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On Mother’s Day, the order I placed online was filled by a local florist: standard protocol. I took my parents out to lunch, then dropped them off around 3:00 PM. Despite ordering flowers to be delivered that day, I assumed they might arrive a day or two later – if at all. However, before I arrived home, I received a call from my Mom. Very excited, she said I just had to come back to see the flowers; and, she needed to tell me what happened. With 60 mph winds and temperatures nearing 80, I had visions of her bouquet strewn over every inch of their cul-de-sac….and, yes, this has happened on more than one occasion. But when I arrived, I had to catch my breath: the most impressive arrangement, exhibiting the exemplary talents and expertise of a truly gifted designer, and most importantly, a florist who takes pride in their creations. While admiring the arrangement, Mom raved about the level of service, unheard of these days. The flowers were delivered while we were at lunch; upon returning home, there was a detailed message on their answering machine and a note on their front door, apologizing for attempting a delivery while we were out, and the name and address of the neighbor who accepted delivery. To be afforded such courtesy and professionalism is rare, particularly on the busiest day of the year for florists. In keeping with the level of craftsmanship and etiquette are the unsurpassed selections and superior quality of flowers. Nine days have passed, and the arrangement is still on display, as the Oriental lilies are still blooming. I was compelled to send an email, expressing my appreciation and commending the impeccable service and superior product quality. Faith Lough (proprietor) responded humbly, appreciating the acknowledgement and accolades, and offered her assistance with any future orders. I thought this was a courteous gesture, and protocol for a business savvy merchant. Two days ago, a dear friend called and informed us of his daughter’s unexpected and sudden passing. I ordered flowers for the family yesterday and, in fact, Faith tended to my order personally. After finalizing my order, I realized an error on my part, which Faith also remedied; she, then, took the time to send me an email, and ensure my requests had been addressed and all issues, resolved. Today, I am ordering an arrangement for the funeral, and though it is out of state, I am confident that Faith will personally see to it that the local florist understands that (s)he is representative and an extension of the superiority she demands of herself and We Luv Flowers. It is a privilege and I am proud to be able to share Faith’s arrangements, which demonstrate her unparalleled talents. The degree of professionalism, courtesy and customer service are rare, and greatly appreciated. Faith obviously takes pride and is personally involved in every facet of We Luv Flowers.
I am always on a tight budget so I contacted 9 moving companies and they all seemed like good companies. All of them basically told me the same thing... read the reviews, call the BBB, we're a member of something or another... The last interview was with Mike of Interstate Contracted Movers and he was different. He told me not to believe anything anyone told me... find out the truth for yourself. Get the US DOT number on every moving company and call the feds. Ask how many consumer complaints and federal violations each company had on them and then decide who was a good company, so I did and was I ever surprised. Most of them had several issues with DOT. Two of them had over 20. Only one was squeaky clean. Remembering back, it was the company that some of the others badmouthed. Going through all the quotes again, I noticed that the price Mike gave me was the 2nd lowest and the lowest was one of the worst rated by DOT, so my decision was final. I called mike with Interstate Contracted Movers. On move day, still being skeptical, I read every paper before signing, watched everything the movers did, and asked every question I could think of, to the point that I think I was being a pain, but the moving crew stayed well mannered and kept working. At the delivery end was the same crew. They unloaded so fast, putting everything in place, assembling the bed, table and entertainment center. They even hooked up my washer and dryer, and the biggest shock of all was that the price never changed. This turned out to be the best move that I could ever hope and pray for. I would like to thank Mike the Mover, Lee from sales, JR and his crew, the driver that I did not catch his name and anyone else that had a part in my move. I would also like tell anyone considering hiring a moving company... call the US DOT and check all the companies and you will be surprised how many companies get away with screwing their clients. When you find one that is clean, let them do you move and you will be as happy as I am. I never thought I would recommend a moving company to anyone, but Interstate Contracted Movers has my vote. Thank you and Kudos' to you! Balinda Bannister - Tarpon Spring, FL
