A Special Client

Beth SmithAs a way to look for potential business, Facebook is a good source to keep up with what is happening in the local community. I was browsing one day and saw a post regarding an upcoming fund raising opportunity for Hounds for Heroes which is a nonprofit organization in Portsmouth, Virginia. Their motto is “enriching the lives of veterans and giving second chances to shelter dogs.”
After meeting with Hounds for Heroes, Fairfield Flowers quickly decided that we couild support their efforts in fundraising by becoming a member of their team to support their grand opening gala.

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Fairfield Flowers attended the first adoption ceremony for Malic to a veteran Smokey Adams. Our shop handcrafted a red, white, and blue boutonniere for Malic’s collar!
I was also present for the grand opening of their facility and had the opportunity to meet and greet with the local officials of Portsmouth and the surrounding areas. Karl, Charlene, I, and my husband Doug, participated in a meet and greet among the local guests and the Board of Directors of the organization. Fairfield Flowers had provided the extraordinary centerpieces that turned the heads of all the guests!
As a product of the initial contact through a Facebook post, Fairfield Flowers is now the preferred florist for Hounds for Heroes, as we stock their branded coffee cup and send out beautiful floral designs as a way to say thank you to those who donate to their organization.

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The Typical DIYer

amberblogThe most favorite part of my job at Fairfield Flowers is meeting new people from all walks of life. Our clients come to us to help enhance their celebrations, whether it be a new baby, a birthday, anniversary, or wedding.  We help bring peace and closure to the loss of loved ones.  But one of our most delighted duties are to teach our clients the beauty of creating something fantastic with your own two hands.  There are many clients that we grow strong relationships with, and the Typical DIYer has been one of my favorites.

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I remember one of the first times I met with her was to help pick out a special floral design for her daughter’s birthday.  After this her trips to the shop were monthly.  I have helped her pick out beautiful gifts, celebrate special times, and to decorate her home.  I love it when she comes by the shop with a new idea for a wreath!  She always has a theme in mind, a seasonal piece, something peaceful, or even something special for a Bongo party she’s hosting.  Every time we come up with an idea that gets us both excited.  Sometimes she places an order and other times she requests help to finish a project.  Either way we always have a great time when she stops by the store.  I hope to see my Typical DIYer friend soon, and I can’t wait to see what we come up with next!

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My Favorite Floral Client Experiences

CharleneIt has always been important to give each and every client the attention they deserve. One of my first clients was a visitor at the bank next door. We were having an open house and he came over after finishing his money transactions. He was single on that first visit, just ate our goodies and, as I remember, he did not make a purchase. Fairfield Flowers was able to gain his confidence on that first visit. He married and we were chosen as his florist for his wedding! He has purchased flowers for the birth of his daughter and then for his son. Cultivating a culture of great experiences through the important parts of this business. Fairfield Flowers was able to provide a beautiful corsage for prom and a bouquet of graduation flowers for his daughter this year, who is also a happy customer! I have been sharing knowledge about flowers with this special client for 25 years and this customer has trusted us with his business account for 25 years.

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Fairfield Flowers reputation is our most valuable asset, not only do we have a client, but we also have a friend. We are over the moon to be his chosen florist!

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Tips For Flower Classes

CharleneFairfield Flowers most popular and trendiest item is the Do It Yourself Floral Design Classes! We have had over 1,100 people take our classes!!

-Why oh why are these classes such a success and sell out each date one is scheduled?
Out flowers enthusiasts want to learn the names of flowers, they want to learn about each flowers personality, they want to be able to design basic floral arrangements, and most of all they want to learn Fairfield Flowers tip and secrets that we share in our classes!

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-How do I know if I can make something in this class?
There are no tests, no grades or grade sheets. You just learn the joy of working with fresh flowers! Staff is here to help you and help you have a wonderful time learning! Learn the methods and techniques used to help your fresh flowers last and last.

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-Learn to make creative gifts for yourself, your family, and your friends!
-15% off of any item in our store on the night of your class!
-Tips and tricks for different ways to style and arrange fresh flowers.
-You get to take your creation home with you at the end of the class!
-You will work side by side with Fairfield Flowers staff every step of the way!

