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Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger food drive returns June 17-July 1

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Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts’ annual food drive returns June 17-July 1.

Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger will benefit the nonprofit Neighborhood Services Inc., which operates the Choice Food Pantry at 1950 N. 4th St., Suite J, Columbus.

In 2015, Neighborhood Services served 1,826 families and 22,225 individuals through its food pantry and other programs.

For the food drive, donors will receive a free carnation for each nonperishable food item they contribute (limit six per visit).

Donations may be dropped off during regular business hours at one of Connells Maple Lee’s stores: 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City; or 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell. For Neighborhood Services’ food wish list, click here.

Another drop-off location is the Drayer Physical Therapy Institute outpatient center at 4090 Gantz Road, Grove City.


2017 Stems Hunger food drive wish list

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The 2017 edition of our annual food drive, Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger, benefits Neighborhood Services Inc., which operates Choice Food Pantry in Columbus (above).

Nonperishable items can be dropped off June 17-July at our stores in Bexley, Grove City and Powell. For every item, the donor will receive a free carnation, up to six per visit.

Neighborhood Services has compiled this wish list of items:

Canned meats: Think beyond tuna and soup, which food banks get tons of. Instead go for canned beef, ham, chicken and canned salmon.

Canned vegetables: Everyone donates green beans and corn. Instead, give potatoes, carrots, spinach, peas or any other veggies your family likes.

Canned fruit: Not pineapple. This is the most commonly donated fruit. Any other fruit, particularly those in fruit juice without extra sugar, would be great. Any dried fruit.

Boxed meals that require only water. Hamburger Helper isn’t helpful if you don’t have hamburger.

Low-sugar cereal such as plain Cheerios.

Peanut butter

Instant oatmeal, instant grits. Require only water.

Beans. Canned or dried. Red kidney, black, northern and chickpeas are popular.

Pasta of any shape, pasta sauce.

Biscuit/baking mixes that require water only.

Evaporated/powdered milk in cans, cartons or boxes.

Diapers in sizes above newborn, plus wipes.

Toiletries: toothbrushes, soap, toothpaste, lotion, shampoo and conditioner, feminine hygiene products (unscented pads will be most universally used), warm soaps, lip balm, gloves, stocking caps

Spices such as cinnamon, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, garlic, cumin, paprika.

Chocolate: It’s not a necessity but just a pick-me-up.


Connells Maple Lee’s annual kids club birthday card design contest runs through June 30

This is one birthday celebration that lasts an entire month.

Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts’ annual birthday card design contest, which is open to children ages 5 to 12, runs through June 30.

The winning design will adorn the Connells Maple Lee Kids Club birthday card, which is emailed to all kids club members on their birthdays. The winning artist will receive free flowers on his or her birthday.

Entry forms are available at all Connells Maple Lee stores or can be downloaded here.

To be eligible, entries must be dropped off at a Connells Maple Lee store by June 30: 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City; or 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell.


Revive your roses with these easy steps

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Even when handled with great care, the heads of your beautiful roses could drop over within a few days of receiving a bouquet.

It’s not that the flowers are old. Rather, it’s likely that an air bubble got stuck in the stem, preventing water from getting in.

With these easy steps, you can bring the roses back to a robust state:

1. Fill a sink with 2 inches of water;

2. Remove the roses from their vase and submerge the stems in water;

3. While they are submerged, cut the stems (scissors are fine) approximately 2 inches from the bottom. A diagonal cut is best as it provides the most surface area for water to get in;

4. Allow the stems to soak in the water for an hour.

When you place the roses back in the vase, they should be in good shape once again.


Connells Maple Lee giving back portion of online prom sales to area high schools

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Area high schools compete in many ways, from football games to tennis matches, debates to television quiz shows.

Here’s a new one for them to consider: prom flowers. Except in this competition, there are only winners.

For the first time, Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts is returning a percentage of online prom sales to participating area high schools in the form of cash or flowers. For total sales of $2,500 or more, schools will earn 15 percent; for sales below $2,500, they will earn 10 percent.

The schools can use the reimbursed cash or flowers at their discretion.

“It’s not school against school, but we are hoping to generate a little friendly competition among them,” said Greg Royer, president and CEO of family-owned Connells Maple Lee. “If a school registers and records even one online prom sale, it wins. We look forward to seeing which school comes out on top.”

Prom season has begun and continues into early June. Connells Maple Lee has compiled a list of high schools and dates of their proms in the seven counties in which the company operates.

