Real Local Florist vs 1-800

kristenblogHave you ever ordered flowers offline and not received exactly what you were looking for?! Have you ever called a 1-800 number and thought you were going to get a great deal only to find out that you were going to end up spending up to double what you originally wanted to spend? There are some secrets and tricks that these ‘online florists’ don’t want you to know about.

When you Google search florist, the first few links that come up look something like this:


Notice how the first four links have a small green ‘Ad’ flag next to them. This means that those sites paid Google to be at the top of the page whenever someone searches for a certain keyword. The first three sites on the page shown are 1-800 order gatherer ‘florists.’ This means that you call them and wait on hold, they take your order, they add some extra fees and service charges, and then they send your order out to a florist to be made and delivered. Now the problem with this service is that when they collect your money, you may spend 100$ total on your floral order, but when they send your order out to a florist to be made and delivered, the florist only gets 60$ of the original 100$ that you spent! They keep a portion of your money that you paid, up to 40%! And once the florist receives the order, they then have to take out their delivery fee! Long story short, the local florist has to create the arrangement you picked out for a fraction of the price, which does not always turn out well.

There are other order gatherers who also take your order and then ship the flowers to the recipient’s home in a box. The recipient then has to unpack their flowers and create their arrangement themselves. Personally, I do not want to have to work to have my beautiful arrangement.

If you scroll past the ‘ad florists’ you will then find a list of real local florists in your area.


If you want the most for your dollar, a real local florist is the way to go! Fairfield Flowers has been serving the Hampton Roads area for 26 years and we deliver to Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Portsmouth! We are very knowledgeable in flowers and floral arranging and we also have a full gift shop and can offer suggestions for the perfect gift to complete your order! Fairfield Flowers does not have any hidden fees or extra charges, so every dollar you spend goes straight towards your flowers and gifts! Think because your order is not local, you have to go with an order gatherer? Think again! Fairfield Flowers has an amazing network of local florists all over the country who can deliver your flowers for you! Even if you see an arrangement that you love on another site, Fairfield Flowers can create that arrangement for you!

Most people do not know about 1-800 order gatherers or their tricks but Fairfield Flowers is here to help you! So, the next time you need amazing flowers for the perfect person, make sure you find a real local florist to help you!


Fairfield Flowers
5194 Fairfield Shopping Center
Virginia Beach, VA

Book your Corporate Event!

amberblogFairfield Flowers would like to thank the ladies from Payday Payroll for joining us for their monthly ladies night out! Together we picked a custom design of beautiful fresh succulents in a beautiful wooden box. Each guest in this class was able to create and take home their own succulent dish garden! We planted the succulents in the box, decorated it with fresh sheet moss, and added accessories such as river rocks and butterflies!

Fairfield Flowers offers monthly classes but we also offer special private classes as well! We have created specialized classes for business, wedding showers, baby showers, birthday parties, garden clubs, and many other organizations! Fairfield Flowers has taught classes on floral design, succulent gardens, dish gardens, and wreaths!

If you have an event coming up and would like to make it even more special by taking a hands on floral design class, then give Fairfield Flowers a call! We would be happy to add you to our event calendar! (757)474-1500



Looking Back..

CharleneMy email inbox can be an interesting place at times! Over the years I have received lots of sweet notes from fellow flower lovers who thanked me for a floral tip I have shared with them.

I’m still humbled and amazed by the fact that our Do It Yourself Floral arranging classes could have had such a profound impact on the lives of others. I love to see their smiling faces when their arrangement is complete!


It has reminded me that there really and truly is something special about Fairfield Flowers beautiful flowers! They are to complete our image during life’s biggest events and to comfort us during the hard times. Flowers stir nostalgia. They connect us with loved ones. Flowers create happiness in the soul.


If you would like to join us for a Do It Yourself Design class, simply call or visit our website! We hope you will join us soon!


The Typical DIYer

amberblogThe most favorite part of my job at Fairfield Flowers is meeting new people from all walks of life. Our clients come to us to help enhance their celebrations, whether it be a new baby, a birthday, anniversary, or wedding.  We help bring peace and closure to the loss of loved ones.  But one of our most delighted duties are to teach our clients the beauty of creating something fantastic with your own two hands.  There are many clients that we grow strong relationships with, and the Typical DIYer has been one of my favorites.

