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The Lonely Bouquet at Della’s Maple Lane Florist

It was brought to my attention that we helped inspire some florists to carry on with The Lonely Bouquet mission long after our national Open House & Lonely Bouquet Design Day, which was held this past June.  So when I saw an email from our Detroit branch letting us know about Kristyne Carian-Case of Della’s Maple Lane Florist, I knew that I had to interview her to get more details.  If you only have a minute to read through the interview, then be sure to skip to the 7th question below (“I’m sure you have heard back from many of the recipients – any particular story that stands out from the rest?”), but be sure you have some tissues handy!  I seriously love the power of flowers!!

 

When did you start The Lonely Bouquet for your shop?

We started right after the Mayesh open house, around July 5th or so.  It was slow and that is why I had extra flowers around the 4th of July, so I decided to try it.  I would rather give away my flowers and let someone enjoy them than let them die in my store and throw them away!!  I also love doing things like this – it makes people very happy!!!

 

What kind of response do you get from your community?

The people who have received the bouquets send the most touching emails or post them on our Facebook page. They are REALLY making peoples days, cheering people up, and traveling all over, someone who finds one may not keep it themselves, they may give it away to someone else.

 

When did you first hear of The Lonely Bouquet? I heard about the Lonely Bouquet idea from Mayesh Wholesale, they were doing it as part of their open house and I could not attend.  I thought it was a great idea.  I do a lot of similar things to the Lonely Bouquet so I am always looking for ideas to brighten the day of unsuspecting people.

 

Was there anything specific that happened to prompt you to continue creating/abandon Lonely Bouquets

Well I couldn’t attend the open house and do one at Mayesh and this particular week I had a ton of Birds of Paradise & foxtail, so made a sample for my designer and she made up 20 to start with.  We used a cheap red container, 2 birds, red gerberas, yellow roses and statice, they were simple and elegant. I would much rather give my flowers away than throw them in the garbage, so when I see I am long on certain items I give my customers bonus flowers in their arrangements, mixed bouquets etc…or have a nomination on our Facebook page of who may need flowers and why, I usually pick them all and send out arrangements to people who need them for various reasons.  Here is the first one we did:

How many have you dropped/left/abandoned already?

I wish I would have counted them from the start, but to date it is approximately 200 or more. (I am guessing based on the cases of containers I have used.)  We generally stay in the city of Troy, MI and drop them in the entrance of a store, in an office building lobby, a parking lot, an outdoor restaurant table that is empty, the hallway of the hospital, the hallway or elevators of doctors offices, even the parking lot of the funeral home!!  We do it as we are making our normal deliveries and I have a driver that comes in now and her and her son or daughter will go out for the day and drop them all over.  She donates her time and uses her own vehicle because she wants to do her part in making people happy too.  I very seldom pay her, she won’t let me (but when she is making deliveries and doing this, she is being paid)!!

 

How long do you plan on creating your own Lonely Bouquets?

I had planned on stopping at the end of July, but we find ourselves making more and more, because the stories we are getting back are making us very happy!!  It really brings us great joy to read them, so I think I am going to continue at least until the end of August.  I am kind of ordering more flowers than what I need to have an excuse to make more.  People that have heard have donated vases to us and I’ve called my wholesalers for some cheap container options.  We are having so much fun with it!!  There are a lot of the stories on our Facebook page, and if you read some of them you will understand why we want to continue.

 

I’m sure you have heard back from many of the recipients – any particular story that stands out from the rest?

The story below was called into us, so as soon as my employee, Michelle, got off the phone, (and in tears!!) I set her up on our Facebook page to tell her story:

We just received the most touching Lonely Bouquet story…
Gail Bedell was at Troy Beaumont last week, taking her daughter, Cali, to her regular treatments for the severe health issues she’s having. That day happened to be Cali’s 47th birthday, and on the way to treatment that morning, Gail had told her that she didn’t have enough money for a birthday present, due to overwhelming medical expenses. While at the hospital, Gail walked outside and saw a man set down a floral arrangement and leave. She thought it was odd that he had done that, and walked over only to see that it was a Lonely Bouquet! She took the arrangement home and hid it so Cali wouldn’t see it and made a card to go with it. When her and Cali got home, Gail surprised her with the flowers! Cali was SO surprised and expressed to her mom that she shouldn’t have done that because they couldn’t afford it. Gail told her that she didn’t buy them, and told Cali the story about finding the Lonely Bouquet. Gail told me that they both sat there and sobbed, and couldn’t believe the greatest act of kindness they had both ever seen. Gail said she is so extremely grateful that we did that and that she was the one to find them! She carries around the pink note attached to the Lonely Bouquet, and told us that she shows it to everyone, at least 20 people she has shown so far. She plans on showing it to everyone she comes in contact with, to let them know what we did for her that day.

