Valentines Day 2017 in NYC

Are you celebrating Valentines Day in New York City this year? Dinner is always good but we have some links for ideas on what to do for the best Valentines Day ever.
Romance Under the Stars
Love in Times Square on Valentine’s Day
Central Park Horse Drawn Carriage Ride with Photoshoot

And don’t forget the flowers. Our traditional dozen red roses in a vase are always a hit and people come back every year to order it.

Or if you want something different this year we are offering two new arrangements.

Cupid’s Kiss and Forever More.

Christmas 2016 Arrangements

Christmas is 12 days away. If you have not sent a gift may we suggest flowers. Flowers last through the holidays and are appreciated every day.

Poinsetta Arrangements

Pointsettia
The traditional holiday blooming plant, a Christmas Poinsettia, with its dark leaves and deep red flowers is the perfect gift for family and friends.

We’re offering a 20% discount on orders of 5 or more poinsettia plants going to the same address.

The promo code will be “poinsettia20.”

All a customer has to do is enter the code during checkout online or when placing an order by phone or fax.

Table Top Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree

Don’t let a lack of space dampen your spirits! This “tree” made of holiday greens, festive ornaments and ribbon will deck anyone’s halls in style! Delivered to your door by CitiFloral.

English boxwood, red and gold ornaments and yards of beautiful ribbon make this tree as festive as any!

NATIONAL SWEETEST DAY

NATIONAL SWEETEST DAY
(article from nationaldaycalendar.com)
National Sweetest Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in October by people of all ages.

This holiday has been described as “an occasion which offers all of us an opportunity to remember the sick, aged and orphaned, but also friends, relatives and associates whose helpfulness and kindness we have enjoyed”.

To celebrate Sweetest Day, people give small presents to show others that they are thought of, cared about and loved. These gifts may include things such as greeting cards, candy and flowers. Use #NationalSweetestDay to post on social media.

HISTORY
Sweetest Day was created in Cleveland, Ohio, by candy-maker and philanthropist, Herbert Birch Kingston. The very first Sweetest Day, which was originally called “Sweetest Day of the Year”, was pronounced as October 8, 1921. Kingston created this day to give something or to do something nice to those less fortunate than oneself. A “Sweetest Day of the Year” committee was formed. Kingston and the committee distributed over 20,000 boxes of candy and small gifts to “newsboys, orphans, old folks and the poor” in Cleveland, Ohio. They have been assisted in the distribution of candy by movie stars including Theda Bara and Ann Pennington.

Rosh Hashanah Flower Arrangements

CitiFloral will be celebrating Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year, with you this year. This important event in the Hebrew year begins this Sunday evening, October 2, 2016 and ends October 4. The High Holy Days culminate with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, on October 12.

We can provide the perfect gift of flowers or plants to help you celebrate this holiday with your friends and family. See our Rosh Hashanah flower delivery section. And, CitiFloral makes exquisite floral arrangements to decorate the festive holiday table or the home in which you’ll be celebrating the New Year.

White flowers are perfect for the expression of sanctity of the holidays. A purely white arrangement or orchid plant adds a perfect touch to your celebration.

CitiFloral will be delivering on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday for the New Year. Same-day rush Sunday delivery orders must be placed by 12 noon. Sunday and Rush Delivery charges will apply.

We recommend that you order early for Rosh Hashanah to avoid disappointment.

January 2016 To Our Hospital Neighbors:

We very much appreciate having the opportunity to work with you, our hospital neighbors, during the last 30 years…and counting. We are writing to remind you of the services we offer and ways in which we may help you.

CitiFloral, A Little Shop of Flowers, is centrally located on York Avenue between 87th and 88th Street. Located along “Bedpan Alley,” we have always been especially attentive to the unique needs of our local Upper East Side hospitals and their departments, staff members and patients. We recognize that hospital-related business is very important to us–and consequently we pay special attention to orders placed by or going to a hospital, department, staff member or patient.

Since we opened in 1986, we have maintained a special hospital telephone hotline for the exclusive use of hospital employees and people they provide our phone number to:
CitiFloral Hospital Hotline: 212-410-4242

If we receive a call on this line, we will know that the caller was referred by hospital staff, and we will give special care to the order.
We are open 7 days a week. Our official hours are Monday-Friday, 7 am-6 pm; Saturday, 8 am-4 pm; and Sunday, 9 am-12 noon. Our website, citifloral.net, and our phone messaging service are available at all times.

