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Small Business Spotlight: E. Stephen Hein - www.smileypete.comSunday, February 28, 2021
Heritage Antiques’ Main Street location at the time. When that property was sold in 2008, he pulled up stakes and headed to Winchester Road at Midland, where the shop was located for a decade.
In December of 2018, however, the florist company took root in a new spot – one from which he hopes to eventually retire. The building is at 380 E. Second St., on the corner of Eastern Avenue about a block down from Martine’s Pastries. Hein is leasing to buy, with plans to fully take ownership of the building by the end of 2023.
“Of all the buildings I have been in, I love this building best,” he said. “It’s a beautiful two-story, interesting, neat building. The neighbors all thank me for being here.”
Though it lacks some of the “drive by” visibility of his former locations, the quiet, neighborhood-oriented building offers plentiful parking and an ease of coming and going that the busy thoroughfare locations lacked.
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 lat... https://smileypete.com/community/small-business-spotlight-e-stephen-hein/
Hillier Nurseries' history inspires display for Chelsea Flower Show - Daily EchoSunday, February 09, 2020
Hillier holds the record for the most consecutive gold medals at the nation’s top horticultural show. Visitors to the exhibit will approach via a replica of the original Hillier shop in Winchester, which was bought in 1864. They will be transported back to the company’s beginnings as a single florist’s shop and a small patch of nursery land. Beyond the shop, visitors will discover a large warden with a stone-walled walkway, taking them on a journey through semi-mature trees, large shrubs and colourful herbaceous planting schemes. The walkway will end at a water feature. Lilly Gomm will join the team as designer for the second year running. She made her Chelsea debut with Hillier in 2019, winning gold. She said: “It is an absolute honour to be working with Hillier again, particularly this year as the company celebrates its history with its exhibit. The design this year is intended to capture the essence of Hillier, stand out and be memorable, at the same time as featuring the detailed stunning planting and variety that Hillier is known for.” The garden will feature 21 mature trees as well as Many of the plants grown on the Hampshire nursery and available in its 17 Hillier Garden Centres, which include branches at Winchester and Three Legged Cross. Chris Francis, director of retail and wholesale, said: “This garden recognises and celebrates something incredibly special so it’s only fitting that we have our greatest exhibit ever. “We are thrilled to be ... https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/18191402.hillier-nurseries-history-inspires-display-chelsea-flower-show/
Fleurs de Villes: Free self-guided walk through downtown Vancouver's Christmas floral trail - Vancouver Is AwesomeWednesday, March 31, 2021
December with a stroll in downtown Vancouver highlighted by 30 beautiful fresh floral installations.It's the second annual Fleurs de Villes Noel Vancouver, a holiday celebration featuring top florists from around the city and their stunning displays, set up along Robson and Alberni streets. Use the map to follow the 'Floral Trail' as you walk past the stunning creations, displayed outdoors for all to enjoy. Be sure to adhere to social distancing best practices as you enjoy your self-guided stroll.Fluers de Villes takes places at various times of year in cities across the globe, from London to Seattle, as well as in several Canadian cities. Other Fleurs de Villes events have been curated around Vancouver over the past few years, though this is the second time there's been a Christmastime display. (Great news, too, as Fleurs de Villes has pinned down June dates for a return to Robson and Alberni with springtime blooms!)Running December 4 through 13, Fleurs de Villes Noel is a chance to get some fresh air and exercise, do a little shopping, and enjoy the talents of our local florists.You'll find the map and details about each of the presenting florists online here.Here are some images of last y... https://www.vancouverisawesome.com/events-and-entertainment/walk-free-floral-trail-pop-up-installations-fleurs-de-villes-christmas-vancouver-2020-3152912
4 local, women-owned flower and plant shops to check out right now - NEXTpittsburghWednesday, March 31, 2021
