December 9, 2008 |
This Christmas, there will be no poinsettias, no wreaths, no bouquets or centerpieces flying out the door of a family flower shop a block from where I live, in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia. Its doors shut two weeks ago. It's the economy, right? Well, not entirely. There's much more behind the disappearance of the neighborhood florist. Christmas was once a rainmaking holiday for family florists. I know: My pop was a Philly florist for 50 years, first in a tiny neighborhood called Paradise, and then in Roxborough.
February 15, 1987 |
The Upper Moreland Zoning Hearing Board has voted unanimously to give Goodman Properties the variances it needs to build a flower shop at 1115 N. Easton Road. At a hearing Thursday night, the board granted the Jenkintown development company variances permitting a larger sign, a smaller back yard and a reduction in the number of parking spaces required by local zoning. After the hearing, Bruce Goodman, a spokesman for Goodman Properties, said construction was expected to begin in April.
July 22, 1990 |
Music is abloom among the petunias and geraniums at Pennypack Flowers in Bustleton this summer. For Tony Cinkutis, this blossoming of music is a chance to "give something back to the community" that has supported his family's business for 60 years. Cinkutis, 40, is sponsoring free under-the-stars concerts every Tuesday - weather permitting - between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the Pennypack Flowers Culture Center. The concerts are played from a bandstand and large gazebo erected outside the flower shop at Bustleton Avenue and Fulmer Street.
March 9, 1989 |
A two-alarm fire that destroyed a Bustleton flower shop and nursery Friday night "wiped out 15 years of hard work," owner Anthony Cinkutis said Wednesday. But Cinkutis, 39, vowed to rebuild the business. Meanwhile, the city Fire Marshal's Office continued its probe of the fire at Pennypack Flowers Inc., 9708 Bustleton Ave. A fire department spokesman said Wednesday that the origin of the blaze still had not been determined. The fire, reported at 7:35 p.m., quickly engulfed the one-story and three- story structures occupied by the business and a residence occupied by Cinkutis and forced the evacuation of the adjacent Plaza Apartments.
February 17, 1988 |
Delaware Valley Wholesale Florists bills itself as one of the top distributors in the country, importing flowers from Israel, Mexico, the African or Asian jungles and other exotic locations around the world. From the King Protea - a Hawaiian species that bears a close resemblance to Audrey II, the people-eating star of Little Shop of Horrors - to Thailand's dendrobium - a cluster of small purple and white orchids - the Sewell Townhsip company has access to nearly every species known to man. "There are literally hundreds of flowers out there and millions of variations," said Bonnie Dewey, the spokeswoman for the company.
April 9, 1989 |
Angered by commercial encroachment on residential areas, members of the Somerton Civic Association have decided they are going to fight. After checking the balance in the association's treasury - $3,731.33 - the 45 members at Tuesday's meeting voted unanimously to underwrite the costs of a zoning fight against a flower shop at 746 Byberry Rd. The property is zoned residential, but the owner is seeking a variance. The flower shop, which reportedly has been offered for sale as a commercial property at a price of $339,000, is one of four such intrusions in the neighborhood, according to civic association president Mary Jane Hazell.
December 5, 1996 |
It looks like Christmas in the horticulture shop at the Center for Arts and Technology Brandywine Campus. The annual student holiday flower show and shop is now open to the public. In addition to a display of holiday arrangements created by students in the horticultural program, holiday arrangements using fresh evergreens, wreaths and poinsettias are for sale. The show will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow at the school, 1635 E. Lincoln Highway in Coatesville.
October 11, 2002 |
Col. Dan Alleva will be selling the contents of a local flower shop tomorrow, including all types of vases in china, glass, pottery, wood and more, brass and tin ware items, baskets, topiaries, urns. Also being sold is a large selection of prints and framed artwork, including works by Chester County artist Dane Tilghman, and many unframed color plates by internationally acclaimed wildflower and naturalist watercolor artist Maryrose Wampler of Bloomington, Ind. You'll find photography, both black and white and color, up for bid, with subjects ranging from Princess Grace Kelly and family, President Truman, President and Mrs. Eisenhower, President Kennedy with Bishop Sheen, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Pete Rose and others.
October 6, 1995 |
Joseph D. Sayres, 67, of Richboro, who founded a flower shop in Juniata Park almost by accident, died Wednesday of cancer in Doylestown Hospital. Born and raised in Swampoodle, Mr. Sayres attended school through the eighth grade. During World War II, he was an auto mechanic in the Army, serving in Hawaii. After the war, he worked for Origlio Beer Distributors for 19 years. When he was laid off in 1968, he began selling cut flowers on a street corner at Front Street and Hunting Park Avenue.
May 19, 1994 |
Russell L. Medinger, 84, of Wyndmoor, who owned and operated a flower shop in Chestnut Hill for 45 years, died Sunday at the Ambler Rest Center. Mr. Medinger was active in the business community, working to improve the Chestnut Hill shopping district by providing parking lots, restoring buildings, lining the street with plantings and promoting holiday events with parades, decorations, flower shows and the like. A slender man with a black mustache and an ever-present black derby, Mr. Medinger was a Chestnut Hill fixture, tending his flower shop at 8430 Germantown Ave. When his health declined in 1987, the shop closed.