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Capitol Hill Florist Welcomes Foster’s Flowers Customers
OKLAHOMA CITY AND EDMOND, OK -- Capitol Hill Florist today announced they have acquired Foster’s Flowers, the oldest floral shop in the Oklahoma City area. Capitol Hill Florist is committed to providing Foster’s Flowers customers with the same level of service they have received from Foster’s since 1918. "We look forward to serving the customers of Foster’s Flowers and have successfully served the Oklahoma City and Edmond area for many years," said Kent Whitnah, Owner of Capitol Hill Florist. "Our fleet of eight delivery vehicles (Including 2 that run on CNG) stands ready for the incremental additional impact of orders expected by the merger."

Capitol Hill Florist, also having a strong heritage within Oklahoma City, opened in 1932 by Whitnah's grandfather Chester. All of Capitol Hill Florist's arrangements are professionally hand designed and personally hand delivered. Capitol Hill Florist believes in investing in new technology such as the addition of its 7,000-cubic foot state-of-the-art walk-in cooler that enables them to provide the freshest flowers in town. Calls are answered by a personal floral designer - no recordings or on-hold music- and they are prepared to continue this policy with increased capabilities for incoming calls as the customer base expands. They are also proud to offer same day delivery in the metro area on most orders made by 2 pm. Exactly as Foster’s Flowers, Capitol Hill Florist remains dedicated to quality and customer service over the decades. The Foster’s Flowers website and phones are still active and will redirect to Capitol Hill Florist for customer service and order placements.

Capitol Hill Florist and Gifts - Founded in 1932, Capitol Hill Florist and Gifts provides same day delivery of the freshest floral arrangements and unique gifts with two locations serving the Oklahoma City metro area. Orders are professionally hand-arranged and hand-delivered and can be placed nationwide at 1-800-526-4852 or online at www.capitolhillflorist.com.

Click here for the History of Capitol Hill Florist: http://www.capitolhillflorist.com/history.asp?topnav=LeftNav

Contact: Kent Whitnah
405-634-3368
kent@capitolhillflorist.com

Flower business blooms for Valentine's Day
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, February 12, 2014 – by Brianna Bailey from the Daily Oklahoman

Annual one-day demand for long-stemmed red roses drives prices skyward.

This week, the walk-in cooler at the Oklahoma Flower Market is packed with every imaginable color of rose, including some that don't occur naturally.

There are dyed rainbow roses, a purple black rose called Black Baccara and hot pink variety dubbed Pink Floyd.

But for Valentine's Day the red, long-stemmed variety remains the reigning queen, said third-generation flower market owner Mike Hurley.

"Mother's Day is busy, but Mother's Day is more about all types of flowers, while Valentine's Day is all about the roses," Hurley said.

Situated in a brick warehouse in Midtown, the flower market gets its flowers from around the world and sells them to florists, supermarkets and stores across the state. The price of roses typically starts inching up in January and spikes leading up to Valentine's Day, Hurley said.

Metro area florists were advertising the classic bouquet of a dozen long-stem red roses for an average $100 this week.

It's simply an issue of supply and demand, Hurley said.

Moving Product

Oklahoma Flower Market's roses are imported from Ecuador and Colombia and flown into Miami via freight plane and then shipped via refrigerated truck to his Oklahoma City warehouse.

"It's always a challenge to meet the demands of Valentine's Day," Hurley said. "You need extra airplanes that are staged in Ecuador, extra trucks from the coast and there are additional costs in clearing customs."

On Wednesday, Oklahoma Flower Market workers were busy doing everything from breaking down shipments of flowers into bundles and bouquets to loading up trucks to fill orders for florists.

At Capitol Hill Florist in south Oklahoma city, a mixture of regular employees, temporary workers, part-timers and family members of owner Kent Whitnah have turned the shop on South Western into a war room of sorts. the floor is littered with stems and leaves and the phone rings constantly. Make-shift shelves set up around the shop organize outgoing orders according to their ZIP code.

