Connells Maple Lee donates $790 to Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research

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Connells Maple Lee has donated $790 to the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James).

With every sale of our “Power of Pink” arrangement, Connells Maple Lee donates $10 to breast cancer organizations. The arrangement is available year-round.

The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research supports breast cancer research, including genetics, as well as technology needs for research, patient care, medical education and training on breast cancer at the OSUCCC – James.

In the photo above are Andrew Royer, regional manager, Connells Maple Lee, and Erika Beasley, assistant director, community partners program at the OSUCCC-James.

It’s a ‘Celebration of Summer’ at Aug. 20 kids club event

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The Connells Maple Lee Kids Club is drinking in the season with its free “Celebration of Summer” event on Aug. 20.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to create an arrangement in a party cup and adorn it with a pinwheel stick-in.

Participants also will receive a free balloon.

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

Registration is required by calling your nearest Connells Maple Lee store.

We hope to see you there!

We’re moving to Bexley Centre in August



We’re relocating our Bexley store in August to the Bexley Centre shopping center.

The move to 3014 E. Broad St., next to Block’s Bagels, should be completed in time for an Aug. 1 opening. Connells Maple Lee, which has operated a Bexley store for decades, has been at 2408 E. Main St., Bexley, for the past 10 years.

Andrew Royer, regional manager for family-owned Connells Maple Lee, said the new space comprises 3,000 square feet.

“It’s a smaller space than we’ve had, which is going to make us more efficient,” he said. “Our lease was up on East Main Street, which is why we started looking at our options. We’re excited to be a part of Bexley Centre.”

The store’s phone number will remain 614-237-8653. Its hours of operation will stay the same: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Michelle Butler is store manager in Bexley; Richard Hart is the assistant manager.

First-grader Caden Shen wins 2016 kids club birthday card contest

Caden Shen, 7, likes dinosaurs, playing soccer, and walking on a nature trail.

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“And he likes to draw a lot,” said his mother, Wen.

In fact, he’s now an award-winning artist. His drawing of flowers is the winning entry in the 2016 edition of Connells Maple Lee Kids Club birthday card design contest.

His design will be featured on the electronic card that Connells Maple Lee Kids Club members will receive on their birthdays in the coming year. Caden’s prize is a free flower delivery on his next birthday.

Caden lives in Westerville with his mother and father, Jon Shen. He will be a first-grader at Annehurst Elementary School.

Thanks to everyone who entered this year’s contest.

The kids club is free to ages 5 to 12. With parental permission, children may register for the kids club at any Connells Maple Lee store or online at

Membership benefits include a membership card, Web site activities, an e-mail newsletter, contests and in-store events.





Connells Maple Lee Kids Club event June 18 to kick off annual ‘Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger’ food drive

Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts’ annual food drive – Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger – will take place June 18-July 2 to benefit the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

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Connells Maple Lee Kids Club will help out with a special event on June 18 for children ages 5 to 12.

They are asked to donate a non-perishable food item as the price of admission and to bring an empty food can in which to make an arrangement for themselves.

Participants also will have an opportunity to enter the kids club’s birthday card design contest and will receive a balloon.

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

Registration is required by calling your nearest Connells Maple Lee store: 2408 E. Main St., Bexley, 614-237-8653; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City, 614-539-4000; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell, 740-548-4082.

Connells Maple Lee’s annual food drive returns June 18-July 2


Connells Maple Lee’s annual food drive returns June 18-July 2, now twice as long as it used to be.

Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger benefits the Mid-Ohio Foodbank.

For each nonperishable food item, donors will receive a free carnation, up to a maximum of six carnations per visit.

Donations may be dropped off during regular business hours.

Our stores are at 2408 E. Main St. (Route 40), Bexley; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell.

Meanwhile, to make a monetary contribution online, visit

Connells Maple Lee Kids Club birthday card design contest entries due by June 30

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Light the candles. Connells Maple Lee’s annual birthday card design contest is back.

Children ages 5 to 12 may enter the contest at any time through June 30.

The winning design will adorn the Connells Maple Lee Kids Club birthday card, which will be emailed to all kids club members on their special days.

The winning artist will receive free flowers on his or her birthday.

Entry forms are available at all Connells Maple Lee stores or downloaded at

To be eligible, entries must be dropped off at a Connells Maple Lee store by June 30: 2408 E. Main St. (Route 40), Bexley; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell.

Join us at April 24 ‘Wedding Experience’ show


Connells Maple Lee is tying the knot with Columbus Bride & Groom’s “Wedding Experience” show on Sunday, April 24.

It will be our first involvement with the show, which will take place from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Embassy Suites by Hilton Columbus Airport, 2886 Airport Drive.

We’d like for you to be our guest. Free tickets are available at our Grove City store, 2033 Stringtown Road, while supplies last. Otherwise, tickets are $12 each for pre-registration or $20 each at the door.

You’ll find our booth right inside the door of the New Albany ballroom, which will feature a summer theme. We’ll also have two tablescapes — one formal, one casual — in the center of the room to offer ideas for decorating guest tables.

More than 80 vendors will be on hand for the Wedding Experience, which will feature a “mini mock” wedding reception, complete with food and drink samples, including wedding cake.

A separate room will accommodate The Savvy Bride Resale Market, where former brides sell new or gently used items to brides-to-be.

Brides who pre-register (or avail themselves of our free tickets) will be eligible for a scavenger hunt and grand-prize drawing at the end of the show.

For more information about the show, click here.

Magnetic ceramic pot + hardy plant = minimal care


Talk about having magnetic personality.

LiveTrends Design Group has come out with what the Florida-based company calls “magnetic living art,” pairing non-scratching magnetic ceramic pots with hardy plants that require minimal care.

“Water once a month and display anywhere,” according to LiveTrends.

How about sticking one on your refrigerator at home or on a filing cabinet at work?

A pot would make a great Administrative Professionals Day gift or end-of-school year present for a teacher or bus driver. Plenty of customers are buying pots for themselves, which is OK, too.

The pots (each one fits in your hand) come in multiple colors with one of two plant families: succulents or bromiliads. They retail for $8.99 each and are available in all of our stores.

LiveTrends has only been around for a few years. Bisser Georgiev started the company after 20 years with Hermann Engelmann Greenhouses, a leader in the indoor houseplant industry.

Of his new venture, Georgiev said: “I want to see it as a playground more than just a company.”

Who wouldn’t want to play with one of these fun magnetic pots?


‘Freedom’ on the march when it comes to roses


We’ve all heard the line from Shakespeare: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose/By any other name would smell as sweet.”

Far be it for us to quibble with “The Bard,” but names do matter when it comes to distinguishing among rose breeds. This certainly is the case with our standard red rose, which is anything but standard.

Known as the “Freedom” variety, it has been our primary rose since its 2004 introduction by the rose-breeding experts at Rosen-Tantau in Germany. The pure-red Freedom rose, which is grown in South America and Mexico, is known for being a productive plant that is highly resistant to pests and diseases.

What’s more for consumers, the Freedom rose makes a big impression with its deep color, size (flowers range from 5 to 7 centimeters across), and long vase life.


Some tidbits about roses courtesy of

  • Shakespeare referred to roses more than 50 times in his writings.
  • Napoleon’s wife Josephine grew more than 250 rose varieties.
  • Archeologists discovered fossilized remains of wild roses that were more than 40 million years old.
  • The world’s oldest living rose is 1,000 years old and flourishing on the wall of Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany.
  • The rose hips (the part left on the plant after a rose has finished blooming) contains more Vitamin C than almost any other fruit or vegetable.