 

I see you have received news coverage, how did that end up happening for you?

The driver who was doing this for me emailed the Troy Patch to let her know what we were doing.  She says she’s sick of all the bad stories and thought this would be a good one.  The woman from the Troy patch did a great job on the story, here is the link to the story:
http://troy.patch.com/groups/goodnews/p/random-acts-of-kindness-blooming-all-over-town#.U9FpxwqB384.facebook

 

Are there any other activities that you participate in, other than The Lonely Bouquet, to give back to your community?

We do give-aways on Facebook for flowers – we ask people to nominate someone who deserves them and why.  We gave away a 5 pound Sanders chocolate Easter Bunny at Easter, an Origami Owl necklace at Mothers day, and of course we donate all kinds of things from gift cards to flowers and things for local school fundraisers or teacher appreciation or whatever.  I donate as much as I can, especially to schools and the elderly or good organizations that are local here in Troy.

 

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Email:  dellasmaplelaneflorist@gmail.com

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2014 Mayesh Lonely Bouquet – The Bouquets

International Lonely Bouquet Day was officially held on June 29th, but we thought it would be fun to have hundreds of florists spread happiness and the love of flowers for our 2014 National Open House!

The event took place on June 25, 2014.  We provided a great selection of complimentary flowers for our customers to create a bouquet, which they left for unsuspecting recipients across the country – over 250 bouquets in all.  Spreading joy one bouquet at a time and bringing smiles to people’s faces!

Watch the video to see a sample of the bouquets made at each of our wholesale flower branches – Bakersfield, Carlsbad, Chandler, LA Flower Market, Las Vegas, LAX, Orange County, Oxnard, Phoenix, Portland, Riverside, Charlotte, Cleveland, Miami, and Detroit.

We received a great response on social media from many who received the bouquets.  Be sure to read & see the reactions here by clicking the following link:http://www.mayesh.com/Blog/tabid/67/EntryId/431/Adopted-Mayesh-Lonely-Bouquets-2014.aspx

If we ever doubt in the importance of flowers, all we need to do is recall this amazing day!  Thank you to all that participated and to our vendors who helped donate flowers to our branches!  You all rock!

 

 

Detroit Heart Ball 2014

Detroit Heart Ball

 

We are truly blessed to be involved with several organizations that strive to make a difference in people’s lives.  One such organization is the Southeast Michigan American Heart Association!  Our CEO, Patrick Dahlson, along with members from our Detroit branch attended this year’s event at the Eastern Market last month.  See a couple of pictures from the ball below!

 

Detroit Heart Ball

Detroit Heart Ball

Adopted Mayesh Lonely Bouquets 2014

Last Wednesday, we hosted our first ever Mayesh Lonely Bouquet Design Day!  We are still working on putting together all of the pictures from our branches, but I am estimating that with the help of our amazing customers, we were able to send out around 250 Lonely Bouquets!!  So many florists got in the spirit to help spread joy and give others the opportunity to experience the power of flowers.  These bouquets helped brighten the day of the recipients and in some cases the flowers were adopted by people that really needed them!  I loved reading through all of the stories, so I wanted to make sure that I shared as many of them as I could!

 

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The Unexpected Bouquet from Patrick Dahlson

Occasionally, our CEO, Patrick Dahlson sends flowers to people he encounters.  He recently had the opportunity to meet someone who is not part of our industry and asked if he could send some flowers to her work, but she requested that the flowers be sent to her mother instead.   Below is her reaction and “I think this is a beautiful illustration of the powerful emotional impact flowers have on people”, says Patrick Dahlson.

