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My "sweetie" made VALENTINE's 2011 most memorable. He took me to dinner at 'THE GREEN ROOM'. (THE GREEN ROOM is a beautiful restaurant with the ambiance of simple elegance; exposed brick and rich wood, intimate low lighting, and gorgeous art pieces provided by local artists. The owners and staff are amazing! The food is scrumptiously delicious and presented in elegantly, simple sophistication. If you haven't been there yet, it is a MUST! THE GREEN ROOM is located next door to SHARKEY's, across the street from MAST GENERAL STORE). As we entered the restaurant, we were greeted warmly by the hostess who seated us promptly. Our waiter, greeted us and brought our drinks; then came a basket of delicious breads accompanied with specialty butters and an infused oil...exotically tasty! Next followed a Spinach & Artichoke Dip...smooth, creamy and flavorful! Then the entrees made a grand appearance, each tantalized and satiated the taste buds...one, a Shrimp & Grits dish, slightly spicy with Andouille sausage; the other, an elegant display of Meatloaf nestled atop baby pearl peas and jalapeno macaroni-n-cheese, all perfectly seasoned with one layer complimenting the other. For dessert, the Berry Cobbler was recommended...it was a perfect choice! The cobbler had a crisply browned, sugared crust floating atop plump and pleasantly tart berries simmering in a bubbling bath of natural berry juices...all I can say is, "Y-U-M-M-Y"! All of this beautifully, delicious food was expertly prepared by Chef Andre. (KUDOS!, Chef Andre!). The finishing touch was a glass of champagne. It was perfectly chilled and delicately flavorful to the palette. My Valentine 2011 was extraordinarily special; thanks to my "sweetie" and the wonderful staff at THE GREEN ROOM. (*See my full story @ MY NOTES on my fb page!)
Bang Salon is AWSOME!! espectacular, excelente! It was a great experience, I was a little scared because of two previous bad experiences in other salons but from the moment that I walked in the door, I was greeted immediately by Janet, she was really cool and professional. My appointment was with Bianca, it was my first experience with the salon and with Bianca and he took excellent care of me!!, since I had a bad experience before with another salon I took a picture of the haircut that I wanted and asked her opinion, she gave me her advice for the cut and the color and she gave me the look I wanted and that fits my face perfect!. The whole staff there is so friendly,they recommended me the right shampoo and gave me free samples for me to try, I highly recommend this salon to everybody, Bianca is awsome, she is very professional, knows what she's doing and pretty cool, she didn't care that I have an accent, she made me feel really comfortable, it's been a long time since I have had the look I've wanted, plus you can enjoy good music, good art and a nice glass of wine, water, beer, soda!, Bang will be my salon from now on. Thanks a lot! Ana. .-Recomiendo este salon a todos, son muy profesionales, realmente saben lo que hacen, vale la pena. Bianca es excelente, profesional y cool, no le importa que tenga mi acento como a muchas personas en esta parte del sur, me hizo sentir muy comoda y me corto' el pelo exactamente como se lo pedi, todoas las personas que trabajan ahi son muy amables ,me recomendaron el shampoo adecuado y me dieron uno gratis para que probara, puedes disfrutar de una copa de vino, cerveza ,soda, agua mientras esperas y escuchar buena musica, definitivamente Bang Salon sera' mi salon de ahora en adelante. Gracias
I had been wanting to eat at Cateran's ever since I moved into the neighborhood nearby. And to be honest, I can't believe I waited so long! I absolutlely loved it! It did feel like I was back in elementary school, waiting in line in the lunch room. But it was great. The food was so filling, and so wonderful. It tasted just like my Mother's and Grandmother's homemade cooking! The atmosphere was delightful, because there wasn't any loud music, noise, or people. It was a very relaxing place, and the service was excellent. Our waitress was one of the best servers that we have had in.....ever. She made sure that our glasses, and everyone else's, were never low or empty. She was a very nice girl, that was genuine. If I could, I would eat there for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And if you like peach cobbler, then you definantly need to try theirs. Oh man. It's really good. So if you're looking for good, filling, takes you back to your child-hood, makes you wanna smack your Grandma homemade soul food, then eat at Cateran's. It worth the wait. : )
Family owned and operated. Elisha and her family love what they are doing and it shows. They genuinely care about what their customers need. Elisha and Angie will walk you through the process of what they are going to do to your hair and will also give you an HONEST opinion if something is going to work for you. Not like some other salons that will tell you whatever you want to hear just to make a buck. Syble will be glad to help you in the consignment area where there's a ton of clothing, accessories, jewelry, and even some household items. They even have some of the high quality BIG name brands available such as Coach, LV, etc. High quality hair product appliances like flat irons, dryers, and curling irons all at very reasonable prices. High end cosmetics like Glo Minerals and Tigi. I have been a client of Elisha's for nearly 20 years and would NEVER go anywhere else. They are all just like family and they treat me as if I belonged to their's.
