News & Events
There are so many things happening everyday at Ital Florist and flower industry, and also with Ital clients. Below are some highlights of these events ...
158 th Running of the Queens Plate July 2, July 2017
Once again Ital Florist has been asked to take care of the flowers for the 158th Queens Plate.
Such an honour to provide the flowers for Canada's Oldest and most prestigious thoroughbred horse race. Our designers will help beautify all of the various venues at the Woodbine Race Track.
Did you know it is the oldest continuously run horse race in North America?
Ital President Meets the President of Italy, June 2017
Dad's is meeting the President of Italy!
Dear Mr. Eligio Paris,
Below is the formal invitation for your attendance to the cocktail reception hosted by the
Consul General of Italy in Toronto, Giuseppe Pastorelli, in honour of His Excellency Sergio
Mattarella, President of Italy.
Please note the following important information regarding this event:
Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Time: Doors open at 6:00 pm and guests are requested to arrive by 7:00 pm at the
Location: The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom, 2nd floor, 181 Wellington Street West, Toronto,
Ontario M5V 3G7
Security: The attached invitation is personal and non-transferable. Guests must present
their personalized invitation as well as a valid government-issued photo
identification (e.g. driver's license, passport, health card). Access to the event
will be denied without the invitation and proper identification. In addition,
please note that knapsacks and packages will not be permitted. A coat check
service will be provided.
Suggested parking options: Ritz-Carlton Valet Parking, IMPARK Metro Centre (190 Wellington
St. W.), and IMPARK RBC Centre (209 Wellington St. W.)
The dress code for this event is Business Attire.
If you must cancel your participation, please inform us as soon as possible by email at the
Office of the Consul General of Italy
In occasione della Visita di Stato in Canada
del Presidente della Repubblica Italiana
Il Console Generale d’Italia Giuseppe Pastorelli
ha l’onore di invitare
Sig. Eligio Paris
al ricevimento del Presidente con la Comunità italiana ed italo-canadese
Giovedì, 29 giugno 2017, dalle ore 18.30 alle ore 20.30
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto Abito scuro
181 Wellington Street West
L’invito è strettamente personale e non trasferibile
L’ingresso è consentito a partire dalle ore 18.00 e solo sino alle ore 19.00
Our Comment / Solution :
It's not every day you receive a personal invitation by the Consul General of Italy in Toronto, Giuseppe Pastorelli, in honour of His Excellency Sergio
Mattarella, President of Italy.
Dad will be in his glory and no doubt representing Ital Florist like he always does!
Speak Easy Fundraiser Event , June 2017
Excited to be a part of a fun filled evening of "Flappers and Fedoras" at Harbour Banquet Centre in Oakville. Prizes, Entertainment and more...
Seva Food Bank Gala, June 2017
We are proud to partner with Seva Food Bank
Seva Food Bank welcomes you to join us for an evening of great entertainment, great food and great friends. We look forward to taking this opportunity to celebrate the achievements we have had this past year and look forward to sharing our plans for 2017/2018 with you all.
Ride to Conquer Cancer 2017, June 2017
Ital Florist supports a number of causes but one that is dear to our hearts is The Ride To Conquer Cancer.
Italo Paris will be riding in his third event on June 10 & 11, riding over 200 km from Toronto to Niagara Falls.
A huge thank you to all the family, friends and business supporters that donated to his ride.
Italo's ride is in honour of Tonina Paris who passed away June 17, 1996.
Team Member Gradutes, June 2017
Congratulations to one of our own Claudia Carpanzano who just graduated from the Masters Program of Italian Studies at the University of Toronto. We are very proud of you Claudia! Congratulations on your great academic accomplishment!
ICFF - Proud Opening Night Floral Sponsor, June 2017
ICFF is one of the most important celebratory events of Italian culture in North America. The annual festival attracts thousands of attendees to screenings, industry events and galas.
The sixth annual Italian Contemporary Film Festival runs from June 8th -16th 2017. ICFF is presented by IC Savings and generously supported by The Ritz-Carlton Toronto, Empire Communities, Castlepoint Numa and Citizen Dominus. It is also supported by major partners: TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cineplex, Cinémathèque Québécoise, Cinema Guzzo, NIFF, Cinéma Cartier, the City of Vaughan, the Italian Embassy, the Consulate General of Italy in Toronto and Montreal, the Italian Cultural Institutes in Toronto and Montreal, the Italian Trade Agency and L’Altra Italia. Media Partners: RAI Italia, CHIN Radio, Panorama, ItalNews, and MyEtvMedia. ICFF partners are; Ryerson University, Centro Scuola e Cultura, TCSB, YCSB, TFCA, ICCO, LUCE, and CIBPA.
