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Re: “At Winooski’s Nectar & Root, a Bridal Florist Grows Her Business

Erin is the best! A rare find indeed. I have been lucky enough to witness her work several times over the last decade. She is a genuine artist with a genuine heart, and in today's world, that is tough to find. She absolutely lives for her work and goes to great lengths to satisfy her clients. I highly recommend stopping by her shop in VT for any bridal or floral needs - she will not let you down : ) Love to you Erin !

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Posted by mollydnolan on 02/09/2018 at 7:21 PM

Re: “At Winooski’s Nectar & Root, a Bridal Florist Grows Her Business

(cont.) If I bought something from a store and was given a receipt stating the return policy but then changed my mind on my purchase, brought it back, found out I'd waited too long or the item was non-refundable, I would never *demand* my money back and badmouth the company. So why do people feel as though they can bully us into changing our policies? Because we're self-employed? That must mean we have control over what we will and will not do, right? Yes, but it also means that we're working so incredibly hard to earn a livable wage, all because we want to do something that we are passionate about.

I understand that money doesn't grow on trees, and that it's unfortunate to lose a large sum of money. But public harassment and shaming is never ok. And neither is expecting a wonderful, hard-working woman to refund money that she earned and is legally entitled to.

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Posted by Kellyerin on 02/09/2018 at 6:14 PM

Re: “At Winooski’s Nectar & Root, a Bridal Florist Grows Her Business

As another female business owner in the wedding industry (I'm a wedding photographer), I'd like to chime in on this. First of all, I've worked with Erin of Nectar & Root on dozens of paid and unpaid jobs. She is one of the warmest, most caring, and professional women I have the pleasure of knowing. She takes her job very seriously, and I have seen her go above and beyond for her clients time and time again. I know that she would go to whatever means necessary to right a wrong.

This aside, I have found myself in a similar situation: a client who signed a contract and paid a non-refundable deposit decides (for whatever reason) to cancel my services. This is always a hard blow for me, as I am so emotionally invested in my work and the relationships that come with it (and I know Erin is as well). But feelings aside, when I sign a contract to book my services for a specific date in order to photograph a wedding or event, I am then turning away any other potential work/income for that date. What's more, when people sign a contract that states they are paying a non-refundable deposit, they are legally stating that they understand the terms + conditions of the contract. So... if they change their mind and decide to work with another vendor, they don't get their deposit back, period.

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Posted by Kellyerin on 02/09/2018 at 6:14 PM

Re: “At Winooski’s Nectar & Root, a Bridal Florist Grows Her Business

I have personally interacted with Nectar & Root in a professional and personal capacity over the last 7 or so years and Erin has always been professional, attentive, generous and courteous. Its always a pleasure to spend time with her and a treat to watch her create. The florals she designed when we worked with her on our wedding Day were more beautiful than we could have imagined. During the design process with her, she made helpful suggestions and always made sure to take into account our preferences. She continues to do amazing things in our little Burlington community and were so lucky to have someone as talented as she is.

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Posted by Christina on 02/09/2018 at 5:11 PM

Re: “At Winooski’s Nectar & Root, a Bridal Florist Grows Her Business

I have done everything to accommodate you within my professional standards. It makes me sad and wary knowing that you are continuing to put energy into trying to take me down here in our community. I wish I could give you your deposit back but at this point, the damage is done. All that I would accomplish by publicly folding under the pressure at this point is to show people that they can push me around, and I won't let that happen to me, or any of the other artists in this community who inspire me to work hard every day to live my dream and sustain my business. I am aware that the issue of your deposit is still unclear to you, and that you are willing to go to such lengths as to harm not only me, but yourself as well. This hatred will consume you and your relationship, and no amount of money or groveling will fix that. I hope that you find a healthy way to work through this, and I wish you well.

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Posted by Nectar & Root _ Gatherings on 02/09/2018 at 12:58 PM

Re: “At Winooski’s Nectar & Root, a Bridal Florist Grows Her Business

Your spouse didn't express anger to me when she decided to go with someone else, she just felt that she needed someone who would meet with her parents during personal hours, and not when I am typically available for additional meetings. It became too difficult to schedule a time to meet within the narrow parameters she had set, given that most of my correspondence with clients happens over the phone, via email, and in person outside of weekend hours during my wedding season from May-November.