After realizing Park Avenue was private, we joined. So far the benefits of membership far out-weigh the process of joining. Once we decided to try it out we were sorry that we had waited so long! Food was great, I had a steak with a house salad & potato. My date had the daily quiche which was filled with goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes & asparagus with a side of fresh pasta salad. All of their patrons were very nice and seemed to love the place as well. Live music started around 8:30 on the patio where we finished our night off with some live jazz & a piece of, apparently fresh, key lime pie-best either of us had ever had! We will now consider ourselves regulars when we are in town. Cleanliness is apparently a standard.
Been a customer for 5 yrs now and am always pleased with my service! I always feel like family when there. Besides the wonderful customer service I receive, I can always count on the latest styles and new techniques offered in fashion, with precision and attention to detail, Michael definitely knows how to make my hair shine! The latest highlights suggested by Michael; using the balagi technique, my hair color is prefect! I am a loyal customer of his not only because of his customer service but because I can always trust in his opinion when it comes to the style and health of my hair! Keeping my hair looking fabulous since 2008! Michael and his staff truely blow and competition out of town!!!
I AM IN GEORGIA AND NEEDED FLOWERS SENT TO SOUTH CAROLINA. I HAVE ORDERED BY FTD IN THE PAST AND HAD BAD EXPERIENCE SO I WANTED TO HAVE SOMEONE THAT I COULD GO TO IF THE ORDER WAS NOT CORRECT. BOY! THESE GUYS ARE GREAT!!!!!! I LOOKED IN THE YELLOW PAGES AND FOUND DANNYS, I CALLED ON A SAT. AND NEEDED THEM FOR THE SAME DAY. I PLACED MY ORDER AND HE SAID THEY WOULD GO OUT THAT DAY AND THEY DID ( NOT LIKE THE FLORISTS MY MOM ORDERED FROM). WHEN I SAW THE FLOWER I WAS SOOOOOOOOOOO PLEASED. BETTER THAN I HAD EXPECTED!!!! EVERYONE LOVED THEM. THANKS SO MUCH FOR BEING HONEST AND FOR THE FAST DELIVERY. WE WILL USE YOU AGAIN AND REFER OTHERS TO YOU!!!!! THANKS A MILLION!!
Park Avenue Pub is truly one of the hidden jewels of Greenville, SC. The wonderful food, friendly atmosphere, and random mixture of clientele makes this venue more than the stereotypical pub. I have been to many pubs both domestically and abroad (including quite a few in the U.K.) and Park Avenue has cemented itself as one of the best I've ever had the pleasure of visiting. I will most definitely be back and recommend it to any and all who want to find a niche in Greenville. As a side note - it is a memebers only pub so I'd recommend calling ahead to let whomever is working know if you are not a member so that you can fully enjoy the ambiance the Pub has to offer.
Elisha's is an amazing Salon. When three generations of women come together to build a business - I'm all for supporting that. These ladies can cut and color beautifully - no doubt. But I love it that Elisha is so fresh - she will tell me the truth how she see's it and we discuss how this particular hairstyle is affecting my life!!! Ive been long, short, dark, light, - all beautiful. Elisha's shops screams: Feminine, beautiful, and Sexy! I sent my mom, my sis, my neices, - listen - we gals gotta stick up for each other. And the woman who told me about Elisha - is a mother of four GIRLS! I say up with the GIRL POWER and get you some ELISHA on!!!!
LOVED THIS PLACE!!! They had an extensive drink menu and the food was great! This was the Best Philly Cheese Steak I have ever had and I am very picky about those. The music is very loud so its not really a place to go and catch up with a friend. We stopped by during happy hour and enjoyed all many good drinks. The games were pretty cool. We spent almost 2 hours playing. The only thing I'd say was a down side was that it took awhile for a waitress to come by to take our orders and we asked for extra napkins a few times before we got them. But it wasn't horrible. I can't wait to go back and I'm bringing more friends with me.
