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April, 28 2019

Hey Guys! We Have a Mural Now

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LoCoFlo thought we had something special when Jessica A. Rowe Valmas applied for a design job with us. She was in the Future Harvest Beginner Farmer Training Program with an internship at our long-time trusted partner, Butterbee Farm. She was a graduate of MICA with several aquatic-themed commissions completed. She wore a t-shirt that implied membership in The Society of Excellent Women. It was all very promising.

SBJ was on his way, and we needed a new Stacy, so Jess was in.

Flower design training began. Jess built a wall. Everything was pretty, pretty, pretty good. Then, things got weird. Jess started bringing Uncrustables for lunch. She reenacted her favorite signature professional wrestling moves from the 90's (i.e Scotty Too Hotty and George, The Animal, Steel). She would, on more than one occasion, rap the entire theme song from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Real weird.

But Jess had the art skillz, and we asked her to paint a mural on the outside of the building. We set the requirements: Flowers from our logo - Rudbeckia, Zinnia, Dahlia. Easy peasy.

Nailed it!

It turns out our first impression was right: Jess is special. She has transformed our building and our business. She brings beauty to shop even on the days she isn't working. If we could just get her to eat some real food...

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April, 19 2019

Flower 911

Tags: Friends, Hilarious, Open Studio

What happens when our customer gives us the wrong date for their event? If they call during Open Studio looking for their flowers, we're on the mofo (to paraphrase Jules Winnfield).

Ellen calmly assured the customer over the phone we would make it to their event in time for them to present their awardees with flowers - then she hit the panic button. (The event had already begun!)

Bloom Battlers Chris Vaeth and Heather Zampier, along with LoCoFlo designer Jess, answered the bell. Chris was on-site for his wedding consultation, Heather is a regular at Open Studio (it's her mid-week, self-prescribed therapy), and Jess was working on the LoCoFlo mural.

Heather dropped a handful of stock, Jess slid off her ladder, Chris said "my wedding plans can wait, it's flower time!" (minor blog hyperbole). Ellen directed her impromptu, pro-am, all-star team to crank out three spectacular presentation centerpieces in a flash.

Eric revved up the LoCoRoll, and was on his way. A LoCoFlo miracle!

And that was the day Heather and Chris became local flower folk heroes.

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April, 14 2019

Bloom Battle '19 Floral Glory

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Bloom Battle '19 was a competition of contrasts. Of the 16 competitors, we had nine battle-tested veterans and seven up-starts. The winning designers reflected the varying experience of the field.

Jen Majewski, a four-time competitor, swept the popular vote winning both the Instagram Famous prize and the People's Choice award.

Jen is the true people's champion.

Jeffrey Gill, was not only a first time contestant, but his First Prize winning entry was his first ever large floral arrangement!

Jeffrey exhibited a wonderful negative capability in his arrangement.

Rounding out the victors:

2nd Place: Chis Vaeth, The Tom Brady of Bloom Battle, is a perennial winner. (He's never been accused of deflated balls.)

3rd Place: Rebecca Bainum another first-timer, brought it hard and crushed it. What's up.

Check out all of the fun in our flickr album.

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March, 29 2019

The PickUp 2.1

Tags: The PickUp, Sat@LoCoFlo, Open Studio

You know when the next version comes out and it's worse? This isn't that.

The PickUp is now available on Saturdays! That's it. A minor update. Nothing new to learn. No new user interface. All your fave features are still here. Just more PickUp!

But, I don't want to undersell 2.1. It's turnt! The Saturday PickUp is during Sat@LoCoFlo. Get yo Blacksauce. Chill at the studio. Make an arrangement with your PickUp or enhance your bouquet with some extra.

That's right. I said turnt.

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February, 26 2019

The Fourth Annual Bloom Battle is ON!

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We’re so excited to announce Bloom Battle: LoCoFlo’s fourth annual amateur floral design competition! If you’ve ever taken a class at Local Color Flowers or you love dabbling in design at home, this is the perfect opportunity to show off your skills and creativity.

How it Works!

Bloom Battle is a two day event:

  • April 5th 2019 - Design and Instagram Famous voting
  • April 6th 2019 - Public Display, Judging and Glory

How to Participate

  1. Be a contestant. Registration is required. Space is limited.
  2. Be an online fan: Enter your Likes among the three Instagram Famous finalists April 5 2019 from 10:30PM to April 6 2019 11:30AM.
  3. Be a fan in person: View all arrangements at our studio on April 6 2019 8:00AM - 12:00PM and vote for your favorite. Most votes wins People’s Choice prize. Stick around for the announcement of winners.

Prizes

  • Instagram Famous: LoCoFlo staff will select three centerpieces for online voting! Online voting is open between 10:30PM on April 5 2019 and 11:30AM on April 6 2019. Most likes wins. Prize: A LoCoFlo cap and $25 LoCoFlo gift card
  • People’s Choice: The centerpiece that receives the most votes by visitors to the studio (three votes per visitor) on Saturday morning 8:00AM-12:00PM wins! Prize: One of our favorite floral design books and a $50 LoCoFlo gift card
  • Judges Selections Celebrity judges will evaluate entries based on vessel choice, use of color, texture and composition.
  • All contestants take home their arrangements at the end of the event. (everyone wins!)

The Rules

  • All centerpieces must be created at Local Color Flowers’ Studio on Friday night, April 5 2019 between 7:00PM and 9:00PM.
  • All centerpieces must be created using the flowers/foliage/branches provided by Local Color Flowers. The use of other flowers gathered from outside the studio whether forged or bought is not permitted.
  • The use of floral foam or Oasis is prohibited.
  • No wagering.
  • Amateurs only! No professional or former professional designers permitted.
  • Only registered contestants will be permitted in the studio for Friday night’s design night.
  • Vase opening may not be larger than five inches in diameter. Contestants are encouraged to use their own vases, Vases are available for purchase. All vases must be approved for entry.
  • All challenges will be reviewed by video in New York.

The Celebrity Judges

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