Flower shop – Bloom Online India http://bloomonlineindia.com/ Sat, 01 Oct 2022 11:51:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://bloomonlineindia.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-6-120x120.png Flower shop – Bloom Online India http://bloomonlineindia.com/ 32 32 New Florist, Designs by Barb and James is coming to downtown Oak Hill Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting taking place this weekend https://bloomonlineindia.com/new-florist-designs-by-barb-and-james-is-coming-to-downtown-oak-hill-grand-opening-and-ribbon-cutting-taking-place-this-weekend/ Fri, 30 Sep 2022 19:49:36 +0000 https://bloomonlineindia.com/new-florist-designs-by-barb-and-james-is-coming-to-downtown-oak-hill-grand-opening-and-ribbon-cutting-taking-place-this-weekend/ OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – The former owner of Bessie’s Floral and Designs is now opening her own flower shop. After Barbara Halstenburg decided retirement wasn’t enough, she returned to the floral industry in downtown Oak Hill. She is joined by James Williams to open their new boutique, Designs by Barb and James. From weddings […]]]>

OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – The former owner of Bessie’s Floral and Designs is now opening her own flower shop.

After Barbara Halstenburg decided retirement wasn’t enough, she returned to the floral industry in downtown Oak Hill. She is joined by James Williams to open their new boutique, Designs by Barb and James.

From weddings to funerals and any other occasion, the boutique will be the place to go for any floral gift or floral arrangement.

With over 80 years of experience in the floral industry between them, the owners are confident that they can weather this period of high inflation and tough economy with the services they provide.

“The emotion never goes away,” says Halstenburg. “No matter what’s going on, someone wants to say something and they’ll say it with flowers to let someone else know they care. It’s all about emotions and you know, just take care of each floral arrangement, do it with pride, and make that person happy so they can make someone else’s life better.

They will celebrate the new store with a grand grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony this Saturday at 10 a.m.

You can find them at 305 Main Street in downtown Oak Hill.

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Florist Hanako swaps Berkhamsted High Street for Ashridge House https://bloomonlineindia.com/florist-hanako-swaps-berkhamsted-high-street-for-ashridge-house/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 14:31:16 +0000 https://bloomonlineindia.com/florist-hanako-swaps-berkhamsted-high-street-for-ashridge-house/ Hanako Flowers will become Ashridge House’s resident florist after moving to the estate. The move will see the boutique become the top choice for events and weddings in the former royal residence. Photo: Ashridge House – Hanako Flowers’ new home Owner Haylee Benton said: “While we absolutely loved combining hospitality with our floral experiences for […]]]>

Hanako Flowers will become Ashridge House’s resident florist after moving to the estate.

The move will see the boutique become the top choice for events and weddings in the former royal residence.

Photo: Ashridge House – Hanako Flowers’ new home

Owner Haylee Benton said: “While we absolutely loved combining hospitality with our floral experiences for the lovely people of Berkhamsted, we had an amazing opportunity to focus exclusively on floristry.

“It means we can continue to expand our services to meet the demand of our wonderful customers and customers.”

The relocation allows the company to offer one-on-one experiences alongside its increasingly popular group workshops.

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“Flower Hour” will continue on a Saturday afternoon in which the price of unused flowers will be reduced to ensure there is no waste in the store, with a portion of the proceeds also going to Rennie Grove Hospice Care.

In keeping with its sustainable philosophy, Hanako uses biodegradable and recyclable papers as well as flowers from local farmers and growers during the summer months.

Kate Parrott, Chief Florist, said: “We always strive to use smart sustainable floral mechanisms, innovative biodegradable products and recyclable papers.”

She added: “As we deliver bouquets to your doorstep, we are reducing our own personal carbon footprint by making just one delivery a day.”

Hanako Flowers will officially open on October 15 at Ashridge House.

