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A Flower Display in Burlington Honored the COVID-19 Dead - Seven DaysWednesday, March 31, 2021
Burlington's Church Street caused passersby to pause, pull out their smartphones and take photos on Monday. Orange roses and fuchsia phalaenopsis orchids had been placed on the bricks in the shape of a heart. Dozens more roses surrounded the heart and extended down the pedestrian walkway. Each represented one of the more than 200 Vermonters who have died from COVID-19 since the disease struck the state nearly a year ago. "It often feels like we're just talking about numbers and tallies," said creator Jayson Munn, a florist who mainly works weddings and other events. "I thought this was a great opportunity to do it in the public square." Burlington was one of about 80 cities nationwide that hosted an art installation as part of the Floral Heart Project. Created by New York City-based artist Kristina Libby, the idea was to designate March 1 as a national day of mourning to publicly grieve those "lost to and suffering from COVID-19." As of Tuesday, more than 515,000 Americans have died. Munn said one woman he talked to had lost her husband to the disease. She told him that visiting the flower memorial had been the first time she'd publicly grieved his death; both she and Munn "started bawling," he said. He gave her a rose. "It was a really touching, touching moment," Munn said. Daniel "D.J." Boyd of Wilmington was walking down Church Street when he saw a crowd by the display and thought, Gee, only in Burlington do you see a bunch of roses in the street and everyone just walking around taking pictures. Boyd walked over himself and read the sign that Munn had erected explaining the display, "and it just struck me," he said. His uncles, twins Leon and Cleon Boyd, had died of COVID-19 early last April, just six days apart. "It's amazing," Boyd said of the display. "It's a good gesture. It puts it into perspective, you know?" Boyd walked over to Munn and told him he'd l... https://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/a-flower-display-in-burlington-honored-the-covid-19-dead/Content?oid=32450871
Grow Plant Shop's First Brick-and-Mortar to Open Saturday - Fort Worth MagazineWednesday, March 31, 2021
It's the final week in the Airstream for Magnolia Avenue plant shop Grow.
That's because, on Saturday, Grow will be celebrating the grand opening of its new digs — the shop's first-ever brick-and-mortar location at 4800 Camp Bowie Blvd.
In a social media announcement, Grow stated that it would forgo a grand opening party due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Only six customers will be allowed in the shop at a time, and any overflow will need to wait outside, six feet apart. Masks are also required.
Still, it's a welcome change for the plant shop that built a loyal following on Magnolia, thanks to its eye-catching, chrome Airstream, parked on the lawn next to Maggie's R&R and stocked to the brim with an ample selection of shrubs, succulents, and other greenery. 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.
Colorado Springs entrepreneur brings flowers and charm to Old Colorado City with Sweetwater: A Flower Market - Colorado Springs GazetteWednesday, March 31, 2021
Cline bought a building at 2419 W. Colorado Ave. in Old Colorado City for the brick-and-mortar business, where she felt the market would fit in with the historic vibe while growing the neighborhood.Cline, 52, created Sweetwater because she wanted to share her experience with a southern charm mercantile store in Nashville with the Colorado Springs community.“It was something about being there, the country, the music, the people,” she said. “It somehow got into my heart and inspired me to bring this to Colorado Springs, where we don’t have flower trucks, and we don’t really have interactive flower markets.”Cline wants Sweetwater to be a place where people can go and have a unique experience. Part of the shop is dedicated to bouquets, and customers are also welcome to pick stems to create their own bouquets. The other half of the store features mercantile products, including everything from linens and soaps to charcuterie boards and candles.The most unique part of the store, Cline said, is its flower trucks.The business’s first truck is a 1969 Volkswagen bus flatbed. The truck will make deliveries, travel to events, and share the joy of flowers with the surrounding community.“You can come and pick your stems like you would pick your fruit, and we’ll wrap it up for you,” Cline said. “You can take home this beautiful bouquet that you designed yourself.”Flowers have always been a significant aspect of Cline’s life. She took a floriculture class in high school and always keeps a full vase on her kitchen table.“The joy of receiving flowers is something that’s always made me feel great,” she said. “Even though they don’t last forever, the gift of receiving them, creating them, growing them, is amazing.”That same joy is what drives Sweetwater’s vision: to... https://gazette.com/cheyenneedition/colorado-springs-entrepreneur-brings-flowers-and-charm-to-old-colorado-city-with-sweetwater-a-flower/article_7dbaedde-77a5-11eb-8fe3-1b45ec1a2d2e.html
