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Exotic Flowers Staff Safety Protocols During Covid-19

Posted by Rick Canale on Wed, May 20, 2020

At Exotic Flowers in Roslindale, the safety of our staff, vendors and clients is more important than any transaction.

We'd like to share our safety standards with you to know how we're working to keep everyone safe.

Exotic Flowers safety masks

Processing / Design:
CLEANING / SANITIZING PROTOCOLS
Appropriate PPE will be worn by all employees based on their role and responsibilities and in adherence to state or local regulations and guidance.
Practice frequent handwashing.
Save your resources! Latex gloves are only effective if you are avoiding cross-contamination.
Routinely wipe down all workstation surfaces, multiple times each day with disinfectant wipes or spray.
Routinely wipe down tools and equipment multiple times each day with disinfectant wipes or spray. Don’t forget the cooler door!
No sharing of tools or equipment. This includes knives, shears, buckets, etc. If tools or equipment MUST be shared, they must be sanitized anytime transfer occurs between employees.
PHYSICAL DISTANCING PROTOCOL
Employees must keep a minimum of 6’ distance from other employees and customers.
Mark the floor with tape to promote safe distance.
SALES
CLEANING / SANITIZING PROTOCOLS
Appropriate PPE will be worn by all employees based on their role and responsibilities and in adherence to state or local regulations and guidance.
Practice frequent handwashing.
Save your resources! Latex gloves are only effective if you are avoiding cross-contamination.
Routinely wipe down all workstation surfaces, multiple times each day with disinfectant wipes or spray.
Routinely wipe down tools and equipment multiple times each day with disinfectant wipes or spray. This includes phones, tablets, and keyboards. Don’t forget the cooler door!
No sharing of tools or equipment. If tools or equipment MUST be shared, they must be sanitized anytime transfer occurs between employees.
PHYSICAL DISTANCING PROTOCOL
Employees must keep a minimum of 6’ distance from other employees and customers.
Mark the floor with tape to promote safe distance.
Precautions must be taken to ensure customers keep a minimum of 6’ distance from each other. This can include a designated pick-up area with a clear indication of flow-of-traffic.
DELIVERY
CLEANING / SANITIZING PROTOCOLS
Appropriate PPE will be worn by all employees based on their role and responsibilities and in adherence to state or local regulations and guidance.
Masks should be worn from the van to the recipient’s property / drop-off location.
Practice frequent handwashing.
Save your resources! Latex gloves are only effective if you are avoiding cross-contamination.
Routinely wipe down all workstation surfaces, multiple times each day with disinfectant wipes or spray. In addition to the store, your vehicle is also your workstation! Disinfect those steering wheels and door handles.
Routinely wipe down tools and equipment multiple times each day with disinfectant wipes or spray. This includes phones, tablets and keyboards.
Use hand sanitizer after each delivery to help prevent the spread of germs.
If a delivery vehicle needs to be transferred from one driver to another, it must be properly sanitized.
PHYSICAL DISTANCING PROTOCOL
Employees must keep a minimum of 6’ distance from other employees and customers.
All deliveries are no-contact deliveries. You may not enter a recipient’s home. If you are delivering to a place of business, follow their safety procedures.
Contact the recipient prior to delivery and let them know a delivery will be left at their door. The driver can wait in vehicle to ensure delivery was received.

Tags: Exotic Flowers Employees, Rose Bear, Covid-19, Corona Virus

Give Flowers on #GivingTuesday

Posted by Rick Canale on Fri, May 01, 2020

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GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. We're launching #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity to take place on May 5, 2020, as a response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. - www.givingtuesday.org

We have joined the path set out by non-profit American Floral Endowment. They have announced the launch of a new online campaign promoting Giving Flowers on #GivingTuesdayNow. This new campaign aims to promote a day of flower giving. We’re here to help spread messages of the emotional benefits that flowers provide, such as reducing stress and improving emotional health while promoting flower buying.

  • Thank you for support at this time. You are helping to keep this small business open.

We wish you much success during this most challenging time. We remain, #InThisTogether.

 

 

 

Tags: Covid-19, Corona Virus, AFE, GivingTuesday

Can I Still Send Funeral Flowers to a Private Service?

Posted by Rick Canale on Wed, Apr 22, 2020

Yes, you can send flowers to private funeral services. During the COVID-19 quarantine, services are now limited to ten people. Often you will notice an obituary or listing that mentions services are private. In efforts to maintain social distancing, these notices are posted.

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Flowers connect us. They share emotions. 

At the height of quarantine, we reached out to our local funeral homes. Davis Funeral Home in Roxbury and Mattapan, Doherty  and Lawler Funeral Homes in West Roxbury, Mann and Roger Funeral Home in Jamaica Plain and Russo Funeral Home in Roslindale have been serving our community for decades. They know the importance of flowers at a funeral and how much flowers help ease grieving. We are indebted their full commitment as neighborhood institutions. 

