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Connells Maple Lee introduces fresh gathered bouquets

Do it yourself doesn’t mean you have to go it alone.

A case in point: Connells Maple Lee’s new fresh gathered bouquets.

Available in 13 different options (with the promise of more to come), the bouquets sell for $19.99 or $29.99 including delivery. They arrive in a brown craft paper sleeve tied with raffia, giving the package a “rustic, farmers market feel,” said Cheryl Brill, our chief operating officer.

The small ($19.99) version of the Tuscan bouquet, for instance, comprises mini green hydrangea, alstroemeria, daisy poms, viking poms, carnations, mini carnations, caspia, and tree fern. The larger ($29.99) version adds two roses to the mix.

Increasingly, flower buyers like to purchase loose bouquets they can arrange themselves, often using favorite containers, Brill said.

Hands-on

Yet customers can take comfort in knowing that each fresh gathered bouquet is professionally designed with complementary colors and textures (caspia and tree fern, for instance) in mind and then hand-assembled in our stores.

This removes some of the guesswork for customers while allowing them to be hands-on at home.

Brill said she took one of the bouquets home, trimmed the stems to the appropriate length, and dropped the bouquet into a vase.

“I couldn’t be happier with how that turned out,” she said. “And if customers can do that at home, I would think they’d be very happy with that, too.”

Many customers like to purchase for themselves. Of course, as with any other Connells Maple Lee product, the fresh gathered bouquets can be sent to someone as a gift.

While fresh gathered bouquets currently are available only in Connells Maple Lee’s market area, Brill delivered this tidbit: soon customers will have the opportunity to ship them almost anywhere in the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connells Maple Lee Kids Club celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with free event March 16 in all stores

They say that everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.

While that may be a wee bit of an overstatement, this much is true: On March 16, all Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts stores are celebrating the holiday with a free kids club event.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to make an Irish Blessings arrangement, featuring a three-inch plant in a basket that can be decorated with green foil, satin ribbon and a glitter shamrock stick-in.

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.

The other 2019 kids club events are March 16, June 29, Aug. 17 and Nov. 2.

Connells Maple Lee Kids Club springs into new year with free event Jan. 12 in all stores

It’s a paradox of nature that just as winter begins, the amount of daylight slowly starts to increase.

In other words, spring is coming. It makes a special appearance at all Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts stores on Jan. 12 for the first Connells Maple Lee Kids Club event of 2019.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to make a spring arrangement in a bird’s nest container using daisy pom pons, leatherleaf fern, baby’s breath and spring plaid ribbon.

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.

The other 2019 kids club events are March 16, June 29, Aug. 17 and Nov. 2.

Thank you for donating new children’s books to Bexley and Delaware County public libraries

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Thank you to everyone who donated to “Bouquets for Books,” which this year collected 52 new children’s titles for Bexley Public Library and Delaware County District Library.

The book drive ran Oct. 28-Nov. 10. Anyone who donated a new children’s book was eligible to receive a free bouquet.

In its 11-year history, Bouquets for Books has collected more than 1,100 books for area public libraries.

Connells Maple Lee collecting cards and coloring pages Nov. 11-Dec. 4 for area military veterans

Connells Maple Lee will collect cards and coloring pages for area military veterans Nov. 11-Dec. 4 as part of the American Red Cross “Holidays for Heroes” program.

Cards may be dropped off at any one of Connells Maple Lee’s three area stores: 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell.

Free coloring pages are available at the stores or can be downloaded here:

Christmas Tree

Santa

Ornament

Reindeer

Dreidel

Meanwhile, the Red Cross offers these guidelines for preparing cards:

  • Use generic salutations such as “Dear Veteran” 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.

Connells Maple Lee Kids Club saluting veterans with Nov. 10 event

Red, white, blue and you!

For its final kids club event of 2018, the Connells Maple Lee Flowers & Gifts Kids Club is honoring the service of all U.S. military veterans.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to make a patriotic arrangement, featuring red and blue carnations and an American flag.

As the price of admission, participants are asked to bring a new children’s book for Bouquets for Books, Connells Maple Lee’s annual book drive to benefit area public libraries.

Participants also will receive a balloon and may decorate a coloring page for Connells Maple Lee’s annual Holidays for Heroes event, which honors veterans and active military members.

