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You may laugh but with over 20 employees coming and going between our two shops, that are open 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, it's hard to catch all our employees at the same time! Over the years I've become accustom to sending out my Red Alert News Bulletin's keeping the employees posted on the happenings at the company. While writing this one, I thought it might make a fun blog for those of you that would love the inside skinny of what's new and exciting at the two Monday Morning Flower shops! Read on to see what the employees see! :o)

Red Alert!! Monday Morning News Bulletin! From, the Big Cheese, Georgianne

Well, I thought it might be time to write a bulletin as the last 6 months have been very eventful, with both devastating news and rebirth. As some of you are new to the company and many are “old timers” I wanted to take this opportunity to let you all know how special and important each and every one of you is to Kevin and me both professionally but personally. I’ve had many losses in my life, most recently loosing dear Reina. Each loss teaches me that life is short and should not be wasted.

On that note, I’m feeling like it’s a time of rebirth for the company. As there have been some things holding us back (the economy, negative coworkers, etc), I am determined to control what I can and go with the flow with what I can’t. To that end, I’m personally trying to make a fresh start and so you will begin to notice some changes around both shops. Change is good! Out with the old and in with the new!!

Welcome Newbie’s!!
We are delighted to welcome into the Monday Morning Family Drivers Pete, Len, Corey and James, Designers David B and Samantha and Special Ops Melissa! We also formally welcome intern Aisha, who will be joining us on busy weekends as a paid employee!

Did you know that Monday Morning Flowers did exactly 100 weddings in 2008 and that we have either done or have scheduled over 90 for 2009? Believe it or not, we are still booking weddings for '09 for those last minute brides. Thanks to everyone who makes our wedding business such a success. I challenge any flower shop in the area to put out the volume and quality work that we do and we have thank you notes to prove it!

Best of Weddings 2008/2009 The Knot!
For those of you that do not yet know, Monday Morning flowers was again voted a “Best of Weddings” choice for New Jersey, one of only 20 shops in the state to be voted so.

We’ve Gotten So Social!!
Did you know that we have a very strong online presence on sites such as MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and now YouTube? Well, we do. If you are not yet linked up to us, you should be! At any given time you can find me Twittering, Facebooking, Spacing Out, Tubing or Flickering. A picture of one of our bridal bouquets on Flickr has been viewed over 4,000 times and has over 10 favorite votes by Flickr users! Our Monday Morning Fan Page on Facebook has over 100 fans and is growing and we currently have over 320 people following us on Twitter.

To Blog or Not to Blog: That is the Question!
We blog all right! Did you know we also actively maintain 5 blogging sites for the company? Did you know that our blogs bring in as many visitors to check out our website as some of our paid online advertising sites? Well, they do!

Website or Websites!!
Did you know that Monday Morning Flowers actively maintains not just one company website but 6? We have 2 FTD sites (one for each shop), our main SendingSmiles site, a new dedicated Sympathy site, our wedding site (which has over 600 photographs of our bridal designs) and a new flower and event site? If you think these sites stay the same and never change, think again. 5 of these sites change each and ever week!!

Smile Mail!!
We e-mail to a customer list of over 6,000 people at least once or twice each month.

We’ve Got a New Looking Coming – You Look Maaarvelous!
New uniforms for the staff will start arriving next week. We are going for a more casual, hip looks with marine blue t-shirts and white front and back imprint. Start planning ahead before the cold weather comes for white long sleeve shirts, turtle necks and T’s to go underneath these shirts and hopefully jackets will follow for drivers, etc soon.

Reorganization, Refreshing, Reinvesting in the Shops!
You may have noticed that in 2009 we’ve lots of small projects to keep our work environment updated and organized. Yardley had many projects done this year such as painting of the cooler and cabinets, new counter tops, new flooring and the fixing of the carpet and coving. Princeton also got some facelifts such as recent reorganization of the sales and production area, new counters in the driver area and a reorg of the storage and office area. Whew! Thanks to everyone who’s been helping with all of that! Also, look for the new lap tops and wireless system being installed for use exclusivelyby the designers and drivers. No more doing battle with the sales associates for use of the Point of Sale Computers! A special thanks to brother in law Mark for his computer expertise with the router!
Live Long and Prosper!! Georgianne
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