I remember one of the first times I met with her was to help pick out a special floral design for her daughter’s birthday.  After this her trips to the shop were monthly.  I have helped her pick out beautiful gifts, celebrate special times, and to decorate her home.  I love it when she comes by the shop with a new idea for a wreath!  She always has a theme in mind, a seasonal piece, something peaceful, or even something special for a Bongo party she’s hosting.  Every time we come up with an idea that gets us both excited.  Sometimes she places an order and other times she requests help to finish a project.  Either way we always have a great time when she stops by the store.  I hope to see my Typical DIYer friend soon, and I can’t wait to see what we come up with next!

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My Favorite Floral Client Experiences

CharleneIt has always been important to give each and every client the attention they deserve. One of my first clients was a visitor at the bank next door. We were having an open house and he came over after finishing his money transactions. He was single on that first visit, just ate our goodies and, as I remember, he did not make a purchase. Fairfield Flowers was able to gain his confidence on that first visit. He married and we were chosen as his florist for his wedding! He has purchased flowers for the birth of his daughter and then for his son. Cultivating a culture of great experiences through the important parts of this business. Fairfield Flowers was able to provide a beautiful corsage for prom and a bouquet of graduation flowers for his daughter this year, who is also a happy customer! I have been sharing knowledge about flowers with this special client for 25 years and this customer has trusted us with his business account for 25 years.

Fairfield Flowers reputation is our most valuable asset, not only do we have a client, but we also have a friend. We are over the moon to be his chosen florist!

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Tips For Flower Classes

CharleneFairfield Flowers most popular and trendiest item is the Do It Yourself Floral Design Classes! We have had over 1,100 people take our classes!!

-Why oh why are these classes such a success and sell out each date one is scheduled?
Out flowers enthusiasts want to learn the names of flowers, they want to learn about each flowers personality, they want to be able to design basic floral arrangements, and most of all they want to learn Fairfield Flowers tip and secrets that we share in our classes!


-How do I know if I can make something in this class?
There are no tests, no grades or grade sheets. You just learn the joy of working with fresh flowers! Staff is here to help you and help you have a wonderful time learning! Learn the methods and techniques used to help your fresh flowers last and last.



-Learn to make creative gifts for yourself, your family, and your friends!
-15% off of any item in our store on the night of your class!
-Tips and tricks for different ways to style and arrange fresh flowers.
-You get to take your creation home with you at the end of the class!
-You will work side by side with Fairfield Flowers staff every step of the way!

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Join a your favorite class! Call and reserve your spot today! (757)474-1500

Tips for Buying the Perfect Plant

Barbara KeimFairfield Flowers has an amazing selection of plants that you can send to a loved one or take home for yourself! Here are some tips for choosing the perfect plant!

  • Buy local. Never buy from a big box store or online. When you buy local you know the plant has been taken care of properly and if you ever need advice or support, they are there for you!


  • Make sure your container has plenty of drainage points. Many people grow their plants and gardens in containers. Drainage is important for the life of your plants. Without proper drainage, water can rot the plants roots and eventually kill the plant. Drill extra holes in your container if needed and fill the bottom with rocks, then with soil for even better drainage! You can always bring your plant to Fairfield Flowers if you need help with drainage!
  • Know where your plant will be living. Some plants need more sunlight than others. If a plant gets too much sunlight, the leaves can get burned by the sun. Don’t know how much sunlight your plant should be getting? Stop by Fairfield Flowers and we will help!


  • Buy plants that are healthy. Always purchase a plant that appears full and healthy. Choose a plant that has lots of green foliage. Never purchase a plant that appears wilted or has yellow or brown leaves.


  • Always check the soil for pests before purchasing a plant. You do not want to open your home up to anything that could be hiding in a plant!
  • Be on a weekly schedule for watering! Indoor plants do not need as much water as many people think they do! If your plant is indoors, it will not need as much water as an outdoor plant. The larger the pot your plant is in, the more water it will need. Outdoor plants will get a lot of their water from rain, but if it is summer they may need more! Not sure of how much water your plant needs or how often? Fairfield Flowers is glad to help!


If you are unsure about any of the tips to keep your plant healthy, or simply need help choosing the perfect plant for you, stop by or call Fairfield Flowers today!


Get to Know the Ladies of Fairfield Flowers

Charlene, the owner, Amber, the general manager, Kristen, customer service, Leslie, floral designer, and Beth, marketing. The Fairfield Flowers ladies answer the same five questions.