Whitnah turns the heat off in the shop, turning the whole store into a walk-in cooler as workers wearing gloves and scarves arrange bouquets of lilies, tulips and roses in large glass vases on a bank of tables.

Whitnah expects to sell from 7,000 to 9,000 roses for Valentine's Day this year, and the business will fill more orders this week than it typically does in an entire month.

Higher prices

Capitol Hill is selling a bouquet of a dozen long-stem red roses this week for $94.95, but the business is offering a special where buyers can get a second dozen for $40.

The price of red roses goes up as it gets closer to Valentine's Day each year, Whitnah said.

"The growers go up on their prices, the wholesalers go up on their prices and it all trickles uphill," he said. "It's mainly supply and demand. People are willing to pay more to get those roses and prices start inching up."

Juggling phone orders while running back and forth between the walk-in coolers, Capitol Hill floral manager Patty Wiggins uses on worth to describe Valentine's Day: "exhausting."

"It's a daylong holiday and everyone wants their flowers that day, "Wiggens said. "And everyone wants the flowers delivered at the office - that's the big thing. I tell people, send them on the 12th or the 13th so they can enjoy them a day or two before."

Mark Erickson, director of marketing and education for Oklahoma Flower Market, says that his line of work has cultivated a complex "love-hate" relationship with Valentine's Day.

"But you have to think about how all these flowers are going to make so many people happy," he said. "Floral designers are little bit co-dependent that way."


Record Valentine’s Day Expected as Weather Outlook Clears
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, February 11, 2014 – Kent Whitnah, 3rd generation owner of Capitol Hill Florist and Gifts, Inc. expects sales to increase as the weather warms up. “One of our biggest challenges at Valentine’s Day is the logistics involved with getting about a “month’s worth” of deliveries, delivered all in one business day.

The weather plays a key role in how and when orders can be delivered. With the weather that Oklahoma has had this last week, Capitol Hill Florist has been forced to wrap all of the deliveries to protect them from the cold.

The forecast is calling for warmer weather end of week, giving more flexibility in the delivery system. Founded in 1932, Capitol Hill Florist has seen its share of Valentine’s Days. Mr. Whitnah has been at the helm since 1990 and he and his staff are ready for what should be record sales.

“Valentine’s Day is on a Friday this year. That generally lends itself to increased sales because we have 5 weekdays to generate sales,” says manager Patty Wiggins, who celebrates her 20th year with the company.

“We will have 14 vans running on Feb 13 and 14”, Whitnah went on to say he expects around 1500 deliveries over the holiday, which is about how deliveries in a typical non-holiday month.

The delivery load is the biggest on the 14th. This is THE DAY that most of the customers want their flowers delivered. Whitnah suggests ordering early and delivering your order on Wednesday or Thursday. “Sending on the 12th or 13th allows the recipient of the flowers to enjoy them a few days in the office before taking them home for the weekend.”


Capitol Hill Florist and Gifts - Founded in 1932, Capitol Hill Florist and Gifts provides same day delivery of the freshest floral arrangements and unique gifts with two locations serving the Oklahoma City metro area. Orders are professionally hand-arranged and hand-delivered and can be placed nationwide at 1-800-526-4852 or online at
www.capitolhillflorist.com.

Click here for the History of Capitol Hill Florist:
http://www.capitolhillflorist.com/history.asp?topnav=LeftNav

Contact: Kent Whitnah
405-634-3368
kent@capitolhillflorist.com


CAPITOL HILL FLORIST BLOOMS NEW LOGO, WEBSITE AND DELIVERY VAN WRAPS.
September 25th
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, September 20, 2013 -- Capitol Hill Florist and Gifts rejuvenates its image with a new logo, website and delivery van design. This new look for the 81-year-old Oklahoma City icon, which can be seen on Capitol Hill Florist delivery vans throughout the city, will provide better access via www.CapitolHillFlorist.com to the freshest and widest selection of hand-arranged flowers, plants and gifts for your special occasion.