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Lewisburg welcomes a new flower shop https://bloomonlineindia.com/lewisburg-welcomes-a-new-flower-shop/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 17:46:27 +0000 https://bloomonlineindia.com/lewisburg-welcomes-a-new-flower-shop/ flower shop, Village Bloom & Boutique, with a ribbon cutting on Friday, September 2. “/> Lewisburg and state officials welcomed new business owner Kelsey Mangan and her flower shop, Village Bloom & Boutique, with a ribbon cutting on Friday, September 2. LEWISBURG – On Friday, September 2, Lewisburg welcomed a new local small business, Village […]]]>

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Lewisburg and state officials welcomed new business owner Kelsey Mangan and her flower shop, Village Bloom & Boutique, with a ribbon cutting on Friday, September 2.

LEWISBURG – On Friday, September 2, Lewisburg welcomed a new local small business, Village Bloom & Boutique.

Members of the Lewisburg Chamber of Commerce, Village Council members, State Rep. Rodney Creech and others gathered at 105 North Commerce Street to congratulate owner Kelsey Mangan.

Village Bloom & Boutique is a small town florist that sells home decor and other items.

Mangan is a 31-year-old Lewisburg native who attended the University of Cincinnati. She has worked as a paralegal with her criminal law degree for the past 10 years.

Mangan explained that she was passionate about small businesses: “I really always wanted to be a small business owner. I’ve helped small businesses get started and I thought, I’m ready to do something for myself.

“I’ve always loved plants and flowers,” she explained why she wanted to be a florist and bring her business to her hometown. “It’s been a long time [building] has not been opened. Also, there hasn’t been a florist in Lewisburg for quite a while.

Lewisburg and state officials welcomed new business owner Kelsey Mangan and her flower shop, Village Bloom & Boutique, with a ribbon cutting on Friday, September 2.

Contact Callista Kisling at 937-683-4056.

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Sacramento flower shop adjusts hours to save energy and plants https://bloomonlineindia.com/sacramento-flower-shop-adjusts-hours-to-save-energy-and-plants/ Wed, 07 Sep 2022 04:15:00 +0000 https://bloomonlineindia.com/sacramento-flower-shop-adjusts-hours-to-save-energy-and-plants/ Some Sacramento businesses are adjusting their hours due to the extreme heat. They adjusted the hours to start and leave early to keep employees safe, save electricity and protect their products. At Relles Florist in Midtown, they worry about the flowers wilting. “If they’re in direct sunlight, it’s just brutal on the flowers,” owner Jim […]]]>

Some Sacramento businesses are adjusting their hours due to the extreme heat. They adjusted the hours to start and leave early to keep employees safe, save electricity and protect their products. At Relles Florist in Midtown, they worry about the flowers wilting. “If they’re in direct sunlight, it’s just brutal on the flowers,” owner Jim Relles said. Relles decided with the record temperatures to close his store early. “It’s so hot, I don’t think customers will come and besides, we’re trying to save energy,” he said. Despite the thermostat being raised, Relles said he can’t change the temperature of the coolers, which must stay at 35 degrees to keep the flowers cool. “I fear our refrigeration is breaking down,” he said. “It’s my biggest concern if there’s a brownout or blackout, which is even worse.” Delivery drivers must protect factories during deliveries. Even though the vans are air-conditioned, the bouquets need a little more love to stay cool. “When they deliver they also spray the other flowers because they keep opening the van and it lets all the hot air in.” he said. Florists also add a note card, reminding customers that it’s hot and the flowers will need extra care. Relles also won’t leave flowers on the porch in the shade during the heat wave. KCRA 3 spoke with Relles Florist on Tuesday, when downtown Sacramento recorded a new all-time high for the highest temperature at 116 degrees. Sacramentans — Californians in general — were also trying to conserve power that day to avoid rolling outages, which they narrowly avoided, according to the state’s grid operator.

Some Sacramento businesses are adjusting their hours due to the extreme heat.

They have adjusted the hours to start and leave early to keep employees safe, save electricity and protect their products.

At Relles Florist in Midtown, they worry about the flowers wilting.