We feature a fine selection of fresh Holland, tropical and traditional flowers, as well as quality roses, orchids and wildflowers. We also offer fruit and/or gourmet gift baskets, green plants, orchid and other blooming plants, dish gardens, chocolates, balloons, stuffed animals and greeting cards.
We encourage customers to view our easy-to-use citifloral.net website to actually see the wide variety of products we offer—as well as the prices they pay. Whether they are new to CitiFloral or a loyal, long-term regular, our customers love to be able to choose exactly what they want to send to a patient or employee.
Using our website to select a product to order gives another valuable benefit: There is no delivery charge on any of our online products. That’s a savings of the $14 normal delivery charge to local hospitals.

Our consumer-friendly policy also includes no service charge on our internet products. We are the only florist that doesn’t impose a service charge on internet orders—which may be as much as $20 per order.

CitiFloral’s Exclusive Website: citifloral.net
So here’s the bonus that thrills people: If they order one of our website products, they get free regular delivery and pay no service charge—just the price they see plus tax. They save the delivery charge most florists add on (our normal hospital delivery fee is $14), and they don’t pay a service fee (up to $20 with the national services).
We still provide what we believe are superior flower arrangements and expert delivery service. We recognize the importance of every hospital order and our need to maintain our fine reputation of serving hospitals with the utmost care.

We also provide rush delivery service when it’s too late to meet a same-day delivery deadline or someone’s just in a rush to get their delivery made. For $15, not only do we get a delivery there on the same day, but we’re as fast as we can be.

With our 30 years of extensive experience, we are very familiar with the delivery rules and procedures of each local hospital. If there’s a way to make a delivery, we’ll work with the hospital staff to accomplish it. We also entertain requests for special delivery service outside normal hospital delivery hours when feasible.
We also have an extensive social media presence. You can find us on Facebook as CitiFloral – A Little Shop of Flowers NYC.
We accept all major credit and debit cards or cash and maintain accounts for each of our local hospitals.
We offer special discounts to hospital departments and employees who assist in the provision of patient and telephone information and handling of our flower deliveries.
Please call our staff with any comments, questions or suggestions you may have. We look forward to continuing our mutually beneficial relationship with you.
With best regards,

Jeff Gaster

Lenox Hill Hospital Flower Delivery

CitiFloral is strategically located to serve the floral needs of patients in Manhattan’s major hospitals and their admirers. We deliver our gifts of cheer every day of the week. As a result of our efforts, CitiFloral is pleased to announce that Lenox Hill Hospital is now accepting flower deliveries on Saturday and Sunday.

CitiFloral, A Little Shop of Flowers, is centrally located on York Avenue between 87th and 88th Street. Located along “Bedpan Alley,” we have always been especially attentive to the unique needs of our local Upper East Side hospitals and their departments, staff members and patients. We recognize that hospital-related business is very important to us–and consequently we pay special attention to orders placed by or going to a hospital, department, staff member or patient.

Watch for our new flower delivery van!

CitiFloral welcomes the newest member of our family: Our new floral delivery van ready to carry our flowers and our message through the streets of Manhattan.Our hats off to Liz Santoro-Frieda of Vinyl Images for the artwork on our van and Joyen Pendowski for creating our logo.

Flower Delivery Van

Our New van

New York Botanical Garden presents Orchid Evenings

If you are in the New York area of if you are planning on visiting New York, make sure you buy tickets for one of the Orchid Evenings at the New York Botanical Gardens. Enjoy a complementary cocktail, live music and a stroll through the Botanical Gardens exhibit of Orchids. What a great way to spend a Saturday evening in March and April!
Saturdays, March 5, 12, 19, 26, and April 2, 9, 16;
Friday, April 15; Thursday, March 24 (LGBT Night);
6:30–9:30 p.m. (entry times at 6:30, 7, & 7:30 p.m.)
Learn more about it and how to buy tickets http://www.nybg.org/exhibitions/2016/orchid-show/evenings.php

And if the show inspires you to want to give an orchid arrangement. We can help with that.

Orchid arrangement

PACIFIC PARADISE ARRANGEMENT

An ocean of purple orchids in a glass vase. You’ll swim in a sea of smiles. Limited availability. May require 24 hour advance notice.

Approx. 20.0h x 12.0w Order now for same day delivery

Are florists service charges necessary?

I had gleaned some materials concerning service charges introduced to me by Joe Chacko when I started formulating this article on service charges.

I found that the researchers and industry people were aware of the rather draconian service and other charges imposed by online floral vendors–but that the issue was generally hidden from the gullible public.

The practice of charging exorbitant service fees by order gatherers is a serious impediment to the public image of the retail floral industry.

