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The people at Power Properties care about what they do. From the time I reached out to them on Craigslist, through my entire move from Arizona, to now they have been nothing but thoughtful, kind and ON IT. My leasing agent Katie is amazing at what she does and very clearly an awesome person as well. Very mellow and easy to deal with but gets things done. When I contacted her about apartments she offered to pick me up the next day and showed me everything I wanted to see and more. I had only been in Dallas a couple of days, so not having to deal with traffic and getting lost made the experience much less stressful. She was also kind enough to show me around the vicinity of the apartments I was looking at (ie grocery stores, restaurants, yoga studios etc). I certainly didn't expect her to do any of this, she didn't have to, and it impressed me. Before I had even decided whether or not I was going to live in one of their apartments, the people at Power Properties offered to store all of the stuff that I had brought out to Dallas so that my car wouldn't get broken into. Aaron, the Service Manager, literally unloaded my car for me and after I signed my lease he brought all of the stored items to my apartment. They even offered to let me stay in one of their furnished lofts while I was searching for a place. All of this is unheard of to me and I couldn't be more grateful. When I moved in, Katie asked me what I needed to feel comfortable in the place. In a few days I had floor to ceiling curtains for privacy, a new window AC unit, two doors removed/fixed and an updated showerhead. She proceeded to follow up on whether all of these items were working out a few days later. I appreciate the follow-through that Power shows in their business and Katie is a shining example. The timing of my move to Dallas was not ideal-- right around mid-late February during the ice storms. Please note I'm from southern Arizona Throughout this time Katie was checking up on me to see if I needed anything, if everything was ok with the apartment and even offered to take me to the airport when everyone was frozen in. Again, completely unexpected and above and beyond anything I've ever seen from an apartment. I had the pleasure of interacting with Daniel Davis, the General Manager at Power Properties on several occasions and he is phenomenal as well. He seems to be constantly thinking about how he can make the properties safer and more attractive inside and out for the tenants. He didn't hesitate to ask what I thought about some of the company's policies, my take on what people want and how my experience with Power had been. Daniel pays attention to and cares about the little things that I think a lot of property managers miss. On top of the people at Power being wonderful to deal with - I love vintage properties and theirs are badass. I looked at several other properties from various owners and none of them had the visual finesse that the Power properties had. Power obviously puts a lot of effort into making these wonderful old buildings convenient and stylish to live in while respecting and preserving their vintage charm. Some problems can be expected with vintage buildings but any issues I have experienced have been handled very quickly and I think that's all one can really ask for. Overall I think Power Properties is a company built with good people who care about what they are putting out there into the world. For this reason I think they will continue to be successful and I would truly recommend them to anyone I care about.
This landlord is the worst individual I have ever leased from in my life. He's crooked, completely unprofessional, sexist, extremely vulgar and highly dishonest. I should have known the day I signed my lease when he reached over and kissed me on the lips not to mention the crude remarks he made during the walk through that I won't even go into. Without permission or prior notice began with Walking into my apartment for the first 2 weeks every chance he got without knocking making comments such as oh I was hoping you'd be naked . Of course I find out he had arrested for this in the past for entering a man's apartment the first day you moved in and was caught watching him using the bathroom. Totally disgusting individual I wish there were laws to bar individuals such as this man from renting to the public. My Apartment was left in Immaculate condition, lease was fulfilled, notice was given but he was out of town due to his mother's death for two months following the day of my move out and even though he never return by $1000.00 deposit I never pursued it because it was honestly worth not having to ever be around this individual I have any dealings with him to let it go. However three and a half years later he has the audacity to file a collection against me for $1,500 which I'm having to file a lawsuit in small claims court to rectify. Although I live literally less than a half a block from that property he never supplied me with anything relating to my deposit or any charges he could dream up after my move out. His greed and lack of morals and any form of decency never ending. Good luck hopefully this is helpful in protecting others from having to go through what so many others have gone through leasing from this individual.
The Springs is far from being the swankiest complex in the Uptown/Cedar Springs area. I'm the first to admit that the fixtures are a little old and everything moves at a little slower pace here. But you'd be hard pressed to find a more neighborly complex in all of Dallas. The people here pay attention to each other and treat each other like real neighbors and friends. The little park is just beautiful and is such a nice place to relax on the weekends or after work. In the evenings, you can always hear your neighbors chatting in the garden and sharing the local gossip du jour. A lot of the residents work in the nearby businesses, so you'll feel right at home when you grab a bite at Lucky's or Buli or stop for groceries at Kroger & Whole Foods. The management staff have each been here for 10+ years and really work to make it feel like a community. They know everyone by name and are happy to stop and chat when you come in to pick up a package or drop off your rent. It's a FAR cry from most complexes where there's a new manager in the office every time you pay your rent. For history buffs, both the main office-house and the park have historical landmarkers due to their place in the history of Cedar Springs/Dallas. There's even a community cat that everyone knows and takes care of. I've never seen a fatter stray in my life! If you're looking for a place to see and be seen, go a mile up the road and you'll find plenty of those complexes. But if you want a place that really feels like home, this is the place to be.
