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4 local, women-owned flower and plant shops to check out right now - NEXTpittsburghWednesday, March 31, 2021
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-square-foot showroom, bathed in natural light, boasts 24-foot ceilings, allowing Ciotoli to sell not only small plants but towering palm trees, too. Inventory changes week to week since plants sell fast these days.Shop by appointment at the Lawrenceville store or stop by the Strip location for some socially distanced browsing. You can pick up everything from seeds and soils to skincare products and succulents. Houseplants make great roommates, especially during a pandemic.A floral pop-up display in Aspinwall. Photo courtesy of Fox and the Fleur.Fox and the Fleur, online Anna Dickson has a good aesthetic eye.After working in New York City for stylists such as Tommy Hilfiger and Dolce & Gabbana, she moved to Fox Chapel and started growing flowers in her backyard. Dickson gifted bouquets to family and friends, who marveled at the way the thoughtfully arranged flowers changed the energy of a space.An online business arose from those random acts of kindness. Fox and the Fleur, which Dickson operates out of her garage, is a full-service flower shop. Through a partnership with 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-frie... https://nextpittsburgh.com/city-design/4-local-women-owned-flower-and-plant-shops-to-check-out-right-now/
Love in Bloom | Valentine's Day coming up roses for local florists - Texarkana GazetteSunday, February 28, 2021
Too is teaming up with a local catering shop this year to offer a dozen cake balls or a dozen chocolate covered strawberries. There are also add-on items including greeting cards, plush animals, bath items and gift sets.The shop's staff is delivering flowers all week long, but Atkinson believes most ladies will want their deliveries on Friday because they want other ladies to see it.She said tradition holds that if Valentine's falls on a weekend, things are not as busy. However, she says with the pandemic, many people are staying in town and she is not expecting a decrease in business.Persnickety Too will be open Sunday as well, with Atkinson predicting a lot of walk-in customers this weekend.However, she says ordering earlier is always better."This is our marathon. We were made for this," Atkinson said of the Valentine's Day demand.The Village Floral & Gifts, located at 997 N. Kings Highway, also plans to be open on Sunday for the last-minute shoppers, but owner Peggy Speer advises the earlier one shops, the better the selection.Speer said all florists had to make their orders weeks ahead of Valentine's Day and while red roses are the classic choice for Valentine's Day, she also ordered captivating colors like cherry brandy (sunset colors) and quick sand roses (sandy cream-colored roses with berry or pink accents) as well as orange, mauve and purple roses.Women usually prepare better for Valentine's Day when it comes to gift giving, and The Village offers several choices for him."We have more masculine things that guys might think are funny. We have candy in a camouflage box and Razorback crunch candy as well as coffee mugs and coffees," Speer said."We are always trying to think outside of the box here and do things no one has ever done. We like to do the different out here," she said.They also have items for teenagers like chocolate-covered potato chips, graham crackers or Rice Krispies treats."We have some things called chocolate covered cherry bombs and they are tart, bing cherries covered in chocolate in a red coating and look like a cinnamon jawbreaker," Speer said.Cherry blossoms, which are like turtle chocolate-covered caramel with tart cherries, are to die for, she said.And, there's chocolate with 24 karat gold flakes in it, she said.Pleasant Grove Florist, which recently moved to 2801 Texas Blvd. in the former Gray's Carpet building, also offers distinctive items, said owner Marcelle YatesHeart roses are a deep burgundy and are indeed heart-shaped roses. Heart-shaped azaleas that are "really cute" are also available.They also offer all kinds of plants, tropical and cut flowers in an array of colors including shades of pinks, yellows, peach and orange, she said.Yates also offers a wide assortment of tulips, hydrangeas and snapdragons. Other flowers include orchids and birds of paradise.For the plant lover, she has all sorts of dish gardens in porcelain, ceramic or metal containers as well as anthurium plants.She also has several containers to help customize the fit.Yates is pairing up with a local vendor to sweeten the deal with chocolates.Like her fellow florists, Yates is expecting this Valentine's Day to be one for the books."The word is out all over the industry that it is going to be a record Valentine's. We are just buckling up and holding on," she said. https://www.texarkanagazette.com/news/texarkana/story/2021/feb/10/love-bloom-valentines-day-coming-roses-local-florists/859541/
McLennan Flowers and Gifts Creates Beautiful Designs for All Occasions - Press Release - Digital JournalWednesday, March 31, 2021
