Lexington Flower Shop News
Small Business Spotlight: E. Stephen Hein - www.smileypete.comSunday, February 28, 2021
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 left Pemberton’s to open his own shop.
Today, Hein’s floral shop has turned into a true family affair, with his granddaughter, Kelsey Hein Smith, having worked alongside him since graduating from Eastern Kentucky University in 2017. A floral designer and the store’s social media manager, Smith calls her grandfather PoPo – except during business hours.
“It’s weird to call him Steve,” she admitted.
Thoughtful, artistic expression has always been appreciated in the floral business, and remains a staple of Hein’s business model. While centerpieces and corsages are less common than they were at the start of his business, sending flowers across town – or even across the country – remains a popular action, and Hein can help with both. Some of his loyal clients utilize his services not only for local flower delivery but also to coordinate out-of-state arrangements for funerals or special occasions.
“We know what to say to the other florist, the dos and don’ts of what to use and what not to use,” Hein said, explaining that his clients appreciate his specific aesthetic. His penchant for communicating the specifics of that aesthetic when “calling out” orders to other florists hasn’t gone unnoticed, as the shop has often been lauded for orders that Hein helps coordinate across the country.
Former and fellow florists have also expressed their gratitude to Hein over the years.
“They have told me that when I set up shop in Lexington in 1987, I raised the bar for what florists do to make a show with their flower arrangements,” he said. “I thought that was a very nice compliment. https://smileypete.com/community/small-business-spotlight-e-stephen-hein/
Lexington florist works her 66th Valentine's Day - WKYTThursday, March 12, 2020
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A Lexington florist who's been in business since 1954 is ready for the biggest day on her calendar, Valentine's Day. "Well, 66 this is my 66th Valentine working at the flower shop," Carol Mitchell said. (WKYT) Employees at Carol Lynn Originals and Events worked hard to get those orders out. Meanwhile, the delivery driver mapped out the most efficient route on the busiest day for this flower shop. They've been there done that on this day of love, but there's one woman that has the flower power to push through. "Well, 66 this is my 66th Valentine working at the flower shop," Carol Mitchell said. Mitchell has been working at the shop since 1954. In her time working around the roses, she's seen changes in the floral business. No... https://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Lexington-florist-works-her-66th-Valentines-Day-567887511.html
Meet the Florida fans who sent get-well cards to Feleipe Franks - Tampa Bay TimesTuesday, November 19, 2019
She sent him a card.Florida coach Dan Mullen consoles quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) as he lies injured on the field during the second half of the Sept. 14 game in Lexington, Ky. [TIMOTHY D. EASLEY AP]“I just felt like he needed some words of encouragement,” Hays said.She wasn’t alone.In the days after Franks’ injury, get-well-soon cards poured in from across the country. Gainesville. Jacksonville. The Panhandle. Georgia, Ohio, Colorado. A 77-year-old in Charlotte County and a 9-year-old from a cattle ranch in Kissimmee.All to a quarterback who might never play another snap for the Gators, one whose relationship with the fan base has been mixed, at best.RELATED: Five reasons to care about Florida-Missouri“I know he takes a lot of heat from people thinking that he’s just the worst thing that ever happened to Florida,” said Woody Bass, a 48-year-old Georgia resident who will graduate from UF's online program in May. “I didn’t want him to think that.”Neither did Laurie Bonham.?? Will the #Gators beat the brakes off Missouri? Can #FSU clinch a bowl berth? Will #USF slow down Cincinnati??@MBakerTBTimes gives us his picks against the spread in a brand-new Three & Out ????? https://t.co/rFBtzbVrwd pic.twitter.com/3SNikKXxLD— The Identity Tampa Bay (@TheIdentityTB) November 14, 2019“I just felt so bad for him,” said Bonham, a recently retired 64-year-old in Oldsmar.The physical injury was bad enough. But Franks has been a frequent target from fans for most of the past three seasons.One of the lows came last November against Missouri, who hosts the Franks-less Gators this weekend. Franks was booed in the first half and benched in the second of a 38-17 embarrassing home loss to the Tigers. Franks had won every ga... https://www.tampabay.com/sports/gators/2019/11/15/meet-the-florida-fans-who-sent-get-well-cards-to-feleipe-franks/
E. Stephen Hein Florist makes a move from Winchester Road to Second Street - Lexington Herald-LeaderTuesday, January 08, 2019
E. Stephen Hein Florist, a fixture among downtown Lexington businesses, is moving from its current Winchester Road location to Second Street near the new Martine’s Pastries. The floral business, which has been in business downtown for 31 years, was moving from Winchester Road to Second Street at Eastern Avenue the day after Christmas. It started business at The Wellington Arms at 508 East Main Street, then moved to another Main Street location, to the store at 611 Winchester Road, where it has been for 11 years. It is moving to a location at Second Street and Eastern Avenue, near Martine’s Pastries, at 400 East Third Steet. Martine’s opened in April, moving from a location... https://www.kentucky.com/news/local/article223514825.html
America in Bloom judges to visit Ottawa next weekTuesday, July 17, 2018
Awards will be announced during the AIB National Symposium and Awards Celebration from Thursday, Sept. 27, through Saturday, Sept. 29, in Lexington, Ky. http://www.mywebtimes.com/2018/07/13/america-in-bloom-judges-to-visit-ottawa-next-week/aeoille/
