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Countdown to Customer Appreciation Day

 

We love you guys (seriously, I’m writing this blog post on New Year’s Eve) so we’re celebrating our awesome customers as a kick-off to 2017. This year’s Open House is all about you – so stop by your local branch to join the fun!

You seriously won’t want to miss out – every customer that comes in will have a chance to raffle for a slot in our Mayesh Design Star Workshop – if that’s not an incentive, I don’t know what is! Here are a few details regarding the workshop raffle: Our California branches will form one group with two tickets available for the Carlsbad workshop, and Chandler & Phoenix will have one ticket total for the Phoenix workshop. Miami and Las Vegas will not be participating in the Workshop Ticket raffle. Winner is responsible for travel & accommodations, Mayesh will only cover cost of ticket. Be sure to stop by your local Mayesh branch for a chance to win!

Most of our locations will be hosting their event during business hours, but a few branches sent us specifics on what their day will look like, so if you’re a customer of our Phoenix, Carlsbad, Houston or Riverside branch, check out the deets including food, fun, and of course, FLOWERS!

 

MAYESH CARLSBAD

 

Live flower demo’s 8:00am and 10:00am by Shelley Anders

Garden rose display

 

MAYESH HOUSTON

 

Live flower demo’s 11:00am and 3:00pm by:

-Maria Maxit of Maxit Flower Design

-Jonathon Sage of Jonathon Andrew Sage Designs

-Ace Berry of Fulshear Floral Design and others…

We will be raffling 5-25% off shopping throughout the day

Taking Valentine’s Day pre-books

Showcasing flowers from all over the world

 

MAYESH RIVERSIDE

 

4-8PM

Receive discounts on Valentine’s Day pre-books 

5% off already discounted pre-book pricing

Meet your sales rep. one on one and secure your flowers for the Holiday. 

10% off all Supplies – (only on the night of the open house)

**All Accounts must be in good standing to receive pre-book pricing

 

MAYESH PHOENIX

 

Phoenix is hosting an entire day – Customer Appreciation goodies in the morning, and Circuit Training (Problem Solving 101 for Modern Florists) in the evening.

Open House: 6:30am until 2:30pm

Circuit Training: 5:30 to 8:30pm (Food & Hors d’oeuvres from 4:30-5:30)

Presenters include:

Kate Mellow of Bloom & Blueprint

Seth Schortz of BloomNation

Gay Smith of Chrysal USA

Brad Beck of Design Master w/ Diane Gonzalez

Ikuko Hashimoto

Only $45.00 per person | RSVP 623.582.1290

 

MAYESH DETROIT

 

Raffles to win Plants and Supply Gift Baskets

Sandwich, fruit and veggie platters

Raffle for a slot in our Design Star Workshop being held at their location on November 14th (Customer must come in to register)

 

MAYESH CHANDLER

 

All Day – 5:30am – 2:30pm
5:30pm – 9:00am: Breakfast
11:00am – 1:30pm: Lunch

Special Valentine’s Day Pre-Book prices if ordered in person by
Owner/Manager

Door prizes!

Raffle for a slot in the Design Star Workshop being held at the Phoenix location on February 28th

(Phoenix and Chandler – will be combined for 1 ticket total to the PHX workshop)

 

MAYESH CLEVELAND

 

5% OFF Premium Freedom Roses; Brunch

10% OFF on supplies excluding items that are on their Sale Flyer & all floral foam

(Mention our remodel Supply Dept)

Raffle for a slot in our Design Star Workshop being held at their location on March 21st!

 

MAYESH CHARLOTTE

 

All day – 7:00am – 3:00pm

Flower displays from Growers

Door prizes!

Take advantage of our Huge Supply Sale

10% OFF Fresh (with your visit – with all fresh taken that day)

Light Breakfast – Light Lunch

Still taking Valentine’s orders

Raffle for a slot in our Design Star Workshop on July 11th!

 

MAYESH LAS VEGAS

 

Come and see our “EXCLUSIVE” One Day ONLY Specials during Open House for Valentine’s Day!

