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Connells Maple Lee Flowers saluting veterans with free red, white and blue bouquets Nov. 11

Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts will salute military veterans on Nov. 11 by giving them red, white and blue bouquets.

The offer is available in-store only at any of Connells Maple Lee’s three Columbus-area stores: 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell.

Non-veterans may purchase the bouquet for $3.99.

“Royer’s is grateful to the brave men and women who have served our country so that we may continue to enjoy freedom,” said Tom Royer, CEO of Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts. “It’s our privilege to recognize our veterans in this small way.”

Connells Maple Lee collecting holiday cards and coloring pages for service members and veterans in November

Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts is collecting holiday cards and coloring pages for service members and veterans throughout November in each of its stores.

Connells Maple Lee will present the collected items to the American Red Cross “Holidays for Heroes” program.

Cards and coloring pages may be dropped off at one of Connells Maple Lee’s three Columbus-area stores during normal business hours. Free coloring pages can be downloaded at cmlflowers.com/heroes

The Red Cross offers these guidelines for preparing cards:

  • Use generic salutations: “Dear Service Member” or “Dear Veteran”
  • Be thoughtful with messages, expressing reasons why you are thankful for the service members/veterans; if you have a personal connection, such as a family member who served, consider adding that
  • Try not to be overtly religious, but messages such as “Merry Christmas” or “God Bless You” are acceptable
  • Do not include inserts such as glitter, photos, business cards
  • Do not include personal information such as telephone number, address or email
  • Sign your name

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 Kids Club making patriotic arrangement at Veterans Day event on Nov. 2

The Connells Maple Lee Kids Club will salute Veterans Day with a free event on Nov. 2 in all Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts stores.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to make a patriotic arrangement that includes an American flag.

Participants also may decorate a coloring page for the annual Holidays for Heroes event, for which Connells Maple Lee works in conjunction with the American Red Cross to honor veterans and active military.

Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to the Nov. 2 event.

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

Registration is required by calling your nearest Connells Maple Lee 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.

Sizing up six new arrangements for fall

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Several sure signs of the season: cooler temperatures, candy corn on grocery store shelves and the arrival of our fall menu.

Emily Mallis, Connells Maple Lee’s marketing manager, shared her insight on six arrangements making their debuts.

2820/Foliage Terrarium:

A tilted pedestal container gives a unique, updated look to our everyday dish garden while retaining its vintage feel.

2838/Rectangle Succulent:

Succulents are in, and we are keeping them trendy with this stylized design. This two-plant dish garden gives an earthy feeling, with the stone container and moss as finishing touches.

3768/Darling with Spray Roses, Extra Large:

Charmelia adds height and removing the lilies and gerbera daisy makes for a fuller look in shades of purple and pastel pinks. Ginger spray roses add a finishing touch.

3780/Triple Rose Bud Vase:

This new style of triple rose vase, with its wider lip, enhances a shift to more of an all-around look that’s a great size for an office desk or end table in the home.

3788/Baby Girl Steps:
The new L- shaped, three-quarter round design replaces the all-around look from last year. The increased height and width give it a more impressive look, with pink or blue carnations instead of an overall garden color.

3795/English Garden Vase:
We wanted to increase the number of $125 vase selections. This English garden vase was redesigned to be fuller. It no longer includes curly willow and uses stock, roses and other value flowers in place of lilies and gerbera daisies.

If you haven’t received a copy of the fall menu in the mail, you can pick one up at any Connells Maple Lee store.

And the winning arrangement name is … Tranquil Blooms

Karen Reif said her close friend received an email from Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts about this year’s name-the-arrangement contest.

“She saw it [and said], ‘You’re the creative one not me, so here you go,’ ” said the Westerville retiree.

Her friend’s hunch paid off as Reif submitted the winning entry, Tranquil Blooms. Reif entered names most days of the online contest, which ran Aug. 1-15.

“It was whatever I was feeling each day when I looked at it,” she said.

The all-around arrangement comprises three roses, stock, hydrangea, mini hydrangea, a lily, cushion poms, button poms, bupleurum, caspia, and curly willow accents swirled in a nine-inch glass bowl.

Reif will receive a Tranquil Blooms arrangement as her prize. The arrangement will debut in September.

Blacklick third-grader wins Connells Maple Lee Kids Club birthday card design contest

Abby Hollstrom of Licking Heights describes her son Logan, 8, as a “big drawer.”

“He’s constantly drawing and coloring,” she said of Logan, who is entering third grade. “Legos, lots of Legos. And reading, too. He’s very creative.”

That creativity no doubt contributed to Logan winning this year’s Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts Kids Club birthday card design contest.

Logan’s aquatic design will be featured on the electronic card that kids club members will receive on their birthdays in the coming year. His prize is a free flower delivery on his next birthday.

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 at cmlflowers.com/kidsclub.

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

‘Stems Hunger’ food drive collects 157 pounds for Columbus food pantry

Thanks to your generosity, our annual Connells Maple Lee Stems Hunger food drive collected 157 pounds of nonperishable items for the Neighborhood Services Inc. Food Pantry in Columbus.

Donors received a free carnation for each food item they contributed, up to six per visit.

This year’s event took place June 22-July 6.

In its eight-year history, the food drive has collected nearly 1,400 pounds of food for area food banks.

We need your help naming this arrangement; enter our contest by Aug. 15

It has a number, but arrangement 3771 also needs a name.

That’s why we’re asking for help by seeking submissions to our name-the-arrangement online contest through Aug. 15.

The all-around arrangement comprises three roses, stock, hydrangea, mini hydrangea, a lily, cushion poms, button poms, bupleurum, caspia, and curly willow accents swirled in a nine-inch glass bowl.

The person who submits the winning name will receive this arrangement (retail value $69.99) as a prize.

To enter the contest, visit cmlflowers.com/contest.

Limit one entry daily per email address, now through Aug. 15.

Connells Maple Lee Kids Club offers free back-to-school event Aug. 17

We’ll celebrate the start of a new school year with a free kids club event on Aug. 17.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to create an arrangement featuring lavender and yellow daisy pompons, tree fern, limonium, and a back-to-school stick-in in an orange diamond-cut vase.

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

Registration is required by calling your nearest Connells Maple Lee 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.

Connells Maple Lee’s annual ‘Stems Hunger’ food drive returns June 22-July 6

Neighborhood Services Food Pantry in Columbus

Connells Maple Lee’s annual food drive returns June 22-July 6.

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

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 any one of Connells Maple Lee’s stores: 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell.

Forty million people face hunger in the United States – more than the entire population of Canada, according to Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. The need is acute during the summer months for more than 18 million children who lose access to free and reduced-price meals through schools.