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Join a your favorite class! Call and reserve your spot today! (757)474-1500

Tips for Making Your Flowers Last Longer

Beth SmithFairfield Flowers gets the question every single day; what can I do to make my flowers last longer? We love helping our customers out so we have compiled a list of tips to help you keep your beautiful blooms living longer!

 

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-Hairspray. Just as hairspray preserves your hairstyle, a spritz of hairspray can make your flowers last longer! Stand about a foot away from the arrangement and give them a quick spritz on the leaves, petals, and underside of the petals!

-Finishing touch. Fairfield Flowers offers a wonderful product called Finishing Touch which is a spray that your spritz your arrangement with every couple of days and it keeps your flowers fresh for longer! The secret is in the liquid, it has a special wax in it that just keeps the flowers thriving! Call or stop by Fairfield Flowers for a bottle of finishing touch for your home!

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-Pennies and Sugar. Tulips and daffodils will last longer if you place several pennies and a cube of sugar into the vase water! The pennies act as an acidifier which helps prevent the growth of bacteria! The sugar helps feed the flower!

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-Fresh water. Change the water in your vase every couple of days once the water starts looking cloudy. Just like you and me, flowers enjoy drinking clean water! When you change out your water be sure to include flower food in your water. Don’t have any flower food? Have no fear! Fairfield Flowers always has flower food that you can stop by and pick up for all of your arrangements!

Fairfield Flowers is always here to help if you need anymore tips for your flowers of if you need to purchase products for your arrangements! Stop by or call today!

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Tips for Buying the Perfect Plant

Barbara KeimFairfield Flowers has an amazing selection of plants that you can send to a loved one or take home for yourself! Here are some tips for choosing the perfect plant!

  • Buy local. Never buy from a big box store or online. When you buy local you know the plant has been taken care of properly and if you ever need advice or support, they are there for you!

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  • Make sure your container has plenty of drainage points. Many people grow their plants and gardens in containers. Drainage is important for the life of your plants. Without proper drainage, water can rot the plants roots and eventually kill the plant. Drill extra holes in your container if needed and fill the bottom with rocks, then with soil for even better drainage! You can always bring your plant to Fairfield Flowers if you need help with drainage!
  • Know where your plant will be living. Some plants need more sunlight than others. If a plant gets too much sunlight, the leaves can get burned by the sun. Don’t know how much sunlight your plant should be getting? Stop by Fairfield Flowers and we will help!

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  • Buy plants that are healthy. Always purchase a plant that appears full and healthy. Choose a plant that has lots of green foliage. Never purchase a plant that appears wilted or has yellow or brown leaves.

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  • Always check the soil for pests before purchasing a plant. You do not want to open your home up to anything that could be hiding in a plant!
  • Be on a weekly schedule for watering! Indoor plants do not need as much water as many people think they do! If your plant is indoors, it will not need as much water as an outdoor plant. The larger the pot your plant is in, the more water it will need. Outdoor plants will get a lot of their water from rain, but if it is summer they may need more! Not sure of how much water your plant needs or how often? Fairfield Flowers is glad to help!

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If you are unsure about any of the tips to keep your plant healthy, or simply need help choosing the perfect plant for you, stop by or call Fairfield Flowers today!

 

Get to Know the Ladies of Fairfield Flowers

Charlene, the owner, Amber, the general manager, Kristen, customer service, Leslie, floral designer, and Beth, marketing. The Fairfield Flowers ladies answer the same five questions.

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-What is one thing you will never change?: My love for family. I had some challenging struggles as a young girl which taught me to value and love my family everyday.
-My friends would say..:  That I am silly! I love having a good time and having fun! I love to decorate for every event and fill it with laughter and sillyness!
-What is the best part of being in the floral industry?: Opening the flower box every morning! Seeing beautiful flowers come in everyday always brings a smile to my face!
-What is the hardest part of your job?: Nothing! Believe it or not I love everything about my job; teaching, cleaning, making displays, doing paper work, and designing!
-When I grow up..: Never grow up! I am trying to age gracefully. The girls at the shop keep an eye on me and keep me up to date with things. I do embrace my age though, I love the new journey each year brings!


