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Petal Talk Chats with Seattle, Washington Florist Mimi Lee

October 29, 2014

Through the the 1-800-Flowers.com Local Exclusive program, 1-800-Flowers.com franchise shops have the chance to show of one-of-a-kind, exclusive designs that can be purchased at 1800flowers.com.

Local Seattle florist Mimi Lee took some time to discuss the inspirations behind the local exclusive arrangements available only at Flowers4GiftSeattle!

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Simple Ikebana

How did you get into the flower business and what do you love best about being a florist?
Before opening up our own shop, I had 10 years of floral design experience. I wanted to start my own small business. What I love best is the ability to share in the happy moments of our customers.

Local Exclusive Product Names:
Our local exclusive product names are the the Simple Ikebana, Home Sweet Desert Terrarium, and Simple and Sincere Dendrobiums.

What inspired you to design your local exclusive arrangements?
I specialize in Ikebana floral arrangement. The “Simple Ikebana” arrangement is the start of a series. As for the Home Sweet Desert Terrarium, I wanted to put a unique twist on the typical planters to make it more interesting and appealing. Finally, many arrangements contain a large variety of colors. I wanted to create something that’s not so busy with color, and make it simple, modern, and elegant, and thus, The Simple and Sincere Dendrobiums was born.

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Home Sweet Desert Terrarium

What do you love most about your local community?
I live in a very diverse community. We have a mixture of many cultures, and different generations of people. A well balanced mix of both old and new where the people are friendly and courteous.

What are your favorite flowers?
Peony (for their fragrance and colors), and Sun Flowers (they are very bright and cheery). I also love Zinnia (nice summer flowers with a large variety of colors), they bring back fond childhood memories.

What has been the most rewarding experience during your florist tenure?
I find the ability to express myself artistically through flowers to be the most rewarding.

What is your favorite floral occasion?
Weddings and Christmas are my two favorite floral occasions. Wedding arrangements are much more personalized. The opportunity to create unique and beautiful pieces is very exciting. Christmas arrangements help create a warm atmosphere when families and friends gather.

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Simple and Sincere Dendrobiums

What makes you smile?
There’s nothing as simple and satisfying as when local residents, our friends and neighbors, stop by to say “hi!”

In the California area? Visit this Seattle florist:
Flowers4Gift
300 15th Ave. E
Seattle, WA 98112
206-324-8845
http://1800flowers4giftseattle.com/

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Petal Talk Chats with Sunnyvale, California Florist Ali Arbabi

October 14, 2014

local-exclusive-rosecartAs a 1-800-Flowers.com franchise shop partaking in the 1-800-Flowers.com Local Exclusive program, local florists have the opportunity to showcase original, one-of-a-kind designs that can be ordered online through 1800flowers.com.

Local Sunnyvale florist Ali Arbabi of Rose Cart sat down with us to discuss some of his favorite floral memories and Local Exclusive flower arrangements!

How did you get into the flower business and what do you love best about being a florist?
After working many years in the tech industry, I needed a change to be more connected to my community and to have meaningful face-to-face interactions. As a florist, I love being able to put a smile on someone’s face.

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Sunflower Embrace

Local Exclusive Product Names:
Our local exclusive product names are the Candle Lit Dreams, Wonderland in a Vase, Tropical Paradise, Vibrant Fields Centerpiece, and the stunning Sunflower Embrace.

What inspired you to design your local exclusive arrangements?
Some customers come in with such vivid ideas that I feel inspired by their creativity. I do my best to bring their wishes to life and create a beautiful, quality product

What do you love most about your local community?
My local community is full of creative ideas, and the flower selections are always unique.

What are your favorite flowers?
Gardenias, orchids and tropical flowers are my favorites. I love the pure white color of the gardenias. Tropical flowers and orchids are so exotic and colorful – they’re symbols of paradise.

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Candle Lit Dreams

What has been the most rewarding experience during your florist tenure?
The most rewarding experience is actually the dozens of calls and letters. Each time a customer calls ecstatic about their flowers, I am reminded why I got into this business. The small tokens of appreciation from customers truly make my days worth while..