WRAL Small Business Spotlight: Fallon's Flowers celebrates 100 years in Raleigh - WRAL.comWednesday, March 31, 2021
By Jessica Patrick, WRAL multiplatform producerRaleigh, N.C. — Fallon's Flowers isn't just the oldest florist in Raleigh -- it's very likely the oldest in North Carolina, owners say. It was recognized by the public as the best, winning the best florist category in the 2020 WRAL Voters' Choice Awards.The company has been around for more than 100 years, since the Fallon family migrated to Raleigh in 1919 and began growing their own flowers in a series of greenhouses near Oakwood Cemetery.In 1920, the Fallons opened a retail shop on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, where they sold flowers for decades until they moved into the current building at 700 Saint Mary's St., which was originally a Piggly Wiggly.The business was eventually sold to the Brown-Wynne family and is now owned by the McCarthy family. The longest-working employee started helping in the greenhouses 45 years ago and still works at the Saint Mary's Street location.Frank Campisi has managed that location for 20 years. He said, while the ownership has changed, the family focus remains the same."I talk to customers who say, 'You did my mother's wedding 50 years ago,'" Cam... https://www.wral.com/wral-small-business-spotlight-fallon-s-flowers-celebrates-100-years-in-raleigh/19595753/
Time for early garden plantings - Mount Airy NewsSunday, February 28, 2021
My mother proved this legend to be false because she was the biggest snow lover in eastern North Carolina. It did not take a huge snowfall in eastern Carolina whether it was the first or the last for her to whip up a batch of “snow cream.” She would find snow where it had blown into drifts and dig down and find undisturbed fresh, clean snow. The first snowfall of the years did not seem to have any ill effects on her or her offspring. She lived to be over 90 years old and enjoyed life. Love you, mom, we remember you every time it snows, and we whip up some “snow cream.” You are still alive every season when we make snow cream.The wonderful fragrance of the hyacinths. The freshness of the near approach of spring is emitted by the fragrance of the dainty blooms of the hyacinths. Their pastel colors of red, pink, blue, purple, lavender, white, and yellow stand out and salute the nearness of spring.Cabbage can be planted now. Cabbage plants are now being sold at most hardware stores, seed shops, and garden departments. They can in six and nine packs. You can choose from many different varieties. Plant then in a furrow about three to four inches deep. Fill the furrow with a layer of peat moss and apply a layer of Plant-Tone organic vegetable food. Set plants about two to two-and-a-half feet apart. Hill up soil on both sides. Side dress with Plant-Tone every three weeks and hill up soil to cabbage.Hoe-Hoe-Hoedown: “Downward spiral” – A man started up the stairs and he stopped about halfway up, and he could not remember what he was going upstairs for. He decided to sit down on the step until he could remember. After he thought for a while, he could not remember whether he was going upstairs or downstairs. ... https://www.mtairynews.com/opinion/94908/time-for-early-garden-plantings
Denver Junior Flowers | Obituaries | wvgazettemail.com - Charleston Gazette-MailWednesday, December 02, 2020
Flowers, his daughter Sarah Cline (Paul) of Winfield, stepson Timothy Williams of Charleston and stepson Danny Williams of Charleston, daughter Linda Leib and her three sons Allan, Adam and Zack of North Carolina. Grandchildren Sadie, Emma and Katie Cline, Alexandria Williams, and Bryce Williams. His siblings Betty Bashor (Jerome) of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, Shelba Midkiff of Huntington, Richard Flowers of South Carolina, Gary Flowers (Margie) of Alum Creek, and Greta Turner of Alum Creek. He was loved by his many nieces and nephews and will be missed by a host of friends and family.Per Denver's wishes, there will be no service. He will be cremated, and part of his ashes will be scattered on John (his longtime friend) and Cheryl Casto's property where he hunted many years. The remainder of his ashes will be interred in the Casto cemetery.To honor Denver, the family suggests memorial donations to HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd W, Charleston, WV 25387-2536.Cooke Funeral Home, Nitro is assisting Denver's family and you may send condolences to the family at www.cookefuneralhome.com... https://www.wvgazettemail.com/obituaries/denver-junior-flowers/article_daf8fed8-f539-5282-aee2-9d6d6045f5c5.html
As virus spreads, some local funerals shift online - WakeweeklyThursday, April 02, 2020
Gordon said. “We are practicing social distancing and are keeping everything thoroughly sanitized.”As cases of COVID-19 continue to grow in North Carolina, florists may see fewer of the types of events they service — not just funerals, but also weddings, high school proms and graduations.Ann Calus, owner of Annie’s Flowers in Oxford, is hopeful that the outbreak will have a minor impact on her sales.“Business was slow at the first part of the week, but we started a curbside service and things have picked up quite a bit,” said Calus this week. “I guess people decided that flowers would help brighten up the day.”Kuhn, the funeral director, said while industries may feel the effects of coronavirus, he hopes that won’t include health effects.“Our greatest hope in all of this is just that as many people stay as safe as possible,” Kuhn said. “This includes our community, the families we serve, my staff, and the families that we have at home waiting for us to return to them each night both healthy and safe.“It’s more than a little bit scary that I could be going out and helping others while at the same time bringing this virus home to my wife and small children. So with this in mind, I am happy to adapt to all the changes and safety precautions that are being instituted.” ... http://wakeweekly.com/stories/as-virus-spreads-some-local-funerals-shift-online,204494