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62nd Annual Arkansas Florist Association Convention

The Arkansas Florist Association is throwing their 62nd annual convention “The Splendor of Christmas” this August 15-17 in Hot Springs, AR at the Hot Springs Convention Center!

The Classes

splendor2You will definitely want to attend this year’s convention for the educational opportunities. There are some incredible designers on tap this year, including Marie Ackerman AIFD, PFCI; Tom Bowling AIFD, PFCI; Jackie Lacy AIFD; Ann Jordan AIFD, Mandy Majerik, AIFD, PFCI and the 2013 Arkansas Cup Winner, Kathy Rodocker. The shows will include hands-on prom designs, Christmas, sympathy, and many other topics.

There will be something for everyone!

The Company

Beyond the numerous opportunities to learn from some of the best in the industry, you’ll also have the chance to meet other florists from around the state and surrounding areas. You can reunite with old friends as well as make some new ones.

And speaking of friends, don’t forget to go by the FSN booth to chat with Shelley and Krystal. I’m sure they’ll have some goodies for you as well as all the information you might need on Flower Shop Network.

The outside temperatures may be high, but the beauty of the Christmas season is sure to keep things cool. Come on out for a great time!

2014 FSN Summer Splash Bash

FSN had its annual summer party Tuesday night, and it was a BLAST! With a highly competitive Baggo tournament, a wet and wild water park for the kiddies and the always popular karaoke opportunities, there was a little something here for everyone. And let’s not forget the best part, friends and family. Scroll through the photos below for your glimpse of our Summer Splash Bash!

Welcoming the Group

Brock takes a moment to welcome everyone to the Summer Splash Bash on behalf of himself and Loranne. Everybody looks excited to be here!


Here are a couple of our Baggo competitors! In case you weren’t sure, this is the game where you attempt to toss bean bags into a small hole.

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Another Baggo action shot.


Our Baggo team winners!!


Momma and baby enjoying the pool.


Marla getting her feet wet.


Because it’s water fun time!


Thinking hard about these water jets.


Posing with her new patio set!


Too bad you can’t hear the inarguably impressive dulcet tones of our very own Irving as he serenades the ladies.

FSN has had one crazy summer, and it’s just keeps getting better! We’ve had baby showers, cookouts and now a water park party. What’s next? Keep it tuned right here to the Bloomin’ Blog, and we’ll keep you updated on all our company-wide shenanigans! And if you’d like to see our complete set of pictures, check out the Summer Splash Bash folder on our FSN Facebook page!

An FSN Baby Shower!

FSN’s SEO Specialist and blog contributor Kelly Wheatley and her husband Bart are preparing to welcome their first child! (The doctor tells us it’s a boy.) And Flower Shop Network was excited to honor them with a baby shower. Don’t worry, we aren’t going to leave you without some excellent photos of the event. So sit back, relax and enjoy!

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Kelly and Bart posing in front of their delicious cake  (I sampled it extensively to bring you the most up-to-date and accurate information.)  And look at those cute baby booties! Squee!




And what Flower Shop Network event would be complete without the customary arrangement? But enough about the preliminaries, lets get to the good stuff!


Yay, baby clothes! They’re so adorable!


Even more onesies!


Oh yeah, baby is gonna have a blast with that! I need one of those for my own living room.


We gotta get dad in a few of these too right?


Books and toys! Does it get any better? I know my kids don’t think so.


Sippy cups! The #1 recommended way to keep your kids hydrated while eliminating potential water spills.


And last but certainly not least, a seat guardian. Keeps the baby seat from slipping. Safety first! And just look at those smiling faces.

We all had fun and enjoyed the cake and punch while Kelly and Bart got lots of lovely and very useful things. But even with all of that, there was still one thing missing … the baby! Word is it should arrive sometime in mid-August. I’m practically giddy with excitement so I can’t even imagine how the new parents-to-be must feel! All I can say is, Kelly better bring it by the office soon. I’ll try to snap a pic and update this post when that happens. Keep an eye on us!

