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Fun Facts about Edible Arrangements® of Central Valley

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As a gift company that offers fresh fruit bouquets and chocolate dipped treats, Edible Arrangements® is known for being a thriving organization that has created a niche in catering.

This creative business appeals immediately to the customer who is looking for an elegant gift that tastes good as well. As they honor the desire to give someone a beautiful and delicious gift for any occasion, Edible Arrangements owners Chris and Heidi Hill have brought smiles to Downtown Stockton, Modesto, Turlock and Roseville since December 2008.

But what many might not know is the plethora of fun and interesting details that make these locally owned and operated businesses, and business owners, hum.

Family and Passion
A former funeral home director and mortician, owner Heidi Sowers Hill stumbled upon the idea of owning an Edible Arrangements when a friend received a bouquet as a gift. Intrigued, she threw herself into researching an Edible Arrangements franchise opportunity and fell in love with not only the products, but the business model and philosophy as well. “I saw it as a business that was family friendly, but also something I could be passionate about.”

Both the Downtown Stockton and Turlock locations offer a delicious and fresh fruit smoothie menu for busy people looking for a healthy and satisfying treat. When Heidi and Chris opened their Downtown Stockton store in 2008, the location was one of only four nationwide to offer smoothies as part of their business model. To date, the Hills’ Stockton and Turlock locations have a smoothie bar and this option will be added to their Modesto and Roseville locations by the end of 2018.

Fresh and Beautiful
All of the fruit used for Edible Arrangements is never frozen and contain no preservatives, syrup or sweeteners. Their fruit arrangements are always freshly crafted using fruit that’s grown and picked to the Fruit Expert® standards. Everything is not only made-to-order; it’s made fresh every day with attention to detail.

Edible Arrangements bouquets are the gift for any occasion or “just because,” and a choice that’s healthy and beautiful at the same time. Whether it’s a special gift for a birthday, game day, graduation, Father’s Day or just a way to show someone you care, Edible Arrangements has fresh fruit arrangements, gourmet chocolate Dipped Fruits™ and corporate fruit bouquets for all tastes, budgets and occasions.

New Smoothies and Drinks
Smoothie lovers, take note! In April 2017, the Hills added three new and yum-worthy coffee drinks to their menu. Boasting blends of fresh bananas, mocha and chocolate, topped with whipped cream, their new Edibles To Go® lineup includes Mocha Almond, Mocha Almond Parfait and Mocha Almond Banana Hot Chocolate drinks made fresh and to order.

Always striving to keep exceptional customer service in the forefront of the company’s mind, all of the Hills’ locations offer unique options such as the grab-and-go pre-made fruit arrangements for last-minute gift buyers, online ordering, daily deliveries and even same-day deliveries for orders placed before 5:00 p.m.

Some of their most popular arrangements have mouthwatering names: Berry Chocolate Bouquet, Confetti Fruit Cupcake®, Blooming Love with Dipped Strawberries, Field of Daisies Decadence, So Berry Thankful, Worth Melting For-Olaf Bouquet and Delicious Daisy® Dipped Pineapple. For the littlest special guest, Heidi shared that their new Dream Big-Disney Princess Bouquet with Pink Swizzle® Berries, oranges and cantaloupe, along with an adorable Disney Princess tin, has been a huge hit.

Challenge Failure
A strong advocate for giving back to her community, for the last three years Heidi and Edible Arrangements have sponsored a running group from a low-income school to participate in Challenge Failure, an annual run/walk whose purpose is to promote the prevention of heart failure through education. It’s important to Heidi because her father died of heart failure at the age of 47. “Working with this program has given me the opportunity to show kids that their future is not defined by their current situation,” she revealed. “I came from a difficult childhood situation but I rose above it to where I am today. I want them to know that they can rise above as well and tackle whatever they choose in life as long as they have the passion for it. I like to think that I am living proof that they can achieve their dreams no matter what obstacles are in their way. If they have the confidence to go for it and love what they do, the possibilities are endless.”

Family Bond
Since the first day they opened, the Hills have been helping people in San Joaquin County celebrate their special occasions with a healthy alternative to traditional gifts. “We are very hands on with our businesses and we are very committed to supporting our community,” Heidi added. “Our staff is like our family, and we feel that close bond translates into exceptional customer service for all who stop at any of our locations. Being able to bring smiles to the faces of others is a beautiful thing; we are so proud to be able to have in a hand in doing just that.” ■

To learn more about Edible Arrangements®, visit them on the web at ediblearrangements.com/stores/135-N-Hunter-St-Stockton-CA-95202.