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Celebrating Dads This Father’s Day

posted by Tariq Farid June 15, 2018

As the years fly, it’s days like Father’s Day that make me realize how special our time is with those we love. It’s a day to celebrate the men in our lives who have spent their years out by the grill, in the garage fixing the car, or being our biggest fans up in the stands. Men can wear many hats, and today we tip ours to all the Fathers out there.

When I was 17-years-old I took a generous $5,000 loan from family friends to open my own flower shop. This loan would change my life, but it was the work ethic that went with it that made all the difference. And I learned a great deal about that from my father. My father worked as a machinist by day and at McDonald’s at night, all to make sure he provided for our family. To help out, I started mowing lawns and had a paper route in our neighborhood, and eventually worked my way up to a small flower shop that led me to create Edible.

Working and supporting each other was how my family stayed afloat, and that hardworking nature is what I can credit my entrepreneurial success to today. Working hard from a young age gave me the determination it took to create Edible. But on top of that, it was the support of my family that got me started on this dream. That was not only a pivotal moment for me and my career but also a shining example of the love of a parent.

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Memories like that are reasons we should honor all the Fathers out there. To celebrate your own father this Father’s day, I am happy to share our ‘dadible’ gifts, available at all Edible locations and online. These treats feature gourmet chocolate dipped strawberries and pineapple mustaches with special packaging, custom father’s day boxes, sports-themed fruit arrangements, and more to make him the star of the day!

It’s a special feeling being a dad, so make sure to treat yours right!

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Celebrating National Small Business Week

posted by Tariq Farid May 2, 2018

This week, as the country celebrates National Small Business Week, I’d like to look back and reflect on the beginnings of Edible®, when we were just a small store in Connecticut. Looking back on these memories makes me eternally grateful for all of Edible®’s franchisees that have gone on this journey with me. I’m happy to honor all of them as small business owners across America and applaud them for earning their piece of the American Dream. Continue Reading

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Reflecting on sweet Easter memories

posted by Tariq Farid April 12, 2017

Every year as Easter approaches I pause to think back and remember where this all started, and every year I’m taken back to memories of two special Easter seasons. That’s because Easter is where the story of my entrepreneurial journey as well as the start of Edible Arrangements really began.

In both cases, while I was intimidated by the challenge that starting new businesses presented, each time it reconfirmed my belief in myself and that I was making the right decisions.

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Edible Arrangements offers students fresh look at entrepreneurship

posted by Tariq Farid March 6, 2017

Growing up, both as an entrepreneur and young man, I had many mentors who played key roles into helping shape me into the person I am today. I am forever grateful for them, as they took time to give me and my small business the attention needed at the time.

Because of this, I have made it a mission of mine to help the future generations of entrepreneurs, whether it is globally through the International Franchise Association’s NextGen program or right here at home with the many youth and entrepreneurial programs available to students throughout the community and the region.

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Edible Arrangements celebrates ranking in Franchise 500

posted by Tariq Farid February 1, 2017

For the 12th year in a row, Edible Arrangements has been ranked in the annual Franchise 500 by Entrepreneur magazine. This year we were ranked #42, marking the 10th year in a row for us to be among the Top 50.

No matter how many times we have been honored, I am still humbled every time the new rankings are published. It is a testament to our outstanding team of professionals at the corporate office as well as our dedicated and passionate franchisees around the world. It is because of all of them that we continue to enjoy a position among the elite of franchising. Continue Reading