Thank you SO MUCH!!!!   I just spoke to my mother on the drive home; she didn’t pick up her flowers until today (she works 2nd shift so they were left at the office for the apartment).  She loved the flowers – she told me to tell you that no man in her life has ever gotten her flowers. She said that my younger brother got her a silk rose once, but she’s not sure if that counts.

Mom named a lot of the flowers that were in the bouquet – she said it was beautiful and she appreciated that you picked a spring bouquet.  When we were growing up, my mother had a planted garden.  We were in St. Louis in a poor neighborhood and were among the few yards that had anything.  I remember daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, and roses…and other flowers that I don’t know the names.  Mom kept going on about the fragrance of the hyacinths – she really misses their perfume because she can’t grow them out here in the desert. 

I just want to thank you for being so generous and making my mother really happy, thank you so much!  The flowers reminded her of her garden long ago and she’s just thrilled!

I think it should be our mission to ensure that everyone has received fresh flowers at least once in their lifetime!  Who’s with me?

 

2014 The Jump Ball, a Suns Charity Event

We had the pleasure of working with one of customers, Avant-Garde, on the Jump Ball, a major fund raiser event for the Phoenix Suns Charities.  Below you can read the thank you we received and see some pictures that Avant-Garde shared with us from the event!

Avant-Garde would like to thank you for your participation with the Phoenix Suns Charity this past weekend.  The flowers were pronominal and the quality of the flowers were incredible.  The Director of the event was blown away by how beautiful the room was and the flowers really reflected the IGNITE theme in the room.

Thank you for all of your help in creating a beautiful event.

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Orange County Wholesale Florist: Horizon Group

In the middle of the Valentine’s Day holiday, our Orange County location hosted Horizon Group, a group of special needs adults.  The day included a tour of our facility, a short presentation about where our flowers come and how they are transported. Additionally, the group enjoyed a hands-on flower arranging class as well as a barbeque for all the adults in the program, the aides, teachers and Mayesh staff.

“In the craziness of the holiday, it was really great to end it very humble and giving to those with needs. I think the staff enjoyed it and we know the young adults enjoyed it a bunch.” – Jill Dahlson

Here are some pictures from this memorable day:

 

Lonely Bouquet in Oxnard, CA

As you all know we had to postpone our National Open House, but some friends of our Oxnard branch still wanted to do something Lonely Bouquet related.  Here is the email and pictures that I received from Cindy Castaneda:

Although Lonely Bouquet {Design Day} was postponed some of our customers still had friends flying in from out of state (New York) and wanted to still participate.  They took the bouquets to our local Port Hueneme Naval base to hand out to our soldiers and their families.   Feel the love! 

Harvest Festival 2013 – Orange County, CA

Our Orange County branch put a spin on their pumpkin carving event by including a food drive and bake sale to raise money for a local charity,Illumination Foundation.  Their Harvest Festival was successful and a whole bunch of fun.

The branch made around $350 from the bake sale, and collected a BIG box of canned food items.  A special thank you goes out to Polly’s Pies, Starbucks, and Vons for their corporate donations, and to Baker Party Rentals for their tables and linens. We could not have pulled it off without our sponsors, not to mention the countless hours of baking and decorating that the Mayesh employees did on their own time.

A friend of Orange County, Ellyn from Vons, gave up her day off, took the time to help collect the money for the bake sale, baked items for the bake sale, and gave a $25.00 gift card.

It is really nice to kick off a season of giving with such great people!!  Check out the pictures below from the event:

 

 

2013 Art in Full Bloom Recap

This year’s event was a great success and really built on the excitement from last year’s Art in Full Bloom by partnering with Safe Nest this year.  We had 32 pieces of art with corresponding floral pieces created by local Las Vegas artists and florists. With an estimated attendance of 200+ attendees, our event collected clothes and raised between $4,000 to $5,000 in cash and silent auction sales!

 

“I think the real win of the evening was raising awareness of Safe Nest and highlighting Mayesh’s commitment to this community.” 
~ Jonahs Kneitly, Mayesh Las Vegas Manager

 

If you weren’t able to make the event or not in the area but want to donate to Safe Nest, please click here.

Here’s a glimpse of the great energy and wonderful talent showcased at this year’s event (click to view full album & pictures on Facebook):

 

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