Phoenix City Light Rail Party

Phoenix City Light Rail Party

The City of Phoenix held their “half way” completion party for the Phoenix City Light Rail Party Saturday morning at 7 a.m.

Your first question, of course, is why through a party so early in the morning? That’s an easy one… at 7 a.m. it’s reasonably warm (as opposed to unbearably hot) in the desert southwest! So when the City of Phoenix decides to throw a Light Rail party in the middle of the summer, they do it at 7 a.m.

Your next question is: what was the purpose of the party? The City of Phoenix is working on a 3-1/2 mile extension to the Light Rail, and Saturday marked the half way point in construction.

This construction, which is through an older part of town, is hindered by lack of locational maps of things like gas lines, electric lines, water lines, sewer pipes and phone lines. That means, even though there is no doubt that the lines and pipes are there somewhere, they have no idea where they are! So they’re tearing up 3-1/2 miles of street, replacing all of the old lines and pipes, replacing the asphalt, ripping up an additional 3-4 lanes for additional traffic, and then putting down the electricity and the track. Whew! It’s a lot of work!

What did they do at the party this morning? They completed laying the first a piece of track!

The fun part was, it wasn’t the workers doing the labor, but the “desk guys” …the engineers and planners (the guys who know absolutely nothing about concrete!!)

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This is a picture of the men pouring the concrete on the last piece of rail. We drove by yesterday and saw that the rail itself had already been installed, but today they finished the project by topping it off with concrete. I would have loved to have put my initial in that concrete!

The construction crew has a mascot. She helps them with their daily projects. Here’s a picture of the Light Rail mascot. Can you see her sitting on the ice chest? She has a hard hat and a big grin!

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We have had the pleasure of meeting a lot of people who work on the Light Rail project. Many of them come into our flower shop. They tell us updates, give us maps, help us with road closures, and generally offer any assistance they can to the 300+ businesses affected by the construction of the Light Rail.

Here are a couple pictures of people we know from the Light Rail Project.

First is Jorge, the Business Assistance Coordinator for the Light Rail. I would say Jorge is the all around go to guy when there’s anything going on with the Light Rail. He answers all of our questions, bring us flyers and calendars, sends out emails, and generally helps facilitate anything he can between the businesses and the project. Jorge always has a smile on his face and a keen ear for listening to everything that is happening on the project.

The other gentleman is Rich, the man in charge of all of the city street closures for the entire City of Phoenix. The Light Rail construction is one of his many projects, and this one changes from day to day. Imagine having to know where the workers will be on any given day, and then arranging for traffic to flow in all directions and still guarantee the safety of the workers. That’s his job.

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I took this picture of Pamela and she took the picture of me.

Behind us you can see palm trees (they look like balloons!) and the track.

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Our friend Gail, who lives a few houses from the light rail construction, brought Clark to the party this morning. Clark is a 150 pound Great Dane, one of the nicest dogs I’ve ever met. Gail, Clark, Abbie and I go to the doggie park together, so I know what type of dog Clark is. Among his talent is being a therapy dog at John C Lincoln Hospital. You can see him on the very right on the picture of me, and here’s a great picture of Gail and Clark taken just a few days ago at a summer school class.

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What was missing at this party? They had cookies. They had hand-outs. They had tents and chairs and music.

Oh, yes…

Did I mention the Mayor?

Mayor Greg Stanton of Phoenix, AZ, had quite a conversation with me while Pamela snapped pictures!

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You’re probably wondering what all of this has to do with Basket Express and Roadrunner Florist. Our beautiful, local Phoenix Flower and Gift Shop is located just 2 blocks off the Light Rail line. That means when construction is complete people will be able to get off the Light Rail and walk to Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express!

We invite you to call, click or come by!

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I discovered a new social platform that might be of interest to you!

It’s called  

Launched yesterday, this is a platform for businesses to network with other businesses! And that’s what it’s all about right?

So I signed up.

They created a “cover” for Basket Express. Do you like it?

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And they created a cover for Roadrunner Florist.

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With all we’ve been reading and hearing about facebook, perhaps we need to look for different social platforms for our businesses. Perhaps this is one of them.

I’ll tell you this: it was easy to set up! In the few hours I’ve been a member I’ve seen a few new people join.

If this is something that interests you, send an email to and tell Zach that Tina at Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express sent you! Maybe you and I can help this FREE social network grow and maybe it will help our businesses, too!

Have a great Wednesday!



People Visit Roadrunner Florist Basket Express

We love when people visit Roadrunner Florist Basket Express!

Roadrunner Florist & Basket Express, the place to come for fresh flowers & gift baskets in Phoenix, AZ

Meet David

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David came into our shop to buy 2 dozen beautiful roses for his wife. Here he, carrying them out of the shop! He looks like one happy guy!

Meet Omar

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Omar’s story is very interesting. I was at the shop one Sunday designing flowers for a funeral. The door was locked but the lights were on. Omar and his family came to the door and he was carrying the largest candle I had ever seen! They had pictures to show me, and although none of them spoke English, I managed to figure out that they wanted flowers to surround this candle for a baptism. We agreed on red and white roses, lots and lots of baby’s breath, and an hour of my time.

When Omar picked up the candle he was one happy uncle!

Prom season is over in Phoenix! These 2 ladies loved the corsages we designed for them.

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We love it when other florists drop by! This one is from Beaverton Florist in Oregon.

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Meet Norman and Robbie

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They came into our shop after enjoying a lunch at the restaurant next door. He purchased one rose, which Pamela wrapped with greens and baby’s breath, and I handed it to him. He then handed it to her! That was one of the nicest gestures I’ve seen in a long time!