Great Lakes Group in Toronto, June 2017
We are proud to be the only Canadian florist in the Great Lakes Group. This group of 12 of North America's largest and most progressive flower shops meets 2-3 times a year.
The information shared and the amount of industry knowledge that is learned is incredible.
This year we have the privilege of hosting the meetings that run June 3 - 6.
Welcome to the City!
Eligio's Birthday, May 2017
Dad turns 76 today!
After 41 years in the business he still works everyday.
Check out our facebook page for pics of his birthday cake with the Ital Family all around him.
Happy Birthday to the man that started it all.
Welcome to the Team Sonia Massoud May 25, 2017, May 2017
How we continue to get so lucky in convincing quality people to join our team is astounding.
Sonia Massoud has joined our office admin team with. her primary role is to keep our numbers straight, organized and in line!
Welcome to the team Sonia!
Victoria Day May 22, 2017, May 2017
The Victoria Day long weekend always seems like the beginning of summer. Flowers are in bloom and the selection of fresh product is incredible.
At Ital Florist, as always, we will be open right through the holiday including Monday May 22.
We will have designers, flowers and deliveries right across Toronto.
New Member to the Team, May 2017
We would like to welcome Christopher Lailey to the Ital Team. We are super excited to have Christopher as part of the team. His role is to specifically lead all of our web initiatives. He is highly regarded in the industry with over 15 years of experience creating, marketing and managing a number of Canada's most successful floral web sites.
We have been in search of someone like Christopher for years and so happy he has decided to join us.
Mother's Day May 14, May 2017
The second Sunday of every May is one of the most special days on the year's calendar.
This year Mother's Day falls on May 14, 2017.
Is there anyone more important in our lives than our Mother's?
Help celebrate the day with some beautiful fresh flowers.
Valentine's Day!, February 2017
Valentine's Day is every February 14th.
Roses are still the favourite gift for this special day.
We will be busy all week long so order early.
May love to send thier Valentine's Day gift early. Why wait to say I love you?
North America Cup Mohawk Race Track, June 2015
The North America Cup by the Woodbine Entertainment group is this Saturday June 20 at Mohawk Race track in Campbellville. We are proud to be their florist and setting up the arrangements for their broadcast.
Staples Advantage Partners with Ital Florist, June 2015
Staples Advantage Canada Partners With Ital Florist to Offer Flower Delivery Service to Businesses
June 18, 2015: 07:30 AM ET
Staples Advantage Canada, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) and Ital Florist, a national online flower business affiliated with FTD (Florists' Transworld Delivery), today announced a partnership to offer flower and gift basket services to Staples Advantage customers nationwide.
The partnership allows Staples Advantage customers to add flowers and gift baskets to their office orders from the Staples Advantage ordering website www.eway.ca. Products and services include flower bouquets and arrangements as well as fruit and gourmet baskets that Staples Advantage customers can offer to recognize employees or improve customer engagement.
"We are continually evolving our business to provide customers with everything their business needs to succeed by offering the greatest breadth of product in the industry," said Michael Zahra, president of Staples Advantage Canada. "Whether an office needs to replenish their supplies or snacks in the breakroom, book business travel or order flowers for a retirement party, it can all be done through our state of the art ordering platform."
"We are pleased to provide Staples Advantage business customers with flowers and gift items for any office occasion," said Italo Paris, co-owner of Ital Florist. "Flower arrangements are an easy way for businesses to enhance the image of their office and we can provide that service to business customers Canada-wide."
About Staples Advantage CanadaStaples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), serves organizations of 20 or more employees up to Fortune 1000, helping them make more happen with more products, greater cost savings and improved ordering efficiencies. Staples Advantage provides its customers, including global businesses, local and federal government, healthcare organizations and educational institutions, with a one source solution featuring comprehensive products and services like office supplies, technology, printing, promotional products, furniture and facility supplies, along with a customized level of account support and best-in-class customer service. More information is available at www.staplesadvantage.ca
Our Comment / Solution :
So proud of our team!
Italian Contemporary Film Festival June 2015, June 2015
We are proud Sponsours of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival June 11 - 19, 2015.
Flowers for the opening gala were awesome and as Toronto's Florist we were very proud to be involved in this great event.
Congratulations Melissa & Richard!, June 2015
Thrilled to be a part of this special day.
The design team loved creating your vintage themed wedding flowers.
Staples Advantage & Ital Florist, June 2015
June 1 the Staples Advantage launched their new initiative in flowers.
