Grafton Flower Shop News
New business to plant roots in Grafton - Mountain StatesmanSaturday, January 18, 2020
GRAFTON—Driven by a passion to follow her dream and a desire to provide residents with a great place to grab a cute gift, one local woman will soon be opening her own flower/wine shop.Be sure to mark your calendars for the grand opening of The Flower Market, Grafton’s newest business.Life-long resident Jill Sturm said that she has always felt that residents needed a place they could pop in to grab a unique gift here in town, instead of having to always travel out of town when in need of the perfect gift.“Sometimes something comes up and you need a gift fast, or maybe you just don’t feel like traveling to Bridgeport or Morgantown to find something for someone,” Sturm explained. “It has always been a complaint of mine that we are always forced to travel out of town, and while the other shops in town are great, I wanted to add something a little different for individuals to choose from.”That, in part, led Sturm to set out on the adventure of owning her very own shop, a florist/wine specia... https://mountainstatesman.com/article/new-business-to-plant-roots-in-grafton
Sang, Cuffe rule Bridge of FlowersTuesday, August 14, 2018
Franklin County and signed up just in time.Cuffe captured the women’s overall title, and Leibold was the runner-up on the men’s side, as the engaged couple from Grafton showed their mettle on an overcast but comfortable Saturday.Cuffe, who was a standout runner and three-time Pac-12 champion at Stanford University, won the women’s race with a time of 29 minutes. She bested last year’s winner, Holly Rees, who was the runner-up in 29:22.“I didn’t look at the course before signing up,” began the 24-year-old Cuffe of the grueling course, which celebrated a successful first year as an 8K race after moving from a 10K course, “but I loved the race so much. You can tell the people in the town really get into it and that makes it special for the runners involved.”Leibold led for a large portion of Saturday’s race. He moved into the lead heading up the daunting 1-kilometer Crittenden Hill, pushed the pace and broke free from a pack of five runners. That’s when Chicopee’s Amos Sang came charging, however. Sang, the 2014 champion, closed the gap on the downhill portion following the summit, and eventually took the lead as he and Leibold turned onto the brief spell of Route 112 just before Mile 4. It was tight down the stretch, with the pair swapping spots twice, before Sang broke free late and crossed... https://www.recorder.com/Bridge-of-Flowers-19415790
Deep field set for Bridge of Flowers 40th anniversaryTuesday, August 14, 2018
Semehar Tesfaye, of West Roxbury. Tesfaye won the Bridge of Flowers in 2016 in 39:03.Another major challenger is newcomer Aisling Cuffee, who graduated from Stanford but now lives in North Grafton and runs for Saucony under coach Ray Treacy. Cuffee has a 15:11 personal record in a 5K.The third, fourth and fifth-place finishers from a year ago also return in the women’s field. Apryl Sabadosa, of Westfield, took third. Karen Bertasso, of Albany, New York, is a two-time Bridge of Flowers winner. She was fourth last year. The fifth-place finisher from a year ago was Jenna Giglioti, of Northampton, who joins Sabadosa as two of the top female runners in the Western Mass. Distance Project.Another person to keep an eye on is newcomer Kim Nedeau, of Leverett, who is a top hill runner in New England and placed second at the Mount Washington Road Race in 2016.Ashley Krauss, of Easthampton, recently placed eighth at the James Joyce 10K in Dedham, which served as the U.S. championship for the Master’s (ages 40-49) Division. Sidney Letendre, of Florence, returns after running an 8:11 pace on the course last season at the age of 62. https://www.gazettenet.com/Bridge-of-Flowers-19387803
Grafton Floral's Larew recognized at the 2018 Teleflora Unit President's Meeting - Mountain StatesmanSunday, February 11, 2018
GRAFTON—Sheila Larew, our very own local florist from Grafton Floral, was recognized on several fronts at the 2018 Unit President’s Meeting. The florist co-owner traveled to Los Angeles, CA, and joined 44 other unit presidents in attendance at the Renaissance Hotel.Each year, there is a different theme for the meeting and this year it was called “AIM,” which stood for aspire, involved and motivate.The attendees went to several meetings, where they were taught different networking skills. The importance of how to utilize social media from a business perspective was emphasized.During the event, a trade fair, which included several different vendors, exhibited products for potential use by those in attendance.According to Larew, she won a Floral Education scholarship, valued at $1800, by choosing a gift from a table provided by Teleflora. In addition, she will be attending an all-expense paid trip titled “Everything but the Bouquet” from June 1-3, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Sheil...