“If they’re in direct sunlight, it’s just brutal on the flowers,” owner Jim Relles said.

Relles decided with the record temperatures to close his store early.

“It’s so hot, I don’t think customers will come and on top of that we’re trying to save energy,” he said.

Despite the thermostat being raised, Relles said he couldn’t change the temperature of the coolers, which must stay at 35 degrees to keep the flowers cool.

“I fear our refrigeration is breaking down,” he said. “It’s my biggest concern if there’s a brownout or blackout, which is even worse.”

Delivery drivers must protect plants during deliveries. Even though the vans are air-conditioned, the bouquets need a little more love to stay cool.

“When they deliver they also spray the other flowers because they keep opening the van and that lets all the hot air in,” he said.

Florists also add a note card, reminding customers that it’s hot and the flowers will need extra care.

Relles also won’t leave porch flowers in the shade during the heat wave. KCRA 3 spoke with Relles Florist on Tuesday, when downtown Sacramento recorded a new all-time high for the highest temperature at 116 degrees.

Sacramentans — Californians in general — were also trying to conserve power that day to avoid power outages, which they narrowly avoided, according to the state’s grid operator.

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Flower Shop Dispensary opens as first medical marijuana store in Sioux Falls https://bloomonlineindia.com/flower-shop-dispensary-opens-as-first-medical-marijuana-store-in-sioux-falls/ Mon, 05 Sep 2022 20:25:57 +0000 https://bloomonlineindia.com/flower-shop-dispensary-opens-as-first-medical-marijuana-store-in-sioux-falls/ The Flower Shop Dispensary filed its application Friday afternoon as the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in Sioux Falls. The store opened nearly two years after the state passed Measure 26 to legalize medical cannabis, and after being the first of five companies to win medical marijuana licenses in a city-sponsored lottery. of Sioux […]]]>

The Flower Shop Dispensary filed its application Friday afternoon as the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in Sioux Falls.

The store opened nearly two years after the state passed Measure 26 to legalize medical cannabis, and after being the first of five companies to win medical marijuana licenses in a city-sponsored lottery. of Sioux Falls almost a year ago.

Owner Peter Dikun, a Czechoslovakia-born Dell Rapids resident, is proud that his company’s bid was the first ball drawn in the lottery, the No. 1 ball and the first to open in the city. The property he owns near the intersection of 49th and West was in the city’s “green zone” for dispensaries, so he jumped at the chance to turn it into a dispensary.

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“We just got lucky,” he said of the possibility of opening the business at 2211 West 49th Street, named after the flowers of the marijuana plant that can be smoked.

Flower Shop Dispensary displays the three types of licenses it needs to operate: a Certificate of Occupancy, a City of Sioux Falls Medical Cannabis Dispensary License, and a Dakota Medical Cannabis Establishment Registration Certification. South.

Flower Shop Dispensary is the third state-licensed medical marijuana facility to open in South Dakota, joining Unity Rd. in Hartford and Dakota Natural Solutions Grow in Wessington Springs, both serving patients with medical cannabis cards from the South Dakota.

The first dispensary located in South Dakota was Native Nations Cannabis in Flandreau and serves those with tribal cards.

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After opening the doors to customers around 3 p.m. on Friday, Dikun saw people “coming in little by little.” Friday saw about 40 customers; Saturday, 80; Sunday, 40; and, another 20 am on Monday morning alone.

A sign at the Flower Shop Dispensary at 2211 W. 49th Street in Sioux Falls states "It's 4:20 somewhere" September 5, 2022.

Customers need a state-issued medical marijuana card and must be over 21 to purchase at the store. Dikun said he saw “all kinds” of customers and patients in his store, of varying ages. So far, the majority of clients have been people in their 60s and are professionals suffering from various types of ailments, he said.

“It’s their choice of relief instead of taking opiates or (other) prescriptions,” he said.