The industry has progressed over the last three decades–during which we’ve been in business–from one in which individual florists were the heart of the industry bound together by wire services–most prominently FTD and Teleflora–into one in which large order gathering organizations (including wire services) now receive the bulk of the orders that they then distribute to individual florists to fulfill.

Because of the dominance of the order gatherers, we have morphed from a net sender of orders (to other florists) into a shop that primarily receives orders from wire services and other order gatherers and delivers them locally.

Traditionally, florists charged a local delivery charge and a service charge for outgoing wire orders.

Both were reasonable and generally competitive.

With the advent of the internet and order gathers, the mysterious service charge became a fundamental part of the order.

There was no rhyme or reason for service charges or their amounts–but online order gatherers found that it was a way to get an extra flat fee on every order they processed.

This service charge was a different animal from the wire charge–as the norm was no longer the sending of out-of-town orders from one florist to another.

Order gatherers were already getting 20% of an order–and if they were a wire service, 27%.

The service charge just added a flat amount to their take from an order–a part they didn’t have to share with another florist or a wire service.

And, because customers rarely questioned service charges, they didn’t have to answer yo anyone.

We formulated our policies on delivery and service charges when we launched our first internet website, citifloral.com.

At first, florists were charging their traditional distance-based delivery charges and out-of-town wire service charges online.

They also competed with each other with relatively insignificant discounts like 10%.

We realized that online customers would choose a florist based on the delivery charge of the location if the charge varied–and that the best practice would be to just make allowance for some delivery cost in the price of products.

We therefore eliminated the delivery charge altogether–as some online florists were starting to do to be competitive.

We also realized that customers would eschew a florist who would charge more for a delivery out-of-town–and we wanted customers to feel comfortable sending flowers anywhere with us.

So, we never imposed a delivery or wire charge on out-of-town orders.

We never saw the justification for a service charge–so we never imposed one either.

We thought this was the best deal in the industry–no delivery or service charge whatsoever.

As other online florist dropped delivery charges–or included them in the price of a product–we were left with one policy that no one else could match:

We do not impose a service charge on any order of an online product on any of our websites–whether the order is placed online, by phone or fax, or in person.

We feel that achieves a level of consumer fairness and transparency that is unique in the floral industry.

The price you see is the price you pay (plus tax)–no delivery or service fees!

Paying a service and other innocuous fees can make a product with a relatively cheap stated price much more expensive when you get the final bill,.

In fact, most of the floral websites charging service charges secret until you get to checkout.

And then then spring it on you–hoping that you miss it–or that you decide you;ve gone too far and you’ere just going to finish the order and be done with it.

They fool you by showing you a low price–which looks very good competitively.

To make you think you’re getting a real bargain, they’ll offer you a hefty discount percentage==which is paid for out of the exorbitant service charge.

When all is said and done, you pay us less for a comparable product.

I did a little research on some of most popular florist order gatherer websites.

Here are the service charges you uncover if you make it all the way to the checkout:

FTD: 17.99
Teleflora: 15.99
1800flowers: 17.98
From You Fkowers: 14.99

Plus other hidden charges that they add into your bill.

Moral of the story: Beware of hidden service charges on floral orders because they can make a purchase very expensive.

Go with CitiFloral–and you’ll always know what you’re being charged.’

Consumer fairness and transparency are always the best policy’

Review – Thank You Citifloral

A few months back I contacted CitiFloral in hopes of receiving a Floral donation for the annual P.R.I.D.E. Brunch at the Legendary SOB’s (Sounds of Brazil) located 200 Varick St. in NYC, and to my surprise they agreed… I was extremely impressed by not only the professionalism but the follow up leading to the actual event date. Jeff Gaster was the Absolute Best!!! he created nothing short of artistic masterpieces that were the perfect addition to a great event.
The attention to detail was impeccable, and to say the least they knew exactly what our room needed. Each arrangement was created with such passion and love… and If you LOVE flowers as much as I do… You know the difference…
From a very general idea of color and theme Jeff & CitiFloral Inc. created breathtaking visions that wow’d each and every guest. I highly recommend using CitiFloral for ALL of your floral needs.. Bridal, Holiday, Anniversary etc… They Rock!!!
Thank you Jeff Gaster and CitiFloral not only for helping make this seasons brunch a total success but for bringing smiles and joy to each person who was able to experience your artistic talent and greatness…
I eagerly look forward to the many years to come, and sharing my experience with anyone needing to simply bring a smile to someone’s heart, home, office, and special event…
Blessings to you all..
Sha’lik Hartford