MDS Vendor Feature: Tristan Needham & Jeremy Chou

 

With our first Mayesh Design Star workshop just around the corner, we wanted to give you a little taste of just what you’d be getting as an attendee. You’ve heard about our fabulous Design Star, Christy Hulsey, so wanted to highlight some other people involved!

We’re pulling out all the stops for our first workshop, and have put together a dream team of vendors to help create an amazing experience for you.

So without further ado, I’d love to introduce two very important people vital to the success of our first workshop. This duo has worked together on many editorials and shoots, so we’re excited to see their vision come to life in January.

 

 

Tristan Needham Design | @tristanneedhamdesign

 

Tristan was introduced to us by Christy at the start of this whole journey. The two of them work side by side on many design projects, and have an impressive portfolio of beautiful shoots and events. Tristan is a stylist & editorial designer based in Savannah, Georgia, who believes in “simple, yet meaningful designs.”

She is the brains behind the aesthetic of this workshop, and is passionate about telling a story through her designs. | Photo of Tristan: The Happy Bloom

 

 

Jeremy Chou Photography | @jeremychouphotography

 

Once Tristan came on board, she introduced us to Jeremy as the perfect candidate for photographing the workshop. With a background in Architecture, Jeremy is a fine art wedding photographer in Pasadena, CA. Similarly to Tristan, he uses his camera to tell the story of each couple and their special day.

Jeremy’s experience with weddings will translate beautifully as he helps us document the workshop, including individual close-ups of each attendee’s designs! These photos will be available to you for your personal and business use afterward, and are sure to be a fantastic addition to your floral portfolio. | Photo of Jeremy: Troy Grover

 

Like I mentioned before, Tristan & Jeremy have already worked on a number of projects & styled shoots before, so we wanted to share a few of their collaborations (click to view larger images):

 

 

Oldfield Plantation Elopement Shoot / Oldfield, SC

Flowers / Colonial House of Flowers (aka our Design Star!)

 

Lewis and Clark Elopement Shoot / Portland, OR Workshop

Flowers / Flourish by Kay

 

Cannon Beach Bridal Shoot / Portland, OR Workshop 

Flowers / Flourish by Kay

 

Greystone Mansion Elopement Shoot / Beverly Hills, CA

Flowers / Martha Claire Floral

 

Lastly, we wanted to refresh your memory on everything that will be included in the workshop, what you’ll be taking home with you, and show off the beautiful space you’ll be working in!

 

 

{LOS ANGELES WORKSHOP TICKETS}

 

 

OTHER WORKSHOP DATES + TICKET INFO

And the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year Is…

 

As someone with a degree in Interior Design and now working in the flower industry, my inner design geek waves its flag every year as we await Pantone’s big reveal! I’m sure many of you can relate, and this year was no different.

Well, the wait is finally over, and I have to say, I’m pretty excited over the 2017 pick! Not only is my favorite color green, but it goes hand in hand with the garden style that is so popular in floral design right now, and in my humble opinion, here to stay. On top of all that, we use the words “foliage” and “greenery” interchangeably, so both the color and its name couldn’t be more fitting.

To find out all the beautiful types of greenery (see how perfect it is?!) Mayesh has to offer, including but not limited to the products below, be sure to reach out to your local branch or sales rep to get your hands on all the greens! And if you don’t already have a sales rep, you can get started here.

 

So, what do you guys think? Are you into next year’s Color of the Year or are you already awaiting 2018?

 

 

Save the Date: Mayesh Customer Appreciation Day

 

Have we told you how much we love you? Well, it’s true, and we’re going to be kicking off 2017 by showing you just how much! We wouldn’t be Mayesh without our wonderful & loyal customers, so we’re dedicating our 2017 Open House to you.

So mark your calendars & be sure to stop by your local branch on JANUARY 18TH, we can’t wait to celebrate our awesome customers!

Mayesh Houston & Allied Florists of Houston Recap

Allied Florists of Houston & Beth O'Reilly Hands-On Program

 

On November 15th, The Allied Florists of Houston held their monthly meeting at Mayesh Houston, featuring our very own Beth O’Reilly AIFD CFD TMF as this month’s presenter! Early in the day, a group of designers participated in an intensive hands-on workshop with Beth, followed by the evening event & program. Leading up to the presentation, guests mingled among one another while nibbling on delicious bites from Eidelweiss Catering and sipping on refreshing drinks.

