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Exotic Flowers in Boston - Top Books for Summer

Posted by Rick Canale on Thu, Jun 21, 2012

Candy Roses of Cape CareThe Candy Roses of Cape Care is the third installment in The Beantown Tales: Green Series where a group of six cousins rally together to save a magical beach's candy sprouting roses from extinction. Growing every sweet treat imaginable from lollipops to gummy bears, the team must work fast to clean up their sandy shores before pollution threatens to halt the production of an enchanted potion produced by the sea. Keeping in theme with the prequels, The Land of Chocolate Cosmos (winner of the 2011 Green Difference Book by the Massachusetts Green Schools Org and 2011 Honorable Mention by the New England Book Festival) and The Popcorn Hydrangea of Poppingtom, Suzie Canale, the author educates while empowering readers to make key changes within their communities. This book tantalizes tummies with yummy imagery nestled in fantastical worlds. Suzie is also an Exotic Flowers' blogger and our poet in residence.

calico joe resized 600A surprising and moving novel of fathers and sons, forgiveness and redemption, set in the world of Major League Baseball… A quick read, kind of like a good short story; vintage Grisham. Cannot wait for the movie.

Winning the Customer On vacation but feel like you should be building your business ? Marketing guru, Lou Imbriano sets forth an ideal blue print for growing your business. Many of Lou's ideas are cost effective and easy to implement right away. 

The Art of FieldingNo mystery why this novel remains a best seller. Now in paperback, you have no excuse but to pick up a copy. This is one of the best books I have read in years. If you enjoy baseball and have always wanted to find a great novel, you cannot miss with this book.

micah resized 600Micah Solomon's latest book really hits the mark. He lays a great foundation of customer service applications in the first seven chapters. With real world companies used as models, Micah provides a foundation that businesses of all sizes can implement.
Great takeaways include the importance of a company culture and showing how it really defines your business. Micah's book addresses an important need of creating on line loyalty. This question is asked by brick and mortar stores every day. Micah really understands the importance of quick response, anticipating a client's needs and the need for standards.
From his principles of on line self service to his theme of 'let customers hear from you before they have to ask for anything themselves.' This book will remain on my shelf as a reference/ customer service text book for years to come.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a web presence of any type, no matter how big or small.

Tags: Suzie Hearl Canale, Marketing, Childrens Book, Customer Service, Lou Imbriano

Exotic Flowers in Boston - Top Five Books for Christmas Gifts

Posted by Rick Canale on Wed, Dec 14, 2011

Childrens Book for ChristmasThe Land of Chocolate Cosmos by Suzie Canale is excellently suited towards Nature studies, and will teach students the material clearly without overcomplicating the subject. Its high standard of excellence, making sure that it stays one of the foremost Nature studies textbooks. 

art of fielding resized 600The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach has been rated the best book of 2011 by This novel is the best book I have read in years and I encourage any and all to pick up a copy.

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Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain is one of those books that everyone wants to read but has never picked up a copy. This book is well worth reading and is a quick read. Pick up a few copies for friends as it is very affordable.

Lou Imbriano Winning the Customer by Lou Imbriano is a keeper for all those looking to build their business. Lou is a great story teller and his ideas can be implemented for a business of any size.

Childrens Books in BostonThe Popcorn Hydrangea of Poppingtom by Suzie Canale the second installment to the Green Series. Written as the sequel to "The Land of Chocolate Cosmos", this children's book portrays a land with magical popcorn popping flowers, busy drive in movie lots and a determined, environmentally conscious little boy, named Nicholas.  This poetic tale will educate both adults and children on the dangers of air pollution as well as empowering children to make key changes in their communities.  Illustrated by Kevin Coffrey, readers won't be disappointed by the fantastical popcorn world created to teach children about the importance of clean air while keeping tummies tantalized by the buttery popcorn imagery.

Tags: Suzie Hearl Canale, Childrens Book, Christmas, Lou Imbriano

Exotic Flowers' Advice to Incoming Freshmen at Boston College

Posted by Rick Canale on Tue, Sep 13, 2011

Boston College FloristAs a graduate of Boston College(A&S '93) I would like to welcome the incoming class of 2015 to Boston College.

Fact: the freshmen fifteen is a reality. As a college freshmen, you will have lots of free time and twenty four access to some very unhealthy food. Remember even lite beer is fattening. Walk wherever and whenever you can. Exercise and eat well. 

Fact: Long Island Iced Tea may sound refreshing, but it will knock you on your ass. Unless you enjoy throwing up, pass on these drinks when offered.

Get an internship and a job. A job will put much needed extra cash in your pocket and keep you out of trouble. An internship will put you on the fast track for your career. 

Schedule yourself for morning classes. Do not get into the trap of taking classes at 3pm. If you take morning classes, you will be done with class when your classmates are waking up.

Winning the Customer

If you can get into the class, sign up for my pal Lou Imbriano's class. Lou will not only teach you about marketing, but about life too. His new book Winning the Customer is a must read. 

Finally, you need a florist. You will likely need a florist to say thank you, congratulations, I'm sorry and I love you. Exotic Flowers in Boston will be your florist for life. We even send flowers worldwide if you want to thank your parents for paying for your tuition at one of the nation's greatest colleges; Boston College.

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Tags: Freshman Advice, Lou Imbriano, Boston College

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