TESTIMONIALS

Just Because
Trish Overpeck, Carla Earl and Sheila Cox.
210 E Market St.
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
Phone: 765-307-2341
Email: justbecause.trish@gmail.com

 

Carla, Sheila and I opened Just Because … Flowers, Gifts & More in July of 2017. We each had our own careers but were looking for a change. Our children were all grown and beginning their own lives so the timing to try something new was perfect. We each bring our own unique skills from our previous jobs and together we make a wonderful team. When we were in the beginning of our planning phase, we really wanted to be an independent florist. However, since neither of us had any real floral experience, we opted to try one of the big wire services.

Fast forward 2.5 years. We became very frustrated with all of the fees and the overall expense of the big wire services. In the fall of 2019, we began researching other possibilities that would potentially help keep more money in our pockets and yet deliver the same great products. Thru this research, Sheila found the PFS Cooperative. From there, we began having many conversations with the great folks from PFS and they were very helpful in thoroughly explaining how the Coop works and how we would be part owners of the Coop. We are very excited to see our local “Brick and Mortar” business begin its new potential growth and see PFS bring value back to locally owned businesses.

Crystal Flower Shop
Carol Ayala
2815 S. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60623
Phone: (773) 247-6117
Email: crystalsfl@aol.com
www.crystalfloristshop.com

I somehow came across a flyer from PFS over two years ago. I contacted PFS at that time with questions. I was attracted to the idea but was not convinced. Early this year I came across the same flyer and wondered what ever happened to PFS. I called once again to find out where PFS was at. The PFS concept was explained to me and how far along they had come. This time I was convinced that this was the path to take to continue the success of my flower shop. I proceeded to invest in PFS by purchasing a Mega Market. I also attended the stock holders meeting in Las Vegas where I met the board of directors and other floral members who had invested in PFS.

I have seen how the floral industry has changed over the years. We have lost our independence to order gatherers and wire companies. It is time to take back our industry and stop slaving for these companies. We have access to the internet just like them. PFS is making this possible for us. The most important thing is to remember that this is a cooperative own by the members. Now is the time to invest in PFS.

Fassler Florist
Celeste Mackey
1892 Ashwood Dr
Ft Wright, KY 41011
Phone: 859-331-7673
Email: fasslerflorist@gmail.com
fasslerworldwideflst.com

In PFS we are a collective ownership. I want all florist to own their future prosperity and growth through the Internet. As collective owners of PFS, we can chart our own destiny. We will not bow down to the existing floral services out there. This is my business { FASSLER FLORIST} . It will always be my business, but as a collective owner in PFS I have more of a presence in the floral industry and more of an on-line presence on the Internet. When we stand united as floral owners, we take back our industry and our country as small business owners.

Floral Express Flowers & Events
J Ted Lewis
425 West Capitol Ave – Ste 14
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-666-3196
Email: jtedlewis@gmail.com
floralx.com

We all know how our industry, as a result of the internet is changing daily. PFS has positioned itself to keep up with the changes.

Our industry is the last of the “Mom & Pop” same day delivery. BIG BOX has not figured out how to take us over. It is the personal relationships in this emotional floral retail that keeps us together.

Let’s come together and think “Outside the Box” for additional revenue streams that will assure and solidify our individual businesses for the future. PFS is doing just that through City to City Market.

Check out the video at www.joinpfscoop.com and www.citytocitymarket.com

As creative minds, thinking “Outside the Box’ is a no-brainer for us.

 

Flower World
Ken & Yuko Grosklos
2925 E Prospect Rd
York, PA 17402
Phone: 717-751-7798
Email: flowerworldofyork@comcast.net
flowerworldofyork.com

We have come to the understanding that the floral industry was systematically hi-jacked by those with capital and a plan. Not to destroy the industry but to make it more efficient and profitable for them. And it worked. Then came PFS with a plan to bring independently owned flower shops together. The order gathering companies don’t like this and will do whatever they can to stop us.

We, at PFS, are working together, pulling our resources together and planning together to bring back profitability, value and future revenues. We are actively reclaiming our industry.

I and my wife joined in 2010. I attended the first stockholders meeting in Atlanta in 2012. An exciting time for all of us in attendance. We’ve come a very long way from that historic beginning. Our industry through PFS is coming back to those who built it, the florists. And we’re just getting started. Remember one thing, this is way more than just selling flowers.

