No fooling, we’re offering an Easter-themed design class on April 1.
Jill Elmore, our award-winning design manager, will teach the class, which will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in our central design department, 2035 Stringtown Road, Grove City. The building is behind our Grove City store.
The price of $50 plus tax includes all materials necessary to make a fresh spring arrangement featuring tulips, lilies, carnations and daisies with accents of silk forsythia.
The arrangement is in a separate dish sitting on a bubble bowl. (Please note that the color or style of the bunny shown in the accompanying photos may change based on availability.)
Jill will offer ideas for other items that can be placed inside the bubble bowl and other centerpiece ideas for Easter tables.
Registration is required by visiting any of our stores in Bexley, Powell or Grove City or by calling Jill at 614-539-4000, ext. 119. Payment is required at the time of registration.
Entire TV shows these days are dedicated to tiny houses, so perhaps it should come as little surprise that mini-gardens are popular again.
Connells Maple Lee recently reintroduced terrariums to its product lineup. They are individually crafted and come in rope; dome (small, medium and large); and greenhouse versions.
Growing plants in transparent containers dates to Greece at least 2,500 years ago, according to University of Missouri Extension. The practice in the United States is traced to New England.
“The invention of the terrarium as we know it is credited to Dr. N.B. Ward, a 19th-century London physician. … While studying a sphinx moth emerging from a chrysalis he had buried in moist earth in a closed bottle, he was amazed to see a seedling fern and some grass growing inside. He watched them grow for four years, during which time not one drop of water was added nor was the cover removed.”
Closed terrariums are best at keeping humidity inside (followed by open terrariums and dish gardens), so they only have to be watered once per week. Terrariums and plants are great for offices as they are known to improve air quality, boost productivity and reduce stress.
Bunny Face, I love you. Bunny Face, I need you.
If you’re between the ages of 5 and 12, you can make your own Bunny Face to bring home for Easter.
The Connells Maple Lee Kids Club will play host to a free kids club event March 25 in all stores. Besides making a carnation bunny, participants will receive a balloon.
Time slots are available at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Registration is required by calling your nearest 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 has presented approximately 100 holiday cards and coloring pages for active military and veterans to the American Red Cross as part of the latter’s “Holidays for Heroes” program.
From Nov. 11-23, Connells Maple Lee invited the public to donate the items, which are destined for military installations, VFWs, American Legions, VA hospitals and retirement homes in 45 counties in the Red Cross’ Ohio Buckeye Region.
The Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
Photo: From left, Andrew Royer, regional manager, Connells Maple Lee, and Craig Nagy, regional director, service to the armed forces and international services programs, Ohio Buckeye Region of the American Red Cross.
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 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:
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.
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 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.
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.
Caden Shen, 7, likes dinosaurs, playing soccer, and walking on a nature trail.
“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 cmlflowers.com/kidsclub.
Membership benefits include a membership card, Web site activities, an e-mail newsletter, contests and in-store events.