Coast to Coast Flowers Sponsors 2018 Miss Russian United States Pageant

Coast to Coast Flowers played a prominent role in crowning Polina Egorov as 2018 Miss Russiain United States at an event held on November 11 in Manhattan. As a title sponsor of the contest, Coast to Coast worked with some of the area’s finest florists, including Winston’s Flowers and Starbrite Floral, to bring together a beautiful evening that featured 10 models competing for the coveted crown.

The florals were ordered by Art Conforti of Coast to Coast along with our preferred industry processing service, Teleflora. Conforti was on hand himself to coordinate with the local florist and make sure the expectations of the event’s hosts were exceeded.

At Coast to Coast Flowers, we don’t like to think of ourselves as just an online florist. We work hard to get to know our clients’ needs and determine the optimal way to represent their good taste when sending gifts and message of support, sympathy, caring, and celebration.

The Dazzler by Coast to Coast Flowers

In our opinion, flowers are the best ways to recognize anyone, but our specialty is going the extra mile for a gift that truly delivers. For example, our ”Dazzler” is a gorgeous way to acknowledge the receipt of an occasion or sentiment and is lovely on its own, but adding balloons shout to the office what the occasion is all about. Our agents are trained to ask and recognize the intention of the gift – then we add our magic!

That’s why we like to think that we’re the very best Yes We Can florist out there as well as the most trustworthy option for ordering flowers online. Our Yes We Can commitment means that our goal is to set and exceed customer expectations with every order.

Coast supports local florists

Coast to Coast Florist is a family-owned national enterprise focusing on securing floral orders that are sent to select florist across the country to produce. We work directly with some of the most talented designers and some of the most revered flower shops in the country to deliver breathtaking floral gifts – no matter where the recipient is located.

Unlike other online flower sellers that many event companies work with, Coast to Coast ensures that the florist doing the work gets recognized.

Yes You Can call Coast to Coast for fast, easy service and an unconditional guarantee, or if you’d prefer to find your own florist in your area, you can go directly to the local florist using Local Flower Shop directory when needed.

With Local Flower Shop (www.localflowershop.com), consumers can search one directory and find the best local retail florist to serve their needs.

Anyone struggling to find a reputable florist or anyone unfamiliar with florists in the recipient’s area can always call Coast to Coast at (888) 923-7401 and worry no more, we’ll take it from there.

Coast to Coast prefers to focus on partner florists from Local Flower Shop listings to send orders. Conversely, Coast to Coast Flowers secures orders from many local and national corporations, concierge services and special event companies. It’s a terrific partnership that benefits the entire industry.

Why order from Coast to Coast or Local Flower Shop?

It wasn’t long ago that nearly everyone knew a local florist they could count on for exceptional service and outstanding quality. But the industry has changed significantly in the past few decades and that has made ordering flowers for an out-of-town recipient a risky and frustrating endeavor.

The internet is filled with deception and people who claim to be florists that won’t give you their name or answer the phone with a generic phrase like “flower shop” to lure unsuspecting customers into thinking they are dealing with an experienced shop.

In many cases, they simply take a cut of your money and pass the order along for someone else to fill at the price you indicated, minus the money they kept for themselves. In other cases, you don’t really know where your order is going or who has your credit card information – and those people can be hard to reach if a problem should arise.

You won’t have to worry about that happening with orders placed through Coast to Coast or through our partners on Local Flower Shop. We take pride in focusing on the local retail florist while exceeding the expectations of the customer. We work hard to make sure your order is cared for from the time you place it until the time it’s delivered, giving you piece of mind and delivering beautiful results.

Coast to Coast Flowers – making sending flowers and gifts easy is what we’re all about!

Coast to Coast florist and has been headquartered in Sarasota, FL since its inception in 1998 and has supported the retail floral industry for hundreds of thousands of orders to retail florists using processors like Teleflora and FTD. We also support the Society of American Florists and all the great work they’re doing for the industry. Give us a call today at 800-515-2710 or email us here. Art Conforti also consults with dozens of retailers in many industries helping them grow profitable business online. You can reach him anytime by email at arthur@comcast.net.

Celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a worldwide celebration of social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women that takes place annually on March 8. This year’s theme is #PressforProgress which spotlights gender parity.

IWD is not a new holiday – in fact, it was first observed in the early 1900’s. It has, however, grown in popularity over the past few years and is now celebrated and supported around the world by the United Nations, along with governments, industry leaders, educational institutions, community groups, professional associations, women’s networks, charities, non-profit organizations, and more.

IWD is a terrific opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women as well as a chance to take action to help raise visibility and awareness in order to help drive positive change for women and accelerate gender parity around the world.

We can all do our part in helping drive better outcomes for women by becoming responsive and responsible leaders in creating a more gender-inclusive world. The World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won’t close entirely for another 217 years, so International Women’s Day provides an opportunity for ground-breaking action that can drive greater change for women and speed up the clock on gender parity.

World-renowned feminist, journalist and activist Gloria Steinem once said, “The story of women’s struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights.”

