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Eating Artfully

The next time you want to give a gift — whether it’s for a special occasion, a holiday celebration or a “just because” treat — remember the magic of Edible Arrangements.

Article
Donna Leahey
Photos
Valerie Grant
Posted
January 29, 2018

Looking for a creative, delicious, colorful, indulgent gift to surprise that person in your life who is hard to buy for? Want to give sweets that are also fresh and healthy, to delight a special someone’s taste buds? Have a client you want to wow with a thank you gift unlike the usual box of Harry & David oranges or Lindt chocolates? The answer is as simple as a drive or phone call to one of the three area locations of Edible Arrangements.

Yes, edible. These specialty bouquets and boxes aren’t your average gift. At Edible Arrangements, the focus is on fruit — lots of fresh fruit, shipped in daily and cut to order, with no preservatives, so that you get a delectable treat like no other, as fresh as you can possibly get.

Why opt for a fresh fruit bouquet? Franchise owner Tom Stabb, who runs three Tulsa area locations as well as one in Arkansas and one in Texas, says it’s all about the difference. “An Edible Arrangement bouquet is a different, more impactful gift than what people are normally used to,” he says. “This is something unique and different.”

If you’re wanting a piece of chocolate dipped fruit as a snack or a quick gift, the Edible Arrangements staff can accommodate such requests. (Photo: Valerie Grant)
If you’re wanting a piece of chocolate dipped fruit as a snack or a quick gift, the Edible Arrangements staff can accommodate such requests. (Photo: Valerie Grant)

Not only that, but people love receiving something unique. All you have to do is look at the recipients to see the joy. “You can see it in people’s faces when they receive one of our fresh fruit bouquets, how excited they get,” says Stabb.

Of course, a gift that’s different from the norm isn’t the only appeal of Edible Arrangements. The quality of fruit and the ways it can be sweetened, candied, decorated and delivered is also a part of the charm. The fruit deliveries happen daily, and the fruit changes with the seasons. “It’s always the best of the best we can get,” Stabb says.

Customers can order arrangements made with just fresh fruit, or the fruit can be drizzled or dipped in chocolate, allowing for some striking displays that look as beautiful as they taste. The fruit is cut and combined to look like flowers, shaped into trees, or otherwise creatively arranged to look like a piece of art.

Customers can order arrangements made with just fresh fruit, or the fruit can be drizzled or dipped in chocolate, allowing for some striking displays that look as beautiful as they taste. (Photo: Valerie Grant)
Customers can order arrangements made with just fresh fruit, or the fruit can be drizzled or dipped in chocolate, allowing for some striking displays that look as beautiful as they taste. (Photo: Valerie Grant)

Except for samples, nothing is made until you ask for it to be made, guaranteeing the freshest presentation. “These arrangements are all made fresh to order. They’re not made until people order them,” says Stabb.

The arrangements are great for a variety of occasions, as well as for those “just because” moments where you want to show someone a bit of extra appreciation. Stabb says that he’s seen customers place orders for birthdays, anniversaries, thank yous, get well wishes, bereavement, and other personal life events, as well as holidays like Christmas and Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and yes, Valentine’s Day.

“There are so many occasions that Edible Arrangements are great for,” says Stabb. “It doesn’t have to be just the big holidays. It really is something that is year-round.”

Edible Arrangements is ready to take orders of all kinds, including the ever-popular chocolate-covered strawberries. The I Love You Berries are always a best-selling item, says Stabb. Gourmet strawberries are dipped in melt-in-your-mouth semisweet chocolate, then decorated with eye-catching red Swizzle (white chocolate drizzled across the berries), red and pink chocolate curls, and custom I Love You white chocolate heart sentiments, and arranged in a heart-shaped box.

Another popular item consists of gourmet semisweet chocolate dipped strawberries, pineapple heart slices, and other fruits, topped with a gourmet Belgian chocolate pop, and delivered with festive balloons. And there are many other arrangements too, large and small, that you can choose from, as well as additions like stuffed teddy bears.

If you’re not necessarily looking for a special gift but just want to check out what Edible Arrangements has to offer, it’s a good idea to visit one of the stores. The friendly staff is happy to chat with customers about what they offer. If you’re wanting a piece of chocolate dipped fruit as a snack or a quick gift, the staff can accommodate such requests. “You can always walk in and order a few strawberries,” says Stabb.

For larger orders, it’s a good idea to call ahead, and if you get in your order at least two hours before closing, you can get same day delivery, which is handy.

Walk-in customers can always ask for a fresh fruit salad or a fruit parfait layered with yogurt and granola. Stabb’s staff will happily prepare one for you from the day’s delivery of fruits, and you can even get your to-go treats drizzled with chocolate if you like. The Owasso store also offers fresh fruit smoothies, which like everything else at Edible Arrangements, are made with 100 percent fresh fruit, no additives or preservatives, and made to order.

At the end of the day, Stabb says, everything he and his staff does is to make people happy. “Our customer service is fantastic,” he says. “We take a lot of pride in giving great service. We’ll take the time with you to make sure you get what you need. Our goal is to make two people happy — the person who purchased the arrangement, and the person who received it. I want both people to be happy.”

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3311 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
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9025 N. 121st E. Ave., Suite 100 | Owasso
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