According to Kent Whitnah, owner of Capitol Hill Florist, “Retiring the previous logo, designed by my dad over 40 years ago, signifies our dedication to staying vibrant and modern. Embracing new technologies, including the updated website, translates directly to better service for customers.”

While Capitol Hill Florist believes in investing in new technology, including its new 7,000-cubic foot state-of-the-art walk-in cooler, it remains dedicated to quality and customer service. When you call, your personal floral designer will answer the phone – no recordings or on-hold music– then get to work creating your arrangement. Providing the freshest flowers and ensuring customers are satisfied is how Capitol Hill Florist and Gifts has thrived over the decades.

The new delivery van design features fun, eye-popping pink gerbera daisies that bring joy everywhere they go. Each of the four vans and three SUV’s are yet another example of Capitol Hill Florist’s dedication to personal human touch. Having a delivery fleet, instead of hiring a delivery service like most online florists, translates to more accommodating same-day delivery services to fit your needs.

No matter what the occasion, Capitol Hill Florist consistently delivers beautiful flowers and unique gifts, making life easier and a little brighter along the way.

HAND ARRANGED AND HAND DELIVERED
One of the most asked questions we get from our customers is “Can you deliver it today?”

We have a fleet of 4 vans and 3 SUV’s that canvas the Oklahoma City Metro area daily.

While some shops use a delivery service, we DO NOT! All of our deliveries are hand arranged and hand delivered by our talented, friendly and courteous staff.

Also, most shops have cut-off times around noon for same-day delivery.

At Capitol Hill Florist, we do not have a specific cut-off time for same-day deliveries and we can often accommodate same-day deliveries for metro OKC as late as 2 p.m. and South Oklahoma City as late as 4 p.m.

So, when it comes to delivering same-day we do our BEST to say - “Yes!”

CELEBRATE MOM
We’ve got special days to celebrate all sorts of things .

Groundhog Day, Earth Day, House Plant Day, Star Wars Day, and August 10th is Lazy Day (I know some people who think it’s lazy day EVERY day).

It’s nice that people can get together behind a similar interest and celebrate their day.

Mother’s Day is May 12th. Now, there’s a day that we all have in common. Everyone has (or had) a mother. My mom made me breakfast, picked up my dirty clothes, told me to brush my teeth (and that was just last week).

MOMs are special. The title of MOM may have a “Step” or a “Grand” in front of it. And whether it’s your mom, or your wife who’s a mom or maybe your sister or aunt, it’s a prestigious and honorable title.

So, celebrate Mother’s Day this year like it was National Cheese Ball Day! (except without the messy Fingers)

Capitol Hill Florist - Founded in 1932, Capitol Hill Florist provides same day delivery of the freshest floral arrangements and unique gifts with two locations serving the Oklahoma City metro area. Orders can be placed nationwide at 1-800-526-4852 or online at www.capitolhillflorist.com.

Valentine’s Big Love at Capitol Hill Florist & Gifts
Keeping traditions alive and sales rising at a local Oklahoma City Florist

Roses are in full bloom for Valentine’s Day at both locations at Capitol Hill Florist & Gifts with orders coming in since January, the staff prepares for another successful holiday for the 81st year. The entire staff, friends and family help to make Valentine’s Day run smoothly and get orders out for one of the biggest flower holidays of the year. This Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday, giving florists and customers two more shopping and delivery days than last year. Sales for the holiday are trending up with more time to get orders in and deliveries out; this is looking to be another booming holiday for Capitol Hill Florist & Gifts. “We have 4 generations of family, ranging in ages 9-84, pitching in to help this week. They do everything from making bows, doing deliveries and sweeping up the shop. We do more deliveries in these 1-2 days than we do in an average month and have hired 12 extra delivery personnel to get all our deliveries out.” Kent Whitnah, owner of Capitol Hill Florist and Gifts. Local florist and flower wholesalers prepare for the rush of Valentine flowers every year, but even with the ever-changing Oklahoma weather, Capitol Hill Florist is prepared and ready with extra help and staff on hand.


