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July 29, 2020

International Friendship Day

International Friendship Day

What is better than finding that one person who gets you? Or that group of people who can make you laugh until you cry? Bestie. Squad. Crew. Buddy. Pal. Whatever you call them, they are your people. Your safe place to land. Your cheerleaders. Your sounding board. Your ride or die. Your friends.

Thursday, July 30, is International Friendship Day.

Here at Academy, we are more than co-workers, we are friends. Our friendships have been forged in the fires of long holiday hours, late night wedding prep sessions and creative problem solving through a pandemic. We make a pretty good team here and we all really do care for each other and finds ways to celebrate each other as often as we can.

We make a big deal over birthdays, with Irene ordering meals or delicious treats for us all. Darlene, randomly yells out, 'Chocolate Time' and brings out her secret stash of chocolate treats. Or there are the times when Nichole brings in her waffle maker and runs a lunch time waffle bar. Not all of our celebrations revolve around food (well, most of them do though). Sometimes we celebrate our friendship with sharing embarrassing stories or watching Kayla & Kirsty have a dance party in the middle of the shop.

However, you and your crew bond and build your friendships, there is no better way to acknowledge your pals than with flowers!

 

Friendship Florals

Traditionally, Alstromeria and Yellow Roses have been given as symbols of friendship. In many cultures they symbolize good fortune, prosperity and happiness. Chrysanthemums, Daisies and Sunflowers are also popular choices to celebrate friendship.

We offer an array of bright, yellow blooms that compliment all sorts of colour palettes and styles that will ensure that your friends feel the love!  And by choosing our Designer's Choice arrangements or bouquets you can request your favourite colour combinations while still leaving room for our skilled designers to do what they do best ... create beauty!

And while you're at it, you might want to consider adding a box of chocolates, a wonderfully scented candle or a stuffed bear to your gift of friendship!

 

Share the Love

This Thursday, why don't you share the love! We are offering a one-day, in-store special that makes it easy for you to show your love for your pals while keeping a little bit of beauty for yourself. On Thursday, July 30 come in to the store to purchase a fresh, cut bouquet of $50 or more and receive a bonus Friendship Bouquet (valued at $25) for free.These bouquets are available in-store, for pick-up only ... and for Thursday from 9am-5pm only.

Stop in and celebrate International Friendship Day!

 

Wait ... there's more!

Watch our social media on Thursday for your chance to win a bouquet for you and your bestie!

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July 15, 2020

Let's Celebrate ...

Let's Celebrate ...

CANADIAN FLOWERS WEEK!

We are so excited to join with our friends at Flower Collective YWG to highlight and celebrate local flower growers during this week dedicated to Canadian flower farms. This week was inspired by similar initiatives that began popping up around the globe a few years back. In the US, Australia and the UK flower shops began to partner with local growers to create a more ethically sourced product that fuels local economies.

These grower/designer partnerships took a nod from farm-to-table movements happening in the food industry. Consumers began to pay attention to where their food was coming from and how it was produced which led to a demand for less processing, less chemicals and more transparency in the industry. Soon, flower lovers began to ask the same questions.

When flowers are sourced locally, less pesticides are used because of government restrictions and you'll tend to get fresher blooms because the flowers spend less time in transit. You also get the benefit of knowing that you are boosting our Canadian economy and helping Canadian farm families continue to do what they love best - grow beautiful flowers!

As you know, the weather in Canada can be pretty extreme from region to region throughout the year. Flower shops who buy local, instead of solely relying on international growers, have the benefit of building relationships with many different farms across the country.

Here at Academy, we depend on our BC farm friends for our winter greens, our spring tulips and our summer peonies. We source our pussy willows, snapdragons, dahlias and achillea right here in Manitoba during the local growing season. And Ontario is a faithful supplier of ranunculus, gerberas and snapdragons year round.

Celebrate Market Style

To mark Canadian Flower Week, we will be highlighting some of our partners on our social media and showcasing some of our favourite home-grown blooms. We will also be participating in a Flower Walking Tour on Sunday, July 19. From 11am-4pm come for a stroll down Lilac Street in Corydon Village to see the beautiful artistry of Manitoba flower designers. Designers will be doing installations at businesses down Lilac, showcasing flowers from local growers. So grab a cup of coffee and take a stroll to celebrate the beauty that comes from our own backyards!

 

 Join us for a week full of flower fun, July 16-22, on Instagram and Facebook!

 

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July 08, 2020

For Good Health's Sake

For Good Health's Sake

It'll come as no great surprise to you that we think flowers are the perfect addition to any room but did you know that there's scientific evidence to prove that flowers can bring a boost to your mind and emotions?

The last six months have been a doozy! Even though, the world is finding a new rhythm, a new way forward, many of us are still dealing with the stress and fatigue of surviving months of uncertainty and disruption. Whether you were able to self isolate in the safety of your home and try out new recipes and crafts or if you worked in an essential service or if you balanced work life, home life and bored kids from the chaos of your kitchen table, I am sure you could use a breather and a bit of sunshine in your life, just now.

The good news is that, while I cannot make the world return to normal, I can offer you a wee bit of sunshine to boost your mood!