My girlfriend got a job in Dallas so we're going to be splitting cities, LA/Dallas. We had to get a place fast and these guys have a lot of great buildings to choose from. The only trouble was, most of the apts were rented. Luckily they had an opening and they got us an awesome place. The rental agent was super helpful, they even drove us around, because we're still getting used to the neighborhood, they even recommended a bunch of cool places in the area. Pros: Very eclectic mix of lofts, apartments, houses, etc. Great neighborhood. loved the hisotoric mansions, trees and greenery. Price. I rented an apartment that looked like it could have rented for a lot more. Crowd: Seemed like a really fun community. Definitely youngetr crowd. Didn't see any kids. Cons: Busy leasing office, had to wait 30 min to see a unit. Because all the buildings are in so many different neighborhoods, it took about 1.5 hours to see only 3 apartments. The styles of the places are pretty different, ranging from modern to more traditional, but all of it looked pretty cool. No gym, but the agent told me there's a huge new YMCA that's about to open a few blocks away. I checked it out and it looks pretty good. It was just annoying that they did not have more units available. But I guess that means people like it here. It's only been a week, but we are loving it.
This place is absolutely fantastic. I ordered flowers as part of my anniversary gift to my wife. The person I dealt with was named Nick and his wife (it seemed like) were both so easy to get along with...They helped me every step of the way in creating the perfect arrangement of flowers (because I most certainly don't know the first thing when it comes to flowers), and were just so patient with me and really catered to what I wanted for my wife. And when I saw the final product, boy was I taken aback. The flowers were superb - biggest and most colorful roses I have ever seen! They seemed a bit pricey at first, but in the end I definitely felt like I got my money's worth. And most important of all: my wife was overjoyed by the flowers. The delivery was prompt and done in a timely manner...They said they couldn't guarantee a delivery by the exact time I wanted but what surprised me was that they got it there earlier than I expected. There's just something different about these guys that I haven't seen from other florists around the area. Overall, I'm thoroughly satisfied by the experience I had with Mille Fleurs, and I'm coming back to them next time. I would 100% recommend this place to anyone who wants some truly awesome flowers.
My husband lived at 6011 Gaston several years ago and has always talked about how much he loved living there and how it was the most unique space in Dallas to live. Since I am a student at Baylor down the street, I recommended a couple of friends to go visit the property a couple of years ago and they told me they were disappointed that it was under construction and far from being finished. I felt bad because of the recommendation. I finally heard that they completed all the properties so my husband and I went to visit the same building he used to live in and we were blown away. The courtyard and the apartments are some of the most beautiful and unique we have ever seen. The first thing we noticed was the new entrance and all the stainless steel trim they used. In the courtyard there is 20 foot tall arch cabana covered with vines, king size daybeds to lay on, all new outdoor furniture and a bronze angel fountain. Congrats to Power Properties for upgrading their properties to a whole new level!!
Newly built apartment complexes offering 1-2 bedroom and 1-2 bathroom set ups. Situated in a transitional area . Conveniently near to I-75 and dowtown Dallas. The amenities is complete like swimming pools, business center, and gym. On the other hand, the sound proofing of each unit is poor. Especially if one is situated on the 1st or second floor. You could hear your neighbors' heavy footsteps especially in the late hours of the night. Management cannot do anything about this despite several complaints that you could submit. Its nice to have the pool view. But during summer, pools rules are not well observed. Some tenants would party late and disturb your sleep. Thus, avoid choosing this attraction. The garage is well gated yet there has been several car brake in during my one year stay.Hence, never leave anything valuable for theives to be tempted. Do hope management will focus on this issues for tenants to enjoy their stay on this complex.
I lived in a corner where it was typically the "quiet" side of the place and my apartment got broken into. Luckily my tv's were left on the floor because tje maintenance man happebed to be cleaning the empty apartment across tje way when he noticed a suspicious vehicle and they dropped my items and ran out. My neighbors weren't so lucky, everything was taken. This was in broad daylight around noon. I moved tobthe other side by the playground and ended getting into an argument with this ratchet woman because her sons had hit my son and he defended himself by hitting back and giving one a black eye. Mind you, my son is only 7 and her boys were 9 and 10. She came to my apartment threatening to fight me amd making terroristic threats against me and my kids. Needless to say i broke the lease as soon as I could because it's not a safe , environment. They have a nice staff most of the times.
was looking for a place in the victory park area and i stumbled upon a new apartment development a stones throw from american airlines center. when i visited the property i was elated to see the numerous spacious floor plans with a modern chic touch. the amoumt of time, detail, and service the sales lady "Holly" provided was exceptional. she worked with me to find the right home to fit me and my family without killing my budget. moving is a thing i dread as much as the dental visit yet holly made it a quick and seamless event. i appreciate the personal service and not being treated as another number in the books. since living here the service and attention has been in line with my inital visits as a prospective buyer. to me that shows true caring and customer service followthrough. i would highly recommend this establishment and my awesome leasing lady Holly!
This place is great! I received a notice on my door this last Saturday that they had attempted to deliver flowers to me and when I called them it was right at their closing time. The owner graciously stayed open so that I could run down the road and pick up up the flowers my MIL had sent for my birthday. Today I received a cactus arrangement my husband had sent to my office from another florist used by TeleFlora and it was far below any acceptable standards. After a brief go-round with TeleFlora customer service they agreed to have another florist prepare an arrangement to replace what was originally delivered and I requested they contact Marco Polo Florist. They did and Marco Polo Florist had the arrangement ready in a matter of hours and it's beautiful. Twice this florist has gone above and beyond to help make a special day even better and I can't thank them enough!
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.