FSN Summer Cookout

For the next in a series of summer activities planned here at Flower Shop Network, we decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and have a cookout. We also split the entire office into teams for an exciting group-building exercise and tons of free prizes. We take summer pretty seriously around here … seriously fun that is!

Warming it Up

This is the massive grill we used to cook up all the hamburgers and hot dogs the staff could eat, and more!

The Goods

Hmmm, they look a little less appetizing while still in the packaging.


Wait a minute, yeah! That’s the stuff! Yum!


This was so popular I couldn’t get a photo until the first wave had passed. Uh oh, I’m hungry again.

The sides

And buckets of peanuts? Uh, yes please!

Delicious Deserts

A very small sampling of the delicious deserts available at the cookout. Seriously, there were possibly four times this many delectable options, many of which were homemade. It was yummy.

Team Building Exercise

And here’s the team building exercise we worked on this week. The goal was to set this PVC pipe on the ground without anyone’s finger coming off the pipe. It’s harder than it sounds.


But they did it!

Don’t fret, there are plenty more exciting FSN activities you’ll have a chance to peek in on all summer long! Just keep an eye on the Bloomin’ Blog or our Facebook page. See ya next time!

FSN Relay for Life!

The American Cancer Society held its annual Relay for Life this past weekend, and Flower Shop Network was out in force! We whipped up a fantastic team name, the Flower Patch Kids, put together a wonderful raffle prize and rallied our staff to walk for charity. There was no end to the fun had throughout the evening and through to the next morning. Delirium began to set in around 4 am just after the fudge round eating contest, (First place went to our own Mandy Maxwell who downed four in under a minute. Impressive!) but we persevered. Check out the photos below for examples of all we offered our booth attendees!

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Here are the ladies showing off their new Relay T-shirts! FSN bought one for every staff walker.

Fun with Signage

A wealth of charity fund-raising activities to be had at the FSN booth. And that was legitimate sweet tea and lemonade too. This is the south, folks. There are some things on which you simply cannot skimp.


Hiding from the camera. I see you!

Quilt and Facepainting

In the background you can see May Canoy of the FSN graphics department doing a little face painting. In the foreground we have a gorgeous quilt made by our very own Loranne Atwill which was raffled off, the proceeds adding to our overall contribution.

Face Paint!

And here’s the final product from our face-painting masters. I think she loves Batman. The logo in the shape of a heart tipped me off.

Thanks for coming along on this picture journey through Flower Shop Network’s corner of the 2014 Relay for Life! But this is just the tip of the fun iceberg. Make sure to check back at the FSN blog regularly for your passport to plenty more exciting FSN activities throughout the upcoming summer months!

Administrative Professionals’ Day at FSN

FSN has its share of Administrative Professionals, and never let it be said that we don’t know the proper way to honor those individuals. You know what I’m talking about right? That’s right, flowers! And we gave some gorgeous ones from FSN member Alvin Taylor’s Flowers here in Paragould, AR. So scroll through and take a look at some smiling faces and beautiful arrangements!

This is our Front Desk Administrator. She’s the first face you see when you walk into the FSN offices, the first voice you hear when you call and that smile is a genuine and permanent fixture. Thank you for all you do! [Read more…]

FSN to Attend the NIA Florists 2014 Design Program

J-SchwankeAre you planning to attend the Niagra International Association of Florists Design Program?

The event will be held this Sunday, March 30th at the Hilton Hotel and Suites in Niagra Falls, ON. They have a full day of events planned including talks from award-winning speaker J Schwanke AAF, AIFD, CFD, PFCI and a stellar lunch buffet. The theme will be “Trend Concepts for Everyday, Wedding & Special Events,” and at the end of the day, there will be Raffle Prize Drawings!

Come Visit Us!

