Talk About Emmy

Today we are going to learn a little more about one of our employees, Emmy! She is a creative person who loves to channel her inspiration and makes things by hand! Here are some more facts about her.

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{1} What is your floral industry background? My start came from answering an ad for a “crafty person” at a small flower shop! I’ve been hooked ever since.

{2} How long have you worked at Rockcastle Florist? 3 and a half months!

{3} What is the most memorable order you have worked on at Rockcastle? The custom flower arrangement for CMAC for the musical group, Lady Antebellum.

{4} What is your favorite flower? Dataura and Jempson weed!

{5} What inspires you in this industry? Creating beauty through my very own ideas!

{6} Tell us a random fact about yourself: I am also a potter and jewelry designer.

Talk About Eileen

Eileen is a Fairport native, and full time college student at Nazareth college. Working full time this summer and part time when she is in school, Eileen is our go to girl for anything from conditioning new flowers to assisting designers with prep work for holidays, large events or weddings. You may see her out on events with our Wedding Team providing installations of beautiful flowers. Her photography skills, known to those who follow her on Instagram, have greatly enhanced the quality of our photos and social media postings. Eileen is also known for grabbing stray flower blossoms and adding them to her long hair while working at the shop.

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{1} What is your floral industry background? Before starting here, I had no floral industry background. I just thought flowers were pretty to look at and smelled nice.

{2} How long have you worked at Rockcastle Florist? About 5 months now.

{3} What is the most memorable order you have worked on at Rockcastle? The first wedding I serviced has been the most memorable. I absolutely loved setting up all of the centerpieces and being able to give the bride her bouquet. I love it more and more every time.

{4} What is your favorite flower? Sunflowers are my favorite.

{5} What inspires you in the industry? Nature, and all of the gorgeous sights & flowers I see while hiking.

{6} Tell us a random fact about you: I lived in Chile and traveled around South America for 10 months after graduating high school.

Talk About Karen

Today we’re hoping on over to our Greece location to hear more about one of our sales associates, Karen!

Karen Jackson{1} What is your floral industry background?  I started at Wegmans. 

{2} What is the most memorable order you have worked on at Rockcastle?  I had the pleasure of meeting a gentleman that was buying one red rose for his 65th wedding anniversary. He said he has done this every year for her.

{3} What is your favorite flower?  I like tropical flowers. They are almost like a mini vacation.

{4} What inspires you in the industry?  I like to help people personalize their choice. Whether it be for a 1st date, anniversary, new baby, prom, funeral, etc. Every customer has a special story about why they are sending flowers.

{5} Tell us a random fact about yourself.  I don’t drink anything hot.

Talk About Jim

This week we’re talking all about Jim Hough, an integral part of our Canandaigua Team!

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{1} What is your floral industry background?  May 1969 Graduated from Rittner’s School of Floral Design in Boston, Mass.  1960 – 1970 Seltszer’s Garden City, Mass.  1970 – 1971 Hough Florist, Nashua, NH.  1971-1972 Brush Florist, North Scituate, RI.  1972 Towne House Florist, Johnston, RI.  December 1972 – July 1974 Barrows Newman Florist, Rochester, NY.  August 1974 – June 1980 Lasalle Florist, Chicago IL.  August 1983 – August 1985 Rockcastle Florist, Rochester, NY.  August 1985 to Present Rockcastle Florist, Canandaigua, NY.

{2} How long have you worked at Rockcastle Florist?  30 years in August of this year.

{3} What is the most memorable order you have worked on at Rockcastle? We decorated Ferris Hills when President Bush visited Canandaigua.

{4} What are your favorite flowers?  The carnation.  The dianthus family has a number of varieties that we use regularly.  There are a vast array of colors and some of the varieties have a wonderful fragrance.

{5} What inspired you in this industry?  My job is to make people happy.  As a driver I see smiling faces of those who receive our flowers.  Whatever the occasion our flowers communicate that someone cares about you.

{6} Tell us a random fact about yourself.  I have two sons who both live overseas, one in Paraguay and one in Nepal.  Dan and Sarah in Paraguay have five children and are expecting their 6th in January.  Dave and Hannah in Nepal have two children and are expecting their 3rd in January.

Talk About Barb

This week we’re talking all about Barb Kaiser, one of our fabulous sales associates in our Rochester location.

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{1} How long have you worked at Rockcastle Florist?  I started working at Rockcastle Florist in June of 2013.

{2} What is the most memorable order you have worked on at Rockcastle?  It’s actually not an order I took, but the flowers I received at my wedding in July of 1992.  We used Rockcastle for our wedding in a Karate Studio.

{3} What are your favorite flowers?  Pink carnations for their simplicity and beauty.

{4} What inspired you in this industry?  The opportunity to support people as they celebrate and remember the important events and loved ones in their lives.

{5} Tell us a random fact about yourself.  I have been studying Isshin Ryu Karate for over 25 years!