Something Special
Lisa Payne
1266 E Calvada Blvd-#1
Pahrump, NV 89048
Phone: 775-751-5757
Email: pahrump.flowers@yahoo.com
pahrumpflowers.com

Many years ago my parents and I joined PFS and began working with a group of florists from across the country. Our desire was to find a way to bring back value to our local brick and mortar florists. There was a lot of trial and error, but what we’ve accomplished over the last few years is nothing short of phenomenal. We’ve developed our own online ‘Buy Local’ Marketplace called City to City Market! This is a virtual business directory that will help businesses across the nation, compete with the big box stores. We are currently able to provide them with low cost websites, free directory pages, and an online business site where they can promote themselves. We, as owners of this marketplace, will receive income from subscriptions from these businesses.

So, in the process of trying to save our own industry, it seems we have come up with a solution to saving other small businesses as well. We are excited about the prospect of keeping our middle class from being gobbled up by the corporate giants. If you want to be a part of making a real difference in America, join us today!

Rebecca’s Flowers & Gifts
Rebecca Foust
804D S. 9th St.
Broken Arrow, OK 74013
Phone: 918-251-0037
Email: bfoust2204@gmail.com
rebeccasflowersandgifts.net
 
I have been a member of PFS for more than 10 years. It has been a privilege to watch the process of starting an entity such as PFS and all the ups and downs it entails. It is exciting to see that it is coming together.

I have enjoyed meeting all the people involved and I appreciate their tenacity, vision, care and concern for the floral industry. I’m looking forward to the future of PFS and what that means for the floral industry.

Crystal Gardens Florist
Jeannie Hume
13565 Poway Rd
Poway, CA 92064
Phone: 858-486-4460
Email: crystalgardens@sbcglobal.net
crystalgardensflorist.com

Entenmann’s Florist
Edward Von Bargen
1731 Kennedy Blvd
Jersey City, NJ 07305
Phone: 201-433-0205
Email: flowers@entenmannsflorist.com
entenmannsfloristjerseycity.com

Towers Flowers
Peter McBride
1350-32 Deer Park Ave
North Babylon, NY 11703
Phone: (631) 242-0070
Email: customercare@towersflowers.com
www.northbabylonflorist.com

 

Every now and then an industry is disrupted. The floral industry is no exception as is evidenced by the precipitous decline in family owned florists in the country. If the remaining shops want to survive and thrive, we need to disrupt the disrupters. That is why I have invested in PFS. The plan PFS has created wards off all the attackers, from wire services to Amazon to Yelp and more. It is comprehensive, logical and smart. I am excited to watch as PFS revolutionizes the business world as we know it and brings unprecedented value back to the local family owned business in America. I can’t imagine a better purpose for being in business.

Artistic Florist of Tampa Bay
Wendy Turmel
2509 W Busch Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33618
Phone: 813-932-6116
www.artisticfloristoftampa.com

 
 
I had heard of PFS previously, but was dismissive of them because I didn’t take the time to understand what they were saying and trying to do. I also was skeptical of it. Well, after I took the time to listen and understand, I was hooked. PFS has spent years on this plan and it seems as if they have left no stone unturned. I am absolutely thrilled about what is to come and the way my future looks since I bought my mega market. These are very exciting times for me!
If you are a florist who is ready to move towards the future and rid yourself of the wire services, the time to act is NOW! Claim your mega market now before it’s too late. Once a mega market is sold, it’s sold, and your opportunity is gone. Don’t be the one sitting back regretting that you didn’t act when you had the chance. We need to unite together and take our businesses back!

Let’s do this together! As small business owners, we owe it to ourselves to claim our share of the market and start competing with big business. United, we are strong!

Flowers By Shirley
Wendell Revis
2200 US 1 South
St. Augustine, FL 32086
Phone: 904-824-8163
Email: flowers@aug.com
flowersbyshirleyonline.com

Bob’s Flower Shop
Lynnette Barlip MFD
1214 Main Street
Northampton, PA 18067
Phone: 610-262-3501
Email: bobsflower-shop@yahoo.com
bobsflowersonline.com

I have been manager of Bob’s Flower Shop in Northampton since 2001. My family started this business in 1940 so I have grown up in the industry. I have personally seen the changes that have taken place as large corporations have slowly taken our business from us. It is time for us to take our business back!

Take Pride in your business and increase your Profit. We need change, we need it now! Time to Invest in your future and PFS, a floral cooperative organization, will help us get there. PFS is a Florist owned company, florists working together to take back our industry.

We as Florists are fed up with all the big wire services and order gatherers. They are our biggest competition out there. We are working for them and losing money with each order they send us. How long should we continue to invest in their riches. Let’s STOP losing money and START making money for ourselves.