4 local, women-owned flower and plant shops to check out right now - NEXTpittsburghWednesday, March 31, 2021
Eleven Mile Farm just outside of Pittsburgh, she offers socially distanced workshops in the great outdoors that help other women find their creative voice.While Dickson searches for a permanent brick-and-mortar location, she’s getting back to her roots by orchestrating pop-up floral installations throughout the city. She fills garbage cans with spring blooms and beautifies street lamps with colorful vines.“I love the power color and nature have to really shift someone’s mindset,” she says. “I do these pop-ups just to brighten the spirits of the community in a time when it’s really needed.”Photo courtesy of Perrico Plant Co.Perrico Plant Co., 158 41st St. (pick up only), LawrencevilleAbi Falcioni’s business caters to those who might describe themselves as plant killers.She opened Perrico Plant Co. in 2018 to help gardening novices make their thumbs a little greener. Turns out, her online-only business model is perfect for this pandemic world.Falcioni offers her products at sidewalk shops and pop-up sites around town, but customers can also order through the website, pick up items at her Lawrenceville warehouse or have their leafy goods delivered anywhere in the contiguous U.S.“Obviously, this has been a very useful structure in the last year with social distancing and the rise of curbside pickup,” she says. “I opened the warehouse in Lawrenceville in February 2020 so I could expand my business to include wholesale, which has allowed me to meet some other wonderful plant sellers in the tri-state area and has been such a fun opportunity to connect with other small business owners.”Falcioni specializes in hearty plants for beginners, pet-friendly varieties and hard-to-find herbage for expert enthusiasts. Shoppers also can get locally made plant stands, trellises and pottery (she’ll even put your new ficus or philodendron in one if you’d like).Check out Perrico’s YouTube page for tutorials and behind-the-scenes peeks at her plant lady life. ... https://nextpittsburgh.com/city-design/4-local-women-owned-flower-and-plant-shops-to-check-out-right-now/
Small Business Spotlight: E. Stephen Hein - www.smileypete.comSunday, February 28, 2021
With abundant natural light and exposed interior brick walls, the space is full of charm – and flowers, of course. Hein’s selection of flesh blooms range from anemone, delphinium and freesia to calla lilies, pink Tabledance lilies and gerbera daisies, with dahlias, irises and tulips in between.
“I could go on,” Hein said. Small bulb gardens – landscaped with moss and decorated by hand by Hein with miniature garden critters – are popular with his customers this time of year, as the flowers can be planted during the summer and will come back every year.
Almost all his lilies come from Little Miami Flower Co., a wholesaler near Cincinnati.
“We buy a lot from the local wholesalers,” Hein said. “I try to do most of it pretty locally.”
When he opened shop in 1987, he was asked to handle floral arrangements for such charitable events as the Lexington Ball, the Steeplechase Ball in Cincinnati and Beaux Arts Krewe Ball in Birmingham. In more recent years, his work has been seen at the annual Fabby Abbey Ball, a benefit for KET held at Spindletop Hall.
Hein first came to Lexington in 1961 from his home state of Indiana. While attending Evansville College (before it became the University of Evansville) in the late ’50s, he got an offer to become an ice skating instructor in Terre Haute, Indiana. Then he was hired by Crystal Ice Palace, located in Lexington’s new Gardenside Shopping Center, in 1961. The developers of the center, Pierson-Trapp Co., operated the outdoor skating facility in winter and had a swim club called Cabana Club during the summertime, both of which closed around 1964.
Those same developers invited Hein to join as a managing partner in the Villager Gift Shop, he said. For several years, Hein ran the retail store: a bridal registry shop with gifts, antiques, an art gallery and framing department. The Villager Gift Shop was advertised in national magazines like House & Garden and House Beautiful, and gave Hein his first experience buying beautiful silk flowers, which had become available to the gift market “just after the horrible episode of awful plastic flowers for homes,” he recalled. By the time he changed the name of the shop to E. Stephen Hein, Inc., customers were coming in requesting silk flower arrangements en masse.
“I had to do an arrangement like I knew what I was doing,” Hein said with a laugh, recalling his early foray into floral arranging.
Over the next two decades, the gift shop in Gardenside closed and Hein became involved with a couple of other businesses and jobs, including a stint at W.P. Pemberton & Sons Greenhouses.