Talk About Shawn

This week the spotlight is on one of our Canandaigua team members.  Read on to learn more about Shawn, his appreciation for nature and more:
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{1} What is your floral background?  I started working at Rockcastle Florist in the green houses on Gibson Street in 1996.  As we stopped growing and used the greenhouses less, I moved into the flower shop and started designing.

{2} How long have you worked at Rockcastle Florist?  I worked full time 1996-2001, part time from 2001-2010, and am now the Assistant Manager, full time since 2010.

{3} What is the most memorable order you have worked on at Rockcastle?  For me the Gill wedding in 2012 at Sonnenberg Gardens.  We designed 2 large spheres placed on silver pedestals that were really impressive.  You don’t get to work on pieces like that very often!

IMG_3260{4} What is your favorite flower?  Daffodil, I love the scent and it is one of the first flowers of spring!

{5} What inspires you in this Industry?  Nature, everywhere you go there are flowers and plants!  I really enjoy more natural materials and textures.  It is great to use all of these elements to create something beautiful for people to enjoy.

{6} Tell us a random fact about yourself.  I am an animal lover, especially interested in Birds!

Talk About Ismeta

This week we’re talking all about Ismeta Bandulj, Flower Buyer and Designer in the Rochester Location.

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{1} What is your floral industry background?  I was born in Jugosburja (Bosnia) and worked as a Floral Designer there.

{2} How long have you worked at Rockcastle Florist?  I have worked at Rockcastle Florist for 15 years.  I applied here shortly after we moved to the USA and spoke very little English.  We kid at work that most of my English was learned here at the Shop.

{3} What is the most memorable order you have worked on at Rockcastle?  A young man once came to the shop with a Growers Box of 150 roses that he ordered on line.  He asked for a presentation bouquet with as many as we could manage.  I was able to design a bouquet with all 150.  It was very large and very heavy!

542435_4022863288200_1236014315_n{4} What are your favorite flowers?  Tulips, sunflowers, and calla lilies.

{5} What inspired you in this industry?  Working with beautiful flowers and making people happy with creative designs.

{6} Tell us a random fact about yourself.  I am a big dreamer and wish I could fly.

Talk About Lisa

This issue is all about Lisa, the Manager and Wedding Team Leader in our Canandaigua location.

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{1} What is your floral industry background?  I started in the greenhouses of Stella in 1983 and quickly moved to the design room and sales.  Shortly after, I left the floral business and got other jobs.  Nevertheless, I ended up getting back into the industry, working at Cuddeback Florist in Canandaigua as a designer and sales coordinator in 1985.  After spending some time in this role, I moved up to manager and designer of Cuddeback’s Bloomfield location up until 1991.  In 1993 I took some time off to have a baby, and started at Rockcastle in 1994 as a part-time sales associate and designer.  I attended the Hixon School of Floral Design and moved into a full time designer and sales position.  Later on moving to assistant manager.  And for the last four years have been manager of the Rockcastle Florist Canandaguia Location.

{2} How long have you worked at Rockcastle Florist?  It will be 20 years in 2014.

{3} What is the most memorable order you have worked on at Rockcastle?  A halo that we made for a beautiful little girl named Annalise.  She was battling a rare form of cancer and was the flower girl in a wedding.  While the other girls got their hair done the stylist said that Annalise didn’t have enough hair.  When that little girl put that halo on and hugged me, it was by far one of the most powerful moments in my life.  She said she was pretty.  A year later Annalise passed away.  Her aunt sent me a picture from the wedding of her smiling face.  It is at my computer still!

{4} What is your favorite flower?  Alstroemeria.  It comes in lots of great colors and it lasts for so long!

{5} What inspired you in this industry?  People inspire me!  Helping them express happiness or sadness.  Bringing smiles to peoples faces.  Sharing in their wedding.  All of it makes me want to do more and show people the real power of flowers!

{6} Tell us a random fact about yourself.  I collect everything frog!

Talk About Robin

Talk About Flowers is excited to be doing a Talk About employee series.  Each month we will feature a Rockcastle Florist employee to help you learn a little bit more about them and their floral history.  First up, from our Greece location, Robin!

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{1} What is your floral industry background?  I attended Alfred State College to gain my Associates Degree in Floriculture Merchandizing.  I have been working in a floral shop since 1995.  During this time I have become an award winning designer, and have attended many floral conferences and exhibitions to keep up with the industry.

{2} How long have you worked at Rockcastle Florist?  12 years. 2 months.

{3} What is the most memorable order you have worked on at Rockcastle?  A funeral piece for a man that was an avid hunter and outdoorsman.  I have a personal connection to those interests and really understood what the family was look for even if they weren’t sure.

{4} What is your favorite flower?  To smell, freesia.  To garden, bachelor buttons or poppies.  To design with, hanging amaranthus.

{5} What inspired you in this industry?  Learning from other designers that push boundaries of traditional design and composition.  I love the calling of being resourceful and using unexpected elements.

{6} Tell us a random fact about yourself.  My family, my gardens, and my hobby farms are my happiness and muse.