I am focused on working with clients who are embarking on the beautiful adventure of a life together, hopefully one that is not filled with negativity. I cant control how someone feels about me, but I do genuinely welcome feedback and constructive criticism, as Im a self-confessed perfectionist who is always trying to self-improve and to improve my craft + experience with clients. I welcome you and your wife to continue to troll me this if this is what you feel in your heart you want to continue putting time and energy into, but as I have said before, if you are really earnest I am happy to meet and to talk in person in a more compassionate and adult way.

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Posted by Nectar & Root _ Gatherings on 02/09/2018 at 12:58 PM

Re: “At Winooski’s Nectar & Root, a Bridal Florist Grows Her Business

I have professional and moral standards, but I cant always meet everyone's needs - especially when they change suddenly, and that's why I always wish people well when they decide to go with another florist. This dispute has only happened once in my eight years as a business owner, and I'm sure that the "likes" on your comment have been rigged by you. The overwhelming amount of support I receive from the community is earned, because I don't take people for granted. I care about the people I work with, and I care about the community that I am a part of. The positive exposure that I'm receiving is due to the fact that I always try to do the right thing. When I make a mistake I own it, but this wasn't my fault. I'm often in a vulnerable position when I put together a quote and begin the initial design process with a potential client, because they can choose to take that blueprint to someone else and see if they can do it for less, or do more for them than are beyond the boundaries I've set. This is why I do my best to make sure a client really wants to work with me, and why I have them put down a non-refundable deposit. If an adult agrees to that, and then changes their mind, then they walk away without the deposit. But by that point, I have often given them much more of my time and experience than the deposit can really compensate me for.

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Posted by Nectar & Root _ Gatherings on 02/09/2018 at 12:57 PM

Re: “At Winooski’s Nectar & Root, a Bridal Florist Grows Her Business

If anyone would like to hear about my wife's and I's extremely poor experience with 'Nectar and Root' that resulted in us going with a different florist and Erin keeping our $500 deposit, feel free to contact me.

Erin, if you ever want to return our $500, you may do the same.

dasmitty11 at gmail dot com

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Posted by ParadiseWaits on 02/08/2018 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Cary Brown Talks Sexual Harassment, Shaming and Change

We need to change the culture here in Vermont communities. Cultural changes happen when all citizens are educated. Bring mental health, sexual harassment and violence training into the classrooms. NO MEANS NO Worldwide is having an impact. Let's teach the next generation what inappropriate behaviour is and how to combat it for safety sake!

Posted by Indigo on 01/06/2018 at 8:27 AM

Re: “Life Stories: Remembering Vermonters Who Died in 2017

Michael Valente was also known for his outrageous and elaborate Halloween costumes. Often an award winner at many venues.

Posted by Bob Bolyard on 01/03/2018 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Life Stories: Remembering Vermonters Who Died in 2017

What a lovely and poignant tribute. So often I wonder about the people whose names fall away into memory without others knowing about their singularly remarkable lives. This is exactly the kind of tribute I would love to read more of. Deserved praise and remembrance of lives that made their mark. Thank you Seven Days! And special thanks to these eight. You done well!

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Posted by Mary L Collins on 12/29/2017 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Cary Brown Talks Sexual Harassment, Shaming and Change

Women don't have Equal Rights. Men are created equal, but societies, cultures, families, relationships, opportunities, strengths, abuses, and women are not. The importance of the service that the VCW serves can't be understated, and your comment actually provides the foundation for that argument.
When only a few members of an oppressed group hold positions of authority, then they are not necessarily able to make great change, and actually can hold others of their own group in subjugation in order to conform. That is well documented social science. So, seeing women in leadership positions doesn't mean that things have changed for women, or men.
Mensrights movements have proposed that because women are asking for Equality in the workplace, then women must be considered Equal in the home. In other words, women must be treated with Inequity in order to preserve their Equality which they don't really have. State Legislatures in the Country are being taken hostage by semantics, passing laws that reverse engineer this insidiously abusive paradox. A few men are handing women's equality to us with a smirk that strips our liberty and punishes our autonomy that they profess to be promoting.
So, when honorable men and women speak out, help champion the women and children in our families and communities, we can put the focus back onto local control and won't need the same level of supplemental programs. Send word to the Legislature and the Governor to take care with the family laws they pass this year. Laws may not be able to prevent abuse, but they do legalize blueprints for abuse that pave the path into funding. So, all taxpayers are paying for a few men to have the right to legally #.