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.

 

 

2018 Bouquets for Books library wish lists

Our annual children’s book drive, Bouquets for Books, returns Oct. 28-Nov. 10 to benefit Bexley Public Library and Delaware County District Library.

The libraries have provided these wish lists:

BEXLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY

The greatest need is books for first- through fourth-grade reading levels.

DELAWARE COUNTY DISTRICT LIBRARY

Young Adult:
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Life L1k3 by Jay Kristoff
Beauty that Remains by Ashley Woodfolk
A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena
The Belles by Dhonnielle Clayton
Long Way Down or anything by Jason Reynolds
March Series by John Robert Lewis

Juvenile:
Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
Rhythm Ride: Road Trip Through the Motown Sound
The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller
Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead
All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
Patina or anything by Jason Reynolds
Dog Man Series by Dav Pilkey
Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell
Owl Dairies Series by Rebecca Elliot
Who Was Series by various authors
Princess in Black Series by Shannon and Dean Hale

Picture Books:
Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
Noodleheads see the Future by Tedd Arnold
Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Cordell
The Wonkey Donkey by Craig Smith
Wordy Birdy by Tammi Sauer
We Don’t Eat our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins
Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

Connells Maple Lee collecting new children’s books Oct. 28-Nov. 10 to benefit area public libraries

Give a new book, get a fresh bouquet.

That’s the simple proposition behind Connells Maple Lee Flowers and Gifts’ annual children’s book drive, which this year runs Oct. 28-Nov. 10.

The book drive benefits Bexley Public Library and Delaware County District Library.

For each new book, donors will receive a free bouquet, up to three per family per visit, while supplies last. Used books will not be accepted.

For library wish lists, please click here.

Connells Maple Lee (cmlflowers.com) has stores at 3014 E. Broad St., Bexley; 2033 Stringtown Road, Grove City; and 8573 Owenfield Drive, Powell.

 

 

Connells Maple Lee Kids Club offering four more events in 2018

Thank you to everyone who joined us Jan. 20 for the first of five kids club events planned for 2018.

Be sure to mark your calendars as you won’t want to miss these upcoming events:

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day theme

June 23: Stems Hunger food drive/Fourth of July

Aug. 25: Fall

Nov. 10: Bouquets for Books/Holidays for Heroes

Kids club events are open to children ages 5 to 12. To get the most out of the kids club, it’s best to register for it here or by stopping by any of our stores.

You’ll receive a membership card and Buds, our quarterly email kids club newsletter, which will tell you about opportunities to win prizes and support our charitable events.

We look forward to seeing you soon at another fun, free kids club event!

We’re bringing ‘shabby chic’ to Columbus Weddings Show, Jan. 13-14

The HGTV series “Property Brothers” always starts with a couple oohing and aahing over a gorgeous home that, ultimately, they can’t afford.

Never fear, the twin-brother hosts help the couple find a fixer-upper that affordably mimics their dream home.

That dynamic is not unlike some prospective brides who come to us with photos of gorgeous photos they’ve found on Pinterest. Sometimes the flowers in those photos are more expensive than a wedding budget will allow.

Jill Elmore, Connells Maple Lee’s bridal consultant, is OK with that. She wants to know what brides envision for their dream wedding. If she ultimately must bring them back to reality, she said, she can do that.

Jill will bring that philosophy with her to the Columbus Weddings Show, Jan. 13-14 at the Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th St. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

You’ll find Jill and her Connells Maple Lee colleagues in Booth 102.

Jill has plenty ideas of her own to share. She said “shabby chic” is the current trend.

“It’s not really country,” she said, “but it’s not really elegant, either.”

It includes lots of giftware items that brides can incorporate into their weddings, Jill explained, such as wooden lanterns, chalkboards, whitewashed screens.

Jill said the elements also might include a variety of greens with hand-tied flowers, or garland running down a table, across a doorway or above a backdrop of latticework. Connells Maple Lee’s booth also will feature giftware that could be given as gifts to the wedding couple.

Jill encourages brides to share their visions. She can work with that, she said, sounding just as confident as those HGTV hosts in her ability to deliver the look they want at a price they can afford.

“I can give you the wedding you want but within Dad’s budget,” she quipped.