I was referred to Foxtail Floral by a friend who uses them for all her floral needs. After one visit to the west side shop I was sold! I entered the high-end floral shop not knowing what to expect-I was greeted by 2 very friendly and informative employees. The shop was nicely decorated with an array of gifts and flowers to suit anyone's needs. After only a few miuntes there, I was comfortable--this is just what I was looking for!! Jimmy, took the time during his busy rush to not only make me feel at home, but also sat and brainstormed with me. He was determined to get me exactly what I needed for my party! His inventive and creative ideas and extensive floral knowledge made me feel at ease. You can tell he loves what he does--it really shines through in his work!! We came up with a hot idea for my custom floral arrangements, using high end flowers and cutting edge designs. The florals were exactly the BANG my party needed. My guests were WOW-ed by the flower arrangements. I was WOW-ed the level of care Jimmy took to make my event special. Even their driver Bonnie, went the extra mile when she delivered the flowers to my home. She was warm, sweet and caring enough to place the arrangements in optimal places around my home. The delivery was on time and the flowers were PERFECT!!! I am excited to have made a business connection with such a proffessional group of individuals! I now send all of my business to Foxtail floral. I have faith in them coming through with the most fantastic flowers and designs available. I truly appreciate them and all that they do for me! 110% satisfaction form this gal!!
It was a simple move… we already packed and just need the manpower and truck. I called several moving companies and was told from $89 to $111 for 3 men & a truck, then I found Interstate Contracted Movers and was told $57 for 3 men. The catch was that I had to rent the truck… I figured out that a truck was about $50/day (including gas) and that the move was going to take about 5 hrs (I do have allot of stuff), and after the 2nd hr I will start saving $32/hr… my total savings would be $98, so I bought it. On the day of the move, they were on time. They brought lots of moving blankets, straps (which I forgot to get), and some moving supplies. Before I knew it, they were wrapping all my glass items in cardboard, so I asked how much more this was going to cost and they said that boxes are free. “WOW” no additional charges for packing. They then loaded the truck and followed me to my new address. At the new home, they quickly unloaded and set up everything where my wife directed them, even put our bed & table back together. Nothing was damaged, everything looked great, and all within 4 ½ hrs. Now it’s time to see the bill… nothing extra. I like this company – they did a good job! My brother is moving in November and has already booked with them too. I have had too many bad experiences with movers and don’t trust them, but I like this company… Keep up the good work. Eric Hudson
I had a friend who was in the Sunrise hospital because she had surgery. When I had last talked to her mom she was not doing all that well so I thought I would send her some flowers to brighten her day. Picking something out from their Web site was seriously easy. It's like a menu in a restaurant, and it tells you what's in it, gives you the price right away so you don't have to dig around for it, and there were NO HIDDEN FEES like when I went to FTD.com and 1-800-Flowers, and also it actually came like you see it, rather than in a box like some other place I used once. Anyway, I got a call the day of the delivery and they told me that they had gone out there but there was nobody registered in the hospital by that name. But the woman that was on the phone took care of me and asked me where my friend lives and offered to send it to my friend's house, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS AFTER HOURS. They had closed already because it was about 6:15 p.m. when they called me, but she was soooooo nice and said that she herself would take it, and she wasn't even a delivery person or the manager. I was really impressed by their service. It's easy to say someone had great service if everything goes off without a hitch, but it really takes great customer service to make things right when something unexpected happens. I definitely recommend this place.
