By Sharon Still

edible 2Edible Arrangements make great gifts for any day, but especially holidays. Now there is a new location in Riverview that can help area residents impress their friends with beautiful and thoughtful bouquets and gift boxes that are also delicious and fun to eat.

Sister and brother, Cathy Seal and Stephen Buscarino opened their first Edible Arrangements location in the RiverHills Plaza in Valrico in 2006 and its success dictated the desire to open a second store.

“We saw an opportunity with the expansion of Big Bend and the 301 corridor,” said Seal. “There is huge growth with new housing, the hospital, YMCA and more.”

At Edible Arrangements, fruit arrangements and gifts are made fresh daily using only the freshest fruit and gourmet chocolate. Creations are made from strawberries, pineapples, apples, bananas, oranges and pears and are available to be dipped in white and semi-sweet chocolate. There are a variety of bouquets, edible pops and gift boxes to choose from.

No matter what the occasion from birthdays and anniversaries, wedding favors or entertaining, holiday centerpieces or just because, Edible Arrangements has a gift or arrangement to fill the need.

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Party Bouquet, Hello Kitty Friendship Bouquet and Confetti Fruit Cupcake are just a few of the fun themes available.

“Every year, we come out with new products,” said Seal. “We have event-themed, consumable gifts for any occasion.”

For the upcoming holidays, there is a Holiday Star Festival arrangement, a Reindeer Sleigh Ride Bouquet featuring chocolate-dipped strawberries, and for New Year’s, there will be pineapple-shaped 2015 added to select arrangements.

Orders can be picked-up on location or hand-delivered in a refrigerated van. Same day delivery is available.

Edible Arrangements is located in Riverview Bell Plaza at 10273 Big Bend Rd. Hours are 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Areas serviced are from Riverview to Parrish, including Gibsonton, Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Wimauma and Sun City Center. Check it out on Facebook or by visiting Place an order by calling 672-6111.

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