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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

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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 midohiofoodbank.org/ConnellsMapleLee.

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 cmlflowers.com/kidsclub.

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

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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

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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

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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.

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Some tidbits about roses courtesy of aboutflowers.com:

  • 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.

Connells Maple Lee Kids Club gets head start on Easter with free event March 12

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Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts stores will be hoppin’ on March 12. An egg-cellent time is sure to be had by all.

The Connells Maple Lee Kids Club is getting a head start on the Easter Bunny with a free event in the company’s three Columbus-area stores.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to make a special Easter arrangement (above) 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.

Order early delivery for Valentine’s Day, and you’ll have March covered for free

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Mother Nature has no qualms with interrupting our plans.

Fingers crossed, weather won’t mess with Valentine’s Day. But it’s best to anticipate the worst and order early.

Besides, this year Feb. 14 falls on a Sunday, so you’ll have to order early if you want to send flowers to your loved one at his or her place of work.

And let’s face it: When the recipient’s colleagues gush over the flowers you sent, it makes you look pretty good, too.

If you need more incentive, we have it by the dozen: Orders delivered Feb. 8-12 will be accompanied by a coupon redeemable for one-dozen rose bouquet. The coupon is valid any time in March.

Food and book drives expanding to two weeks

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Each of our two primary charitable endeavors — the Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger food drive and Bouquets for Books children’s book drive — will expand to two weeks beginning this year.

They have been one-week events until now.

“Even with the tremendous success of these efforts, we think the potential exists to generate even more community involvement,” said Greg Royer, president and CEO of family-owned Connells Maple Lee.

“People are busy, and it takes some effort to shop for food or books and drop them off at our stores. We want to make sure there’s enough time for them to do that, because the need certainly is great.”

This year, Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger will run from June 18 through July 2; Bouquets for Books will be Oct. 22 through Nov 5.

Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger benefits the Mid-Ohio Foodbank; Bouquets for Books donates books to Bexley Public Library and Delaware County District Library.

Kids club announces 2016 schedule of free events

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Connells Maple Lee Kids Club is returning with five free events in 2016, giving children ages 5 through 12 the opportunity to make floral projects and play an important role in our biggest charitable events.

Kids club events always take place on Saturdays in all of our stores, with time slots available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

This year’s schedule and themes:

Jan. 23: Valentine’s Day

March 12: Easter

June 18: Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger food drive

Aug. 20: Back to school

Oct. 29: Bouquets for Books children’s book drive/Halloween

The best way to stay connected with kids club activities is to become a registered member. It’s free and takes only a few minutes to complete the process.

You can start by clicking here.

We look forward to another fun, fulfilling year of activities!