Beth’s interactive demo featured a number of gorgeous designs, and like the true educator she is, Beth made sure to explain everything – from mechanics to container choice, to the reasons behind her flower choices. She engaged her audience and answered questions throughout the whole presentation, and talked techniques using Design Master products and different ways to incorporate them into designs. Beth featured a wide array of designs, from everyday sellable designs to over the top floral art. In the eloquent words of Alex Torres AIFD CFD TMF, her program was an “ethereal vision of floral divinity. Beth’s aesthetic point of view ranges from unadulterated  classic form to unabashed bohemian rhapsody. Her exquisite use of color and floral selection is second to none.” Quite the ringing endorsement! 

It was a wonderful evening for all in attendance, and we’re so glad we had the opportunity to host the last remaining Allied in Texas. For a more in-depth and beautifully written description of the event, be sure to check out Alex Torres’ article in the Allied Florist’s of Houston magazine. And if you’re in the area, head over to their website to learn about upcoming shows & educational opportunities in 2017.

 

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Allied Florists of Houston & Beth O'Reilly Hands-On Program

Mayesh Announces New Website & Online Shopping

Mayesh's new website

If you are reading this blog post then you probably have noticed, but just in case you’ve been buried under some flowers and just came up for air, I have some very exciting news! We have a brand new website!!

We are inviting all visitors to explore Mayesh’s newly redesigned website and online shopping. The updated site has been created to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigation designed to assist customers in finding quality flowers and educational resources. The site includes online shopping, product showcases, design videos, inspiring blogs and more. Mayesh.com’s sleek responsive design is accessible and functional on any browser or mobile device.

In addition, Mayesh has launched a new online shopping experience, MayeshMarket, where registered florists can shop a very robust inventory and place flower orders for full box lots any time of the day. Depending on where you are located, you can have your ordered delivered to your local Mayesh for pick up or delivery, or have your order shipped directly to your door. Watch the video below for a quick demo of MayeshMarket. Also, as you know Cyber Monday is quickly approaching and we do have plans for an exciting offer. So be sure that you have your username & password for MayeshMarket. Anyone that has purchased in the last year on our old ShopMayesh site should have already received their new login credentials. If you have not made a purchase online, then we will need you to register for MayeshMarket. You can do that here and please be aware that it could take 1-3 days for your registration to be approved as we have to verify all of the information before granting you access to the site. Keep that in mind as CyberMonday approaches.

I would love for you to check out mayesh.com and MayeshMarket and let me know what you think. Leave your thoughts in the comments below and please feel free to share our site with your fellow flower friends.

Mayesh Portland Grand Re-Opening Recap

 

A few weekends ago, Mayesh Portland invited customers to join them in celebrating the opening of their brand new space in the Portland Flower Market! It was a great success thanks to manager Amy Gebhardt and the support of her team, not to mention how awesome the new space itself is! Large, open and fresh, Amy has done a great job transforming the space in to a completely branded, Mayesh location that is welcoming to customers and the ideal place to host a party. The furniture rentals she ordered from Westcoast Event Productions were even on brand – you made the marketing team proud, Amy 😉

 

Portland Grand Re-Opening

 

The event itself garnered about 200 guests plus a number of Mayesh employees and members of the family, myself included. The evening kicked off with a collaborative, hands-on demonstration with Debra Prinzing of Slowflowers.com & Katie Davis of Ponderosa & Thyme. Debra created two arrangements, focusing on all local product, while Katie made a textural hand-tied bouquet using a mixture of local and imported blooms. Debra & Katie were a great duo, and the audience loved them!

 

Portland Grand Re-Opening

Portland Grand Re-Opening

Portland Grand Re-Opening

 

Throughout the rest of the night, guests enjoyed a beautiful charcuterie spread from local caterer White Pepper, sipped on drinks (poured by yours truly and my cousin/fellow marketing guru Jenn McJunkins), listened to live music by The Last Holdouts, and mingled with industry professionals and the Mayesh community. David Shwartz of BloomNation attended as well, opening himself up to talk to anyone interested in learning more about what BloomNation has to offer.