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-What is one thing you will never change?: My life experiences. Who I’ve met, where I’ve been, and who I have become.
-My friends would say..: That I am full of energy and love to make people laugh and smile!
-What is the best part of being in the floral industry?: I am able to do something different everyday! My life at Fairfield Flowers is always an interesting, new adventure!
-What is the hardest part of your job?: Not loosing my tool.
-When I grow up..: “That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up!” -Walt Disney

 


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-What is one thing you will never change?: My drive to do my best and please the people I care about. I put 120% into everything I do and I love to succeed in my job and personal life.
-My friends would say..: I am very caring. I would give the shirt off my back to help someone and I try to always make myself available when I am needed.
-What is the best part about being in the floral industry?: For me, it is how much knowledge I have gained. I knew nothing about the floral industry or flowers at all before I came to work at Fairfield Flowers. Working here has given me a new appreciation for flowers and how happy they can make people!
-What is the hardest part of your job?: Staying unique and up to date with the latest trends. It takes lots of research and lots of time!
-When I grow up..: I want to be happy in my career, marriage, and life. And I want to enjoy every minute of it along the way!

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-What is one thing you will never change?: I would never change anything about my daughter. She is perfect! I have a feeling she will be very loved throughout her life.
-My friends would say..: I love to eat! I will eat anything all the time! They would also say that I am very outgoing and that I love to laugh!
-What is the best part about being in the floral industry?: This is my ultimate passion in life, I love floral design! I could not think of anything else I would rather do for the rest of my working life. Everything about my job is my favorite part!
-What is the hardest part of your job?: I love everything about my job. The only thing I would say that is hard is funeral pieces. It is a hard thing to think about.
-When I grow up..: I hope to have gone far in the floral business and to have traveled the world designing!

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What is one thing you will never change?: My positive attitude and that all things are possible if we all work together.
My friends would say..: That I live to love and serve others.
What is the best part about being in the floral industry?: Being able to listen to customer’s needs and helping them express their feelings through flowers.
What is the hardest part of your job?: Being in videos on Facebook for the shop!
When I grow up..: I plan on sipping sweet tea and building sandcastles on the beach with my grandchildren.

 

Tips For Shopping for Clothing in Fairfield Flowers Boutique!

amberblogFairfield Flowers has a beautiful new line of boutique clothing items! Here are some tips to shop for the perfect article of clothing!

  • If a garment makes you want to do a little dance in the dressing room, buy it.

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  • Consider what you have in your closet that you can wear with the item before you buy it.
  • Don’t wait to go shopping until you NEED to… It feels like I can’t find anything I’m looking for when that special event is next week… or worse yet… tomorrow…

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  • Try on everything that catches your eye, even if you’re not sure you’ll like it! I’ve found some of my most favorite buys this way!

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  • Take your time!
  • Dress for Success! Pick something that makes you feel good.  If you’re really uncomfortable and unsure the item probably won’t get as much use.

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  • Shop at a place you love and trust. Fairfield Flowers has a beautiful selection of clothing that is quality made and personally chosen by our staff.  Stop by the shop and we’ll help you to enhance your wardrobe!

 

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We Have an Announcement to Make; We Have Adopted!


Beth SmithIntroducing Wilhelmina Angel Fairfield!

After such success in the shop,  we gathered around and just felt like something or someone was missing. After many heartfelt conversations, we determined that it was time to adopt a young lady and bring her into the shop and give her a new life with us at Fairfield Flowers. We have so many gifts to share with her and many opportunities to introduce her to our community.

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With this being said, Beth set out to find us a young lady to adopt and found her in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania!  Beth was shopping in a consignment shop and saw this beautiful young woman sitting on top of a display cabinet and just fell in love with her face.  Upon asking the store owner if she could adopt her and take her back to Virginia, Beth was told that she wasn’t available for adoption but that she had a twin sister who was.