From a single Mother's Day carnation to a riot of flowers - Mercer SpaceTuesday, May 02, 2017
It wasn’t intended to be a commercial bonanza. Credit for our Mother’s Day holiday goes to Anna Jarvis, who in 1908 had her mother memorialized at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Decades later the church took advantage of the occasion by becoming incorporated as the International Mother’s Day Shrine — something to visit should you ever inexplicably find yourself in Grafton.Jarvis chose white carnations to put on her mother’s grave because they were her mother’s favorite flower. With the success of the Sunday service, Jarvis campaigned for a national Mother’s Day. It took a lot of work but by 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed a presidential proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as a national holiday to honor mothers.Florists and card companies loved the idea and quickly touted their respective offerings as gifts. Jarvis was not amused. She argued that Mother’s Day was to be a moment for personal remembrance and acknowledgement — make your own cards and gifts — and not a money maker for others. When the nonprofit American War Mothers, founded in 1917, started selling Mother’s Day carnations to raise funds, Jarvis took to the streets and was arrested for disturbing the peace.Flower sellers quickly leaped upon the language of flowers, a concept known as floriography. While various attributes have been assigned to flowers for thousands of years, modern marketers carefully selected those for carnations.White carnations were said to symbolize the attributes of motherhood: purity, faithfulness, charity, and beauty. That seems a bit much, but these flowers are only to be used for mothers...
Arlene's Flowers v. Washington - Cato InstituteTuesday, October 22, 2019
Yet the U.S. Supreme Court precedent against compelled speech is strong. In West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943), the Court ruled that school children could not be forced salute the flag and recite the pledge of allegiance. And in Wooley v. Maynard (1977), the Court found that New Hampshire could not require drivers to display the state motto (“live free or die”) on their license plates. (That case is why, if your jurisdiction has a default slogan—for example, “taxation without representation” in D.C.—it has to offer you an alternative if you ask.) In a pair of 2018 cases, NIFLA v. Becerra, and Janus v. AFSCME, the Court found that states could not force a pro-life clinic to read a script advising patients on how to get an abortion, and that non-union members of a collective bargaining unit could not be forced to pay for union speech with which they disagree, respectively.The Court had the opportunity to tackle the issue of whether states may force wedding vendors to create cakes for same-sex weddings in Masterpiece. But the Court didn’t reach the issue of whether the First Amendment—speech or religion clauses—protects a refusal to provide a product or service for a particular occasion, if so how to draw the line between professions that are and aren’t sufficiently expressive to gain that protection, or any other major controversy that continues to roil lower courts. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote a concurrence offering some guidance, but post-Masterpiece state and circuit courts have diverged.As it has in previous stages of this litigation, Cato has filed an amicus brief supporting Arlene’s Flowers—again joined by Reason Foundation and Individual Rights Foundation—urging the Supreme Court to take up the case and settle these issues and ambiguities after all. Cato is the only organization in the country to have filed briefs in support of both Jim Obergefell (lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage case) and Jack Phillips (owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop). It shouldn’t be so hard to see the difference between government action and individual conscience, to have official equality while letting a thousand flowers bloom. https://www.cato.org/publications/legal-briefs/arlenes-flowers-v-washington-2
A Closer Look at 15 American Floral Endowment Scholarship Winners - Greenhouse GrowerTuesday, September 10, 2019
Michigan Horticulture Education Foundation, horticulturist at MSU AgBioResearch, and researcher at MSU Floriculture.Harold Bettinger Scholarship Recipient: Rhiannon Newton, West Virginia UniversityNewton is entering her senior year completing her agricultural science degree with a major in horticulture and a minor in entrepreneurship. She hopes to be a greenhouse grower after graduation and would like to eventually own a business.BioWorks IPM/Sustainable Practices Scholarship Recipient: Sage Drohan, Orange Coast CollegeDrohan is a junior majoring in Landscape Architecture at Orange Coast College, where she focuses on sustainable design and horticulture. Since 2016, Drohan has owned Sage Succulents and Cacti.James Bridenbaugh Memorial Scholarship and Mike and Flo Novovesky Scholarship Recipient: Alexis Ramstine, Colorado State UniversityRamstine is a junior majoring in horticulture business management, with a focus on ornamental plants, fresh cut flower production, and horticulture as an instrument of public health. For the last few years, Ramstine has been employed full-time at Longmont Florist in Longmont, CO.CalFlowers Scholarship Recipient: Helene Dondero, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis ObispoA senior majoring in agricultural science with an emphasis in ornamental horticulture and a minor in agricultural business, Dondero grew up in the floral industry. In addition to working in her family’s business, Fiore Floral and Gifts, Dondero is active in numerous student and industry organizations with CalPoly and FFA.John Carew Memorial Scholarship Recipient: Mary Lewis, University of GeorgiaLewis expects to complete