Sympathy tributes

Today I want to spend a little time writing about appropriate sympathy tributes.

Although many obituaries say something like “in lieu of flowers”, we have learned most families appreciate the beauty and softness flowers provide at a funeral or memorial service. The obituary request, often suggested by the funeral director, is more a suggestion than a demand, and people are certainly welcome to send condolences in whatever manner they deem appropriate.

Funeral flowers come in all styles and colors, multiple colors, red, white and blue, or all white. Ranging from large funeral sprays and casket covers (sometimes called blankets), they are expressions of sincere loss. Here are a few examples of funeral sprays and casket covers designed by Roadrunner Florist.

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Another very popular floral arrangement is the traditional basket. These can be filled with flowers or all types and designed in all price ranges. Here are a few examples of traditional funeral baskets.


Many people choose to send green plants to funeral services as a long lasting tribute to the deceased.


Appropriate for Jewish funerals are fresh fruit and goodie baskets.

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It is important that each of us convey our condolences in our own special way.

Let us help you send your thoughts and prayers to a grieving family with fresh flowers or a gift basket from Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express.


Are We Getting Ready? You Bet’cha We Are!

You bet’cha! We’re getting ready for Valentine’s Day,

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Here are flowers and gift baskets we delivered today for Birthdays.




And anniversaries.


And we extend our most sincere condolences to families who have lost loved ones.

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We look forward to hearing from you for Valentine’s Day and your special occasions!

What to do when you simply can’t decide!

Today people simply couldn’t decide what they wanted to send. Do REAL MEN really get flowers? (you bet they do!!).


What about a run-in-and-get-married wedding? Sure, we can do that!

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And if that’s not what you have in mind, how about a gift basket?

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We call it magic. The magic of Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express.

What do you call it?

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

…toys in every store…

FLOWERS, and GIFT  BASKETS everywhere!

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Ho, Ho, Ho!


Is your holiday a’glow?



Are you making your list?


And checking it twice?


Let us help you with your Christmas gift giving needs!


Roadrunner Florist  Basket Express

Your Local Phoenix Flower Shop for more than 35 years.


Happy Thanksgivukkah!

Celebrating Thanksgivukkah, a Once-in-a-Lifetime Holiday 

Start basting your turkey and spinning your dreidels, because for the first and only time in our lives, Thanksgivukkah is coming! This November 28th, when American Jews gather around the Thanksgiving table to talk about the things we appreciate and to dig into elaborate feasts, we’ll have another holiday to celebrate, too: Hanukkah.

happy thanksukkahThis year, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will overlap, producing an anomalistic hybrid holiday that’s come to be known as Thanksgivukkah. There are conflicting reports about whether it’s happened before and when it will happen again, but most mathematicians and calendar experts seem to think this is the first occurrence. Although the holidays would’ve overlapped in 1861, President Abraham Lincoln didn’t formally establish the holiday of Thanksgiving until two years later, in 1863, which means that 2013/5774 will mark the first Thanksgivukkah in history.

Just how rare is this holiday? Some reports say Thanksgivukkah will happen again in 2070; others, like Jewish physicist and calendar expert Jonathan Mizrahi, say it won’t repeat itself until 79811. Either way, it’s safe to say that for most of us, Thanksgivukkah is, indeed, a once-in-a-lifetime event.

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How do we celebrate such a unique holiday? By eating, of course!


And with flowers! Lots and lots of flowers!

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We light candles. 8 days’ worth of candles!


This November American Jews are invited to sit down at the Thanksgivukkah table and tell stories of rooted gratitude.

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Let’s make sure this happens more than just every 70,000 years. Happy Thanksgivukkah.



People love bromeliads. We sell them frequently. They are stunning, long-lasting plants, and the only special care they need is water in the flower not in the soil
brom 1Bromeliads are a varied group of organisms, adapted to a number of climates. Foliage takes different shapes, from needle-thin to broad and flat, symmetrical to irregular, spiky to soft. The foliage, which usually grows in a rosette, is the most widely patterned and colored of any plant in the world. Leaf colors range from maroon, through shades of green, to gold. Varieties may have leaves with red, yellow, white and cream variations. Others may be spotted with  purple, red, or cream, while others have different colors on the tops and bottoms of the leaves.

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Here is something I’ll bet you didn’t know about the bromeliad!

The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family.

It is extremely rare that bromeliads produce edible fruit. The pineapple is the only available edible bromeliad today. It is a multiple fruit. One pineapple is actually made up of dozens of individual floweret’s that grow together to form the entire fruit. Each scale on a pineapple is evidence of a separate flower.


*Pineapples stop ripening the minute they are picked.
*No special way of storing them will help ripen them further.
*Color is relatively unimportant in determining ripeness.
*Choose your pineapple by smell. If it smells fresh, tropical and sweet, it will be a good fruit.
*The more scales on the pineapple, the sweeter and juicier the taste.
*After you cut off the top, you can plant it.
*It should grow much like a sweet potato will.

This delicious fruit is not only sweet and tropical; it also offers many benefits to our health. Pineapple is a remarkable fruit. We find it enjoyable because of its lush, sweet and exotic flavor, but it may also be one of the most healthful foods available today.

*If we take a more detailed look at it, we will find that pineapple is valuable for easing indigestion, arthritis or sinusitis.
   *The juice has an anthelmintic effect; it helps get rid of intestinal worms.
*Pineapple is high in manganese, a mineral that is critical to development of strong bones and connective tissue. A cup of fresh pineapple will give you nearly 75% of the recommended daily amount.

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*It is particularly helpful to older adults, whose bones tend to become brittle with age.
*Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme, is the key to pineapple’s value. Proteolytic means “breaks down protein”, which is why pineapple is known to be a digestive aid. It helps the body digest proteins more efficiently. Bromelain is also considered an effective anti-inflammatory.

*Regular ingestion of at least one half cup of fresh pineapple daily is purported to relieve painful joints common to osteoarthritis. It also produces mild pain relief.
*In Germany, bromelain is approved as a post-injury medication because it is thought to reduce inflammation and swelling.
   *Orange juice is a popular liquid for those suffering from a cold because it is high in Vitamin C. Fresh pineapple is not only high in this vitamin, but because of the Bromelain, it has the ability to reduce mucous in the throat. If you have a cold with a productive cough, add pineapple to your diet.

*It is commonly used in Europe as a post-operative measure to cut mucous after certain sinus and throat operations.
*Those individuals who eat fresh pineapple daily report fewer sinus problems related to allergies. In and of itself, pineapple has a very low risk for allergies.
*Pineapple is also known to discourage blood clot development. This makes it a valuable dietary addition for frequent fliers and others who may be at risk for blood clots.
*An old folk remedy for morning sickness is fresh pineapple juice, it really works! Fresh juice and some nuts first thing in the morning often make a difference.
*It’s also good for a healthier mouth. The fresh juice discourages plaque growth.

Next time you see a bromeliad, remember this: You don’t want to eat it unless it’s a pineapple!!

Fresh and Healthy Vegies

News from the Gift Basket Extraordinaire

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Brought to you every Tuesday by Tina Ashburn, owner of Basket Express, located inside Roadrunner Florist in Phoenix, AZ.

Tina is an award-winning designer of gift baskets for all occasions. What makes our gift baskets unique? No two are alike.

You choose the theme and Tina works her gift basket magic and can also add fresh flowers!


Who could argue with fresh vegies?

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Custom designed, each one unique. Fresh fruit purchased daily.

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Great for summer. Always fresh and delish!

The perfect birthday present, anniversary gift, great for a get well wish or a conveyance of sympathy.

$45 small   $65 medium   $85 large

Delivery available