1-800 Flowers.com, Inc.
Some say it's all in the name, but 1-800-FLOWERS.COM does more than deliver the daisies. The company sells fresh-cut flowers, floral arrangements, and plants through its toll-free number and websites; it also markets gifts for every occasion via catalog, TV and radio ads, and third-party online affiliates. Through subsidiaries, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM offers gift baskets, gourmet foods, chocolates and candies, cookies, and popcorn. Its BloomNet service provides products and services to florists, too. Inspired by the emergence of toll-free calling, founder and CEO James McCann launched the flower business in 1976 and over time established a national brand that was further fueled by the evolution of the Internet.