Flowers.The Farmer’s Daughter Flowers, 502 E. Ohio St., North SideLauren Work Phillips grew up on a farm.The country girl eventually moved to New York City and got a job at Zuzu’s Petals, a Brooklyn florist where she was able to combine her love for flowers and people. Now she cultivates plants and relationships at her charming North Side store. Phillips, a sixth-generation farmer, opened the business in 2012. She offers retail walk-in options, botanically inspired gifts, houseplants and full-service flower arrangements for events big and small. Flowers (the most requested stems are peonies and dahlias) are sourced from all over the world, including her farm outside of the city. Check out the shop’s Instagram page for a daily dose of color therapy.And if you want to create your own magic, she encourages you to get your hands dirty.“Houseplants and our gardening items have taken a huge jump since the pandemic started,” Phillips says. “Our customers are creating beauty in an unsettling time.”City Grows. Photo by TH Carlisle.City Grows, 5208 Butler St., Lawrenceville and 1659 Smallman St., Strip DistrictPatty Ciotoli caught the gardening bug from her mom. In 2014, the budding entrepreneur quit her real estate job to follow her dream of opening an organic gardening and gift shop.City Grows sprouted in a tiny Lawrenceville storefront and now has additional digs at The Terminal in the Strip District (a fitting location given the site’s history as a produce depot).The new 1,885-squa... https://nextpittsburgh.com/city-design/4-local-women-owned-flower-and-plant-shops-to-check-out-right-now/
Grieving residents pour into Boulder flower shop to show support for victims - The Denver ChannelWednesday, March 31, 2021
BOULDER, Colo. — Flowers arrangements and roses are moving fast at Boulder Gardens Florist as people pay their respects for the lives lost in the King Soopers mass shooing in Boulder Monday.Joshua Dusk is a florist at Boulder Gardens Florist. He’s been there for about a year but has 22 years of experience. He moves quickly with each arrangement, but behind every perfectly placed flower, there is intention.“You know, you can’t take it [the pain] away, but I get to be in a position where I can help that healing process with creative energy,” Dusk said. “I like using different colors to heal.”Calls have been pouring into Boulder Gardens Florist for arrangements and deliveries to the police departments, the memorial and the families of the victims.Heidi Lunsford, an employee at the flower shop, says flowers help people showcase their support and cope with the tragic loss at a time when many feel helpless.Aaron Pilling dropped by the shop and picked up ten red roses — one for each victim — and two bouquets of flowers. He plans to attend a vigil with friends.“I think I fee... https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/grieving-residents-pour-into-boulder-flower-shop-to-show-support-for-victims
Native blooms in South Carolina | COLAtoday - COLAtodayWednesday, March 31, 2021
Not sure where to pick up a bouquet locally? Here are a few suggestions. American Floral, 7565 St. Andrews Rd. Blossom Shop Columbia, 2001 Devine St. De Loach Florist, 2927 Millwood Ave. Fern Studio, 2855 Devine St. Florist on Main, 1546 Main St., Suite CForest Acres Florals, 2305 Beltline Blvd., Suite B. Pineview Florist, 3030 Leaphart Rd., West Columbia The Flower Station, 5216 Two Notch Rd. Three Oaks Florist, 142 State St., West ColumbiaWoodley’s Garden Center, Two Notch + Irmo Polldiv style="width: 1... https://colatoday.6amcity.com/south-carolina-native-flowers/
New floristry firm launches in time for Mother's Day - The Northern EchoWednesday, March 31, 2021
THOSE looking to buy flowers as a Mother’s Day gift this March can shop local and order from the recently established florist, Sword Blooms. Offering a range of beautiful hand-tied bouquets available in a range of styles and sizes, shoppers can request arrangements using flowers of their choice or ask the florist for recommendations. Based from her home at Dalton, near Richmond, Sword Blooms is independently ran by Emma Sword. Raised on a farm near Gainford, when leaving Barnard Castle School Ms Sword trained as a florist, and then embarked on a 13-year career in the care sector. This winter, she left the care industry at director level to follow her passion for flowers and create Sword Blooms, based from an outbuilding at her home. She said: “I have always loved floristry, it's been an ongoing hobby for many years, during the pandemic to lift the spirits of family and friends I began creating arrangements for those nearby. "The joy the arrangements brought to people gave me the confidence to create Sword Blooms, as it has always been a dream of mine." “Sword Blooms focuses on using the seasons... https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/19136649.new-floristry-firm-launches-time-mothers-day/