I have a lot of family and friends in town and not only do I love flowers but I love to send them the ivy house flowers arrangments are not your usually pick up a bouquet from the market type of flowers. Every Order over the past 4 years that I have placed I have recieved nothing but compliments from my family and friends. They love them!!! My husband knows I love to order my flowers there so recently on my birthday he sent me flowers to my work from the ivy and all of my co-workers loved them! I think what makes this place so unique is that they use healthy flowers with all kinds of different types of greenery after my birthday flowers wilted (2 weeks later) I was able to pull out the flowers and kept the greenery for another week. The service is superb as well my son had prom last year and of course at the last minute we forgot the corsages etc... We stopped into the flower shop by my house and 2 others and they were pretty much like there is no way were so behind- I called the ivy and they said no problem it will be ready in an hour!!!! They saved the day! The owner is professional and understands my needs not to mention how classy the shop is! Stop in and check it out you won't be dissapointed I assure you! ;)
I recently searched for movers online and found out that my information went out to several movers. My voicemail and email stayed full on a daily basis as I screened my calls to answer only my friends and relatives. I received a call with my area code and answered the phone and was I glad. It was Lee from Interstate Contracted Movers and he insisted that I let Mike come and give me an onsite estimate. They both showed up at my house and were very professional. Not only did they give me a binding quote, Mike himself along with two other hard working movers agreed to move my belongings. On the day of my move they showed up with all new packing materials and packed my stuff really careful. All of my furniture was shrink wrapped and padded. Before I knew it the truck was loaded and they were on their way to my new home. 3 days latter, at my new home everything arrived in the condition that it was picked up and the price was the same as the binding quote, not one dime more. Thank you guys for making a stressful situation into a very good experience. Everyone told me that I will hate moving after I’m done, but I will recommend you to all my friends and relatives. I still hate moving, but it was a good move!
I have been purchasing arrangements, loose flowers and silk arrangements from Ardelia, the owner of "Flowers by Donka" for several years now. I won't go anywhere else because her floral designs are exquisite. They last twice as long as any other florists. She puts a lot of care in what she does. Each arrangement is given individual attention to detail. I've tried other florists and theirs is more of slap-together-quick and get them out--and you usually end up paying more. Ardelia has a natual tenacity with passion the driving force behind her designs. When I renewed my wedding vows I had her do my bouquet and it was just what I wanted. My daughter is a figure skater and she did the best arm bouquet for her competition, that stood out from the rest of the other skaters that received bouquets. (Many people asked me after the competition as to where I purchased my bouquet, of course I told them from ARDELIA at "Flowers by Donka".
I spoke with Jessica who was helpful and knowledageble. She quoted me a binding price of $6999.00 for the full service move with packing from NV to FL. She told me that this was the final price and as long as everything went on one truck it would not cost more. The guys came early in the morning and started packing everything up. they did an excellent job with the packing and managed to place everything onto the truck in one day. By 6 pm the guys left. The price did not change and I was not charged a penny extra. 8 days later my belongings arrived. They unloaded the truck into each room. Everything looked in the same condition as they were before they left. I had a few minor scratches on a table but nothing worth worrying about. I have never had such an easy move. I was given exactly what I was told. The price was the same and I would definately recommend this company. My sister is using them next month.
On New Year's Eve (3pm) I had a water pipe break in my home and caused allot of water damage. About 2" of water was on the floor. My insurance agent gave me the number to Interstate Contracted Movers, so I called them and explained my problem to get help moving all my furniture upstairs. The guys arrived at 5:30 and the entire upstairs had to be rearranged in order to fit all the furniture from downstairs. It took 3 men 4 hours to complete the move and dry off everything before bringing it upstairs. The guys (Claxton, Alex & Mike) were great. They never complained about having to walk through 2" of water every time they went downstairs to get more furnishings. They were also very friendly and professional. My wife and I are so happy for their hard work and help. It is going to take several weeks to fix all the drywall damage, but I will be calling them back to reset up my home.
While becoming a florist doesn't require any formal education, floral designers must know how to care for the plants they use and which ones work best for which season or event. Additionally, a skilled floral arranger must also be familiar with the cultural symbolism behind each flower. For instance, carnations symbolize beauty and pride while daisies represent innocence and purity.
If you plan to give someone a flowering plant as a gift, then a good florist can direct you to the right one. They may also help you choose flowers to convey platonic or romantic love.
Many floral designers provide a host of services to meet customer demand throughout the year.
