April 8, 2008

Ringing the Bell at the NASDAQ!

Well, I certainly had a fun morning yesterday.  At 8:45AM, I arrived at NASDAQ MarketSite at Times Square in Manhattan and was greeted by quite a crowd.  The occasion was to make the big announcement of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s new collaboration with 1-800-FLOWERS.com.  And, what was exciting and so much fun for me, was getting to ring the opening market bell! I am really happy and proud to be working with CEO, Jim McCAnn and his 1-800-FLOWERS.com.  We are offering 85 gorgeous, seasonal flower arrangements and 16 potted plants available for same day delivery.  In addition to being impeccably fresh and elegant, each bouquet arrives in a lovely container, inspired by vases from my very own collection.  These are containers you’ll want to keep and reuse again and again.  So, the next time you feel the urge to order flowers, I hope you’ll visit us here:

I know you won’t be disappointed!

Times Square on a Monday morning. Look! There I am on an electronic billboard!

This is the exterior of the NASDAQ MarketSite.

This is the main hall of the interior of the building. It's so ultra-modern.

These are various executives and members of the new flower team.

Bruce Aust - Executive VP of NASDAQ, Jim McCann - CEO of 1-800-FLOWERS.com, myself - holding the NASDAQ crystal commemorative gift, and Chris McCann - President of 1-800-FLOWERS.com.

Everyone looking on while I ring the bell. It really is a thrill!

This is Elizabeth Meisel from Louisville, Kentucky. She was so upset that her camera battery ran out, so we posed with her and will be sending the photos.

Jim and I gave away many of these lovely little arrangements to the crowd.

Here I am being interviewed by A.J. Calloway from EXTRA TV.

This is a colorful reception area where tasty breakfast snacks and drinks were served

It was a very good start to the week for me and Jim.

Spring Blossom Bouquet in Arts and Crafts Bowl - a reproduction from my daughter, Alexis's collection.

Some of the other beautiful arrangements