-What is one thing you will never change?: My love for family. I had some challenging struggles as a young girl which taught me to value and love my family everyday.
-My friends would say..:  That I am silly! I love having a good time and having fun! I love to decorate for every event and fill it with laughter and sillyness!
-What is the best part of being in the floral industry?: Opening the flower box every morning! Seeing beautiful flowers come in everyday always brings a smile to my face!
-What is the hardest part of your job?: Nothing! Believe it or not I love everything about my job; teaching, cleaning, making displays, doing paper work, and designing!
-When I grow up..: Never grow up! I am trying to age gracefully. The girls at the shop keep an eye on me and keep me up to date with things. I do embrace my age though, I love the new journey each year brings!

-What is one thing you will never change?: My life experiences. Who I’ve met, where I’ve been, and who I have become.
-My friends would say..: That I am full of energy and love to make people laugh and smile!
-What is the best part of being in the floral industry?: I am able to do something different everyday! My life at Fairfield Flowers is always an interesting, new adventure!
-What is the hardest part of your job?: Not loosing my tool.
-When I grow up..: “That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up!” -Walt Disney


-What is one thing you will never change?: My drive to do my best and please the people I care about. I put 120% into everything I do and I love to succeed in my job and personal life.
-My friends would say..: I am very caring. I would give the shirt off my back to help someone and I try to always make myself available when I am needed.
-What is the best part about being in the floral industry?: For me, it is how much knowledge I have gained. I knew nothing about the floral industry or flowers at all before I came to work at Fairfield Flowers. Working here has given me a new appreciation for flowers and how happy they can make people!
-What is the hardest part of your job?: Staying unique and up to date with the latest trends. It takes lots of research and lots of time!
-When I grow up..: I want to be happy in my career, marriage, and life. And I want to enjoy every minute of it along the way!

Tips For Shopping for Clothing in Fairfield Flowers Boutique!

amberblogFairfield Flowers has a beautiful new line of boutique clothing items! Here are some tips to shop for the perfect article of clothing!

  • If a garment makes you want to do a little dance in the dressing room, buy it.


  • Consider what you have in your closet that you can wear with the item before you buy it.
  • Don’t wait to go shopping until you NEED to… It feels like I can’t find anything I’m looking for when that special event is next week… or worse yet… tomorrow…


  • Try on everything that catches your eye, even if you’re not sure you’ll like it! I’ve found some of my most favorite buys this way!


  • Take your time!
  • Dress for Success! Pick something that makes you feel good.  If you’re really uncomfortable and unsure the item probably won’t get as much use.


  • Shop at a place you love and trust. Fairfield Flowers has a beautiful selection of clothing that is quality made and personally chosen by our staff.  Stop by the shop and we’ll help you to enhance your wardrobe!


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Tips for Giving the Perfect Gift

kristenblogGift giving can be hard. Don’t let gift giving wear you down and ruin the fun of finding the perfect gift! Fairfield Flowers has some great tips to gift buying that are sure to help you find the right gift for even the most picky person on your shopping list!

-No gag gifts. These kinds of gifts only cause a laugh one time, so save these for a specific occasion where joke giving is appropriate. Fairfield Flowers has many practical gifts for your special someone! We now have beautifully unique teapots, pillows, and vases!


-No gift cards. Gift cards say to the receiver “I didn’t know what to get you so here’s this.” Gift cards are impersonal. If you have to give a gift card, because this is real like and sometimes it is inevitable, give a Fairfield Flower gift card. When they come in to redeem it we will help them find the perfect gift!

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-Gifts should be useful. People like to receive gifts that can be used on a regular basis, not something that will collect dust on a shelf. If you notice a problem, find the perfect gift to create a solution. Fairfield Flowers has the perfect useful gifts like long burning scented candles, wonderful whipped body lotion, and beautiful jewelry!


-Gifts should be a surprise! Fairfield Flowers offers wonderful options for surprise gifts! Fairfield Flowers has a new boutique line of clothing! Your special someone will never guess that when they receive a floral arrangement that they will have a beautiful scarf or blouse along with them! Fairfield Flowers also offer a week worth of gifts! We can send your loved one a gift for each day of their special week! Just call us and let us know what they like and we will take care of the rest!


-Gifts should be of good quality. Even if it happens to be something that they do not use every day, it should be something of high quality so it does not break. Fairfield Flowers only offers the highest quality of gifts, clothing, and flowers.


Fairfield Flowers always has the best gifts, flowers, and gift advice! Stumped on what to get? Need more help that then tips offer? Call or stop by the shop and one of our lovely staff members would be happy to help you find the perfect gift!