There are five different strains of flowers that customers can purchase, as well as hemp edibles, which Dikun said can be purchased across state lines. The flowers are stored in jars and distributed “like a delicatessen” from the jars, weighed in front of customers at points of sale.

Glass jars display different types of medical marijuana and cannabis products that can be purchased at the Flower Shop Dispensary in Sioux Falls on September 5, 2022.

The buds or flowers can be smoked with a pipe, waterpipe or pre-rolled into joints, Dikun explained, while the edibles are eaten. There are a variety of edibles available: everything from THC-free CBD oil, to melatonin for sleep and anti-inflammatory purposes, to taffy and brownies, for example.

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Dikun explained that the doctors who prescribe medical marijuana cards in South Dakota recommend the treatment, not a certain dosage, so when patients come to his store, he or one of five other employees guides the customers. through the options and steers them in the right direction.

Glass counters display different types of cannabis products that can be purchased at the Flower Shop Dispensary in Sioux Falls on September 5, 2022.

“A majority of people, about 98%, are already familiar with these products,” Dikun said of the more than 2,000 patients who have obtained South Dakota medical marijuana cards so far. “There are a lot of smokers locked up there.”

Dikun said it takes about a year for markets to mature in any given city launching a medical marijuana program. Every time customers visit his store, there will be something new on the shelves, he added.

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Bloomeroo Australia: Reviews – Florist with delivery https://bloomonlineindia.com/bloomeroo-australia-reviews-florist-with-delivery/ Thu, 01 Sep 2022 09:18:57 +0000 https://bloomonlineindia.com/bloomeroo-australia-reviews-florist-with-delivery/ Bloomeroo is the boutique flower delivery service you’ve been looking for! They provide the people of Australia with impeccable service and an incredibly diverse variety of bespoke floral arrangements to suit any occasion you can think of. Their budget options are just as subtly beautiful as their luxury bouquets – the reason is in the […]]]>

Bloomeroo is the boutique flower delivery service you’ve been looking for! They provide the people of Australia with impeccable service and an incredibly diverse variety of bespoke floral arrangements to suit any occasion you can think of. Their budget options are just as subtly beautiful as their luxury bouquets – the reason is in the meticulous selection process that Bloomeroo specialists apply to the flowers that end up in their signature bouquets.

Bloomeroo offers same day delivery to major parts of the country, so it’s the perfect solution for anyone having that last minute panic attack for a birthday or forgotten birthday and needing a quick and thoughtful surprise. to get to someone’s door. What makes Bloomeroo so unique is not the flowers themselves, but in the passion and obvious craftsmanship that goes into the arrangements, you can see from their selection that there is genuine love and unwavering for what they do – and for that alone, Bloomeroo is an elegant solution.

CONTACT:

Telephone: (03) 9917 5372
Website: www.bloomeroo.com.au

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“I have ordered twice from Bloomeroo and have been very happy with their flower bouquets and delivery time!

Thank you for making these wonderful moments possible!” – Sylvia

“More than happy with the whole package. The flowers looked fresh and vibrant. The bear is just super cute and the chocolate is of course always a win. The delivery was exactly when it was supposed to be with the windows and my wife was over the moon (and had already shared some of the chocolates around the office) The price may have been high but with these results I’ll be happy to pay again in the future Thanks again !

Edit after answer: you are more than welcome! Note that the flowers lasted a very long time with just water added to the vase, I was really impressed. The bear is always super cute and sweet. The chocolates didn’t last long, but that was our fault Haha!” – Mishkaa

“This is the best flower delivery service in Australia that I have used! The flowers arrived fresh on time, my cousin was so happy” – Khaleeda

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Family Florist Rocky Mount Closes After 57 Years | Business premises https://bloomonlineindia.com/family-florist-rocky-mount-closes-after-57-years-business-premises/ Sun, 28 Aug 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://bloomonlineindia.com/family-florist-rocky-mount-closes-after-57-years-business-premises/ AILA BOYD The Roanoke Times ROCKY MOUNT — After 57 years in business, Arrington Flowers closed its doors last month. Since its opening, the company has been a family affair. The current co-owner is Marc Arrington. His father, Milton Arrington, and maternal grandmother, Catherine Bennett, started the business on South Main Street in 1965. His […]]]>

AILA BOYD The Roanoke Times

ROCKY MOUNT — After 57 years in business, Arrington Flowers closed its doors last month.

Since its opening, the company has been a family affair.

The current co-owner is Marc Arrington. His father, Milton Arrington, and maternal grandmother, Catherine Bennett, started the business on South Main Street in 1965. His mother, who taught English at Franklin County High School for many years, even helped in the shop.

From 1965 to 1978, the store was located on South Main Street. In 1978 the business moved to 190 Franklin Street where it remained until it closed.

Growing up, Marc Arrington worked in the store from time to time. When he got his driver’s license, he started making deliveries.

He went to Virginia Tech to study landscape horticulture. After graduating in 1983, he worked elsewhere for a while before returning to the flower shop around 1987.

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In 1992, he bought the company. Looking back, he said buying the business was the logical thing for him given his experience in the shop growing up and his knowledge of horticulture.

“All those years I’ve been in it, the part I loved the most was the interaction with the people,” he said. A big part of the job, he says, is to make people happy.

For the past 12 years, Marc Arrington, who now lives in Roanoke, hasn’t been as involved in the day-to-day running of the business; however, he still handles most business duties and occasionally works in the store on weekends. His main job is to recruit optometrists and ophthalmologists.

Since he retired from the business, his wife, Denise, has been the manager, designer and co-owner.

Although he’s been in and around the flower business for most of his life, Marc Arrington says the business isn’t what it used to be.

“The florist business was a whole different animal back then in the 80s and 90s. Back then it was booming,” he said. He believes some florists were hurt by Internet and the rise of the sale of flowers in grocery stores.

The business closed at the end of July as Denise Arrington decided to retire.

“It’s a lot of work,” said Marc Arrington, adding that weekends and holidays can take their toll. He also noted that his ability to help at the store is limited by his day job and the fact that his mother is in an assisted living facility.

The day after the business was announced to close, a steady stream of customers stopped by the store. “People were crying. We’ve had a lot of good clients,” he said.

Marc and Denise Arrington plan to spend more time with their family on weekends and while travelling.

Over the years, the management of the store has been assisted by longtime employee Rochelle Simmons. She began working with the Arrington family in the early 1960s. “She’s like a member of the family,” said Marc Arrington. Simmons and a driver both retired when the business closed.

Steve Angle, Mayor of Rocky Mount, acknowledged that many community members are saddened by the closure.

“He was a mainstay at Rocky Mount for many, many years. He provided floral services to the community,” he said. “They will definitely be missed.”

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Countryside Flower Shop organizes a ribbon cutting for a cut flower garden https://bloomonlineindia.com/countryside-flower-shop-organizes-a-ribbon-cutting-for-a-cut-flower-garden/ Sat, 27 Aug 2022 04:39:58 +0000 https://bloomonlineindia.com/countryside-flower-shop-organizes-a-ribbon-cutting-for-a-cut-flower-garden/ On Friday, July 8, the Cary-Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, along with the Crystal Lake, Barrington Area and Huntley Area Chambers of Commerce, co-hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Katherine and Bill Hameder Coupe Garden at Countryside Flower Shop, Nursery & Garden Center, 5301 E. Terra Cotta Ave. at Crystal Lake. […]]]>

On Friday, July 8, the Cary-Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, along with the Crystal Lake, Barrington Area and Huntley Area Chambers of Commerce, co-hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Katherine and Bill Hameder Coupe Garden at Countryside Flower Shop, Nursery & Garden Center, 5301 E. Terra Cotta Ave. at Crystal Lake.

Countryside Flower Shop has been part of the community for over 61 years. Current owners Johannes Pieterse (JP) and Brent Troost purchased Countryside in the fall of 2020. The Cut Garden is their most recent expansion, taking advantage of the abundance of growing area their 28-acre property presents in Crystal Lake.