CAPITOL HILL FLORIST AND GIFTS EXPLAINS THE IMPORTANCE OF ORDERING THROUGH LOCAL FLORISTS, ESPECIALLY DURING VALENTINE'S DAY
Large, On-Line "Order Gatherers" Sap the Profit and Quality Out of the Biggest Flower Holiday of the Year There is always a need of an abundance of flowers especially during Valentine’s Day, but many online order gatherers are just the “middle man” when it comes to delivering and arranging orders. When orders are placed this way it's easy to lose quality, value and control of the order. Many locally owned, hometown flower shops have dwindled over the years because when fees are redistributed, the shop loses money and customers are disappointed in their orders. Online ordering is a popular and very convenient way to place orders, but the best way to get the bang for your buck is to choose a local shop in the city or destination city of delivery. Most all local shops have their own website to ensure all dollars spent are on a local level and no fees are redistributed. Kent Whitnah, owner of the local Oklahoma City flower shop, Capitol Hill Florist and Gifts says, “The best way for consumers to protect themselves from deceptive order gatherers is to have a good relationship with their LOCAL florist. Ordering local offers the best value and service. So, when searching for a florist on the web – look for a LOCAL on-line florist.” Capitol Hill Florist has an experienced staff to make sure all orders are hand arranged and hand delivered and that all flowers are treated with the utmost care to ensure freshness and longevity. Capitol Hill Florist - Founded in 1932, Capitol Hill Florist provides same day delivery of the freshest floral arrangements and unique gifts with two locations serving the Oklahoma City metro area. Orders can be placed nationwide at 1-800-526-4852 or online at http://www.capitolhillflorist.com.

CAPITOL HILL FLORIST CELEBRATES OVER 80 YEARS IN OKLAHOMA
The Daily Oklahoman visits with owner Kent Whitnah about the family-owned business

Preparing for the busy holidays for the 80th year, Capitol Hill Florist is a thriving family business located in Oklahoma City. As Poinsettias and holiday arrangements headed out the door, 3rd generation owner, Kent Whitnah spoke to The Daily Oklahoman about the history of this flower shop and how it began. Every holiday season the family members and the 18 full time and part time staff pitch in to help. Whitnah’s mother would always say, “Many hands together, and soon the work is done.” “Christmas has been a successful time and we’re gearing up for our busy season with Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day just around the corner.” – Kent Whitnah, owner, Capitol Hill Florist. Kent Whitnah and his wife Cindy took over the 5,000 square foot shop from his parents, Jack and Burny, 22 years ago. In 2009, they opened a 1,200 square foot floral shop with the same quality flowers and plants, but have added an extensive selection of gifts. The new store, located at 11904 South May, is just 5 miles from the 5809 South Western location. Although there have been many changes since 1932, all the flowers at Capitol Hill Florist are still hand arranged and hand delivered. Capitol Hill Florist is able to provide the freshest floral arrangements from the store to your door because of their 7,000 cubic foot walk-in cooler that keeps them at a perfect 35 degrees. They are also proud to offer same day delivery in the metro area when orders are made by 2 pm. Whitnah insists that he couldn’t do it alone, and the success of the company is a direct reflection of the efforts and skills of his employees. Manager, Patty Wiggins has been with the company for 18 years and is primarily responsible for the day to day activities at the 2 shops. The entire staff at Capitol Hill Florist work together to carry on the traditions started back in 1932. Capitol Hill Florist - Founded in 1932, Capitol Hill Florist provides same day delivery of the freshest floral arrangements and unique gifts with two locations serving the Oklahoma City metro area. Orders can be placed nationwide at 1-800-526-4852 or online at www.capitolhillflorist.com.