Connells Maple Lee’s annual book drive collects 70 new children’s titles for Bexley Public Library and Delaware County District Library


Connells Maple Lee’s annual book drive collected 70 new children’s titles for Bexley Public Library and Delaware County District Library.

Bouquets for Books ran Oct. 22-Nov. 5.

Anyone who donated a new children’s book was eligible to receive a free bouquet.

The book drive will return Oct. 28-Nov. 11, 2017.

Photo: From left, Sharon Harding, sales associate at Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts in Powell, and Connie Pottle, youth services manager, Delaware County District Library.

Connells Maple Lee collecting cards and coloring pages Nov. 11-23 for Red Cross’ ‘Holidays for Heroes’


Connells Maple Lee will collect cards and coloring pages for active military and veterans in each of our stores Nov. 11-23 as part of the American Red Cross’ “Holidays for Heroes” program (formerly Holiday Mail for Heroes).

Collected cards and coloring pages will be handed over to the Red Cross, whose volunteers will organize them for delivery.

Cards may be dropped off at any one of our stores during normal business hours. Coloring pages are available at the stores or can be downloaded here:

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The Red Cross offers these guidelines for preparing cards:

• Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member” as cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program.
• Include messages of support and thanks.
• Sign your name to them.
• Don’t include letters or other personal information (photos, addresses).
• Refrain from choosing cards with glitter.

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Connells Maple Lee honors veterans with free red, white and blue bouquets on Nov. 11

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Any U.S. veteran who stops by a Connells Maple Lee store on Nov. 11 will receive a free red, white and blue bouquet.

“No one is more deserving of a national day of honor than the men and women who have served and sacrificed to protect our freedom,” said Greg Royer, president and CEO of the family-owned florist.

“It’s our privilege to offer this gesture of thanks on Veterans Day.”

The offer is available in person at all Connells Maple Lee stores: 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley, 614-237-8653; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City, 614-539-4000; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell, 740-548-4082.

2016 Bouquets for Books library wish lists

Our annual children’s book drive expands to two weeks in 2016.

Running Oct. 22-Nov. 5, “Bouquets for Books” benefits Bexley Public Library and Delaware County District Library, which have compiled these wish lists:

Bexley Public Library

Delaware County District Library
Any books in these series:
Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Elephant & Piggie by Mo Willems
Fly Guy by Ted Arnold
Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton

Anything by these authors/illustrators:
Bill Martin Jr.
Bryan Collier
Byron Barton
David Shannon
Doreen Cronin
Dr. Seuss
Eric Carle
Jan Thomas
Jane Yolen
Jerry Pinkney
Jon Scieszka
Kadir Nelson
Mo Willems
Sandra Boynton



Connells Maple Lee’s annual children’s book drive returns Oct. 22-Nov. 5 to benefit Bexley Public Library and Delaware County District Library.

For each book, donors will receive a free bouquet, up to three per family per visit, while supplies last.

Used books will not be accepted.

For more information, including library wish lists, visit

Our stores are at 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell.

It’s boos and bouquets at Oct. 29 kids club event


The Connells Maple Lee Kids Club is conjuring a Halloween-themed activity for its Oct. 29 event in all stores.

Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to make a special “Boo” bouquet and will receive a balloon.

They are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes, too.

Participants are asked to donate a new children’s book as the price of admission in support of our annual book drive — Bouquets for Books — to benefit Bexley Public Library and Delaware County District Library.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Registration is required by calling your nearest store.

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.