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.
Cake? So old-school. Candy bars? All sugar. Roses? Everyone does that. A fern? Come on, you can do better than that. When it comes to getting a unique gift for just about any size group and any celebration, then it’s worth your time to visit the friendly, creative, fast team of fruit lovers over at Edible Arrangements. They’ll craft a beautiful, decorative presentation of fruit for family, friends, clients, and anyone you’re trying to impress with a gift that isn’t the usual old thing.
Tulsa’s two Edible Arrangements stores are owned by Tom Stabb, who is dedicated to ensuring top quality and service to everyone who walks in the doors, whether they’re stopping by to place a well-planned order or are looking for a last-minute gift. “Most people are ordering, usually for an occasion,” says Stabb. “But we also have grab-and-go items.”
It’s easy to picture what Edible Arrangements has been known for since the franchise came on the scene in 1999 — large bouquets of fruits cut to look like flowers. But these days, the stores can do just about anything you can envision.
“There are hundreds of different options, sizes, and flavors,” says Stabb, who also notes that customers enjoy the variety available. While you can easily browse the website to find an arrangement that suits you, it’s also just as easy to come in and get some in-person help. “When you come in, our staff can help you. It’s very hands-on, all hand-crafted. It’s very labor-intensive, a detailed process.”
Arrangements are made to fit what the customer asks for, put together only after an order is made to maximize freshness and quality. Fruit is used to fit the season, with year-round choices like bananas paired with seasonal fruits such as berries, mangoes, and kiwis in summer, to give you a feast for both the eyes and the stomach.
There are also numerous fruit bouquet options, featuring a variety of fruits depending on season and arrangement style — fresh honeydew, cantaloupe, grapes, strawberries, pineapple, oranges, apples, and bananas can all make an appearance. The fruits are shaped into flowers, stars, balls, wedges, and more to mimic a floral bouquet’s variety and appeal. Or they can be shaped like doughnuts and footballs if your recipient is so inclined.
Orders can be customized even further by adding plush teddy bears, as well as decorative balloons with birthday, congratulations, get well soon, and other messages. There are also customizable containers, such as rainbows or monkey designs for kids, outdoor mugs, vase styles, and more.
“We’ve introduced multiple new items and new containers,” says Stabb. “We’ve added several new offerings in the arrangements arena, with updated birthday items, and new holidays. It’s not the same old stale ones. If you’ve used us in the past, you can still make the same arrangements, but there’s a lot more to choose from.”
If you’re looking for something in addition to or instead of the fruit arrangements, Edible Arrangements has other choices that have quickly become favorites among their customers. “We now have platters, so if you’re doing an office party or event, those have been popular,” says Stabb.
They also now have cookies, made by the same manufacturer that makes cookies for the DoubleTree hotels. Edible Arrangements bakes the cookies fresh in-house and can create a small box to a large platter of sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, chocolate chip, white chocolate with cranberries, and rocky road. They’re also offering Maddy & Maize gourmet popcorn, which is all natural and comes in creative flavors like birthday cake and bourbon barbecue.
Edible Arrangements even has everybody’s favorite — mini-cheesecakes. These airy, creamy, rich creations are available in a traditional plain option or topped with strawberries or other fresh fruits, whipped cream, or chocolate swizzle. Order them a few at a time or in platters for those special parties you have planned.
Gift and party arrangements like these are more affordable than you might think, and Stabb says to come in and let his staff know what you need so they can help you get creative within your price range. They can create individual gifts for parties, platters for catered events, gifts for corporate clients, and even box of fruit fundraisers for schools.
It all comes down to making sure their arrangements bring a smile, something Stabb and his team believe in. “We have two people to make happy,” he says, “the customer who buys it and the recipient who receives it. Our mission is to make both people happy.”
3311 S. Peoria Ave. | Tulsa
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7731 E. 91st St. | Tulsa
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