This is Marthanna

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For their wedding anniversary, her husband ordered these beautiful pink roses. He was kind enough to send us this picture of Marthanna standing in front of them at her home.

Meet Cheryl

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Cheryl brought her family in to pick up her wedding flowers she had ordered from Roadrunner Florist. They loved them!


YOU can join the gallery of People Visit Roadrunner Florist Basket Express!

Simply come into the shop, introduce yourself and let us take your picture with your beautiful flowers or gift basket!





Dad Loves Flowers | Dad Loves Gift Baskets

This is my dad!

My dad loves flowers and my dad loves gift baskets!


My dad is 92 years old. He served in the Navy during WWII. He used the GIBill to attend the University of Denver and became a very prominent CPA in Denver. He and my mom have been married for almost 65 years. My dad has always been an inspiration to the three of us. He worked hard and instilled a work ethic into us that doesn’t bend. The only enemy he ever made was the IRS…he fought for his clients every day. My dad still lives with my mom in their home in Denver, CO. He still drives, takes my mom out to lunch or dinner every day, drives her to the hairdresser once a week, and loves to read. He enjoys going to Cherry Creek Mall and watching the children play in the playground, listening to the pianist, watching the shoppers, and taking a nap!

My Dad Loves Flowers! Does Yours?

People think men don’t like receiving flowers! WRONG!

Real Men Like Flowers!

Real Men Like Plants!


Real Men Love Gift Baskets!


The freshest fruit available, including apples, oranges, bananas, pears and a pineapple is topped with a dozen bakery-style cookies. Yumm!

Men, yes real men, LOVE getting flowers! They might not gush and cry, but they really love flowers! My dad does.  My husband did. My brothers do. If you haven’t sent your dad flowers or a gift basket for Father’s Day, try is this year and see what happens!

We’d love you to visit our facebook page and post one of your favorite memories of your dad.
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15th. We look forward to hearing from you!   or

Roadrunner Florist    602-246-1271
2007a W Bethany Home, Phoenix, AZ 85015

In Your Opinion What are the Seven Wonders of the World?

What are the Seven Wonders of the World?

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I wish I could claim credit for this post, but I can’t. I received this delicious post in an email and I could hardly wait to share it with all of you.

I don’t know who the author is, but I thank him/her for the beautiful pictures, truisms and thoughts.

I wonder about the child who came up with the amazing wonders.

Do you think your child would have come up with them?

Here are 7 additional wonders from me:

1. I find my daughter and granddaughter to be wondrous.

2. I find working with Pamela at Roadrunner Florist to be wondrous.

3. I find flowers to be wondrous.

4. I find my family to be wondrous.

5. I find animals to be wondrous.

6. I find creation to be wondrous.

7. I find you, my friends, to be wondrous.

What are your seven wonders?

Is Your Mother the BEST EVER?

Mine is. This is Goldie Smith.


She’s the BEST mother a girl could ever have. She was a professional woman before we had professional women (she ran my dad’s CPA office long before it was in vogue to do so) and kept us 3 kids out of trouble at the same time! She’s still active the Denver community. She’s proud to have 3 marvelous children, Sheldon, a prominent attorney, Gary, an ads specialty salesman, and me, your gift basket designer. She also has 3 amazing grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

When I grow up, I want to be JUST LIKE HER!


Pamela lost her mother 7 year ago. She was Rena Smith, a wonderful baker and housewife.


She helped put Pamela through Michigan State University where she studied floriculture and began her career as the amazing floral designer you know in Phoenix. I had the pleasure of knowing Rena during the final years of her life when she came to live at Chris Ridge Village, and there wasn’t a recipe she didn’t remember or a tip she wouldn’t share. May her memory be a blessing.


If your mother is living, we invite you to remember her with fresh flowers on Mother’s Day. Pamela and I will be designing, and we’ll be delivering, the freshest flowers in the Valley of the Sun, and we have a network of florists across the country with whom we work who can design and deliver for mom wherever she lives.

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Please feel free to use this blog for any thoughts about your mother that are in your heart.

Let the magic of Roadrunner Florist Basket Express convey your love for mom this year!

What’s in 2 weeks?

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We love designing flowers and gift baskets  for Mother’s Day!

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We have friends whom we have known for years and years (Pamela’s been in the floral industry for more than 45 years and at this location for 36) who contact us every year for Mother’s Day! We know the moms…they are part of our extended family.

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If mom is in Phoenix, we design and deliver the freshest floral arrangements (and unique gift baskets) .

If mom is anywhere in the world, we work with a network of florists who can design and deliver flowers for you, too.

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We know many people who have lost their mothers and this is a difficult time for you. May their memories be blessings.



Secretary’s Day (Administrative Assistant)

Wednesday, April 23, is Secretary’s Day.

Of course to be politically correct it’s called Administrative Assistant Day, but honestly I never minded being called a “secretary” and I never thought it was disrespectful, demeaning or diminishing in any way. To prove the point, we have “Secretaries” in this country:  John Kerry,  Sally Jewell,  Jack Lew and a dozen more.

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I highly doubt these “Secretaries” want to be called “Administrative Assistants”!

No matter what you call them in your office, Wednesday is the day to honor them.

We’ve designed arrangements that are perfect for the desk, from fresh flowers to snack and goodie baskets. Priced from $25 up, we deliver, too, and of course we offer quantity discounts.

Now it the time for you to contact Pamela or Tina at Roadrunner Florist Basket Express for your Secretary’s Day flowers and gift baskets!  602-246-1271

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Think you’re too late? You’re not! We offer same day delivery! And yes, your secretary will be excited to receive her gift from Roadrunner Florist Basket Express on Thursday or Friday, too!