist of the Year by the Alabama State Florists' Association, according to her obituary.
Orr is preceded in death by her husband, Herbert L. Orr; son, John Michael Orr; brother, Gray Garner Jr.; sister, Faye Gardner; father, Edward Gray Garner Sr.; and mother, Tressa Allen Garner.
She is survived by her sons, James Steven Orr and David Garner Orr; daughter, Nancy Orr Athnos; grandchildren, Chelsea Marie Orr and Emily Louise Orr; and sister, Carolyn Bullard.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2020 from 10 a.m. to noon at Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home in Hoover.
Eastern Floral launches subscription plans - GR|MAGSunday, January 17, 2021
West Michigan locations.With these new subscriptions, holiday promotions and Michigan-made gift baskets, the family-owned florist said it hopes to inspire the community to shop local this holiday season.“We wanted to offer a unique gift-giving opportunity that would truly spread joy throughout the year, said Bing Goei, president of Eastern Floral. “Not only can you give the gift of flowers year-round to loved ones, but you can also support and celebrate local businesses with a variety of Michigan-made gift options.”New membership detailsPlant of the monthMembers receive a new blooming plant every month at any Eastern Floral location$55 for 12 monthsIncludes a 4-inch decorative containerMembers receive 20% off merchandise when they stop in for their monthly plantFlower subscriptionMonthly flower arrangement deliveryChoose from three, six or 12 monthsChoose package level: standard ($60 bouquet), deluxe ($75) or premium ($100)Other options are available upon requestAll subscriptions placed in December receive free shippingEastern Floral also is offering 40% off all merchandise and other promotions now through Jan. 2. Promotions exclude fresh floral arrangements, plants, alcohol and gourmet food items.Eastern Floral kicked off its holiday celebrations in November with Festive Fridays. The florist donated proceeds fr... https://www.grmag.com/look-feel/eastern-floral-launches-subscription-plans/
Border chaos disrupts flower supply for Norfolk florists - Eastern Daily PressSunday, January 17, 2021
A florist in Norwich has said panic is rising over flower stock due to border restrictions.Travel and freight was banned from France to the UK to avoid importing a new variant of Covid-19. As a result, concerns have been mounting about disruption to supply chains of food, drink and medicine to the UK.On Tuesday, the French authorities announced the border would reopen - but travellers must have a negative test result.In the meantime, some florists in Norfolk have said the border chaos has left them working a day behind schedule.You may also want to watch:It comes after they have seen a rise in the number of orders over Christmas as relatives send flowers instead of visiting loved ones due to coronavirus restrictions.Shelley Newton, owner of The Flower House in Costessey, said she had been "massively affected" by the shut border.She added: "Normally florists work a day ahead and now we have been working a day behind."Floris... https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/border-chaos-disrupts-flower-supply-6866196
JIMMY "HEY HONEY, HEY" ELAM | West Virginia | herald-dispatch.com - Huntington Herald DispatchSunday, January 17, 2021
Jimmy is survived by his older sisters, Kay Johnson and Paula Mays; baby sister, Lynette Kinser; aunt, Betty Parsons and her boys; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Jimmy worked as the Head Florist at Archer’s Flowers in Huntington, W.Va., and was a proud member of the LGBTQ community. There will be a Celebration of Life service scheduled at a later date. Henson & Kitchen Mortuary, Huntington, W.Va., is caring for the family. Online condolences and memories may be shared with the family by visiting www.hensonandkitchen.com. https://www.herald-dispatch.com/obituaries/wv/jimmy-hey-honey-hey-elam/article_82249564-526a-5e44-8695-30c3e729d752.html
Calif. flower shop with no connection to Capitol riot flooded with threats, negative reviews - SFGateSunday, January 17, 2021
Not long after pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, the angry yet puzzling calls started rolling into Becky’s Flowers, a florist in Roseville.But it didn’t end there. Over the past week, the family-owned business in Placer County has been subjected to hundreds of negative reviews on Google and Yelp, in addition to countless threatening comments on Facebook and Twitter. All of them were directed toward Jenny Cudd, a woman who was arrested Wednesday in connection with the riots and charged with two misdemeanors for entering a restricted building and disorderly conduct. Cudd was identified after she posted a video on Facebook bragging about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office being broken into during the riot, reports the AP. She also happens to be the proprietor of a florist called Becky’s Flowers in Midland, Texas — the source of the confusion for Aaron Alberti, who has owned and operated the Roseville Becky’s Flowers since 2004. Now, he’s trying to clear the air in order to save his business. https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Beckys-Flowers-Roseville-mistaken-Capitol-rioter-15871654.php