While becoming a florist doesn't require any formal education, floral designers must know how to care for the plants they use and which ones work best for which season or event. Additionally, a skilled floral arranger must also be familiar with the cultural symbolism behind each flower. For instance, carnations symbolize beauty and pride while daisies represent innocence and purity.
If you plan to give someone a flowering plant as a gift, then a good florist can direct you to the right one. They may also help you choose flowers to convey platonic or romantic love.
Many floral designers provide a host of services to meet customer demand throughout the year.
Most florists, whether they work at a chain or independent flower shop, both online or in a brick-and-mortar store, offer pre-arrangements of flowers. This means the floral designer has a selection of roses, tulips and other popular kinds of blossoms designed in arrangement that customers can simply buy on the spot instead of telling the florist what kind of flower pattern they want.
Have you ever purchased a get-well basket featuring sunflowers or an array of springtime flowers for Mother's Day? If so, you most likely bought a pre-arrangement that the floral designer put together ahead of time.
Buying a pre-arranged bouquet is a great option if you don't know what blooms or plants to purchase but you need flowers for a particular occasion.
Pre-designed arrangements are not original, one-of-a-kind designs, but the upside to buying pre-arrangements is they already come with a fixed price attached. Customers may simply walk in and spend $50 on a Valentine's Day bouquet as opposed to paying the florist a commission for an original design that could fetch a much higher price.
Having both an eye for design as well as good people and customer service skills is a must for any florist. These professionals work with clients to find the best flowers and custom-designed arrangements appropriate for the event or occasion. A commission to create a table piece, wreath or other type of design is typically much more expensive than a pre-arrangement, as it may not be made up of plants the florist already has on hand.
There's always a demand for florists and their creations year-round as people celebrate and commemorate the special moments in their lives. Whether you're getting married or remembering a loved one that just passed, flower arrangements and wreaths are traditional items we all use to help mark the important dates, stages and occasions in our lives.
One type of event most floral designers work on is weddings. Professional florists will collaborate with the bride and groom to formulate a design scheme that complements the event's overall colors and layout. Depending on what the couple wants and can afford, a floral designer may create the bridal bouquet along with streams of flowers for the wedding venue, table arrangements and vases for the reception afterward.
The prices for hiring a florist to do a wedding vary broadly because it not only depends on how many blooming plants you want, but also how widely available the particular flowers are.
More exotic types of blossoms, such as orchids, are pricier than your typical rose. Your bill could also fluctuate depending on how complicated the design is to make and if the flowers you choose are in season or not.
Keeping that in mind, florists are like any other tradesperson - your bill will reflect the materials they used and the time and labor that went into making up the designs.
Some floral designers also charge delivery fees to transport the flowers, vases and other materials to wedding or reception sites. Remember, it's not only the bride that needs flowers. Bridesmaids and the mother of the bride might also carry corsages and the groom and groomsmen sometimes festoon their jackets with boutonnieres. Don't forget about the flower girl, as well.
In all, the average cost to outfit a wedding with flowers is about $700. Some florists advise people to set aside 10 to 15 percent of the ceremony's budget for floral decorations.
Funerals are another major life event we commemorate with flowers. Florists may furnish sympathy flowers for the observance and lay sprays or baskets of plants around the church, synagogue or funeral home to help attendees with the grieving process. Designers also make floral wreaths and crosses to set up at the venue or in the cemetery, as well as special casket arrangements so family and friends may show their respect for the deceased.
Many customers choose traditional roses, lilies and carnations to send to a bereaved family, but florists are also able to personalize arrangements to your liking.
Just like other ceremonies that call for flowers, the price depends on the number of blossoms and what type of plants you want, along with the complexity of the arrangement. A complete funeral floral package that includes sprays along the casket, flower decorations for the venue and flowers for the participants can run from $200 to $800.
Meanwhile, the usual sympathy bouquet or vase runs between $40 and $80.
You might think Valentine's Day would be the busiest day for a florist, but the day of love comes in second place behind Mother's Day. According to a number of studies, people do more online searches for flowers in anticipation of the May holiday than they do for Valentine's Day.
