There are a lot of benefits to choosing a local florist, and most probably, you know exactly where one can be found in your area. Maybe there are even a lot of local florists in your community. There are actually flower shops in almost each town, village and parish, and it's great that you can just call or walk inside and pick the flowers that look and feel right to you, whether for yourself or as a gift to someone special.
In case you're planning to send flowers to someone who's out there in a place where you know no local florist, what do you do? You'll probably open your phone book and scan for one. Or you can check the Internet to look for ads. Sounds easy, right? Very easy, but that doesn't make them the best option.
Usually, the biggest and flashiest phone book ad isn't even from an actual local florist. Rather, it could be from an "order collector." Order collectors claim to be florists, earning from orders of consumers and charging too high service fees, and then forwarding the said orders to the real florists for processing.
That means if you do call an order collector, you could be talking to someone who has never even been to flower shops nearby, someone who doesn't know for sure what flowers are available that day, or which flowers are the freshest and most attractive.
So how do you now if a florist is really local or just a poseur? The good news is, it can be easy to tell. If their address is there in the phone book, they should be local. Make sure it's a real address and not a PO Box though. Otherwise, they're probably working from somewhere really far, even if their phone number looks local.
If you're just not sure, you can always call them and ask them directly where they are currently located. Another good news is many states have implemented laws banning order collection by way of deceptive advertising.
So what indeed is the best say to send flowers to somebody who's out of town? Using a credit or debit card, it will be easy for you do an online search for a local nearest florist according to postal code, state or city. Then you can either call them (most have toll-free numbers) to order, or if they accept orders online, you can just place your order right on their website.