Most florists, whether they work at a chain or independent flower shop, both online or in a brick-and-mortar store, offer pre-arrangements of flowers. This means the floral designer has a selection of roses, tulips and other popular kinds of blossoms designed in arrangement that customers can simply buy on the spot instead of telling the florist what kind of flower pattern they want.
Have you ever purchased a get-well basket featuring sunflowers or an array of springtime flowers for Mother's Day? If so, you most likely bought a pre-arrangement that the floral designer put together ahead of time.
Buying a pre-arranged bouquet is a great option if you don't know what blooms or plants to purchase but you need flowers for a particular occasion.
Pre-designed arrangements are not original, one-of-a-kind designs, but the upside to buying pre-arrangements is they already come with a fixed price attached. Customers may simply walk in and spend $50 on a Valentine's Day bouquet as opposed to paying the florist a commission for an original design that could fetch a much higher price.
Having both an eye for design as well as good people and customer service skills is a must for any florist. These professionals work with clients to find the best flowers and custom-designed arrangements appropriate for the event or occasion. A commission to create a table piece, wreath or other type of design is typically much more expensive than a pre-arrangement, as it may not be made up of plants the florist already has on hand.
There's always a demand for florists and their creations year-round as people celebrate and commemorate the special moments in their lives. Whether you're getting married or remembering a loved one that just passed, flower arrangements and wreaths are traditional items we all use to help mark the important dates, stages and occasions in our lives.
One type of event most floral designers work on is weddings. Professional florists will collaborate with the bride and groom to formulate a design scheme that complements the event's overall colors and layout. Depending on what the couple wants and can afford, a floral designer may create the bridal bouquet along with streams of flowers for the wedding venue, table arrangements and vases for the reception afterward.
The prices for hiring a florist to do a wedding vary broadly because it not only depends on how many blooming plants you want, but also how widely available the particular flowers are.
More exotic types of blossoms, such as orchids, are pricier than your typical rose. Your bill could also fluctuate depending on how complicated the design is to make and if the flowers you choose are in season or not.
Keeping that in mind, florists are like any other tradesperson - your bill will reflect the materials they used and the time and labor that went into making up the designs.
Some floral designers also charge delivery fees to transport the flowers, vases and other materials to wedding or reception sites. Remember, it's not only the bride that needs flowers. Bridesmaids and the mother of the bride might also carry corsages and the groom and groomsmen sometimes festoon their jackets with boutonnieres. Don't forget about the flower girl, as well.
In all, the average cost to outfit a wedding with flowers is about $700. Some florists advise people to set aside 10 to 15 percent of the ceremony's budget for floral decorations.
Funerals are another major life event we commemorate with flowers. Florists may furnish sympathy flowers for the observance and lay sprays or baskets of plants around the church, synagogue or funeral home to help attendees with the grieving process. Designers also make floral wreaths and crosses to set up at the venue or in the cemetery, as well as special casket arrangements so family and friends may show their respect for the deceased.
Many customers choose traditional roses, lilies and carnations to send to a bereaved family, but florists are also able to personalize arrangements to your liking.
Just like other ceremonies that call for flowers, the price depends on the number of blossoms and what type of plants you want, along with the complexity of the arrangement. A complete funeral floral package that includes sprays along the casket, flower decorations for the venue and flowers for the participants can run from $200 to $800.
Meanwhile, the usual sympathy bouquet or vase runs between $40 and $80.
You might think Valentine's Day would be the busiest day for a florist, but the day of love comes in second place behind Mother's Day. According to a number of studies, people do more online searches for flowers in anticipation of the May holiday than they do for Valentine's Day.
In fact, this day is inextricably linked with flowers, as Congress first issued a Mother's Day proclamation in 1913 asking all federal officials to wear a white carnation to commemorate their mothers.
Many children wish their mothers well on the day by sending a bouquet of carnations, roses, violets or tulips.
