HEA Gala Fetes NYC Hospitality Standouts, Honors Ray Kelly

Recipients receiving their awards
A wonderful night of fun, dance and dinner!

Following the Starbright Floral Design Sponsorship of the Hotel Excellence Awards and the Silver Plume Awards, MVP/NY sent out the following press release.  NOTE: To learn more about Starbright visit our website at www.starflor.com

New York (February 2, 2010): On February 1, 2010, MVP/NY hosted the 2009 Hotel Excellence Awards (HEA), the hospitality industry’s most prestigious awards, at the grand and luxurious Cipriani Wall Street. More than 500 guests and honorees gathered to recognize the hospitality industry’s service to New York City, which became the top domestic tourist destination in 2009. In addition to the Hotel Experience and Silver Plume Awards, which honor the top hotels and individuals (and the only industry awards sanctioned by the Hotel Association of New York City), New York City’s “top cop” Ray Kelly was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hotel Experience Awards winners among hotels with 500 rooms or more were: The New York Palace Hotel for Best Concierge Service, The Westin New York at Times Square for Best Room Amenities, The Waldorf=Astoria for Best Hotel Restaurant, New York Marriott Marquis for Best Family-Friendly Hotel and Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers for Best Business Services. The Best Overall Hotel Experience award went to The Westin New York at Times Square. In the 500 rooms or less category, The Plaza won for Best Concierge Service, The St. Regis New York won for Best Room Amenities, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park received the Best Hotel Restaurant award, Renaissance New York Hotel Times Square and Omni Berkshire Place tied for Best Family-Friendly Hotel, Millennium Broadway Hotel New York won for Best Business Services and The Plaza won for Best Overall Hotel Experience. In addition, the venerated Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

Silver Plume Awards winners included David Moreno of Gramercy Park Hotel for Chef Concierge of the Year, while The Trump International Hotel & Tower New York had a big night with Loida Diaz taking home the Concierge of the Year award and Suzie Mills named Best Supporting Manager of the Year.

A hugely successful Silent Auction featuring over 100 donated items was held benefiting four charities: Les Clefs d’Or Foundation, the New York City Association of Hotel Concierges’ Charitable Fund, the Hotel Association of New York City Scholarship Fund and the ITM Hospitality Fund.

Composer Andrew Lippa joined cast members from the brand new Broadway production of THE ADDAMS FAMILY entertained the audience. Manhattan City Music provided music for the gala affair throughout the night.

The 2009 HEA was sponsored by Benjamin Steak House, BICE Ristorante, Bloomingdale’s, CityPass, CitySights NY, Deva Spa, Empire State Building, Harbor Experience Companies, Gray Line New York Sightseeing, John Barrett, Lalique, Loehmann’s, Madame Tussauds, Starbright Floral Design and Wempe Jewelers, and many others.

About MVP/NY

Morris Visitor Publications New York (MVP/NY) is a division of Morris Communications Company. MVP/NY’s market-leading visitor publications include IN New York and Where® New York magazines, QG: New York City’s QuickGuide, Where GuestBook® New York and IN New York Map. Reaching every segment of the visitor market—from leisure and family to business and luxury travel—MVP/NY products appear at more than 300 of New York’s most distinguished hotels, visitor centers and high-traffic attractions, private clubs, airports, on New York Water Taxi boats, Amtrak trains and Acela VIP lounges and in upscale corporate housing, generating an annual readership in excess of 34 million. For more information, log on to www.mvpny.net and www.innewyork.com.

Winter Tulips Are In Season! A Preview of Spring To Come!

Spring colored tulips are here...

Every color of the spring rainbow is in season!  A little bit of springtime in the middle of a cold winter day… Smiles are always in season!  Visit our website at http://www.starflor.com or call us at 800.520.8999.  We have millions of ways to make your loved one smile!  We would love to hear from you and thrilled to brighten someones day!

Tulip season has begun and tulip colors are now at their peak.  Just imagine a color and there is a tulip in that tone!

The Starbright page on Facebook is waiting for you to become a fan!

Orchids from Holland are in Season!

Look at all these amazing colors that Cymbidium Orchids come in!

It is January and that means that orchids from Holland are back in season!  They are available in an amazing array of colors!  Selecting the colors you like is probably the hardest part!

Orchids make great gifts, modern stylish and striking floral compositions… They are also used for corsages, bridal bouquets, etc.  Give  us a call at 800.520.8999 or visit our website at http://www.starflor.com.  Ideas galore!

May the year that just started, be the best ever for everyone!

The Official Florist

Autumn Gardens are in Full Bloom

Autumn Garden

Our fall planting is in full bloom and it is time to enjoy the last flowers of the season before  the first frost… Above is a photo of  one or our more recent plantings at a residential tower in Manhattan. Enjoy!

Brought to you by Starbright Floral Design – we are located in the wholesale flower district on 28th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues. Give us a call (800.520.8999) or visit our website at http://www.starflor.com.  We would be thrilled to hear from you!

The Official Florist – Nf

Fall Has Arrived!

The colors of the fall season are  here and autumn is in full swing!  It will not be long before the season changes to winter and the terracotta tones, the browns, the rusts, the twigs and the amber colors are all gone for 2009… Enjoy them while they are here!

This year year’s favorite fall accent color? Green.  The above photos were provided to a client for an autumnal photo shoot and we are  sharing them with you too… Enjoy the season, get out, go to the country, see the leaves change color, find a hay ride somewhere, pick a pumpkin, be a kid again and enjoy all that the season has to offer.

Happy Fall!

Nic and the Entire Starbright Team…

A little bit about Starbright.  We are a corporate and retail florist based in New York City.  Since 1994 we have been delivering flowers, gifts and floral decor all over the world.  To learn more about our organization, please visit our website.  CLICK HERE or give us a call at 800.520.8999.  We would love to hear from you!

Phaleonopsis Orchids – they are amazing!

Triple stem, white, phaleonopsis orchd presented in a black ceramic bowl with willow branches, bamboo, raffia and sheets of green moss.
Triple stem, white, phaleonopsis orchd presented in a black ceramic bowl with willow branches, bamboo, raffia and sheets of green moss.

We just received a shipment from one of our greenhouses of the most amazing purple and white orchids. They truly look spectacular and they are going to last for a very long time. Give us a call – they would be limited to pickup and New York City delivery. 800 520 8999 or click the Contact Us link on the website (www.starflor.com)