 

Portland Grand Re-Opening

Behind the scenes – how cute is Jenn the Bartender with her little step stool?!

 

Thanks to everyone who joined us for an awesome event, and to the Mayesh Portland staff for helping put on such a great party! Check out the rest of the event photos in the slideshow below.

 

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Field to Vase Dinner / Woodland, WA

Field to Vase Dinner

 

This past Sunday, some of our Mayesh Portland branch continued a busy, flower filled weekend (following their amazing grand re-opening party, more on that to come!) and attended the Field to Vase dinner at Holland America Flowers in Woodland, WA.

 

Portland manager Amy Gebhardt described it as a wonderful evening with amazing food  as well as drinks, some of which which were provided by one of the few distilleries in the US run by a women, Eastside Distilling in Portland, OR. As with the rest of the dinner tour, American Grown Flowers described the event as having a focus on “celebrating the idea that the flowers at the center of the table should be as fresh, local and sustainable as the food on your plate.”

 

Check out some of the beautiful photos from the final Field to Vase dinner of 2016!

 

 

Mayesh Floral Forum: Flower Substitutions

 

You’ve all come across at least one of these frustrating scenarios: your bride comes to you with their vision in mind, a vision which MUST include dahlias. The only problem? Dahlias aren’t in season during her wedding. Scenario two: six months before the wedding, you tell them you can get X, Y or Z flower, and the week before, there’s an unexpected shortage due to something completely out of your hands, like the weather.

So we asked our panel, how do you deal with substitutions, and breaking the news to your clients that the flower they wanted so badly won’t be available for their wedding? How do you ensure that your bride is still happy?

 

 

Floral Forum

Beth O’Reilly

 

I strongly believe that the most successful floral artists and salespeople sell an emotion; a look and a feeling, NOT a flower!  The way wedding flowers are sold is VERY important, both on a retail level and a wholesale level.  On the retail end of things, a bride needs to be guided in a way that provides the best possible outcome for her expectations.  Sometimes honing in on clues to understand what she is expecting is one of the most important skills for wedding florists to learn.  Also, pin pointing your concerns with any unreasonable flower expectations that she has right off the bat is imperative.   All of this has to be done with tact and finesse in order to  make her feel confident in your abilities to carry out her vision regardless of any availability issues or requests that she has her heart set on.  Mother Nature plays a huge part in her plans and she needs to know that if you can’t get a peony, for instance, you are going to choose a substitute of like value, color and feeling. If her peonies aren’t available, she should understand that its not that you or your wholesaler dropped the ball…it is simply that Mother Nature and the farms that grow them have not been able to provide it at the time of her wedding.  It is kind of like going to the grocery store…one week the grapes are big and fat and juicy and the next week they are small and a bit sour.  We work with them though.  We add a little sugar and maybe some other fruit that is sweeter to make a great combination.  Flowers are kind of like that.  It’s a great analogy that I have used often in the wedding consultation- especially if I think that a substitution may need to me made when her wedding rolls around. 

 

On a wholesale level, I think it is important for wedding florists to understand the challenges that their wholesale partners face as well.  Just like consumers need to be educated by their florists, retailers need to be educated by their suppliers.  It is unreasonable for any florist to expect that their wholesaler can “guarantee” any highly seasonal product that is in great demand.  A peony or a dahlia is a great example.  Really any flower that is trending becomes highly sought after and creates a demand that makes that flower more likely to have availability issue, especially during peak wedding season.  It is so important that you find a wholesaler that you can partner with.  Finding a company that will educate you and that you can trust to do everything possible to find the flowers you need but to also have great substitutions in mind and on hand should your requests become an issue the week of your event. 

 

I feel that flower trends and products change very quickly.  Just because a florist has been in the business for 20+ years does not make them an expert when it comes to market availability and varieties.  It is an ever-changing landscape.  If I can offer one solid piece of advice as you order and purchase your flowers, it would be to keep an open mind and utilize your talents in a way that makes what Mother Nature has to offer work for your clients needs and also to trust your sales rep to make good decisions on your behalf.