Coming in second place as the busiest holiday for florists is Valentine's Day. When Feb. 14 arrives, so do many people looking for arrangements to send to their loved ones. Just like Mother's Day, this holiday is very lucrative for floral designers. Americans typically spend tens of millions of dollars on their significant others every Feb. 14, and flowers, especially long-stemmed red roses, are a popular way to show someone you care.
Valentine's Day goes to show that a gift of fresh-cut flowers never goes out of style. However, it does go up in price - quite a lot, actually. The price of a bouquet of roses usually doubles on Feb. 14 before it goes back down the next business day. Expect to pay up to $100 for red roses from a flower shop on Valentine's Day. Therefore, if you're looking for a deal, it's smart to buy your bouquets a few days ahead of time and keep them in a vase with water so they stay fresh.
Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah
The holiday season is also one known for festive floral arrangements. Many families look to florists to come up with a Thanksgiving table set piece or a traditional cornucopia featuring plants with autumnal colors and gourds. Many churches and individuals also spring for flowering plants to help usher in Christmastime. Many florists sell living yuletide decorative plants such as ivy, holly, poinsettias, mistletoe and even miniature Christmas trees.
Many flower shops and floral arrangers also design centerpieces especially for the eight nights of Hanukkah. Online and brick-and-mortar florists offer blue and white flowers, usually arranged with candles in between the blossoms.
Easter and Passover
Religious holidays held in spring also keep flower shops busy as they design orders for families, churches and synagogues. Many shoppers are on the lookout for bunches of mixed flowers pre-arranged in bouquets or vases by florists. Lilies, as well as daffodils and tulips, are especially popular around these spring holidays.
Hindu and Buddhist Ceremonies
Flowers, especially the lotus, figure prominently in Hindu and Buddhist religious ceremonies, as well as in these two ancient religions' wedding customs. Many florists provide garlands of flowers to decorate and festoon the functions with.
Remember that it doesn't need to be a holiday to purchase flowers. Floral designers also make commissioned or pre-arranged flowers to take to sick relatives, friends and colleagues recovering at home or in the hospital. Many florists also make designs for newborn babies, too.
While the majority of their work is devoted to making eye-catching and pleasing creations with plants, florists can help you with much more than just finding the right flowers for your next event or party.
In fact, a good floral designer can be a fountain of knowledge. These experts can inform you of the best ways to take care of your plants or how to properly cut the stems of flowers to ensure they last longer in your vase.
The next time you're out buying an arrangement, ask your florist which type of vase to use with which flower and how much water and plant food you should use to prolong the life of your bouquet or potted plant. Even though retail florists don't usually grow the blooms or plants themselves, they do know the best ways to keep your arrangement looking fresh for longer.
Local flower shops or gardening stores used to be the only game in town when it came to selling real or fake floral arrangements until supermarkets and drugstore chains entered the business by offering inexpensive pre-arrangements for holidays and other occasions. However, the number of brick-and-mortar florists is further on the decline as more customers choose to purchase bouquets, wreaths and other greenery online.
Even though one exists in a virtual capacity while the other is located in a physical setting, there aren't too many differences between online and brick-and-mortar flower shops.
Many online stores offer pre-arrangements of flowers you can purchase, as well as the ability to form your own design and decoration.
Online flower shops, in fact, work with wholesale florists near your area to ensure they deliver your order promptly. Since cut flowers don't have a long shelf life, these Internet-based companies essentially take your request and contract it out to a florist in your locale to design it and drop it off at your home or office.
While purchasing flowers online is convenient - you can shop any time of the day without leaving your house - there are a few things the online stores cannot offer patrons. You can't smell the sweet fragrance of tulips or roses in cyberspace and you can't touch the petals or leaves before you buy the plant. Additionally, when you buy a bouquet over the Internet, you're basing your decision on a stock photo of the item instead of the actual one that will arrive at your doorstep.
Not all varieties of roses or violets look the same and an approximation of a flower isn't the same as the specific one you could end up receiving.
This is one advantage physical brick-and-mortar flower shops have over their online competitors. Making the trip to your local florist means you can actually get the chance to stop and smell the roses.