What is your favorite floral occasion?
Even though it isn’t really an occasion, my favorite would be the surprise gift. It makes me so happy to be a part of such a spontaneous act of kindness. Other occasions are fun to design, but nothing quite compares to knowing I helped make someone’s day.

What is the weirdest thing you have seen or experienced during your floral career?
One day, my employee was unloading a fresh order of plants in the back. I heard her scream, and she said she saw a giant bug in the box. I went to go help her, but when she showed me the box, a tiny frog jumped out! It was a funny little surprise and very unexpected.

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Tropical Paradise

What are some “Fun Facts” that your customers don’t know about you?
I keep a small catalog of hammocks in my desk drawer. When I’m having a tiring day, I look through the pictures and fantasize about my time off.

What makes you smile?
When regular customers come back to check in or call to thank me for their arrangements, I can’t keep the smile off my face.

In the California area? Visit this San Jose florist:
Rose Cart
1679 Hollenbeck Ave
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
408-732-7673
http://www.rosecart.com/

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All About 1800Flowers’ Local Exclusive Florist Program

September 16, 2014

Connecting Gift Givers with Local Florists & Unique Designs

1800Flowers is proud to present a new nationwide initiative known as the Local Exclusive Program where local florists can showcase their original and unique floral arrangements and gourmet products on 1800flowers.com!

Local florists across the nation who participate in the Local Exclusive have the opportunity to provide gift givers/customers the unique opportunity to send a truly original design

To show off some of our already existing Local Exclusive floral designs, check out some below, and keep reading Petal Talk for more Local Exclusive news, updates, and interviews with our talented Local Exclusive florists.

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Hawaiian Hugs and Kisses
Conroy’s Flowers Encino
Encino, CA 91316

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Desert Vista Bouquet
1-800-FLOWERS Amendola
Franklin Square, NY 11010

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Desert Vista Bouquet
1-800-FLOWERS Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ 85034

If you liked this article, you may also be interested in some of our Local Florist Interviews:
Petal Talk Chats with Woburn, Massachusetts Florist Lisa Sandoe
Petal Talk Chats with Mount Vernon, New York Florist Joseph Edwards

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Petal Talk Chats with Mount Vernon, New York Florist Joseph Edwards

August 20, 2014

local-florist-mount-vernon-ny-gracelandLocal Westchester florist Joseph Edwards has operated Graceland Florist (located on 527 Gramatan Avenue in Mount Vernon, New York) for over 23 years!

As a 1-800-Flowers.com franchise shop, Joseph is partaking in the 1-800-Flowers.com Local Exclusive program where his unique designs can be ordered right online through 1800flowers.com when a gift giver is looking for flowers in the Mount Vernon, NY area.

Luckily for us, Joseph took the time to discuss some of his favorite Local Exclusive flower arrangements along with interesting florist experiences, to tell us what makes them so special!

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Stunning Symphony Bouquet

How did you get into the flower business and what do you love best about being a florist?
Ever since walking home after school at age eleven, I knew that I loved the flowers business. What I love most is bringing smiles to customer faces; everyone is always so happy to receive, plants, or a fruit bouquet.

Local Exclusive Product Names:
Our local exclusive product names are the Stunning Symphony Bouquet, the Delightful Daisy Bouquet and the Mystic Island Bouquet. Continue Reading…

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Graceland Florist Mount Vernon, NY Grand Opening

June 5, 2012

Meet the New Addition to the 1800Flowers Family!

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The Ribbon Cutting at the 1800flowers Graceland Florist Grand Opening

The 1800flowers community wants to offer a big congratulation to Graceland Florist, who joined the family this weekend! The Graceland Florist Grand Opening was a three day event, lasting from June 1st to June 3rd

Graceland Florist has been serving the local Mount Vernon, New York community for almost twenty years! 1800Flowers.com recognized its dedication and care in fulfilling the many flower requests from customers in need. Continue Reading…