 

Tags: Funeral Florist, Funeral Flowers, Covid-19, Corona Virus

Show Your Admin @ Home Your Thanks - Administrative Professionals Week

Posted by Rick Canale on Thu, Apr 16, 2020

 

Your assistant has been busting their ass from home since being quarantined. Show them you care and appreciate all their hard work. Administrative Professionals Week also known Secretaries Week is April 20th through April 24th. So many assistants are now working from home. Flowers and plants are a much better gift than Charmin. 

Your assistant is now trying to keep your professional life together with Zoom, conference calls and webinars. They are also trying to keep their personal lives together too. They're home schooling, learning Google Classroom, cooking meals and trying to keep your schedule relevant. Do you know how hard it is coordinate your schedule from a home office?

Did you know that flowers in the home relieve stress? Rutgers University and Harvard University both offer studies to prove that flowers relieve stress and improve mood.

We have two great gift items to show your respect and gratitude on this Secretary's Day. 

The State of Massachusetts considers gardening an essential business to live during the COVID-19 quarantine.

admin day plant flowers

Serene Retreat

This beautiful gift is a garden of delights. Perfectly at home inside a home or office, it's a great gift for all reasons and seasons. The planter is not only easy to care for but helps purify the air quality of your home. We know it is getting stuffy in everyone's home right now. 

Another favorite for us this Admin's week is our new Day After Bouquet. 

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A beacon of hope for brighter days ahead, this bouquet will brighten the mood in their homes and let them know how much your appreciate their hard work and all they do for you.

 

 

Tags: Harvard Research Team Floral Study, Secretary's Day, Administrative Professional's Day, Stress, Covid-19, Corona Virus

Two New Social Distance Bouquets from Exotic Flowers in Boston

Posted by Rick Canale on Thu, Apr 09, 2020

The days of quarantine have taken their toll on us all. Thankfully, we remain healthy and safe and are practicing every safety precaution. There is a light at the end of this pandemic tunnel. We have been in the same location in Roslindale for 90 years and plan to be in the same spot when this is all over. 

Flowers remain the biggest part of what we do and our biggest responsibility to you. Sending flowers to a loved one shows how much you are thinking of them when you cannot be there. Today we are introducing two bouquets that can be preordered today and available in many areas for delivery now.

day afterIntroducing The Day After Bouquet

Much like our designer's choice arrangement, this arrangement arrives in a vase with the freshest seasonal flowers available. Expect a lush and inspiring bouquet of flowers. Available in all sizes; modest at $60; medium at $75 and large at $100. There is a light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. Send this arrangement to ones you cannot visit but want to show you care.

Can't Get Next to You Bouquet

 The Can't Get Next To You Bouquet 

Inspired by my favorite Temptations Song:

 I

Can turn the gray sky blue
I can make it rain, whenever I want it to, oh I
I can build a castle from a single grain of sand
I can make a ship sail, on dry land tell 'em yeah
But my life is incomplete and I'm so blue
'Cause I can't get next to you

What better At Home Favorite to support your Social Distance relationships.

We're trying to make as much lemonade as we can during this trying time. Your cards, letters, emails and social messages of support mean the world to us. Thank you.

Looking so forward to The Day After.

-Rick

 

 

 

Tags: Flower Arrangements, Covid-19, Corona Virus

We Will Be Back on April 7th

Posted by Rick Canale on Tue, Mar 24, 2020

For the first time in more than forty years, Exotic Flowers in Roslindale will be closed for more than forty eight hours. I am working from home to keep you updated on our plans and any future orders we may have. We cannot offer local delivery at this time. If you have an order to any area that is still delivering flowers, we will take great care of you. Please email me at rick@exoticflowers.com with any questions.

Stay safe. Stay Home. Stay Healthy. Flatten the curve.

 

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Tags: Boston Florist, Covid-19, Corona Virus

An Update for Our Friends

Posted by Rick Canale on Fri, Mar 20, 2020

'Dear Exotic Flowers friends and family,

Like many of you, we’re feeling a sense of uncertainty as we navigate our new reality. Life, and business, has changed considerably over the last few weeks and while we are certainly in uncharted territory, we’re choosing to focus on what we can control.

Above all, we remain committed to the safety of our clients and the entire Exotic Flowers family. We also know that flowers play an important role during difficult times. Flowers are a source of comfort and happiness, and a way to express what you can’t quite put into words. For that reason, we want to remain open and accessible to our clients—while ensuring safety for all.

We are closely monitoring all recommendations made by the CDC, as these are updated daily. Below are the adjustments we have made to ensure the well-being of our clients and team.

We will not be delivering to hospitals or nursing homes until further notice.

To adhere to social distancing guidelines, our delivery team will leave gifts at the front door and follow up with an immediate phone call to notify the recipient. We will not ring the doorbell. Please call us at (800) 706-1200 if you have a specific delivery request.

Our goal at Exotic Flowers is to share happiness and hope through flowers, and that now feels more necessary than ever. We will continue to deliver these sentiments as safely as possible. As always, we thank you for your continued support of our company, and we wish health and safety to you and all of your loved ones.'

 

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Rick Canale

Exotic Flowers

Tags: Covid-19, Corona Virus

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