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Save the date: final 2014 Royer’s Kids Club event is Nov. 1

Thanks to everyone who joined us on Aug. 23 for our back-to-school Royer’s Kids Club event. The photos above show some of the participants at our West York store.

Not only is it hard to believe that school has resumed, but it’s also incredible to think that we have only one more kids club event in 2014.

It’s on Nov. 1, and we’ll be kicking off our annual “Bouquets for Books” book drive, which collects new children’s books for area public libraries. We’ll also be celebrating Halloween, even if it’s a day late, so participants (ages 5 to 12) will be encouraged to wear their costumes.

Be sure to mark your calendars. We’ll provide more details in the weeks ahead.

Royer’s Stems Hunger food drive tops 2,100 pounds collected for area food banks

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From left, Joe Arthur, executive director, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank; Jackie Dahms, manager, Royer’s Flowers & Gifts’ West York store; Greg Royer, CEO, Royer’s. The West York store was recognized for collecting the most pounds of food among Royer’s 17 locations.

Our annual Royer’s Stems Hunger food drive collected 2,157 pounds of non-perishable items for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

From June 20-28, “Royer’s Stems Hunger” asked customers to drop off donations at any of our stores. In return, customers received a free carnation for each food item, up to a maximum of six carnations per family per visit.

The stores collected 1,638 pounds of food and $182.15 in cash contributions.

Also contributing was Drayer Physical Therapy Institute, which participated in the food drive for the first time. Drayer’s outpatient centers in Camp Hill, Carlisle, Lancaster, Lebanon and Mechanicsburg collected 519 pounds and $75.

Thanks to Drayer and to everyone else who has helped to make our event so successful. In its first four years, Royer’s Stems Hunger has collected more than 7,100 pounds of food for the food banks.

 

Royer’s Kids Club celebrates start of new school year with free event Aug. 23

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We’re celebrating the start of a new school year with a free Royer’s Kids Club event Aug. 23 in each of our stores.

Children ages 5 to 12 will have an opportunity to create a daisy arrangement adorned with a “back-to-school” stick-in. Participants also will receive a free balloon.

Time slots are available at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Registration is required by calling your nearest Royer’s store: click here for locations and contact information.

Royer’s Columbia store joins parade to kick off Mountville’s bicentennial celebration

Royer's Columbia store and classic delivery van in Mountville bicentennial parade.

Happy 200th Birthday to Mountville, Lancaster County!

The borough kicked off its weeklong bicentennial celebration with a parade on Aug. 2.

Our Columbia store, which serves Mountville, entered Royer’s classic 1969 Ford Econoline delivery van in the procession. Store manager Patti Barclay and her team walked beside the van and handed out 400 carnations to spectators.

With addition of PinnacleHealth, Royer’s serving 11 area hospital gift shops

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In advance of opening West Shore Hospital in May, PinnacleHealth System sought a new floral vendor that could keep up with the growing volume of orders from its three hospital boutique gift shops.

Royer’s Camp Hill store won a multi-year contract to service the new hospital as well as the established Harrisburg Hospital and Community General Osteopathic Hospital. The partnership began April 1.

“It’s just been extremely good the whole time,” said Joan Line, manager for PinnacleHealth Auxiliary.

She works closely with the Camp Hill store’s Holly Newpower, manager, and Aimee Arrowood, assistant manager. Royer’s delivers flowers at various price points to the hospitals every week, but Line also has been impressed with how requests have been accommodated on weekends.

“If a family comes in and wants a special arrangement,” she said, “all we have to do is call Holly and Amy and they will bring it in.”

PinnacleHealth’s gift shops are open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

What’s more, PinnacleHealth Auxiliary’s website includes an online gift shop, and orders placed there are filled by Royer’s. Or if customers buy flowers on Royer’s website that are destined for a PinnacleHealth hospital, Royer’s gives a small percentage of each sale back to PinnacleHealth Auxiliary.

The nonprofit PinnacleHealth Auxiliary manages the three gift shops. All of the proceeds from the gift shops come back to the hospitals to support various programs and services.

Holly, Royer’s manager in Camp Hill, called the PinnacleHealth Auxiliary partnership “a huge deal” for her store.

“More than just selling flowers,” she said, “it’s benefitting the community, too.”

Added PinnacleHealth’s Line: “It’s just a good match.”

Meanwhile, six other Royer’s stores service eight other area hospital gift shops:

East York: Apple Hill Surgical Center
Ephrata: WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, Heart of Lancaster Regional Medical Center
Lancaster West: Lancaster General Hospital, Women & Babies Hospital
Lebanon: Good Samaritan Hospital
Reading: Reading Hospital
West York: WellSpan York Hospital

 

Ephrata’s Julia Longenecker wins Royer’s Kids Club birthday card design contest

Ephrata Middle School seventh-grader Julia Longenecker is a swimmer and a basketball player. She loves dogs and reading.

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The daughter of John and Sandy Longenecker is pretty fond of drawing, too.

“She draws a little bit of everything,” Sandy said. “She likes to draw pictures of animals, flowers.”

In fact, one of Julia’s flower drawings has earned her another descriptor: winner of Royer’s Flowers & Gifts’ 2014 Royer’s Kids Club birthday card design contest.

