With all the confusion out there about sending a fresh flower floral gift, I'd like to clarify the best way to find a good florist. Let's say your want to send your mother a lovely floral arrangement for her birthday but she recently moved to a state you are not familiar with. You've never been there and you are not familiar with the florists in the area. In addition you don't want Mom to receive flowers that arrive in a box that she has to design herself. Here's 2 simple steps you can follow to find a good florist fast.
- Let your favorite local florist help you. They may not be able to personally deliver but chances are they're part of a floral network of real brick & mortar flower shops that will gladly handle the delivery to your mother. It's called using a relay service. Shops relay to each other to handle out of town orders. We get orders into our shop from other florists and we send our customers orders to them. This relay is between real florists who help each other and at our shop, we do not charge any additional fee for this. Be careful however, it's important that your order start with a real florist, one you know is in the flower business and doesn't just take the order to relay to a real florist. These businesses are fake and operate as online websites or call centers. In our business we call them "Order Gatherers" and it costs you big bucks to use these businesses. This leads us to the second way to send an out of town order.
- You can find a local florist by using the Google Maps Feature online. Just go to Google and type in key words such as flower delivery or florist with the name of the town you need flowers to be sent to and then choose the "Map" option. You'll see a map showing all the "florists" listed. Once there, click around, look at the different florists, read their about us page, look at the street view of their shop. They will most likely have good reviews if they are a real florist. This is where you need to be careful. Doing a little extra looking around will help you to find a real florist and not one of those Order Gatherers. Once you find their website, order online or give them a buzz. It's that easy.
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