Posted by L on 12/28/2017 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Cary Brown Talks Sexual Harassment, Shaming and Change

Why Martin , if the snowflakes have their way , EVERYONE will eventually get their own commission because we are ALL aggrieved . And then we can a apply to be executive director of these boondoggles . I won't rest until this occurs . I'm sure it pays well .

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Posted by Rich ard on 12/13/2017 at 9:00 PM

Re: “Cary Brown Talks Sexual Harassment, Shaming and Change

Correction VCW is not independent.

The Vermont Commission on Women (VCW) is a non-partisan state agency advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. It is funded by the tax payers of Vermont. No such similar Government Commission exists for Men, Boys, LGBT, Black, Brown etc..

Can you say Equal Rights?

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Posted by Martin on 12/13/2017 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Becoming Americans: New Vermonters Recall Their Pathways to Citizenship

This is very life affirming, which is especially welcome during these challenging times. Best of luck to all of our new citizens.

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Posted by Doug Hoffer on 11/29/2017 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Drag Queens Turn Pages — and Heads — in Tiny Cambridge

@Sebastien -- your comments are so right on! Thank you. Kids love playing dress up and having fun -- and no doubt that's all they saw or thought of (except for the stories being read to them) while there.

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Posted by DeeBee on 10/27/2017 at 3:19 PM

Re: “Drag Queens Turn Pages — and Heads — in Tiny Cambridge

To the guy who who owns Madonna Auto Repair: Papa, don't preach! You need to get into the groove and see the ray of light. You're causing a commotion, when it would be easier to just open your heart. Be happy you can live to tell this story! Be careful, or everybody will dress you up and make you express yourself!

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Posted by Tom A. on 10/27/2017 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Drag Queens Turn Pages — and Heads — in Tiny Cambridge

If you have a problem with Drag Queens reading stories to your kids the simple answer is this.. don't bring them there...

I live in Jeffersonville, and I'm glad to see this taking place! :)

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Posted by Craig Rigby on 10/26/2017 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Drag Queens Turn Pages — and Heads — in Tiny Cambridge

I take my children to several story times a week. They are all heterosexual storytimes, as far as I can tell, although recently there was an Elsa storytime (this is a Disney princess, dressed in an elaborate princess costume, somehow different from a drag queen.)
I did take my kids to drag queen story hour and I was excited to do so. Emoji and Nikki were dressed almost exactly like Disney princesses and the kids there were captivated by them. Sexuality was not discussed. To my 2 year daughter it was just a couple of extremely beautiful characters reading her stories and making crafts and she couldn't have loved it more. She still has no idea of the LGBTQ agenda. She has no idea there are people frantically penning their oppositions to front porch forums in consideration of her well being.
She's just fine, thank you.
And what I found the most heartwarming about the DQSH I witnessed was the families there that I don't see my regular storyhour. Families that fall under the LGBTQ spectrum whose children might not fully understand their dynamics yet; Emoji and Nikki provided a mirror that is so rare and so necessary and valuable.
Personally I can't thank them enough. I can't wait for the next one.

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Posted by female hetero parent on 10/25/2017 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Drag Queens Turn Pages — and Heads — in Tiny Cambridge

I implore all citizens to attend a Drag Queen Story Hour and witness the inclusivity and thoughtfulness surrounding this event. And I echo all points Sebastien made here. LN, a black heterosexual woman, conducts a story hour at the Varnum Memorial Library every Thursday at 10am. She'd love to see you there - unless you also have issues with women or people of color reading to children too. xo - Cheap Slut #2

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Posted by Justin Marsh on 10/25/2017 at 3:27 PM

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