6 flower delivery startups you NEED to know
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Published Feb 10, 2016 6:00 AM
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A myriad of startups—all a bit different—are opening their doors to make getting pretty flowers delivered easier and more affordable. We’re talking day-of, on-demand deliveries with flowers fresher than you would get from your average florist—most are ethically and locally sourced, too. Take a look at our six faves just in time for a little Valentine’s Day last-minute ordering.
The Bouqs Co.
You can expect farm fresh flowers that are cut the day you order from The Bouqs. The Venice Beach-based startup sources their flowers from eco-friendly farms located on the side of a volcano in Ecuador as well as locally. Bouquets start at $40, shipping included! Available nationwide, shipping will take two to four days, with same-day delivery available for a higher price. The Bouqs also has three different subscriptions, too, if you’re looking for a more regular service.
Our favorite service UrbanStems provides? Photo confirmation when your bouquet arrives. Their bouquets start at $35 with no hidden fees and include a handwritten note. The DC-based startup delivers (for free!) on demand in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Washington, DC Metro Area—by bike in just one hour. To ensure their blooms are sourced responsibly and as fresh as you expect, they work with Rainforest Alliance Certified™and Veriflora Certified farms.
BloomNation works a bit differently than the others. They connect you with local florists so your bouquets and arrangements are designed, created, and delivered by a small business in your area. This service essentially eliminates your sketchy Google searches and let’s you see all of your options (pricing included) right in front of you in one browser. Same-day delivery is available, as are longer lead orders. BloomNation is ALL over the country, with service in around 10 cities per state. We love how this startup supports local businesses and services smaller cities all over the country.
This San Francisco-based startup sources their flowers from only local, American farms (you can even check out their bios!). ICYMI, most flowers are imported, forgoing American flower farms. Their service is a bit pricier, with bouquets starting at $42 plus tax and delivery, which recently expanded to be nationwide. Expect your blooms to arrive hand delivered and wrapped in burlap. Usually, only one bouquet (in three sizes and price ranges) is available per day to cut down on waste, but there are two Valentine’s Day options available as well!
Flowers for Dreams
Flowers for Dreams is a college project-turned-full-fledged charitable business. Delivery is limited to Chicago only, but flowers are locally sourced and the starting cost is $35 with free delivery—on bike and by hand. Their floral artists hit local markets each day to pick up blooms, so each bouquet will vary slightly, which we think makes your arrangement unique and extra special. Each month, Flowers for Dreams choses a new charity to donate to, sending over ¼ of their profits. So far they’ve given over $140,000 to local charities. If you live in Chicago, this is an amazing way to put a smile on the face of a loved one and make a difference in your community.
BloomThat offers same-day deliveries in NYC and the Bay Area, with next-day delivery available nationwide. They source local and domestic as much as possible and each bouquet is burlap-wrapped. Our fave aspect of this startup? You can “drop a hint” by having BloomThat send a text to your S.O. telling them which bouquet you want. In same-day cities, delivery will set you back $7.99, while next-day in cities across the nation will cost you anywhere from $9.99-$24.99.