In fact, this day is inextricably linked with flowers, as Congress first issued a Mother's Day proclamation in 1913 asking all federal officials to wear a white carnation to commemorate their mothers.
Many children wish their mothers well on the day by sending a bouquet of carnations, roses, violets or tulips.
Coming in second place as the busiest holiday for florists is Valentine's Day. When Feb. 14 arrives, so do many people looking for arrangements to send to their loved ones. Just like Mother's Day, this holiday is very lucrative for floral designers. Americans typically spend tens of millions of dollars on their significant others every Feb. 14, and flowers, especially long-stemmed red roses, are a popular way to show someone you care.
Valentine's Day goes to show that a gift of fresh-cut flowers never goes out of style. However, it does go up in price - quite a lot, actually. The price of a bouquet of roses usually doubles on Feb. 14 before it goes back down the next business day. Expect to pay up to $100 for red roses from a flower shop on Valentine's Day. Therefore, if you're looking for a deal, it's smart to buy your bouquets a few days ahead of time and keep them in a vase with water so they stay fresh.
Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah
The holiday season is also one known for festive floral arrangements. Many families look to florists to come up with a Thanksgiving table set piece or a traditional cornucopia featuring plants with autumnal colors and gourds. Many churches and individuals also spring for flowering plants to help usher in Christmastime. Many florists sell living yuletide decorative plants such as ivy, holly, poinsettias, mistletoe and even miniature Christmas trees.
Many flower shops and floral arrangers also design centerpieces especially for the eight nights of Hanukkah. Online and brick-and-mortar florists offer blue and white flowers, usually arranged with candles in between the blossoms.
Easter and Passover
Religious holidays held in spring also keep flower shops busy as they design orders for families, churches and synagogues. Many shoppers are on the lookout for bunches of mixed flowers pre-arranged in bouquets or vases by florists. Lilies, as well as daffodils and tulips, are especially popular around these spring holidays.
Hindu and Buddhist Ceremonies
Flowers, especially the lotus, figure prominently in Hindu and Buddhist religious ceremonies, as well as in these two ancient religions' wedding customs. Many florists provide garlands of flowers to decorate and festoon the functions with.
Remember that it doesn't need to be a holiday to purchase flowers. Floral designers also make commissioned or pre-arranged flowers to take to sick relatives, friends and colleagues recovering at home or in the hospital. Many florists also make designs for newborn babies, too.
While the majority of their work is devoted to making eye-catching and pleasing creations with plants, florists can help you with much more than just finding the right flowers for your next event or party.
In fact, a good floral designer can be a fountain of knowledge. These experts can inform you of the best ways to take care of your plants or how to properly cut the stems of flowers to ensure they last longer in your vase.
The next time you're out buying an arrangement, ask your florist which type of vase to use with which flower and how much water and plant food you should use to prolong the life of your bouquet or potted plant. Even though retail florists don't usually grow the blooms or plants themselves, they do know the best ways to keep your arrangement looking fresh for longer.
Local flower shops or gardening stores used to be the only game in town when it came to selling real or fake floral arrangements until supermarkets and drugstore chains entered the business by offering inexpensive pre-arrangements for holidays and other occasions. However, the number of brick-and-mortar florists is further on the decline as more customers choose to purchase bouquets, wreaths and other greenery online.
Even though one exists in a virtual capacity while the other is located in a physical setting, there aren't too many differences between online and brick-and-mortar flower shops.
Many online stores offer pre-arrangements of flowers you can purchase, as well as the ability to form your own design and decoration.
Online flower shops, in fact, work with wholesale florists near your area to ensure they deliver your order promptly. Since cut flowers don't have a long shelf life, these Internet-based companies essentially take your request and contract it out to a florist in your locale to design it and drop it off at your home or office.
While purchasing flowers online is convenient - you can shop any time of the day without leaving your house - there are a few things the online stores cannot offer patrons. You can't smell the sweet fragrance of tulips or roses in cyberspace and you can't touch the petals or leaves before you buy the plant. Additionally, when you buy a bouquet over the Internet, you're basing your decision on a stock photo of the item instead of the actual one that will arrive at your doorstep.
Not all varieties of roses or violets look the same and an approximation of a flower isn't the same as the specific one you could end up receiving.
This is one advantage physical brick-and-mortar flower shops have over their online competitors. Making the trip to your local florist means you can actually get the chance to stop and smell the roses.