her master’s degree program in horticulture in December 2019. Her focus is on ornamental plant breeding, specifically eight native Asclepias species.Earl Dedman Memorial Scholarship and National Greenhouse Manufacturers Association (NGMA) Scholarship Recipient: Gergely Motolai, Kansas State UniversityGergely Motolai is a senior majoring in horticulture science and minoring in entomology. His focus is on in greenhouse production and entomology. Motolai is working at Bird’s Botanicals and at the Kansas State University Greenhouses.Long Island Flower Growers Association (LIFGA) Scholarship and Long Island Flower Growers Association Bob Gunther Scholarship Recipient: Cassandra Castano, Farmingdale State CollegeA senior in landscape development at Farmingdale State College majoring in horticulture technology management, Castano is planning further education to become a landscape architect, working on urban projects.Richard T. Meister Scholarship Recipient: Emily Teng, University of Hawaii at ManoaTeng is obtaining her Ph.D. in tropical plant and soil sciences, and plans on working in floriculture production and variety improvement research. In her dissertation research, she is analy... https://www.greenhousegrower.com/management/a-closer-look-at-15-american-floral-endowment-scholarship-winners/
Schaefer Wholesale Florist Launches New & Improved Website For Better Customer ExperienceMonday, October 01, 2018
Schaefer Wholesale Florist offers high quality florals and supplies for current and new clients in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. “SWF is continually seeking ways to fulfill our client’s needs with the highest-quality fresh-cut flowers, special event supplies, and more, and the new website does just that. With the new website, we not only expanded our customer reach with a clean, modern look, but deliver easy to access direct buying options that improve customer selection and offer expanding buying power with outstanding costs savings. In addition, we are excited about the new informational video tutorials on the new site.”- Sherry Schaefer, Buyer/Owner, Schaefer Wholesale Florist. The new website allows Schaefer Wholesale Florist to better serve their clients and continue the tradition of delivering the highest quality products with competitive prices. At Schaefer Wholesale Florist, the new site promises a fresh, up-to-date look that is easily navigated, to make selecting and purchasing the finest, freshest florals and accessories with value packed pricing, cost saving shipping solutions, and excellent service. Visit Schaefer Wholesale Florist (https://www.SWFlorist.com) today, experience the ease of the new client-centric website and find your favorite fresh florals and supplies! Bio: In 1958, Schaefer Wholesale Florist began providing stunning fresh cut flowers to florists, wedding and floral designers, retail and wholesale merchants, and special events planners. Their business has grown successfully due to guaranteed on-time delivery of premium fresh flowers and foliage to customers throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Today their longstanding tradition of quality, service, and value continues with the South American Direct Program, the Holland Fresh Cut Direct Program, Quick Buy online ordering, and Dutch-Direct Online/Ecommerce Auction. As always, Schaefer Wholesale Florist continues to meet their longstanding goal of delivering the freshest fresh cut flowers anywhere along with foliage, plants, supplies, and accessories. Source: Schaefer Wholesale Florist ... http://www.perishablenews.com/index.php?article=0070771
Be Local when preparing for prom - Uniontown Herald StandardTuesday, May 01, 2018
Christmas with March and April being the busiest time — especially for seamstresses who make alterations. Lovat said her shop, which also carries silk flowers, receives customers from as far away as West Virginia and Ohio.This year’s trends for prom include mermaid gowns with a fluffy bottom as well as a two-piece gown that includes a separated bodice and skirt.“Some like the plain but more like the bling,’’ said Lovat. “Then they get the accessories: shoes and jewelry. It all has to blend in.’’Popular jewelry pieces include rose gold and blue sapphire, Lovat said, while popular colors for gowns this year include black, gray, white and champagne.Regarding tuxedos, Ptak said, “Basic black is still used but many are going for fashionable colors in the blue family: navy, cobalt and indigo. Slim-fitting pants are almost a must for those who like and can wear it. Slim-fitting tuxedos are extremely popular. It’s the look you see on TV: a shorter coat and slim fit is very popular.’’Ptak said many youths want to coordinate with their date’s outfit but some want their own looks. Matching vests are as popular as colored vests.“What’s really popular are bow ties,’’ said Ptak, noting some even choose plaid and multi colors.He observed that where youths came in alone or with their dates in the past, today it becomes a family event with lots of photographs taken.Photographs are also popular at hair salons where many youths are experiencing their first formal hairstyle.“Braids are in at the moment,’’ said Morriston. “But it’s usually an updo where you curl and pin everything.’’Morriston said hairdressers can add glitter or a piece the youths bring in, such as a broach, to accessorize the young lady’s hair.Don’t wait too long to order flowers as Steve Neubauer, of Neubauer’s Flowers in Uniontown, noted many proms are taking place over Mother’s Day weekend, already a busy time for florists. Order early to find the best selection of flowers.When you do order, there’s a variety of choices.“Hand-tied nosegays are the most popular this year,’’ said Neubauer, “followed by wrist corsages and arm bouquets.’’As for colors, Neubauer said, “With technology, everybody has plenty of colors. The colors are as varied...