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WITH borders falling and lifestyles changing, online delivery services have entered the flower business. Nowadays, one can expect almost every large florist's shop in the country to deliver. The boom started around 1997, and the trend has gradually grown. Most customers still tend to be from abroad, where such services are firmly rooted in the culture, but locals are beginning to seek them out more often as well.


photo: Ján Svrček

WITH borders falling and lifestyles changing, online delivery services have entered the flower business. Nowadays, one can expect almost every large florist's shop in the country to deliver. The boom started around 1997, and the trend has gradually grown. Most customers still tend to be from abroad, where such services are firmly rooted in the culture, but locals are beginning to seek them out more often as well.

"I don't have time to wander around the city and look for a florist's shop," said Diana Uríčková, who works in Bratislava, explaining why she opted for an online order when sending a bouquet to her mother, who lives in Komárno (on the Hungarian border), on International Women's Day.

"On the other hand, I like to use services that work and make life easier. This kind of service is simple and elegant, and financially friendly. And, it is still not that common in Slovakia to send flowers this way, so there is a good chance that it will bring great joy and surprise," she said.

No matter how comprehensive and professional the websites of these companies look, florists prefer that customers call ahead to clarify all the necessary details of the order. The pictures of the bouquets are simply illustrations; the flowers themselves are dependent upon the seasons offer.

When calling or filling out an order form online, you need to specify the type of bouquet, the time and place of the delivery, the method of payment, and give them your phone number. Most online florists accept VISA, MasterCard, and American Express cards. Orders should generally be made at least an hour before the delivery. The payment for the delivery is either included in the price of the bouquet or should total around Sk200 in Slovakia.

Florist's shops are usually open from 9:00 to 18:00, but most also take orders after hours. Deliveries can be made almost any time of day.


Selected florists' shops delivering in Slovakia and abroad


photo: Ján Svrček

"If there is no time for a personal visit, sending flowers is the most beautiful compensation," Uríčková said.


Kvetinárstvo Slnečnica, Ľ. Fullu 15, Bratislava.
Tel: 02/6531-4121, or 0905/380-139.
Website: www.sunflower.sk, Email: kvety@sunflower.sk.
Non-stop delivery, online payment, speak English, website also soon to be in English, delivery acrosss Slovakia.


FlowerWeb, Kvetinová sieň Anna, A. Bernoláka 2137, Žilina.
Tel: 041/5000-094, or 0903/144-739.
Website: www.flowerweb.sk. Email: info@flowerweb.sk.
Non-stop delivery; online payment; speak English, German, and Spanish; website also in English; network all around Slovakia and the Czech Republic; and delivery abroad.


Petríková Magdaléna, Budapeštianska 16-18, Košice.
Tel: 055/6369-948.
Website: www.empeflor.sk. Email: empeflor@stonline.sk.
Non-stop delivery, online payment (bank transfer; credit cards to be accepted in the near future), speak only Slovak, website also in English, delivery all around Slovakia and selected countries abroad.


Kvetonoš (Your Flower Courier), Bratislava.
Tel: 0903/416-410.
Website: www.kvetonos.sk. Email: msfitline@zoznam.sk.
Delivery daily from 10:00 to 20:00, online payment, speak only Slovak, website also in English, delivery to Bratislava area.

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