We Florists need to work smarter not harder and we can have a profitable floral business once again as it should be. We at Bob’s Flower Shop, are investing in PFS and our future. Now is the time for you as Florists to invest in your future and PFS. Come join us.

Luv ‘n Stuff Flowers
Sharon Paulsen
1037 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
Phone: 503-228-2266
Email: sdpaulsen@comcast.net
portlandoregonflowers.com

A Florist & More
Judi Tillman
6830 Two Notch Rd.
Columbia, SC 29223
Phone: 803-788-3827
Email: afloristandmore2@yahoo.com
afloristandmore.biz

The Blossom Shop
Norman Champagne & Ann Champagne AIFD
3695 Ponchartrain Drive
Slidell, LA 70458
Phone: 985-641-4850
Email: normanchibi@gmail.com
slidellflowers.com

 

Independence made America great. PFS will again make the floral industry great.

Cherryhill Flowers
Susan Falso
265 Greenville Ave
Johnston, RI 02919
Phone: 401-231-5666
Email: susan@cherryhillflower.com
cherryhillflorist.net

Cynthia’s Flower Connection
Cynthia Derma
739 N Imperial Ave
El Centro, CA 92243
Phone: 760-370-3222
Email: cfccderma@yahoo.com
cynthiasflowerconnection.com

We are going broke. We florists need to take back our industry. Why are we throwing away our hard earned money? Why are we making someone else richer on our backs?

These are our customers and our hard work. Stand up and take charge. Let’s join together, unite and take back our industry. PFS is the way – Florist to Florist – United Together.

Kahului Florist
Natalie Nishimura
201 Dairy Road
Kahului, HI 96732
Phone: 808-877-3951
Email: kahuluiflorist@hawaii.rr.com
floristkahuluihi.com

LaGrange Florist
Darrell Flowers
204 Young’s Mill Rd
LaGrange, GA 30241
Phone: 706-882-1488
Email: lagrangeflorist@bellsouth.net
lagrangeflorist.net

"Lawton Floral West
Teresa & Sonny McClung
6321 NW Cache Rd Ste D
Lawton, OK 73505
Phone: 580-536-7600
Email: lawflorl@fidnet.com
lawtonfloralwest.com

PFS is the opportunity for us, America’s florists, to take back control of our industry. Together we can help each other achieve more-with the bottom line of keeping more dollars in our pockets.

Plant Magic Florist
Michelle Morgan
38015 Euclid Avenue
Willoughby, OH 44094
Phone: 440-954-9030
Email: plantmagic@att.net
plantmagicflorist.net

 

Same day service provided by the local flower shops is by far one of our best assets. It’s time that we remember that our customers are what matter and that they need to be reminded of the benefits they enjoy by dealing with us directly!

PFS has the same goals we have and will bring us to the next level. The foresight and determination of the pioneer members of this co-op will strengthen our businesses and allow all of us the opportunity to benefit! Check it out or you’ll miss out!

Hourans on the Corner Florists
William Wond
1106 W Pershing Rd
Decatur, IL 62526
Phone: 217-875-5660
Email: hourans@aol.com
houransdecaturflorist.com

 

My name is William “Bill” Wond, owner of Hourans on the Corner in Decatur, Illinois. I have been in the floral industry since 1957 when I began working for Mr. Houran whose flower shop had been in business since 1916. In 1966 Mr. Houran decided to sell and offered it to another employee and myself. We became partners and twelve years later I bought my partner’s share of the business and my wife joined me. Over the past fifty plus years I have seen many changes in our industry – some good and more recently a lot not so good.

During my years in the floral industry I have been an active member of the Illinois State Florists Association serving on various committees and also served as president. In 2000 I was inducted into the Illinois Florist Hall of Fame. During my tenure as president we were successful in getting legislation passed to require order takers to identify the location of their place of business. But like all laws on the books, there has to be enforcement for them to be effective.

I am tired of arguing with people at these huge corporations about orders that are sent to me that do not pay me close to what the order is worth and then penalize me if I reject the order. They are supposed to be supporting us not putting us out of business. I want to service my customers who come in my shop, call on the phone or shop on my website and I want them to remain my customer.

When I learned about PFS through an email marketing campaign I decided to check it out. So far, I have been very pleased with what I have learned. This company is being built by florists for florists and if that were all there was to it, I would be happy knowing that all those involved see things from my perspective. But PFS is much, much more. Not only is it owned by the florists, but all technology, credit card processing, marketing and every other phase of the system belongs to the florists.