How to get involved

  • Together we can all play a role in promoting women’s issues and rights, especially for women in developing countries. One of the easiest ways to get involved is by sharing the #PressforProgress hashtag on social media posts and encouraging your friends and followers to join in the festivities.
  • Purple is the official color for IWD, so simply wearing a purple shirt or ribbon is a great way to show your support.
  • There are numerous festivals and gatherings planned for IWD and you can check the International Women’s Day event page to see a full list of activities in your area.
  • Consider donating time or resources to women-focused charities or groups
  • Volunteer to set up your own IWD campaign. Materials and instructions can be found here.
  • Most importantly, just speak out and make your support known!

Even if you don’t want to get involved in organized IWD events, the day itself is still a great opportunity to celebrate a special woman in your life by acknowledging their hard work and sharing their stories. A small gift, like a beautiful bouquet, is always an appropriate way to show your gratitude and the smile is causes can make a big difference!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Since 1985, the month of October has been designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a goal of promoting mammography as the most effective weapon in the battle against breast cancer.

Each year during October, a variety of events including walks, runs, and fundraisers are organized throughout the United States to promote awareness to this cause which has affected so many lives.

The iconic pink ribbon is a symbol for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and many prominent landmarks around the world are illuminated with pink lighting throughout the month of October in observance.

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women worldwide and the second leading cause of cancer death among women. Each year over a quarter of a million women are diagnosed and more than 40,500 will die from the disease. It is estimated that one in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

There is good news, however, as death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1989 and breast cancer incidence rates began decreasing in the year 2000 thanks in part to the reduced use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), along with better screening, early detection, increased awareness and continually improving treatment options.

In fact, for many of the 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S., the month of October and the awareness campaign offers a reason to celebrate and reflect.

How to help

There are many ways for you to get involved with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The obvious ones include volunteering your time or making a donation to local or national charitable organizations that focus on awareness, research, prevention, and treatment of the disease.

Keep in mind that not all of the “pink” charities are alike and some are less than transparent about where your donations end up. Watchdog groups like Charity Watch and Charity Navigator are typically good sources of more in-depth analysis of organizations as they review and evaluate financial statements, tax reports, program expenses and fundraising costs.

The American Institute of Philanthropy’s Charity Watch recognizes 12 organizations as top-rated cancer charities and assigns letter grades to each one. Here are their top three in descending order:

Of the three breast cancer charities recommended by Charity Watch, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation also received Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars while the National Breast Cancer Coalition Fund and the Breast Cancer Prevention Partners received three stars.

Other national four-star charities recommended by Charity Navigator include:

Susan G. Komen

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is one of the largest and most well-known charities devoted to the cause, but according to the watchdog groups, bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better.  Charity Navigator gives the organization a 3-star rating (out of four), while Charity Watch gave them a C+ grade.

Charities to avoid

In recent years, the Federal Trade Commission has dissolved Breast Cancer Society and the Cancer Fund of America after alleging they were scam charities bilking money from donors. Those two organizations are now defunct, but there are still some groups that are low-rated for various reasons.

Charity Navigator urges people to do their own research before donating to charitable organizations but also cites three groups in particular as ones to avoid due to the fact that they spend more on fundraising than devoting funds to the issues. The watchdog group gave the following organizations zero or one star and cautions you to look carefully before supporting them:

Invited to a “Super Party”? Don’t wait until the last second!

football for blogsThere’s a big game coming up in a couple of weeks, in case you haven’t heard.

Last year’s Super Bowl XLIX was the most-watched show in U.S. television history, hauling in a ridiculous 114.4 million viewers and shattering the previous record of 112.2 million.

The Super Bowl has indeed become much more of a tradition than just a football game. It’s become an annual celebration that non-football fans look forward to just as much as the diehard fans do, if only for the food and viral-worthy commercials.

If you’re not hosting a party for this year’s Super Bowl, chances are you’ve been invited to one.

Big Party Basket by Coast to Coast Florist

Big Party Basket by Coast to Coast Florist

Now, while some people choose to go all out with elaborate recipes and sophisticated side dishes, not everyone has the ability – or the time – to create their own culinary masterpiece.

One trap you want to avoid as a “Super Party” guest is waiting until the last minute!

Good food and drink are essential for any great Super Bowl party, yes, but stopping by the store at the last minute to purchase your party gift? Not so much!

This simple act of procrastination will leave you sifting through leftovers and hand-me-down dishes with no clear end in sight. Not the best way to make a “super” impression, right?

The California Grand by Coast to Coast Florist

The California Grand by Coast to Coast Florist

While cheering for the wrong team may earn you ribbings from fellow partygoers, the “showing-up-to-the-party-empty-handed” foul will most certainly draw the biggest penalty flag.

There is one option, however, that is much easier and a lot less stressful. One that will cut the time and hassle out of your busy Sunday and make you the MVP of your Super Bowl 50 party:

That option is having a gift basket from Coast to Coast Florist DELIVERED directly to the party!

Not only will your gift basket serve as a token of appreciation, but it’s a great way to say ‘thank you’ to the party host and makes a delicious statement that will be enjoyed and admired by everyone at the party.

Why bother with dirty dishes in the kitchen or the hair-pulling frustration of finding a last-minute gift at the grocery store? A simple phone call to Coast to Coast Florist at (888)888-5459 is the only game plan you need!

So sit back, enjoy the game, and let your friends at Coast to Coast take care of the rest.

Let’s play some football!