Thursday, December 27, 2012

Shop LIVE Inventory Online!

1.2.2013 marks the unveiling our fully redesigned website that will enable full access to our LIVE inventory all day everyday!  Customers can shop for fresh flowers, plants & supplies and place live orders from any web browser!

Some of the great features included in the redesign include:

  • Live access to available inventory in the building as well as anything arriving before your ship date selection
  • Access to customer account information
    • Includes viewing and printing sales orders, invoices or credits
  • Easy one click search capability by category or keyword
    • Advanced searches allow customers to shop by color and/or price!
  • Exclusive Web Special Offers!
  • Product Images and additional item details at your fingertips!
  • Email confirmation with every order placed goes immediately to the email address on file with us as well as the sales person assigned to the account!

Click here to request your new username and password to start shopping LIVE inventory!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Feel Good Flowers from Seagroatt Riccardi

If you never considered supplying your cooler with locally grown fresh cut product, you might want to rethink that sentiment.  The summer continues to provide an abundance of locally grown products that are beaming with color and are just waiting to be used.  Despite the fact that certain parts of the country are in the midst of one of the most difficult droughts since 1956 across the United States, the sources of these inspiration gems can still be found throughout the Tri-State area.  Perhaps you know of a few that show up at local Farmer’s Markets in the towns you operate in.  If not, we welcome you with the opportunity of making this feel good connection every week as we stock our cooler with a variety of novelty and some everyday items.

Specifically, we are partnering with several self-sustaining farms in Schenectady, Saratoga and Columbia counties for locally grown, cared for and cut flowers.  There is a certain charm with being able to talk with a grower face to face as he or she unloads the fruits of their labor into our cooler.  Most purchases are made today via the internet or the telephone where the human connection is difficult to make.  The ability to offer large novelty sunflowers from a farm in Saratoga County has become less about finance and more about community.  It allows us a glimmer of perspective on an otherwise highly impersonal and fast paced routine.  It makes you want to change the name of this link in the chain to “wholesomesaler”. 

Without getting too carried away in clich├ęs, we want to make a special note that the product we receive from these earthy entrepreneurs and floral fanatics displaces some of the volume we normally have to import from other countries.  The volume of imported large sunflowers, lisianthus and snapdragon are directly impacted.  This is a “buy local” situation that we cannot help but feel proud to be a part of.  Imagine the positive impact on the environment this generates by reducing the heavy carbon emissions from expensive air cargo.      

Plentiful variety is also what keeps any flower shop looking new, fresh, trendy and seasonal.  These flowers scream summertime and are diverse enough to provide you with something different to work with each week.  If you are bored of using the same old “staple” flowers in your design work, imagine using locally cut Fever few rather than Gypsophilia or white wax flower.  Perhaps substituting locally cut Cleome instead of Spider mums, or cut Ageratum rather than purple statice may be the answer.

The list of local flowers arriving at Seagroatt Riccardi can vary from week to week; here are some of the regulars highlighted for our staff on the boards right now:

Ageratum - Blue
Cleome - Lavender
Coneflower - Purple
Coreopsis - Assorted colors
Cosmos – Assorted colors
Gomphrena – raspberry, red, purple
Heliopsis - Yellow
Hybrid Delphinium – Blue, Lavender
Lisianthus- Pink, purple, lavender, purple variegated
Snapdragons (Medium) – Assorted colors
Sunflowers – Novelty, dark center and light center
Zinnia – Assorted colors

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Are you missing out on the fresh flower cooler tours and show videos?  If you are a current user YouTube or have a Gmail account (Google Mail) already, visit our YouTube page,, and click on the "Subscribe" button at the top.  

Don't worry; this subscription can be removed just as easily as it added in the event that we fail to keep you interested.  If you are not an existing user of YouTube or Gmail, you can sign up for free and easy to do so.

Once you subscribe to the page, there are additional options hidden on the page that will allow you to tell YouTube to send you an email whenever Seagroatt Riccardi, LTD. uploads a new video.  This option is visible when you hover the pointer of your mouse over the “Subscribed” button at the top of the page.

You will then see a small pop out window appear where you can select this option.  Having YouTube send you an email when Seagroatt Riccardi uploads a new video ensures that you are instantly made aware.  This feature may be helpful for those who do not see our new posts on Facebook or Twitter, which includes links to all the videos we intend to share.    

Please feel free to leave us comments or share the video(s) with others you think may be interested.  If there is something you would like to see us demonstrate in one of the new videos, please let us know!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Protecting our Investments

When you open those boxes of fresh flowers at your florist shop from Seagroatt Riccardi, do you ever wonder how we decide which growers are the best fit for SR and our customers?
The picture above says it all. This is our Seagroatt Riccardi testing area. The testing area is an important part of our procedures when deciding upon the best growers out there.

During this process, we receive samples from numerours growers we intend to purchase flowers from. Any samples we get in are cut and hydrated with no prepping solution or preservative. All flowers are under normal indoor lighting conditions, with a comfortable room temperature environment. With all of these vital factors taking place, we can see the full length of time each flower has in a normal "vase life."

In the end, this helps provide Seagroatt Riccardi with the best opportunity to make the right decisions for our investment. Of course, our "investments" are you, the customer. Without your final approval of our growers and our services we provide you, we would not be here.

Next time you stop by Seagroatt Riccardi, visit our testing area and find out whats new in store. We usually have something new to test almost every week. This week we are showcasing some samples from a South American grower featuring their tropical flowers and foliage.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Voice your Opinion for 2012 and have a chance to Win!

We want to know more about what you'd like to see most from us on Facebook in 2012. Please click on our link below, vote, and you could be selected at Random to win a special little "thank you" from all of us here at Seagroatt Riccardi.

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