Having said all of this, I also realize that it takes a lot of money to build such an incredible system and since PFS does not allow large investors to become a part of this company it will take a little longer to get where we need to be. There is enough of the system in place to transfer your orders florist to florist and to receive orders through your personal website. Credit card processing is also in place. You do not have to purchase computer equipment and software. More than likely, the computer you have will be sufficient. You may have to upgrade your computer, but you can purchase that anywhere.

Won’t you join with us and help us save our industry before it is too late?

Brandon’s Best Flowers
Penny Buttocovolo
11310 Broadview Drive
Seffner, FL 33584
Phone: 813-716-3375
Email: peanut431055@yahoo.com
brandonsbestflowers.net

 

I have been involved with PFS since 2001. My husband was skeptical, but after taking a closer look and meeting some of the people involved he has changed his mind. He can see that even though it has taken a long time to get PFS going, the foundation is laid and good things are starting to happen.

This organization has been built on trust, passion and a lot of hard work. That hard work is beginning to pay off as we see PFS develop into a company that belongs 100% to the florists.

Century Florist
Joel Ricci
9941 Pines Boulevard
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
Phone: 954-432-2300
Email: centuryflorist@aol.com
centuryflorist.biz

 

I thought it was time to invest in ourselves rather than big corporations that have been taking from us for years and never giving anything in return.

It is time to pay ourselves for all the hard work we are doing.

Not only does PFS allow us to keep our customers, but it is cost effective, with NO ADDED FEES. The future potential of PFS is limitless as the tracks have been thoroughly laid for growth.

It is time to get ahead and make our industry ours!!

Riverside Floral Company
Suzanne Lankenau
307 Bridgeboro St.
Riverside, NJ 08075
Phone: 856-461-7744
Email: riversidefloral1@verizon.net
riversidefloralco.biz

 

We have been in business since 1990. I have been with PFS since its beginning. I believe the time to change is now.

The wire services are taking all of our money. Florists must come together to fight these order gathers. Otherwise the local florist will disappear. We must take back our industry.

Bedford Floral Shoppe
Bob Hotchkiss
691 Broadway Ave
Bedford, OH 44146
Phone: 440-232-1855
Email: bedfordfloral@live.com
bedfordfloralshoppe.com

 

For a few years now I have been disappointed with the direction that the wire services were going, giving us orders that are under priced, coming up with new extra fees etc.

When I heard a presentation about PFS I thought that this had potential of being the next step to a better way of doing business. If all goes as planned this has the potential of turning our business back into our hands so we have more control.

Blossoms
Mike Allen
1950 S. Glenstone Ave. Suites B&C
Springfield, MO 65804
Phone: 417-865-8787
Email: mikeallenblossoms@yahoo.com
blossomsofspringfield.com

 

I joined PFS because it brings hope to the floral industry. For the first time, my customers belong to me. No more paying huge member fees for the privilege of filling designs that look like every other florists.

PFS’s business plan is built around the buy local buy small movement by structuring itself to include all the businesses in an area as well as in a national directory.

It was built by florists for florists and can only be owned by florists collectively. Finally, a co-op that brings florists together rather than tears us apart.control.

Bryan’s Flowers
Tim Wietmarschen
1135 Magie Ave
Fairfield, OH 45014
Phone: 513-829-1890
Email: bryansflowers@fuse.net
bryansflowers.com

 

I have been a part of PFS almost from the beginning more than eight years ago. We have been through some good times and a lot of hard times as we tried to help florists understand what we were about and how we are not going to be just a delivery system for anyone any more.

We are going to take back our customers and market to them ourselves so we can make the profit. The time is now and the future of the floral industry is ours.

Please call any of us and let us tell you about PFS and how it is going to change the way we as independent florists do business.

Carter Creations
Georgella Carter
1727 West Hampton Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53209
Phone: 414-265-1727
Email: contactus@cartercreationsonline.com
www.carterfloral.com

 

We’ve been working with PFS since the very beginning, and it’s been exciting to witness how far it has come.

Watching big corporations build a billion dollar empire, literally on the backs of the local florists, has been disturbing to watch.

Not only does PFS allow us to keep our customers, but it is cost effective, with NO ADDED FEES. The future potential of PFS is limitless as the tracks have been thoroughly laid for growth.

My son has been involved on the technical side of PFS in our shop, and he likes how seamless the system has become.

All in all, we look forward to the growth of the PFS system.