Her drawing of a flower-filled vase will grace the electronic card that Royer’s Kids Club members will receive on their birthdays in the coming year. For her effort, she will receive a flower delivery on her birthday.

Individually wrapped Waggoner Chocolates available in five stores

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A trip to Royer’s just got a little sweeter.

We’ve added delicious Waggoner Chocolates to the offerings at our Camp Hill, Carlisle, Lancaster North, Lancaster West and Lebanon locations.

There are nine different individually wrapped chocolate candies from which to choose: large pretzels, pecan caramel dainties, caramels with sea salt, coconut clusters, and marshmallow are $1 each; peanut butter buckeyes, liquid caramels, mint meltaways, and pretzel clusters are 50 cents apiece.

You can mix and match for $18.99 per pound.

Waggoner Chocolates has a rich family history that’s not lost on a fourth-generation company such as Royer’s.

Harry Alfred London, who grew up in western Pennsylvania, quit school in the fourth grade to help support his family by working in a steel mill. In his spare time, he continued a family tradition of making handcrafted chocolates, using London-family recipes that had been handed down for generations.

In 1922, at age 22, Harry quit the mill to start a chocolate business in the basement of his home in Canton, Ohio. By 1954, Harry and his wife built London’s Candies’ first factory at 1281 S. Main St., North Canton.

Fast forward to 2003, when London’s Candies was sold. It was then that Harry’s grandson, Joe Waggoner, started Waggoner Chocolates, which operates from the original family factory.

Today, Waggoner produces more than 100 varieties of chocolates and seasonal confections, selling to customers in the United States, Canada, Europe and China.

And now Waggoner Chocolates are available at Royer’s.

The same freshness that you associate with our flowers you can expect from Waggoner. Our chocolate is made to order, and then we pick it up ourselves to ensure that it is as fresh as can be for our stores.

We hope you’ll try some and let us know what you think about it.

 

 

Royer’s tops ‘Best of Lebanon Valley’ for fourth year in a row

Best of the Lebanon ValleyFor the fourth time in as many years as the Lebanon Daily News has recognized the “Best of the Lebanon Valley,” the newspaper’s readers have voted Royer’s their favorite florist.

Royer’s has always called Lebanon home: Our family-owned business started there in 1937 and operates its flagship store at 810 S. 12th St., Lebanon, and 901 E. Main St., Palmyra.

Overall, Royer’s has 17 stores in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties.

“Best of the Lebanon Valley” comprised 114 categories and two rounds of reader participation. Results were announced on June 18.

5 things you should know about caring for annual plants

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So you bought annual plants in a container at your local florist, garden center or home-improvement store.

Annual plants – such as petunias, geraniums and begonias that complete their life cycles in one year – pose perennial challenges once you bring them home.

Here are five things you should know about caring for your annuals:

1. You have to add nutrients: Your plant didn’t come in nutrient-rich soil. Rather, it’s a potting mix that includes peat moss. This mixture is inert, meaning that it doesn’t contain the nutrients found in soil. So you have to add the nutrients by applying fertilizer on a regular basis.

2. Fertilizer is soluble, so you have to keep adding it: Regular watering of your annual plants will wash out the added nutrients if the container has drainage holes on the bottom.

3. Don’t add too much fertilizer: One of the ingredients in fertilizer is salt. Too much fertilizer – and with it, too much salt – can damage plant roots. The salt in the fertilizer will remove whatever moisture is left in the roots and burn them.

4. Cut the amount in half: Whatever dosage the fertilizer manufacturer recommends, consider cutting the amount in half and fertilizing every time you water. This way you have less of a chance of burning the roots, and your plant gets a continual supply of nutrients rather than peaks and valleys.

5. Give them a pinch: Remove the old blooms and pinch a plant’s tips, which will force out new growth. An occasional light trim will keep a plant bushy and blooming.

With proper care, your annual plants will bloom beautifully for you this summer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royer’s brings annual food drive to Fox 43 Morning News

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Barry Spengler, Royer’s vice president of operations, prepares for his live appearance on Fox 43 Morning News to talk about Royer’s annual food drive, Royer’s Stems Hunger, and to offer some tips on things children can do with flowers this summer.

It’s summertime and the living is easy, the song lyric goes. But life isn’t easy if there isn’t enough food to eat at home.

Royer’s annual food drive — Royer’s Stems Hunger — began in 2011 as a way to address some of that need. The food drive, which this year runs June 20-28, benefits the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and the Greater Berks Food Bank.

Barry Spengler, Royer’s vice president of operations, visited Fox 43 Morning News today to explain how Royer’s Stems Hunger works. It’s pretty simple: give a nonperishable food item, get a free carnation (up to six per family per visit). Barry told Fox 43′s Amanda McCall that food donations are welcome no matter the quantity.

“Just a little of something is great,” Barry said. “We’ll give you a carnation. Some people say, ‘I don’t even want the carnations.’ Take the carnations. It’s bright for your house.”

To help kick off the food drive, the Royer’s Kids Club is holding a free event on Saturday. Participants ages 5 to 12 will get to make an arrangement — in an empty food can. Call your nearest Royer’s to register; time slots are available at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Barry showed off some other projects that children can make with flowers at home this summer.

The segment is available here: