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If Owner Jim Kolb would have thought when he opened House of Flowers in 1993 at only 22 years old that his shop would be awarded one of Teleflora’s Top 250 in all of America some 20 years later, he may have been amazed. Or, he may have thought that sounds just about right. After all Jim is a fourth generation florist, blooms are in his blood.
Teleflora, the world’s leading flower delivery service offering only hand-arranged and hand-delivered floral arrangements, set out to recognize its best of the best for their innovative designs, exemplary service, and e-Florist growth. With 18,000 members competition is tight.
This incredible honor bestowed upon House of Flowers speaks to their diligent pursuit of high standards and friendly, attentive service. Kolb says “It’s our mission to exceed our customer’s expectations from a simple hand-tied bouquet of tulips to an elaborate holiday table arrangement. We want our customers to say wow, and recognize the uniquely House of Flowers details that set us apart from the rest.”
Same day service to anywhere around the world can be made by calling (920) 235-3737 or placing an order online.
Owner Jim Kolb can hardly count the number of times community members have asked “When are you going to open a downtown location?” Now after more than 20 years on Algoma Boulevard, Jim is pleased to announce the opening of a satellite location at the new Ski’s Meat Market on Main Street in Oshkosh.
Timing after all is everything.
A perfect collaboration has been born, and not just for House of Flowers. Ski’s Meat Market blends old school grocery where clerks greet you with a wave and a smile, timeless design in a historic setting and features the best of the region’s offerings. A perfect fit for the quality, friendliness, and innovative reputation House of Flowers has strived to achieve through the years.
Fine Wisconsin cheeses, housemade sausages, a delicious deli and fresh locally grown vegetables are just a sampling of the varied offerings you’ll now find downtown. Add to this delectable mix are the unique and “Made in Oshkosh” inspired décor, gifts and floral found in House of Flowers’ own sweet corner of the shop. House of Flowers will rotate new product routinely to keep customers wondering what will be offered next and giving new meaning to one stop shopping. Stop in and see for yourself!
Ski’s Meat Market is located at 502 North Main Street in Oshkosh, and is open Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and on Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. For more information, please visit www.skisoshkosh.com or call (920) 230-MEAT.
On a star studded evening in November, House of Flowers partnered with the Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh to present “The Art Deco Gala,” an evening unparalleled in the Fox Valley. The Gatsby inspired evening honored longtime friends of the Paine Jeff and Ann Trembly, and raised significant funds to support the care of the historic mansion, art collections, and gardens and the presentation of quality exhibitions and educational programs. House of Flowers owner, Jim Kolb, and Designer, Randy Brock, were part of a highly engaged committee that created the magical evening enjoyed by more than 140 guests from throughout the region.
The evening worthy of the likes of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald and friends featured a breathtaking setting of glamour, sophistication and beauty. The black-tie affair began in the stunning carriage house, followed by a gourmet dinner prepared by Chef Peter Kuenzi and Zupppas of Neenah in the lavishly decorated conservatory, and ended with dancing in the Paine mansion bedecked in all its holiday glory.
The guests were smartly dressed in lovely gowns and tuxedos and the valet parking, fine linens, soft lighting, live piano music, and the dramatic floral arrangements of classic white hydrangeas, roses, orchids, calla lilies and peacock feathers added to the graceful grandeur of the evening.
The Art Deco Gala included a wildly popular online silent auction that featured one-of-a-kind experiences and packages as well as a front door makeover donated by House of Flowers. The online auction coupled with the extraordinary generosity of the event’s sponsors made the Gala the most successful fundraising event in the Paine’s history. President of the Paine’s Board of Trustees, Jason Lasky said of the event, “The Gala exceeded our expectations in every way and sets the bar for our future Galas. The planning committee and staff did an extraordinary job in creating an atmosphere that resulted in this being the best event in the history of the Paine Art Center and Gardens.” Owner Jim Kolb also said “We are incredibly proud to partner with the Paine and others to help make our community a more vibrant and culturally diverse place to live and do business.”
House of Flowers is pleased to announce that we’re partnering with The Paine Art Center and Gardens as a Lead Presenter for the 5th annual Rooms of Blooms floral show.
Floral elegance will be on full display beginning Thursday, February 27th at the Paine Art Center and Gardens in Oshkosh and runs the first 2 weekends in March.
The show will showcase the creative designs of the Fox Valley’s most talented floral designers, transforming the elegant Paine mansion into a spectacular show of flower power.
“This is the fifth anniversary of Rooms of Blooms at the Paine and it will be the best presentation yet,” said Kelli Marsicek, Marketing Coordinator with the Paine.
The event celebrates the art of floral design within the ornate rooms of the historic mansion.
Florists and designers from around the greater Fox Valley area are chosen to share their creations, including designers from Oshkosh, Berlin, Neenah, Appleton and De Pere.
Participating presenters are matched with a piece of artwork, such as a painting, or a room, and from there the magic begins.
House of Flowers will donate a portion of the proceeds of all flower purchases made Valentine’s week between February 7th and February 14th to the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry. The link provided tells more about the mission of the organization. http://www.oacptoday.org/our-mission-and-history House of Flowers is proud to be partnering with the food pantry to support this basic need in our community. Upon checkout, enter the code FOOD and we’ll be sure to donate to this great cause!
Every other year, The Paine Art Center and Gardens hosts a fundraising event known as Jazz in the Gardens. Set amidst the Paine’s radiant gardens, guests will enjoy fine wine, seasonal foods, and live jazz. This year’s theme, “Swing So Cool, Sway So Gentle” is inspired by the style and sounds of Palm Beach. The atmosphere will burst with color and delight. House of Flowers is pleased to be floral partner for this memorable event.
Join us at the Paine Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 5pm until 9pm. Proceeds of the event support the care of the Paine’s historic mansion, art collections, and gardens as well as the presentation of quality exhibitions and educational programs. We hope to see you there!
For more information, call 920-235-6903 x27 or visit www.thepaine.org on the web.
The House of Flowers is delighted to be celebrating its 20th anniversary as the premiere choice among florists in Oshkosh. Jim Kolb, owner and fourth-generation florist, purchased the former See-Saw Flowers building in April 1993. A year later, a seasonal greenhouse was added, offering spring bedding plants and ornamentals. Soon, more space was needed, and in 1998 House of Flowers moved two doors down to 1930 Algoma Boulevard.
In November 2003, the shop completed the move to its current location at 1920 Algoma Boulevard. The full-service floral shop remains the heart of the business, with a talented staff of designers and consultants specializing in exceptional, out-of-the ordinary creations. Visitors are invited to browse in the gift shop, where they’ll discover a wide selection of treasures, including home accessories, seasonal garden décor, jewelry, handbags and gifts for any occasion.
This month, the House of Flowers has been recognized nationally as one of Teleflora’s Top 250 members. In addition, the readers of the Oshkosh Northwestern have voted House of Flowers the People’s Choice for Florist for 8 years. Jim and staff would like to thank the entire community for the support they have provided for two decades.
Every other year The Paine Art Center and Gardens hosts a holiday black-tie fund-raising gala. This year the event happens to coincide with the unveiling of the museum’s new conservatory and renovated carriage house, making it an extra special and exciting occasion.
The House of Flowers is proud to be the floral partner for this great event. Being the first to provide creative floral design to accent these great new spaces of The Paine is truly exciting. Come join us to celebrate the opening of these new improvements while helping to contribute funding for Oshkosh’s premiere historical destination. The addition of these new spaces will only increase The Paine's ability to help enrich and educate the community.
The holiday black-tie gala is scheduled for the evening of Saturday, December 1, 2012. This will be an evening of festivity, food and celebration. We hope to see you there. For more information call (920)235.6903 or visit www.thepaine.org/ on the web.
On Saturday, June 23, 2012, House of Flowers will partner with Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc., for its 11th-annual "Men Who Cook" fundraising event. The event will add extra flair with a new “cocktail hour” from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.
This year's "Men Who Cook" will showcase the cooking styles of over 55 male community members, along with a live auction, desserts, and entertainment. All ticket and tip proceeds benefit Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc. Held at the Reeve Memorial Union on the UW Oshkosh campus, it is part of the agency's efforts to more actively engage men in the work to end violence against women.
House of Flowers is a partial in-kind floral sponsor for Men Who Cook 2012. We are proud to be adding our unique ingredient to this worthy cause. For more information or to purchase event tickets, visit: www.christineann.net/events/men-who-cook/
The House of Flowerws located at 1920 Algoma Blvd., Oshlosh, WI 54901, has received an Award of Quality Achievement from BloomNet® one of the floral industry’s leading wire service providers. The award, part of BloomNet’s Florist Quality Care Program, recognizes House of Flowers for superior quality floral products and excellence in customer service.
“We are honored to be named by BloomNet as a florist totally committed to quality in everything we do,” said James Kolb, owner of House of Flowers “Providing the freshest and most beautiful hand designed floral arrangements...and making sure each and every customer is 100% satisfied...is our passion. Being recognized with this prestigious award underscores that passion.”
The BloomNet Florist Quality Care Program was developed with extensive input from florists throughout the country as well as through the expertise of a Quality Care Board consisting of highly successful florists representing more than 200 years of experience in the floral industry. The Program is monitored by florists and it includes stringent quality and performance standards that must be continually maintained in order to be considered for Award recognition.
Among the Program’s criteria are: using only the highest quality fresh flowers in all orders; employing well-trained and skilled design and sales personnel; providing the highest levels of service and responsiveness to customers; and always striving to assure that outgoing and incoming floral wire orders are fulfilled to the complete satisfaction of each customer and recipient.
The event - which is attended by nearly 750 people - gives guests the opportunity to sample fine wine from around the world, sip tantalizing brews and try tasty cuisine from area restaurants.
There are two parts of WineFeast. Guests can attend regular WineFeast, which begins at 7 p.m. or guests can purchase reservations to the elegant wine and dish tasting that happens before general WineFeast at 4 p.m. called Cellar Select. Cellar Select provides a richer more fine wine experience and is an opportunity to socialize with familiar faces in a relaxing environment. Doors open at 4 p.m. for a champagne reception and the evening program starts promptly at 5 p.m.
For further questions on how to purchase a reservation, please contact Development & Marketing Director, Tracy Ogden at the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh at (920) 233-1414 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
House of Flowers recognized by Teleflora in 2012 for their outstanding contributions, great design and for being one of the top 500 floral operations in the Teleflora network. Another year in which House of Flowers hard work and high quality is being rewarded.
Oshkosh, WI – March 2012- House of Flowers was again named a member of Teleflora's National Account Program, an elite incentive and loyalty program created exclusively for Teleflora's Top 500 member florists in America. Teleflora, the world's leading flower delivery service offering only hand-arranged and hand-delivered floral arrangements, created the program as a way to thank its member florists for all their support and hard work.
Teleflora member florists qualified for membership in the National Account Program by sending orders with Teleflora, growing their Teleflora e-Florist website order volume, and designing and delivering floral orders from Teleflora and fellow member florists. Members of the Teleflora National Account Program represent the top 5% of it's 18,000 members. Competition among online florists is tough. House of Flowers has worked hard for this honor through high quality, elegantly designed arrangements and gifts that exceed customer expectations. House of Flowers diligent pursuit of high standards continues to satisfy and delight Teleflora clients.
House of Flowers has been a member of the community and Teleflora since 1993 and is located at 1920 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh. Consumers can place floral orders for same-day delivery to anyone worldwide by contacting House of Flowers at 920-235-3737.
(Oshkosh, WI) – House of Flowers is honored to be voted "BEST OF WINNEBAGO COUNTY" by the Oshkosh Northwestern People's Choice Award. For six consecutive years, House of Flowers has been honored to be voted "Best Florist" by Oshkosh community members. This year we were voted "The Best Florist of Winnebago Co."
In preceding months, individuals living in Winnebago County zip codes voted for their favorite area businesses in The Northwestern newspaper and on its website. House of Flowers won "Best Florist" title over stiff county wide competition. This is much bigger than just being named "Best Of" for the city of Oshkosh. There was even more talented competition in a larger demographic area.
Since "Best of Oshkosh's" inception in 2003, House of Flowers has placed first or second each year within the "Best Florist" category. Now to be voted "The Best of Winnebago County" is a true honor.
Teleflora recognizes House of Flowers 2010 for their outstanding contributions and for being one of the top 500 floral operations in the Teleflora network.
Oshkosh, WI – May 28, 2010- House of Flowers was recently named a member of Teleflora's National Account Program, an elite incentive and loyalty program created exclusively for Teleflora's Top 500 member florists in America. Teleflora, the world's leading flower delivery service offering only hand-arranged and hand-delivered floral arrangements, created the program as a way to thank its member florists for all their support and hard work.
Teleflora member florists qualified for membership in the National Account Program by sending orders with Teleflora, growing their Teleflora eFlorist website order volume, and designing and delivering floral orders from Teleflora and fellow member florists. Members of the Teleflora National Account Program represent the top 5% of it's 18,000 members. Competition among online florists is tough. House of Flowers has worked hard for this honor through high quality, elegantly designed arrangements and gifts that exceed customer expectations. House of Flowers diligent pursuit of high standards continues to satisfy and delight Teleflora clients.
House of Flowers has been a member of the community and Teleflora since 1993 and is located at 1920 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh. Consumers can place floral orders for same-day delivery to anyone worldwide by contacting House of Flowers at 920-235-3737.
House of Flowers has been selected as one of The Knot's "Best of Wedding" vendors for 2011. This award is based on positive vendor reviews received on The Knot's website from visitors who have worked with House of Flowers to plan the floral aspect of their weddings.
The Knot, a popular website that brides use to find vendors, review photos and plan their wedding, asks its users to review vendors after their wedding is complete. As a result, The Knot annually dubs a select number of vendors its "Best of" in each category.
"People have many choices when it comes to flowers, and we are very humbled by this award," shares Jim Kolb, House of Flowers owner.
House of Flowers is a proud sponsor of Oshkosh's "Nutcrackers on the Town" campaign that will transform 50 life-sized nutcracker statues into works of art. Sponsoring one of the 50 statues that will be transformed by local artists, House of Flowers will display it at the shop during the 2011 holiday season.
All proceeds from the campaign will benefit the Paine Art Center and Gardens, the Grand Opera House and the Fund for Arts at the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation.
For more information, visit the Nutcrackers on the Town Facebook page. Then, be sure to stop by House of Flowers this winter to see our Nutcracker on display!
On Saturday, June 5, 2011, House of Flowers will partner with Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc., to sponsor its 10th-annual "Men Who Cook" fundraising event.
This year's event will showcase the cooking styles of more than 60 male community members, with all ticket and tip proceeds benefitting Christine Ann. Held at Reeve Memorial Union on the UW Oshkosh campus, it is part of the agency's efforts to more actively engage men in the work to end violence against women.
House of Flowers is a partial in-kind floral sponsor for Men Who Cook 2011. For more information or to purchase event tickets, visit: http://www.christineann.net/events/men-who-cook/
Oshkosh, WI May 28, 2010 - House of Flowers was recently named a member of Teleflora's National Account Program, an elite incentive and loyalty program created exclusively for Teleflora's top member florists in America. Teleflora, the world's leading flower delivery service offering only hand-arranged and hand-delivered floral arrangements, created the program as a way to thank its member florists for all their support and hard work. Teleflora member florists qualified for membership in the National Account Program by sending orders with Teleflora, growing their Teleflora eFlorist website order volume, and designing and delivering floral orders from Teleflora and fellow member florists. Members of the Teleflora National Account Program represent the top 5% of it's 18,000 members. House of Flowers has been a member of the community and Teleflora since 1993 and is located at 1920 Algoma Blvd., Oshkosh. Consumers can place floral orders for same-day delivery to anyone worldwide by contacting House of Flowers at 920-235-3737. About Teleflora Teleflora is the world's leading flower delivery service connecting customers with the nation's best local florists for over 75 years. All Teleflora flower arrangements are artistically arranged and hand- delivered in a keepsake vase using only the freshest flowers available through its member florist network. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Teleflora has over 18,000 member florists throughout the U.S. and Canada, with an additional 20,000 affiliated florists outside North America. Through its extensive member florist network, websites including www.teleflora.com and www.findaflorist.com, and its toll-free line 1-800-TELEFLORA, the company offers consumers fast, convenient and high-quality flowers and keepsake products.
April 7, 2010
ROOMS OF BLOOMS House of Flowers was very proud to be a lead presenter for The Paine Art Center and Gardens presentation of a new event called "Rooms of Blooms." The event celebrated the art of floral design within the ornate rooms of the historic Paine mansion. Floral creations were inspired by favorite artworks in the Paine's collection and the exquisite décor of the mansion.
"Rooms of Blooms" featured over one hundred artistic fresh flower arrangements. Showcasing elaborately designed table settings and "floral art" by 20 designers ranging from Fond du Lac to Green Bay. Rooms of Blooms was open to the public Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through March. All arrangements were refreshed with fresh flowers each weekend. The event was well received by the community with over 5000 guests attending.
October 14, 2009
(OSHKOSH, Wis.) – It's October again, and that means "Best of Oshkosh" - the Oshkosh, Wis. People's Choice Awards. For the fourth consecutive year, House of Flowers is honored to be voted "Best Florist" by community members.
In preceding months, individuals living in Oshkosh zip codes voted for their favorite area businesses in The Northwestern newspaper and on its website. House of Flowers won "Best Florist" title over stiff area competition of more than 25 flower and plant shops.
Since Best of Oshkosh's inception in 2003, House of Flowers has placed first or second each year within the "Best Florist" category. The Northwestern will print a Winner's Tab depicting the Awards' recipients on Saturday, Oct. 31.
Thank you to all who voted!
March 31, 2009
(OSHKOSH, Wis.) - Check out House of Flowers' latest spots on Fox 11's "Living With Amy" – One is on creating the perfect "Happy Hour" entertaining centerpiece, and the other on making a colorful Mardi Gras-themed arrangement: Happy Hour Flowers
March 20, 2009
(OSHKOSH, Wis.) – House of Flowers Owner Jim Kolb was honored as one of Oshkosh, Wis.'s "Four under 40" – four individuals within the community, under 40 years of age, who have positively impacted the area through business and personal endeavors.
The "Four under 40" award is given annually by Oshkosh's newspaper, The Northwestern. To read the story in full, including all four winner profiles and photos, visit its website.
Feb. 19, 2009
(OSHKOSH, Wis.) – Leading Fox Valley, Wis., floral arrangement and unique gifts provider House of Flowers was awarded the "2008 Small Business of the Year" by the Oshkosh Area Chamber of Commerce at its Annual Meeting Tuesday evening.
House of Flowers received the award due to its annual 10 percent growth pattern, expansive product and service mix, contributions to the Oshkosh, Wis., community, excellent employee benefits, statewide praise and array of impressive accolades. According to the Chamber's Annual Meeting program, "House of Flowers' success also can be traced to the relationships Jim and his staff have built over the years. Knowing the store competes not only with other florists but also grocers, chain stores and convenience stores, its staff pays attention to detail and develops ever-changing and exciting selections."
Jim Kolb, House of Flowers owner, understands the importance of maintaining and fostering relationships, especially amidst a fluctuating economy. Despite national concerns, House of Flowers expects to continue its impressive growth pattern in 2009 by an anticipated 9 percent.
Kolb, his business partner Randy Brock and many other House of Flowers staff members were in attendance at the Annual Meeting. Kolb accepted the award on behalf of his team, thanking them for their diligent work and support.
For more information on House of Flowers' award and other recipients, please visit the Oshkosh Area Chamber of Commerce's website.
(OSHKOSH, Wis.) – When Oshkosh, Wis.-area residents think "florists," they think House of Flowers.
For the third consecutive year, House of Flowers was named "Best Florist" in the Best of Oshkosh people's choice awards. Each fall, individuals living in Oshkosh zip codes are allowed to vote for their favorite area businesses in The Northwestern newspaper or its website.
House of Flowers is honored to be deemed Best Florist, due to its saturated competition in the area. It won the award over more than 25 competing flower and plant shops.
The Northwestern has facilitated the Best of Oshkosh awards since 2003. House of Flowers has placed within the top two rankings since the awards' inception.
(OSHKOSH, Wis.) – Could floral design be in the Kolb Family DNA?
Fourth-generation florist Jim Kolb thinks so.
Kolb's company, House of Flowers in Oshkosh, Wis., celebrates its 15th anniversary this month. Kolb credits the milestone to loyal customers, supportive friends and deep family roots in the floral industry.
The family's history in floral design dates back to Kolb's great-grandfather, who started his own business in Beaver Dam, Wis., nearly a century ago.
"My great-grandfather taught my grandfather, who taught my father, who taught me." said Kolb, who launched House of Flowers in 1993, at the young age of 22. "When you're around design, flowers and plants your whole life, it becomes second nature."
Kolb has managed to apply his knowledge, mixed with natural talent, to transform House of Flowers into much more than the average flower shop or traditional greenhouse range that was the norm generations ago.
House of Flowers' offers more than the usual flower and plant species. Customers visiting House of Flowers in-store or online can also find home décor, interior design services, specialty foods, bath and body products and a seasonal garden center.
"While the floral design business and trends may change, hard work, fine design and exceptional customer service never go out of style," he said.
To celebrate their small business success, House of Flowers will hold an anniversary celebration on Saturday, June 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring refreshments and anniversary specials on flowers, plants and gifts throughout the store.
"We wanted to come up with a way to say 'thanks' to our customers and friends for contributing to our success throughout the last 15 years," said Kolb. "What better way to show our gratitude than to host an event in their honor?"