Conyers Flower Shop
Alan Sherrill
1264 Parker Rd-Ste E
Conyers, GA 30094
Phone: 770-483-4925
Email: conyersflorist@gmail.com
conyersflorist.net

 

Morrow Florist
Tim Hendricks
1250 Mt. Zion Rd.
Morrow, GA 30260
Phone: 770-961-7066
Email: morrowflorist@mindspring.com
morrowflorist.com

 

I am the owner of Morrow Florist in Morrow, Georgia, just outside Atlanta. I have owned my flower shop for more than 30 years.

Over the past 7 years PFS Cooperative owners, including myself, have been building a new technical entry into our retail business brick by brick, identifying every cost whether service or product. We now have a complete understanding of ALL the various revenue streams and the technology connecting through each type of the many independent floral retailers.

What we independent owners have built is a virtual business infrastructure that combines the best of working independently and collectively – a system where thousands of small florists can collectively and fairly work together as �one big� florist under the umbrella of our own Floral Cooperative owned by its members. Our new business model will restore value to the independent florist’s physical store.

Sunfresh Flowers
Connie Michaelson
6965 El Camino Real #105
Carlsbad CA 92009
Phone: 760-438-9544
Email: sunfreshflowers@hotmail.com
sunfreshcarls.com

 

As a previous finalist and winner of the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, I have always believed this is one of the most important aspects of business.

We as independent business owners of PFS Cooperative, hold each of us to the highest standards of business practices. I feel anyone associated with PFS is proud to be a part of this organization in serving clients with honesty, integrity and never forgetting they are the reason we are here. Local independent florists taking pride in our service and striving to make sure our clients always want to come back to their local independent florist.

Northfield Florist
Doug Hotchkiss
9387 Olde 8 Rd
Northfield, OH 44067
Phone: 330-467-7543
Email: northfieldflorist1@windstream.net
northfieldflorist.net

Westside Gardens Florist
Brenda DeBona
4365 Buffalo Rd.
North Chili, NY 14514
Phone: 585-594-0990
Email: westsidegardens@frontiernet.net
westsidegardens.com

House of Plants Florist
Steve Giampapa
1670 Merriman Rd
Akron, OH 44313
Phone: 330-864-7602
Email: houseofplants1@gmail.com
houseofplantsflorist.com

Leci’s Bouquet
Bill Nirenberg
923 North Magnolia – Ste 1200
Ocala, FL 34475
Phone: 352-861-5324
Email: bill@lecisbouquet.cfcoxmail.com
lecisbouquet.com

 

We’ve been in the floral industry for quite a while now, and have watched the wire services slice a bigger piece of the pie for themselves at the expense of the local florists.

It’s time to take back our business. PFS is the only solution that makes any sense.This is a well thought out co-op that will put more money in our pockets and in turn we will be able to give more to our customers.

There is no down side. Everybody wins

Arizona Flower Shop
Katherine Sheehan
1812 East McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Phone: 602-258-8307
Email: arizonaflowers@aol.com
arizonaflowershopphoenix.com

 

The independent florist’s national delivery network is the number one same day delivery system in the world. I’m so proud to be an owner in this company, owned by florists, for the advancement of we florists and our industry.
We currently have our own management company, cooperative, technology, and banking systems. We are marching forward, join us!

Chesterland Floral
Kathy Kavulis
12650 W Geauga Plz Dr-2
Chesterland, OH 44026
Phone: 440-729-8989
Email: chesterlandflorl@aol.com
chesterlandflorist.com

 

I have been active in the floral industry since 1978. I heard of PFS in 2009 and loved what I heard it would do for us florists. I have been with them and believe this will unite us florists together.

This is one big giant step for the mankind of the floral industry. We can do it together as a co-op. It is a new world out there with all the customers ordering on line. We can make it a new world for the florists when it comes to ordering on line.

Please take the time and check PFS out. Come on board with us!

The Flower Market
Sandy Harthung
52 South Atlantic Avenue
Ormond Beach, FL 32176
Phone: 386-677-2191
Email: flowermarketormond@gmail.com
theflowermarketormond.com

 

Hi, My name is Sandy, owner of The Flower Market in Ormond Beach, Florida. I have been associated with PFS, since the idea began blossoming into reality more than 10 years ago.

This is an awesome opportunity for us to grow together working as a team to develop our business and customer service. We have more power through a cooperative of individual florist owners and more power to control our unique service.

As our services grow, our joint efforts create more awareness of the opportunities available expanding the goods and services we can offer. This will bring more business to all of us.

Our growth will not only come through our customer base, but through us as owners of each facet of other supportive branches of the whole business system.

This will open new doors for all of us while letting us offer the best in the industry. Come join us as we take back our industry!!

Join us and together we will do our part in restoring value to the floral industry. Join Us