McLennan Flowers & Gifts - London, ON FloristMcLennan Flowers and Gifts, full service, family-owned and operated floral boutique, is committed to offering fresh blooms and floral arrangements for all occasions. London, Ontario - March 08, 2021 - Being in the floral industry for over 25 years, McLennan Flowers and Gifts, a full service, family-owned floral boutique, is committed to offering fresh blooms and floral arrangements for all occasions. They are recognized as the best florist in London Ontario.“Our floral boutique has been proudly providing top quality fresh flowers to London and surrounding areas since 1953. Come into our shop and experience a welcoming atmosphere as you take in beautiful floral arrangements and gifts. Our florists look forward to working with you to create personal, stylish floral arrangements that will turn any event into an occasion,” said the spokesperson of McLennan Flowers and Gifts, one of the leading flower shops in London, Ontario.At McLennan Flowers and Gifts, they specialize in floral d... http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/4998823
Belvedere Square's Dutch Floral Garden to close permanently - - Baltimore FishbowlWednesday, March 31, 2021
Dobbe-Maher, who is from the Netherlands, moved to Baltimore in the 1990s when she married. Long before she opened her shop, she trained under European master florists in the Netherlands, Germany and England, and brought to her designs a distinctive European aesthetic.She told one customer today that she plans to move to Holland, but not before saying goodbye.“I would like to invite all of my customers to come and give me the opportunity to thank you for all you did for me and my business,” she wrote in her Facebook letter.“We may not be able to hug, but we can smile at each other above our masks. My eyes will tell you that I will miss my flowers a lot, but I will miss you the most.”All merchandise at the store, including display fixtures, is on sale at 40 percent off until the closing on Thursday. Susan Gerardo Dunn is the founding editor and publisher of Baltimore Fishbowl.Latest posts by Susan Dunn (see all)Share the News... https://baltimorefishbowl.com/stories/belvedere-squares-dutch-floral-garden-to-close-permanently/
FOX13 celebrates Mid-South’s oldest Black-owned flower shop - FOX13 MemphisWednesday, March 31, 2021
ALL MONTH LONG, FOX13 WILL BE CELEBRATING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF AFRICAN AMERICANS. WE HAVE AN ENTIRE SECTION DEDICATED TO THEIR STORIES. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.FOX13's Lauren Coleman chose Mason’s Florist, one of the oldest Black-owned flower shops in Memphis.Tucked in the 3100 Block of Park Avenue in East Memphis is a flower shop, but it’s not just any shop.Mason’s Florist is one of the oldest Black-owned flower shops in the Mid-South.“We are a full-service flower shop,” designer and driver Patricia Williams said.“We do flowers for all occasions: funerals, weddings, get-well, anniversaries. We are just all-around florists.”From eight in the morning to five in the evening, the family is hard at work pumping out on average more than 200 orders a week.“We work as a team, and we know that we are here to offer a service,” Williams said.“We get our orders together, and everybody knows whatever their role is.”The shop opened in June of 1977 and has been in the family for more than 40 years.The store now sits in its third location.“My mom worked for Newman Florist on Lamar for many years,” Williams explained.“She envisioned having her own business, and she started out down on Park in that little strip mall. That’s where she started, and it expanded from there.”Ninety-one-year-old Irene Mason said it’s amazing to see her shop become a staple in t... https://www.fox13memphis.com/rss-snd/fox13-celebrates-mid-souths-oldest-black-owned-flower-shop/R3BNVAL3VZH5RFFW4GWC7PVW7I/
Grow Plant Shop's First Brick-and-Mortar to Open Saturday - Fort Worth MagazineWednesday, March 31, 2021
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.
Melbourne Florists Feel the Force of the Pandemic - PRNewswireWednesday, March 31, 2021
MELBOURNE, Australia, March 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- One industry that has been severely affected by prolonged and snap lockdowns is Australia's florists. Local Melbourne flower shops, such as Amazing Graze Flowers, have been forced to discard blooms they could have otherwise sold.Continue ReadingFlower Delivery in MelbourneWhile other industries have also been affected, the florist industry, in particular, is a slave to the nature of its product. Once flowers have been cut, they have a short shelf-life where they either need to be sold or discarded. Lockdowns have put Amazing Graze Flowers and many florists into a less-than-desirable situation as they were forced to get rid of stock ordered in anticipation of flower delivery in Melbourne.The halt of events and weddings also had repercussions for local florists, reducing one of their most profitable revenue streams for close to a year. Now that gatherings are permitted, there are those who are making big orders again. However, local florists say that many have decreased their budget for flowers, opting to have a scaled-back version of the event they'd once imagined.On the other... https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/melbourne-florists-feel-the-force-of-the-pandemic-301243018.html