June 25, 2015 |
Gerald Catania, 77, of South Philadelphia, co-owner of Ten Pennies, a popular floral shop, died of natural causes Saturday, June 19, at Pennsylvania Hospital. Anna Catania said she would arrange the flowers - white orchids, roses and Casablanca lilies - for her husband's funeral because "he deserves the best. " She called Mr. Catania "one in a million," a husband who could name her favorite lipstick color and recognize her presence by the scent of her signature Chanel Coco Mademoiselle perfume.
August 2, 2014 |
Tucked between the Convention Center and the Vine Street Expressway is a patch of Center City that time and development forgot. Its blocks are veined with cobbled alleys whose names have almost disappeared from the Philadelphia map: Watts, Florist, Clarion, Spring. In contrast to the snoozy monoculture that is the Convention Center, the little enclave is packed with humming workshops and rowhouses. This is probably how much of downtown Philadelphia looked in the early 20th century, before the triumph of the car, before fragmented blocks were consolidated into neat, developer-friendly parcels.
May 17, 2014 |
Malinda Swain has "a thing" about nature, snowy white paper, handmade or recycled anything - and the kind of solitude others dread. She jokingly calls the hours, days, and weeks spent alone in her suburban studio folding recycled copy paper into three-dimensional flowers "my solitary confinement. " Lock us up, please! The studio is in a funky old carriage house overlooking the tennis court at her father and stepmother's Haverford estate. Says Swain, 32, an artist from Brisbane, Australia: "It's quite lovely to sit here and drink tea and listen to music and fold.
March 31, 2014 |
Still struggling in the postrecession, local flower shops aren't just competing with supermarkets, discounters, and do-it-yourselfers. They're fighting to survive as a growing number of online middlemen known as "order-gatherers" sweep into the marketplace and take orders local florists used to receive. Sounds like an old story: Brick-and-mortar stores battle booming Internet competitors. But florists say these third-party retailers are using deceptive advertising and failing to give consumers a fair deal.
February 15, 2014 |
Around noon Thursday, during a lull in the storm predicted to dump a foot or more of snow outside his door, Jeffrey Sklute took a break and sized up the situation. Many of the 20 or so workers at his Yardley Flower Co. feverishly cut and arranged roses while others answered ringing phones. His delivery vans, however, were idle. "Everything is kind of working against us, but we're doing the best we can," said Sklute, a florist for decades in lower Bucks County. "We'll probably be here till midnight.
March 1, 2013
B RITTANY GILLESPIE, 30, of Roxborough, is CEO and lead designer for Petals Lane, a florist and wedding/special-events planner on Ridge Avenue near Harmon Road, Roxborough. Her husband, Michael Phinney, 32, takes care of the books and the event setup and breakdown work. I spoke with Gillespie. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: My husband and I worked at Robertson's in Chestnut Hill and there was no way to move up in the business. We were dating at the time and we just decided to start our own business.
March 4, 2012 |
Daniel J. Carboni, 89, of Holmesburg, a florist and father of 13, died at home Tuesday, Feb. 28, of heart failure. Mr. Carboni grew up in Holmesburg with five older siblings. After completing eighth grade, he dropped out of school and held a series of jobs, including working on a pig farm and a chicken farm, his daughter Kathleen Heron said. During World War II, he served in the Navy as a signalman aboard the destroyer escort William T. Powell in the North Atlantic. Before shipping overseas, he married Mary Hartwell.
April 4, 2011 |
Patrick Kelly can't imagine what it's going to be like Wednesday when film crews show up at his flower shop to shoot a scene for a movie, starring, of all people, porn starlet Bree Olson, NSync singer Joey Fatone, and Danica McKellar, i.e. Winnie Cooper from the long-running TV show The Wonder Years . "They'll be coming at about 6 or 7 a.m," said Kelly, owner of Stein's, a Mayfair fixture officially known as Stein Your Florist Co. McKellar...
January 16, 2011 |
TUCSON, Ariz. - The scene of the crime is a suburban strip mall as typical as any in America. Anchored by the Safeway, it includes a Walgreens, a florist, a dry cleaner, a nail salon, a pizzeria, a barber shop, a cell-phone store, and, reflecting the neighborhood's many retirees, a place to buy hearing aids. "Arizona is kind of a hotbed right now, but this could have happened anywhere," said Jeff Edwards, a driver for the florist. "Tucson should be known for our nice weather, not this.
April 10, 2008 |
Catherine P. Cairone, 88, of the Swampoodle section of North Philadelphia, a hardworking, feisty civil servant who was known affectionately as the "first lady of Traffic Court," died of heart failure Sunday at home. The former Catherine Carsello was proud of her North Philadelphia roots. As a youngster, she worked in her father's hardware store on 22d Street. She graduated in 1938 from Simon Gratz High School, where she was a gymnast. She married Joseph A. Cairone Jr. in 1943, and the couple had two children.