Beth was so excited to hear this news!  However, this sister was not in Chambersburg but in Lancaster, Pennsylvania almost two hours away.  So Beth, picked up her 84 year old mother-in-law, Betty, and off they went to locate this long lost twin sister. They were told to go to the local Mall because she was last seen in the old Sears store that had been converted into an antique market.  Beth and Betty started the search.  First they stopped at Auntie Ann’s and had a fresh, hot cinnamon and sugar pretzel, and stopped into the Rack Room for new shoes.  They wanted to look and feel their best for the adoption.

After searching through row after row of dusty shelves, there she was! It was love at first sight.  No price tag was discussed no amount of money could have prevented the adoption!  It was completed with the swipe of a card.  Our newest addition to the family was on her way to her new home in Virginia. Beth safely strapped her into her grandson’s car seat,thanked and kissed Betty goodbye and off to Virginia they traveled.

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At first, the girls in the shop were cautious to fall in love with her. She was so beautiful and shy. She didn’t speak much but her eyes said it all.  She was placed in the back room on a shelf all alone. Day  after day she  would sit ever so patiently on the shelf just waiting to be accepted and to be loved. She was waiting for her purpose to be revealed to all.

So, then it happened. Fairfield Flowers had an event at Kempsville High School to participate in career days and talk to the students about the floral industry.  This was Beth’s first event and she was a bit nervous about going alone.  So she spoke with our new friend and that’s when the story was told.

She introduced herself as Wilhelmina and that she had traveled far. She shared that she had been born in Germany and that the day her mother had given her away she had been given the name Wilhelmina because it means “willing to protect”!  

We then gave her the name Angel  because we believe she was sent to America on the wings of an Angel to protect and inspire us . With no more to be said, she was given the last name of Fairfield to officially claim her as our own!  So to honor her adoption day, we made a beautiful floral headpiece for her to proudly wear on display! 

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Wilhelmina has  worn her floral headpieces to the Farmer’s Market in Virginia Beach and to both Paws for Cause fundraising events in Virginia Beach and Portsmouth!

She is now getting her semi-formal attire together to proudly display a floral crown at the Hounds for Heroes Fundraising Gala in Portsmouth on April the 29th.

We would love to invite you to the shop to meet our new love.  She’s got a story or two to tell.

 

Until then,

It’s a Beautiful Day at Fairfield Flowers

Tips for Giving the Perfect Gift

kristenblogGift giving can be hard. Don’t let gift giving wear you down and ruin the fun of finding the perfect gift! Fairfield Flowers has some great tips to gift buying that are sure to help you find the right gift for even the most picky person on your shopping list!

-No gag gifts. These kinds of gifts only cause a laugh one time, so save these for a specific occasion where joke giving is appropriate. Fairfield Flowers has many practical gifts for your special someone! We now have beautifully unique teapots, pillows, and vases!

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-No gift cards. Gift cards say to the receiver “I didn’t know what to get you so here’s this.” Gift cards are impersonal. If you have to give a gift card, because this is real like and sometimes it is inevitable, give a Fairfield Flower gift card. When they come in to redeem it we will help them find the perfect gift!

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-Gifts should be useful. People like to receive gifts that can be used on a regular basis, not something that will collect dust on a shelf. If you notice a problem, find the perfect gift to create a solution. Fairfield Flowers has the perfect useful gifts like long burning scented candles, wonderful whipped body lotion, and beautiful jewelry!

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-Gifts should be a surprise! Fairfield Flowers offers wonderful options for surprise gifts! Fairfield Flowers has a new boutique line of clothing! Your special someone will never guess that when they receive a floral arrangement that they will have a beautiful scarf or blouse along with them! Fairfield Flowers also offer a week worth of gifts! We can send your loved one a gift for each day of their special week! Just call us and let us know what they like and we will take care of the rest!

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-Gifts should be of good quality. Even if it happens to be something that they do not use every day, it should be something of high quality so it does not break. Fairfield Flowers only offers the highest quality of gifts, clothing, and flowers.

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Fairfield Flowers always has the best gifts, flowers, and gift advice! Stumped on what to get? Need more help that then tips offer? Call or stop by the shop and one of our lovely staff members would be happy to help you find the perfect gift!