Named after the original owners, Katherine and Bill Hameder, the Cut Garden gives the customer the opportunity to have the freshest flowers possible by selecting and cutting their own stems from the garden.

“We are excited to continue the legacy of growing and providing quality plants and services to the community,” said owner Brent Troost. “The Cut Garden is a perfect extension of the country feeling our customers get when they know they have the best, freshest flowers available.”

The Cut Garden is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a list of what’s growing in the garden each week, visit www.countrysideflowershop.com/about/cut-garden/.

In addition to the Cut Garden, Countryside Flower Shop, Nursery and Garden Center offers flowers and plants for all occasions, a full-service flower and gift shop, a wide variety of flowers, plants and garden items , seminars and many resources to help their customers with their gardening needs. To learn more about Countryside Flower Shop, Nursery and Garden Center, visit www.countrysideflowershop.com or call (815) 459-8130.

The Cary-Grove Area Chamber of Commerce is a business organization of over 540 members and local professionals, community and non-profit groups and regional leaders dedicated to a thriving local economy and a high quality of life for residents of the region. The Chamber offers programs and resources to help local businesses succeed and coordinates community events such as Cary Cruise Nights, Halloween Walks, and Merry Cary Holiday Parade and Festival. The Cary-Grove Chamber is located at 210 Crystal St., Ste. A, in Cary and has a comprehensive business resource center for community residents and local businesses.

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Florist Bloom Buddies recently celebrated its grand opening with a musical “plant band.” The florist hopes to make an impact in the community by providing people with quality flowers and plants for every occasion. Photo of PJ by Timothy Frudd

Bloom Buddies recently celebrated the grand opening of their florist located at 212 Pine St. in Jamestown.

LeeAnn Sholl, owner of Bloom Buddies, said the shop specializes in fresh-cut flowers, potted plants and gift items.

Sholl said the florist business was inspired by her passion for flowers and art.

“This genre started as a passion project and a way to create jobs for me and my friends in a career we love,” she says. “We all really love working with fresh cut flowers and creating unique designs and floral art.”

Sholl said Bloom Buddies is committed to providing good service to people. She believes flowers can enhance people’s lives and impact special occasions.

“Flowers help people express their emotions, and we take this very seriously and understand the importance of providing quality and care in what we do,” she says.

The grand opening of Bloom Buddies took place on August 3. Local officials and community members attended the event and expressed their support for the new downtown business. To celebrate the occasion, the florist had 1,000 roses decorating the outside of the store.

“It was amazing” Sholl said. “We had a great time. We had an amazing turnout. We are so grateful to everyone who showed up and showed their support.

One of the featured events at the grand opening was a build-your-own bouquet bar. Sholl said the community’s response to the feature was “overwhelming” and that Bloom Buddies plans to bring this back daily.

Perhaps the most unique feature of the store’s grand opening was the musical “plant strip” created by Kyle Sholl.

The idea for the plant group is something they discovered on the internet. Electronic impulses are emitted by living plants and are harnessed by technology to create unique music and sounds.

“What creates energy is the plant that draws water from the ground”, Sholl said. “It’s what creates electricity.”

By using different circuits and capacitors, Sholl is able to translate electronic impulses into different forms of music.

“Different plants react in different ways”, he said. “There are several different ways to hook it up.”

Bloom Buddies continued to receive community support after its grand opening.

“We have a lot of walk-in business, a lot of people stopping by to check it out,” said LeeAnn Sholl.

Danice Vott, the manager of Bloom Buddies, said the store was ideally located to provide daily flowers to residents of Jamestown.

“We are the only florist downtown. » Vott said. “We offer a different service because we are downtown. We simply provide truly excellent service and the highest quality flowers we can get.

Bloom Buddies orders flowers from everywhere, providing the local community with a wide variety of options. The company also uses a chiller maintenance program that helps the flowers stay in top condition.