“I didn’t know what was going on with that shop, but I thought I wouldn’t mind going in to learn the flower shop business,” he said. It turned out that they were looking for a manager. Building off his experience with silk flower arrangements, he soon learned how to work with natural flowers and plants, and in 1987, he lef... https://smileypete.com/community/small-business-spotlight-e-stephen-hein/
N.J. communities mourn those lost to COVID-19 with flowers and memories - NJ.comWednesday, March 31, 2021
Nearly a year after New Jersey’s first reported case of the coronavirus, Garden State residents gathered at locations across the state to take part in a national day of mourning to remember the loved ones lost to COVID-19.On Monday, residents who lost friends and family to COVID-19 gathered in Passaic City, Roselle and Union to lay flowers arranged as hearts and to remember those who succumbed to the virus, including the first firefighter in the state to die from the coronavirus and a 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 t... https://www.nj.com/coronavirus/2021/03/nj-communities-mourn-those-lost-to-covid-19-with-flowers-and-memories.html
CBS2 Investigates TerrysFlorist.com: ‘Of Course I Didn’t Get Any Refund’ - CBS New YorkSunday, February 28, 2021
Valentine’s Day is Sunday, but buyer beware if you plan on ordering flowers online.It’s a prime day for florists. But instead of creating happy memories, some customers say a business with ties to New Jersey is breaking hearts all over the country, CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reported.READ MORE: 2nd Co-Op City Power Outage Affects Residents In Same Buildings That Lost Electricity Friday“I work, like, maybe 2,000 roses for Valentine’s,” said Red Bank Florists owner Oksana Levina.Days before Valentine’s, it’s crunch time for Levina. But recently she says some angry customers have called confusing her with TerrysFlorist.com, which lists a Red Bank, New Jersey zip code on credit card bills.Nationwide, when CBS2 searched online for a “local florist,” Terry’s pops up, claiming it has been “serving our community for over 20 years.”Mike Havens thought Terry’s was located near his mother-in-law in Colorado. He said he ordered a bouquet, but that it arrived as “basically three flowers and a bud vase.”(credit: CBS2)Hundreds of online reviews of TerrysFlorist.com include comments like “We ordered Daisy Delight Deluxe, we received no daisies” and “I got a phone call 1 hour AFTER funeral that they (flowers) couldn’t be delivered... https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2021/02/12/cbs2-investigates-terrysflorist-com-of-course-i-didnt-get-any-refund/
NJ Florist Gets Back to Business with Flower Delivery and Classes as New Jersey Reopens - TAPinto.netSunday, February 28, 2021
TAPintoTV’s original series, HomeGrown, spoke with Anna Coy, Florist and Owner of Blooms in Hand, about life during the COVID-19 lockdown and how her business has rebounded now that New Jersey has started reopening.Blooms in Hand is a full-service floral studio in Verona. While they are primarily a subscription service, delivering bouquets weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, they also host classes, workshops and service special events and weddings. “I’ve always had an interest in gardening and floral work,” said Coy, who worked with a florist in Philadelphia for over a decade learning the business, before she moved to New Jersey and starting her own business here. Sign Up for TAPintoTV NewsletterOur newsletter delivers the local news that you can trust.You have successfully signed up for the TAPinto TAPintoTV Newsletter.The COVID-19 outbreak and the closures it brought were difficult times. “I had a breakdown. I definitely did some sobbing,” Coy said. Her calendar for the spring had been loaded with events. “To have all of that gone in an instant was really kind of hard.” Once New Jersey began its Restart and Recovery Program, Coy waited until it was safe and deliveries could be ma... https://www.tapinto.net/sections/tapintotv/articles/nj-florist-gets-back-to-business-with-flower-delivery-and-classes-as-new-jersey-reopens
Imlay Florist celebrates 180 years as a family owned business in local community - Y-City NewsSunday, February 28, 2021
Dave Imlay, his wife, Katie Imlay and dedicated staff work to fulfill a large number of bouquets and arrangements.Originally started as a nursery in New Concord by William Smith Imlay in 1841, the New Jersey native slowly grew his business before relocating to Putnam Avenue and opening a greenhouse.William’s son, John Dillion Imlay, would get cut flowers out of his father’s greenhouse and peddle them downtown on his bicycle to sell.Eventually, the young entrepreneur was able to grow the business enough that he was able to rent a small space out of a drug store located at the corner of Market Street and North 5th Street where the Pollock Apartments stand today.John was then able to save up the money needed to purchase a one-room building along the same block of 5th Street to house his expanding business.In 1906, the structure was razed and replaced with the current three-story building that the flower shop still operates out of today.According to Katie, the Imlay family takes great pride in having served the community for so many generations.Her husband, Dave, worked alongside his parents from a very early age learning the interworkings of the business and except for a short stint away employed as a wholesaler for the industry, has worked at the flower shop his entire life.Katie added that Dave often tells fond memories of his childhood when he would go to the greenhouses, which were located where the South Zanesville Walmart is now, and spend time wi... https://ycitynews.com/20606/events/imlay-florist-celebrates-180-years-as-a-family-owned-business-in-local-community/