This is the first time that Flower Shop Network has attended this event, and we are excited to make the trip! Be sure to stop by our booth and chat with Diane O’Rourke and Guy Laurin for all kinds of company info and some pretty nice free swag, if we do say so ourselves.

If you haven’t registered yet, there’s no time like the present! Pre-registration is encouraged and tickets will be a bit more pricey at the door. So click over to the NIA Florists website, and we’ll see you on Sunday!

FSN Baby Shower

There’s only one thing better than having a baby, and that’s having two! That’s what happened to Flower Shop Network employee Joe Teasley and his wife Kelly. They were recently blessed with two beautiful additions to their family in Brody (boy) and Kodie (girl). To celebrate, Flower Shop Network decided to host a baby shower in their honor! (I have it on good authority that no babies were actually showered at the event.)

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A cake of congratulations! You can’t see from this photo, but the cake itself was half blue and half pink. That didn’t stop it from being all scrumptious though!

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Here’s Kelly holding up a couple of adorable outfits for her little ones.

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And here are the stars of the day, themselves! Oooh, they’re so precious!

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Let me tell you, that punch was delicious.

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Look at all those presents!

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A close-up of little Brody.

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And of course one of little Kodie.

Congratulations Joe and Kelly! I know you’re so proud and you have every right to be!

Patti Jones Retirement Party

Patti Jones is retiring! I don’t know whether to congratulate her and excitedly jump up and down on her behalf or cry and bemoan the fact that we won’t get to see her shining face in the halls anymore. In reality, I’ll probably do a bit of both. Scroll down for some photos of the party and all the hugs and laughter that were shared.

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Meet Patti. She doesn’t normally stand around holding delicious cake. That’s something she’s doing for today only.

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This is Patti enjoying lunch with her family at the Flower Shop Network offices.

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The Flower Shop Network logo in delicious cake form! YUM!

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A nice, orderly line for the BBQ. It’s obvious they hadn’t tasted it yet. If they had, they would have been knocking each other over and clamoring for all they could fit on their plate … or maybe that was just me.

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And here is Patti with her FSN/FGmarket family. A sea of smiling faces.

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A little blast from the past of FGmarket hanging on the walls of FSN.

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Happy retirement, Patti! We’ll miss you!

FSN Pre-Chili Cook-off Chili Cook-off

The Mission Outreach of Northeast Arkansas is hosting a chili cook-off fundraiser on March 8th of this year. Flower Shop Network is excited to participate, but we only want to present the best possible chili to the contest. In order to find that perfect chili, we decided to hold a pre-chili cook-off chili cook-off. Of course this pre cook-off had nothing to do with a desire to eat delicious chili until we popped. It was all business. You believe that right? Okay, moving on.

The Setup

The cascade of chili. Looking delicious! And nicely laid out. I wonder how it will look after our staff gets their hands on it?

Donation Station

The donation station also doubles as a voting station. Just place your donation in the number of the chili you enjoyed most.

Cursory Deserts

A few desserts to calm the sure-to-come raging mouth flames.

Mood Killer 9000

I hope that photo is not an indicator of the meat type used. Eeesh!

Fire in the Hole

A spicy selection. The probable instigator of those previously mentioned raging mouth flames.

Everything But the Antlers

Oooh, deer chili! Venison is an excellent meat and has an excellent flavor for chili.

Mystery Meat Chili

Mystery Meat Chili? I guess they left their opossum picture at home.

Digging In 2

Bring on the taste-testers!


Looks like they’re enjoying it …

Tray of Goodness

Quenching the raging mouth flames!

The Aftermath

A picture of the chili aftermath. Looks like this chili was demolished!

Donation Station 2

From the look of the donation station, we are going to have a tight race at the top.

The Mission Outreach of Northeast Arkansas is an organization focused on housing the homeless, feeding the hungry and caring for the sick. FSN is proud to join in their fundraising efforts, and our haul for today was $123.03! Yay donations!