 

 

Floral Forum

Cynthia Sanchez

 

I get this quite often. I find most my clients have at least one favorite flower but they just don’t know when they are in season. It’s really just a matter of educating my client on what is in season at the time that they are getting married and providing great substitutions for flowers that they may love but can’t necessarily get.  I like to ask about colors they’re working with or what vision/theme they may have instead. Then we can design everything as a whole. I’ve found this helps people see the “big picture” a little clearer than to just focus on specific flowers at first.

 

Substitutions are great. I let my clients know that if we have to substitute something we’ll choose something with the same look or style to what we were planning. I’ve also noticed that when brides show me images of flowers they like, a lot of my brides think garden roses are peonies.  This is why garden roses are great substitutions for peonies. That’s usually my first option when somebody wants peonies. If they’re looking for dahlias or ranunculus, etc. I like to substitute flowers with a similar look or feel to what they like. For example: if a bride wanted ranunculus, I might substitute it for a spray roses or some scabiosa if I’m looking to use it as a more delicate accent to flower arrangements.

 

Because flowers are alive and no two are ever the same, I have a clause in my agreement which states I will use substitutions on any items I either can’t get or isn’t up to par with our standards. I think this clause has been very important to have because every so often you might find that some bunches you’ve ordered just don’t look quite as fresh as you would normally like them to be. Since we florists make flowers ahead of time, I’d rather substitute a different flower that I know will look great and give me the same end result than to have that particular bunch of flowers look even worst on the day of the wedding and risk having me possibly trash those flowers anyway. 

 

Floral Forum

Rachael Lunghi

 

This is such a great question. I’m a pretty straight forward in person in general, but believe it’s not what you say, it’s how you say it 🙂 So i just try to break it to them gently but also keep them realistic//set expectations. 

 

What’s nice about living in CA, is sometimes we get fluke items 🙂 Like random peonies or ranunculus off season. And so i’ll explain that to them as well and tell them I’ll do my best, but can’t guarantee they’ll get that specific bloom because it IS off season. I also try to encourage them to trust me to choose some pretty substitutions-and ALL of these stipulations are listed within my contract as well-just to make sure we are covered! 

 

In terms of scenario two: OOF this has definitely happened. and I think it’s all about communication//expectations again. Since I usually start wedding prep much earlier in the week just before the wedding, I tend to be able to nip this in the bud. And if i can’t get the item, I’ll just let them know it! Sometimes these things just don’t come in, or they come in and they’re not their best quality. SO, I just communicate that and then send the client photos of my pull cart or some other pretty items we’ve pulled for them to try to keep them excited! It’s all about remaining flexible and positive and encouraging them to do the same!

 

Floral Forum

Veronica Cicero

 

When it comes to breaking the bad news, I tend to do it right up front without hesitation. However, if there is a slight chance that it will be possible I mention it and make sure that they understand I am not committing to it, but will make note of their wish list to surprise them the day of the wedding. Nowadays, I have learned from my past mistakes and I do not promise any specific flowers especially to brides. My commitment to each one of our brides is to stay true to the design as a whole and not the specific blooms. 

 

 
 

Thanks to our Floral Forum for your advice on avoiding these sticky situations! To sum it up, try to be as honest & transparent as you can with your client, focus on selling a “feeling” rather than a specific flower, and if all else fails, include a clause about substitutions in your contract! And as always, if you have anything else to add to the topic, please tell us in the comments below!

Mayesh Houston & Allied Florists of Houston Hands On Program

 

Join Mayesh Houston & Allied Florists of Houston for a hands-on program with our

2015 Mayesh Design Star Beth O’Reilly AIFD, TMF!

 

WHEN:

November 15, 2016

4-6pm Hands-On Portion | 6-9pm Evening Program

 

WHERE:

470 Garden Oaks Blvd. Houston, TX 77018

 

25 LIMITED SEATS FOR HANDS ON PROGRAM

Member Registration Priority until 11/1/16

Open to Non-Members Afterwards

$75 Members / $100 Non-Members Includes Hands On Program, Dinner & Evening Program!

 

EVENING PROGRAM ONLY

$25 Members / $35 Non-Members

 

PLEASE RSVP

 281-360-1364 for Registration Form & Online Payment

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