We are so proud to be their partners in offering 17000 Staples Advantage flowers through their web site.
Flowers delivered across the country using Ital Florist and our affiliate florists.
Minneapolis trade meeting , May 2015
4 days of peer group meetings with some of the best florists in the US.
We are lucky to be the only Canadian invited into this group.
We are committed to being the best Toronto florist.
International Women's Day, March 2014
Celebrate International Women's Day.
Pass by for some fresh mimosa.
Great Lakes Group, February 2014
Heading to Dallas for an awesome meeting with some of the best florists in North America.
Lots of flower talk on Valentine's Day results. How to increase sympathy floral sales. Hiring and best practices talk. Always trying the get better!
Italian Chamber of Commerce Ontario Awards Night, May 2013
Business Excellence Award dinner at the Liberty Grand on Thursday May 23rd
We are proud sponsors of this event.
Unique flower center pieces that will be enjoyed by 750 guests.
Honouring 2013 ICCO Business Excellence Award Winners
ICCO Business Excellence Award:
Mr. Nick Di Donato, President and Chief Executive Officer
Liberty Entertainment Group
ICCO PwC Next Generation Award:
Ms. Jennifer Corriero, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
ICCO KPMG Community Building Award:
Mr. Ralph Chiodo, President and Chief Executive Officer
Active Green+Ross Tire & Automotive Centres and Peel Chrysler Fiat
ICCO Arts, Science, and Culture Award:
Chef Mark Picone
Mark Picone Culinary Studio
ICCO Scotiabank Environmental Leadership Award:
The DelZotto Family
Tridel Group of Companies
Happy Mother's Day!, May 2013
Mother's Day is one of our favorite celebrations.
There is no better way to show your love than with flowers.
Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms!
From all of us at Ital Florist.
Birthday at Ital Florist - Happy Birthday Ester!, April 2013
My sister and partner celebrates her birthday.
We will be sure to send her flowers.
Yellow Page Ad - Toronto Florist, April 2013
Today we are shooting our new yellow page video.
Ital Florist is in a few directories under retail florist.
It's fun getting the team involved. They get a kick out of being in front of a camera talking flowers.
Check it out in a couple of weeks when it goes live and let us know what you think.
March 8 - International Women's Day, February 2013
La Festa della Donna, or International Women's Day is celebrated on 8th March. It began in 1908 to commemorate the 129 women who died in a fire in a factory in Chicago in that year, and also commemorates two other international events: a strike by women garment workers on 8 March 1857 in New York, which led to the foundation of the first women's union in the US, and a strike by Russian women on the same day in 1917.
It is traditional on this day to give yellow Mimosa flowers to women as a sign of respect and solidarity. Women give Mimosa to each other as well.
Mimosa (acacia dealbata) was introduced to Europe from Australia in 1820. It is probably the first tree to flower - as early as January - and its yellow flowers cheer up the winter landscape.(taken from http://www.livornonow.com/)
Business is Blooming in Toronto, January 2013
Business is blooming in Toronto – For Immediate release
Toronto, January 29, 2013 Italo Paris and Ester Mauro, owners of Ital Florist Limited have come to an agreement with Jim Lye and Janet Lye and purchased Tidy’s Flowers Inc. Both Lye’s have been retained by Tidy’s Flowers and will continue to oversee the daily operations.
The combined synergies of this group, provide Ital and Tidy’s with an incredible opportunity to expand their already strong presence in the Greater Toronto Market. Eligio Paris, President of Ital Florist Limited said, “This union allows us to continue to grow Ital Florist from our Greater Toronto Area (GTA) base by aligning ourselves with Tidy’s Flowers, the oldest flower company in Canada with an outstanding reputation for quality floral products and reliable service, particularly serving the Toronto downtown core customers.”
Italo Paris and Ester Mauro are the second generation of family owners of Ital Florist. They explain, “Joining forces with Tidy’s Flowers will allow us to leverage our marketing expertise with Tidy’s long track record for serving Toronto customers. In addition, with a team of professional floral designers and customer service representatives that has doubled to over 40, we can easily manage the largest of events; corporate, wedding, bereavement in addition to all everyday occasions.”
Siblings Jim and Janet Lye, co-owners of Tidy’s, said: “Tidy’s Flowers and Ital Florist serve complimentary markets and customers throughout not only the GTA but across Canada. This merger fits with our strategy to grow our business through strong alliances as well as through internal growth”
“It’s a perfect fit. It’s incredible how our core values are so much alike”, says Jim Lye.