There was a study done at Rutgers in 2019 that reinforces what we all inherently know- flowers make us feel better! This study examined the effects that different types of gifts have on people and -hands down - people experienced a greater mood-boost that lasted longer when they received flowers over gifts of food or candles. Another study, along the same lines, also concluded that flowers can immediately decrease feeling of stress, agitation and depression while increasing a person's sense of satisfaction with their life.

The science behind these studies revealed that natural elements in our living and working spaces provide mini-escapes for our minds and help us to recall memories of relaxation and adventure in the outdoors. These moments of mental escape can release chemicals and hormones in our brains that combat stress and fatigue. Flowers have the added emotional benefit of bringing vibrant colours and beautiful scents into our spaces, too.They can help to create a wee oasis in the middle of your regular, full life.

Here in the shop, we can attest to the goodness flowers bring. One of the greatest perks of the job is being surrounded by the beautiful scents, colours and shapes of the various flowers we bring into the shop each week!  While we love all of the beauties that find their way here we all have a few varieties that speak to us. Here are a few of our staff's personal favourites:

Irene loves Lily of the Valley, Kayla favours stock and Nichole digs ranunculus. Kirsten can't get enough of cosmos (she even has a tattoo of these beauties!). Colleen is a sucker for Queen Anne's Lace and Delphiniums make Erlyn smile. Vanessa is a fan of peonies while Brittany prefers poppies!

What are your favourites?

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June 29, 2020

Our Green Little Buddies

Our Green Little Buddies

Whether summer or winter, a few little green buddies can brighten your space and make everything seem homier. Here at Academy Florists, we get so excited when we receive new plant stock. We all have our favourites; some of us love our array of spring blooming plants, others are partial to our succulent gardens and still others cannot wait for our Christmas mini-trees.

Whatever your favourites are, all of these indoor gems need a little TLC to stay healthy, happy and growing at their best.

Green is Good

Green plants, for the most part, are pretty easy going. Generally, they require indirect sunlight, consistent temperatures and proper watering. If you have a lot of direct sunlight coming into your space, you can diffuse the intensity of the rays with sheer curtains. These plants are happiest when a normal room temperature is maintained and they do not like cold, winter drafts.

When (and How) to Water

Best watering practices begin with the roots. If you want your little plant buddy to thrive, you need to ensure the roots have room to grow and proper drainage. If    you are noticing that the soil in the pot dries out very quickly, you might want to consider replanting. Another sign that your little plant isn't getting the space it needs   to grow is if you notice that the new leaves are  considerably smaller than they should be.

You also need to be aware of the danger of root rot. This occurs when your plant is potted in a pot with no room for drainage. In order to prevent your plant from dying from root rot, you'll need to ensure that you have it set up properly. There are pots that sit in coordinating trays and have drainage slits near the bottom to guard against root rot. If you do not have a pot like that, you can also place a handful of rocks at the bottom of your pot when replanting to give water a place to collect away from the roots.

Another way to protect your plant family from root rot is to ensure you are not over-watering. Most green plants appreciate a thorough soaking once the soil is dry to the touch. Another good rule of (green) thumb is that plants with large thin leaves require more water and plants with thick, rubbery leaves need less water.

 

Blooming Buddies

Our Blooming Buddies require the same type of general care as our Green Friends do. The only notable difference is caring for the blooms and learning the ins and outs of hibernation for your little bloomer.

Most blooming plants going through blooming seasons and dormant seasons. With a little education and care, you can keep your blooming plant happy and healthy for years. It is best to read up a bit on your specific type of plant to learn the best way to keep your bloomer well during its dormant season.

But remember, just because there are no active blooms doesn't mean that your bloomer has died - it's most likely resting and preparing for it's next growing and blooming season!

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June 09, 2020

Back to Business As Usual - Sort of

Back to Business As Usual - Sort of

Beginning Wednesday, June 10. Our store will re-open for walk-in customers. The Academy Florist Team is so excited to see our customers  (we've missed you!) once again but before you pop by the shop there are a few things you'll need to know.

What You Need to Know Before You Arrive

Due to government guidelines, we are limiting the number of people who can be in the shop at one time. Our front doors will be the only entrance available for customers but they will remain locked and an associate will let you in when it is your turn. We will need to sanitize the shop in between customers so we ask for your patience in this. We also ask that you maintain a two meter distance while waiting in line.

We are encouraging all customers entering the shop wear a mask during their shopping experience, however, it is not mandatory. If you do not have one and wish to wear one, one will be provided to you. There will also be hand sanitizer at the door for your use upon entry.

 

What You Need to Know About Your Shopping Experience

Once in the shop, we ask that you maintain physical distancing. We have a few markings on the floor to assist you in this. Our associate will be happy to help you choose one of our pre-made cut bouquets or arrangements from our cooler. We also have a variety of plants and gift ware available. If you would like a custom arrangement or bouquet we ask that you place that order online or on the phone ahead of time. If you want to place a custom order in person, you will need to leave the shop and return once it is completed. 

 

A Note of Thanks

We would also like to take a moment to thank our community. Over the last few months you have been so supportive of our shop. We appreciate your care, flexibility and enthusiasm. We have often commented, in shop, about the overwhelming kindness and engagement we have experienced through social media. These  past weeks have been filled with uncertainty and, at times, loss but you have delighted us and upheld us with your faithfulness and care. 

We deeply appreciate you and look forward to serving you once again.

 

 

*For further information, here is a link to our COVID-19 policy on our website

 

Updated June 26th, 2020

 

 

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