By going to cmlflowers.com/prom, dance-goers can select their school from a drop-down menu and then shop for corsages and boutonnieres.

As of Tuesday, two schools had registered to participate. If a school has not registered, it can do so by having one of its prom organizers contact Jaime Kevles at jaime.kevles@cmlflowers.com.


Our flowers are rooted in many places around the world

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North America to South America. Europe, Africa and Asia.

Oh, the places we’ll go to procure high-quality flowers.

We’ve previously told you about our regular trips to Bogota, Colombia, which has an ideal climate for growing roses, for instance.

Here’s a sampling of other flowers and the countries from which we source them:

Hydrangeas/pompons: Medellin, Colombia
Iris/tulips: Holland
Dendrobium: Thailand
Gerbera daisies: Canada
Hypericum: Ethiopia
Carnations/alstromeria: Bogota, Colombia
Gypsophilia: Quito, Ecuador
Sunflowers: United States
Sweetheart roses: Holland


Our proposal: join us at the Bridal Spectacular on April 23 in Grove City

 

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The pleasure of your company is requested at the 2017 Bridal Spectacular.

The event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. April 23 at Aladdin Shrine Center, 1801 Gateway Circle, Grove City.

Connells Maple Lee will be among the vendors, showing a variety of bouquets for brides and attendants and table arrangements highlighting popular colors and trends for this year.

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The Bridal Spectacular will feature wedding vendors and health and beauty experts from Columbus and the surrounding area.

Other offerings will include in-home job opportunities, food tasting, product demonstrations. More than 35 door prizes include a free outdoor ceremony package ($500 value) from Aladdin Shrine, complete with setup and an extra hour and a half of event time, and a grand prize of a free night’s stay for two at Candlewood Suites in Columbus.

Guests also may register to win a four-night/five-day honeymoon package, including roundtrip airfare to Blue Diamond Rivera Maya Resort.

You can join us for free by downloading and presenting this Bridal Spectacular 2017 ad. Aladdin Shrine Center offers abundant free parking.


Join us for an Easter-themed design class April 1 in Grove City

No fooling, we’re offering an Easter-themed design class on April 1.

P1030093Jill Elmore, our award-winning design manager, will teach the class, which will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in our central design department, 2035 Stringtown Road, Grove City. The building is behind our Grove City store.

The price of $50 plus tax includes all materials necessary to make a fresh spring arrangement featuring tulips, lilies, carnations and daisies with accents of silk forsythia.

The arrangement is in a separate dish sitting on a bubble bowl. (Please note that the color or style of the bunny shown in the accompanying photos may change based on availability.)

Jill will offer ideas for other items that can be placed inside the bubble bowl and other centerpiece ideas for Easter tables.

Registration is required by visiting any of our stores in Bexley, Powell or Grove City or by calling Jill at 614-539-4000, ext. 119. Payment is required at the time of registration.

 


Terrariums back on the job — and perfect for the office

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Entire TV shows these days are dedicated to tiny houses, so perhaps it should come as little surprise that mini-gardens are popular again.

Connells Maple Lee recently reintroduced terrariums to its product lineup. They are individually crafted and come in rope; dome (small, medium and large); and greenhouse versions.

Growing plants in transparent containers dates to Greece at least 2,500 years ago, according to University of Missouri Extension. The practice in the United States is traced to New England.

“The invention of the terrarium as we know it is credited to Dr. N.B. Ward, a 19th-century London physician. … While studying a sphinx moth emerging from a chrysalis he had buried in moist earth in a closed bottle, he was amazed to see a seedling fern and some grass growing inside. He watched them grow for four years, during which time not one drop of water was added nor was the cover removed.”

Closed terrariums are best at keeping humidity inside (followed by open terrariums and dish gardens), so they only have to be watered once per week. Terrariums and plants are great for offices as they are known to improve air quality, boost productivity and reduce stress.

 


We’re putting our best ‘Bunny Face’ forward with free kids club event March 25

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Bunny Face, I love you. Bunny Face, I need you.

If you’re between the ages of 5 and 12, you can make your own Bunny Face to bring home for Easter.

The Connells Maple Lee Kids Club will play host to a free kids club event March 25 in all stores. Besides making a carnation bunny, participants will receive a balloon.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Registration is required by calling your nearest store: 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley, 614-237-8653; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City, 614-539-4000; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell, 740-548-4082.