“I am thrilled at what we can do together. Jim and Janet have been our friends for years. This move was so natural”, reflects Italo Paris.
About Ital Florist Limited
Ital Florist Limited was established in 1976 by President Eligio Paris. Owned by Italo Paris and Ester Mauro the company maintains it traditional European roots with head offices in North West Toronto and a retail show room in Vaughan. The team consists of over 20 employees and has won numerous awards including Consumers Choice Award, Toronto Sun’s Readers Choice Award, and Top FTD Partner.
About Tidy’s Flowers Inc.
Tidy’s Flowers is Canada’s oldest florist, since founding in 1877 in downtown Toronto. The company is known as a leading innovator in the industry and has evolved and adapted from horse and buggy days through two world wars, to on-line sales of flowers. Tidy’s Flowers specializes in serving the floral demands of corporations as well as consumers with innovative floral solutions for key business, social and personal occasions. Tidy’s employs over 20 people at headquarters in downtown Toronto, Ontario and a retail location in the Commerce Court Complex.
Made In Italy - ready to do business, January 2013
What: Made in Italy - ready to do business
When: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Speakers: Vaughan Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua
Alessandro Ferlito, Commercial Director – Novamont SpA
Where: RIVIERA PARQUE
2800 Highway #7 Concord
Rooms: Park IV and V
Our Comment / Solution :
As much as we can we try to involve ourselves with our local community. Wednesday night the Italian Chamber of Commerce has put together a wonderful evening.
We will be there.
Florist For Change Regional Meeting, July 2012
Join us at our Florists For Change regional
information meetings at the beautiful
World Market Center in Las Vegas!
Find out more about this grassroots organization
that is becoming THE voice of traditional retail
florists across the U.S. and Canada!
Join us in the Florists For Change Lounge, suite C0720
Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 11 AM
Monday July 30, 2012 at 11 AM
Free food and beverages, courtesy of World Market!
To attend, complete a free registration at www.wcmlv.com .
Florists for Change Inc. is the ONLY North American Floral
Association that is 100% by, of, and for traditional retail florists,
dedicated to improving the economics of the retail florist by
encouraging industry advertising, providing exceptional consumer value
and promoting equitable trading among florists.
Our member florists must meet four standards – by having:
· Physical, retail, floral storefront
· Retail sellers certificate or appropriate retail license,
· Same day delivery of their own products
· Physical address & phone number listed on their website & all
These standards assure that our members are all real local flower shops.
YOU NEED AN ADVOCATE - WE NEED YOUR HELP
UNITED TOGETHER, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Our Comment / Solution :
Times are always changing and our industry is no different.
As florists we provide delivery service for our clients in town, over borders and across the ocean. Getting this done is not always easy. A group of independent florists is looking at ways to change the economics of these wires services as well as looking at different solutions for our daily challenges in our independent retail florist operations.
Vera Wang Online Catalogue, July 2012
Vera Wang Wedding catalogue is now live on our website. Browse the flowers, order online, or call us ...
Spa Sampler Afternoon, March 2012
Ital Florist invites you and your Bridal Party
to a fun and fabulous
Spa Sampler Afternoon
Qi Tranquility Spa Grand Opening, March 2012
A gorgeous new spa opening at OneHealthClub is Mississauga.
The place looks great...even better with some delicate floral accents. Grand opeing tomorrow night. Good luck girls. See you then.
Ital Florist can now use Master Florists logo from FTD, March 2012
Ital Florist was officially granted the permission to use FTD's Master Florists logo. Only a few outstanding FTD members are allowed to use the logo.
Now representing Vera Wang Wedding by FTD, March 2012
Ital Florist was selected to present the Vera Wang Wedding by FTD collection as a result of its commitment to creating beautiful hand-crafted floral designs and providing professional quality and customer service.
Vera Wang online collection will be available soon ...
Italo Paris, February 2012
Heading to FTD Headquarters in Downer's Grove March 1-2 for two day meeting with the big boys. Seems they are interested in what I have to say.
Will be there with a select group of florists from across the US. Looking forward to a great exchange of ideas on how we can make the industry stronger for everyone.
FTD awarded Ital Florist the 2011 Quality Star Florist, February 2012
Ital Florist Ltd has been awarded an FTD Quality Star rating
for all of 2011. The FTD Quality Star rating is re-evaluated
each four-month directory cycle and Ital Florist successfully
met this esteemed designation's criteria.
Mother's Day!, May 2011
Happy Mother's Day is one of the best celebrations.
No better way to show your love than with flowers.
happy Mother's Day to all the Moms.