Sholl thinks Bloom Buddies offers something different from other florists.

“I feel like we’re a bit more modern and not afraid to think outside the box a bit with our designs,” she says. “I just hope we can bring joy by sharing the beauty of flowers.”



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Historic Smithtown Flower Shop Moves to New Location https://bloomonlineindia.com/historic-smithtown-flower-shop-moves-to-new-location/ Fri, 26 Aug 2022 09:00:35 +0000 https://bloomonlineindia.com/historic-smithtown-flower-shop-moves-to-new-location/

By Chris Mellides

Founded in Manhattan at the turn of the 20th century, James Cress Florist has flourished and become a main street staple in Smithtown since the 1960s.

Photo by Jan LaRoche

With their fingers on the pulse of a busy suburban street in a major Long Island town, new owners George and Linda Karatzas have always admired the James Cress name and his legendary heritage. Their vow is to maintain the integrity of the popular flower shop that opened in 1903 without sacrificing quality or service.

The former James Cress business was housed in a 13,000 square foot building at the corner of Main Avenue and Bellemeade, and George Karatzas admits that moving its location a few doors down from 127 E. Main St. and into an 18,180 square foot – the establishment on foot was not an easy task. Despite this, the Karatzas family is totally optimistic. The date of the move was originally August 18.

“It’s happening,” said George Karatzas on moving day, “The flowers are there, I’m slowly bringing in the computers, and I’m ready to put the phone lines in this new location.”

“Once all the products are there and the computers are up and running, we will do business from the new location,” he added.

James Cress has grown since the Karatzas purchased the iconic Smithtown location in December 2021. With the expansion, James Cress now serves Long Islanders with two additional stores that are located at Port Jefferson Station as well as at Woodbury.

Overseeing the operations of three individual stores is a huge undertaking and one that has been further complicated by the pandemic and the lack of store employees, despite there being over 50 employees at the time.

“It’s quite a task with today’s COVID still going on,” Karatzas said. “If we don’t have employees with COVID issues, we have staff issues. We are having a hard time recruiting new helpers. It is a problem at all levels. »

When asked what steps he could take to thwart this impending issue, the florist replied, “There really isn’t much you can do other than reach out on media platforms. social.” The focus, he continued, is to “broaden the reach” of James Cress.

The award-winning florist offers same-day flower deliveries for almost any occasion. These occasions include weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, parties of all kinds, and themed events, where a wide array of flowers and bouquets are needed to spruce up a special day.

“The events industry is busy,” Karatzas said. “There are [times] where we have eight events over the weekend, that’s a lot. I have to say weddings in the summer months – when business is normally slower as there are no holidays and so on – we get busy doing weddings. There’s no two ways about it. Valentine’s Day is a big holiday for us.

While it’s unclear exactly when James Cress himself started the Smithtown storefront, designer and senior employee Kevin Henchey believes the old building was purchased by Cress in the early 1960s and quickly became a prominent location serving customers in and around the surrounding area. Henchey has been with James Cress for 40 years, according to the Karatzas family.

Photo by Jan LaRoche

The entire top floor of the new James Cress Building was perfect for showcasing a dedicated bridal showroom, as the space is considerably larger than the previous one, according to George Karatzas.

“We took the first half of the upper level and rented it out. This will be the bridal showroom where brides can enter and do their consultations as we have been doing for about 30 years,” Karatzas said.

Whatever the occasion, the Karatzas understand the importance of the James Cress name and are equally committed to providing unparalleled service at all three venues. With George Karatzas stating that it would have been a shame to see the Smithtown location close and was happy to move the storefront instead of closing for good.

“So at the end of the day, Linda and I don’t want to lose James Cress’ legacy,” Karatzas said. “We will continue and my son Stefan is on board with me and my daughter Dawn is also helping us.”

He added that he wanted to “continue our relationship with the clientele that we currently serve. And give them a more modern facility for walk-in traffic that is on Main Street.

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