Facebook is amazing

In a flower shop, something always needs to be done.  After the beautiful gifts and arrangements are created and in route, there are a million things to do like washing buckets, cleaning the cooler, etc.   Now in the modern world there is social media.  However, who has time for socializing when there are vases to be washed?  We do!


We have recently been working and updating our facebook page and are so delighted that we did.  It is really difficult to put into words how much we love hearing from our customers (called fans on facebook).  Who knew that something like a website could allow us to become more personal with our customers?


As our most important job is being a vessel of communication between two or more people, we often wonder about the outcome of life’s events that we become a part of when we deliver flowers.  We sometimes discuss past events and wonder what happened after the flowers were delivered.  Did she forgive him?  Was he embarrassed to receive a bear and balloons at work?  Did they live happily ever after?  Who did she chose?  Was he comforted knowing others were praying during his darkest hour?  Did they imagine that we said a prayer for comfort during this difficult time?  Did she find out that we wrote the card when he couldn’t find the right words to say?


As our facebook page becomes more popular we are anticipating a deeper relationship with our customers.  The better we know you, the more we can help you express your thoughts, feelings, and emotions through the art of flowers.  We are also excited to see your photos and hear the stories of what happened after the flowers were delivered. 


If you haven’t already become a fan of Cross Lanes Floral, we cordially invite you to visit our page on facebook today.  It is really easy to do.  Sign in your facebook account.  Go to the search box at the top right of the screen.  Type in Cross Lanes Floral.  Our page should appear and then you can “click” the box that says “become a fan”.  


Well, it’s time to go.  We have flowers to process and buckets to clean.  Oh and facebook to view as well!


Pat Harold

Cross Lanes Floral


CLF staff attends holiday design show

This past Sunday, we attended a holiday design show for local florists.  The guest speaker was Tom Bowling AIFD, PFCI.  While Tom may not be famous to the general public, he is a superstar in the floral industry.  Tom has worked on major events such as a number of  Rose parade floats.  He has also served as the assistant floral director for the Academy Awards for the past several years.  He currently serves as the vice president for AIFD (American Institute of Floral Designers).

I met Tom several years ago when he owned his own flower shop outside of Cincinnati.   He was hired by a large chain (where I was employed) to train their floral designers.   We would travel to Columbus twice a year to attend all day training seminars taught by Tom.  Some time later, he sold his shop in order to pursue other avenues in the floral industry such as those mentioned above.  

It was a real pleasure to attend a show so close by with other florists from around the state.   It is always fun to learn new techniques in the art of floral design.  It also gives us an opportunity to share ideas, tips and techniques with others in our field.

Tom demonstrates a design

Tom designed some wonderful transition pieces that successfully blends autumn with winter.  By mixing traditional evergreens (normally used in winter pieces) and the wonderful bold colors of fall, the two seasons are joined into a spectacular design.      


Christmas and holiday designs are generally created with traditional colors of white, red, and green.  However, by using more unique containers, updated  shades of holiday colors, and less traditional designs, a more modern, yet classic  look is created!   The wonderful smell of evergreen was always a constant, reminding you of holidays past and preparing you for the holidays yet to be experienced.

Beautiful holiday arrangement

It’s a great day to celebrate having a job!

Bosses Day dates back to 1958.  Patricia Bays Haroski, an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Illinois, registered it with the US Chamber of Commerce.  Ms. Haroski chose October 16th, as it was her father’s birthday, who happened to be her boss too!  Mrs. Haroski was observant of the obstacles her father faced running a company and yet managing to be a continued source of inspiration and encouragement to all of his employees.  It was her wish to convey how much she respected him not only as her father but also as her boss. 


In 1962, the governor of Illinois, Otto Kerner, officially proclaimed the day.  Employees all over the world, even countries such as Australia, England, and South Africa, started celebrating Boss’s Day.


Today, Boss’s Day is marked as the day to improve the relationship between employees and supervisors.  Additionally, the day helps employees reflect on the difficulties and pressures that the boss has to face daily to run an organization.  There are more than thirty seven million professionals working in management, supervisor, and other related fields in the US alone.  Bosses and supervisors are not only responsible for delegating orders and overseeing productivity, they are also playing more complicated roles as mentors, motivators, and team builders.


In order to create a more pleasant workplace, workers and sub-ordinate’s relationship with the boss needs to be improved every day for greater productivity and job satisfaction.  Celebrating Boss’s Day at work is a beginning step to achieving that goal.  There’s no doubt that job satisfaction in any organization depends largely upon the constructive relationship between the employee and the boss.


Boss’s Day is the time to show your respect and gratitude to your boss.  So, on the occasion of this Boss’s Day, try to make him or her feel special as well as appreciated for the efforts that he or she has put forth.  After all, it is a great day to celebrate having a job!!!!

 The Boss's Bounty