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1-800-FLOWERS.COM(R) Joins Forces With Grammy-Winning Singer and Songwriter Robin Thicke for a Lesson in Rhythm and Romance This Valentine's

CARLE PLACE, N.Y., Feb 02, 2009 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- Collaboration Introduces the "Sweetest Love(TM) Bouquet" and Launch of Online Sweepstakes

This Valentine's, Grammy Award-Winning singer and songwriter Robin Thicke will join forces with the world's largest florist and gift shop, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. (Nasdaq: FLWS), to give consumers a new reason to celebrate their "sweetest love." With the introduction of a floral bouquet inspired by Thicke's sultry song lyrics and the launch of The Diamonds and Flowers Sweepstakes, the sweet sounds of music merge with fresh floral blooms in an innovative collaboration designed to enhance any Valentine's celebration.

"The pairing of flowers and music is a natural one when it comes to expressing feelings of love and devotion during the Valentine's season," said Jim McCann, CEO and Founder of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. "We are thrilled to join forces with Robin Thicke and combine his talents and our expertise to help people create romantic moments and make loving gestures that will be remembered for years to come."

Considered an ambassador of love, Robin Thicke's melodic sound and emotional lyrics are the inspiration behind the "Sweetest Love(TM) Bouquet" available at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. Reflecting Thicke's musical style and personality, the arrangement combines both traditional and modern elements. Bursting with one dozen fragrant red roses and accented with hypericum, plumosa and salal, the aromatic arrangement is hand tied with an elegant red ribbon for a bold yet heartfelt statement. "When choosing a flower arrangement this Valentine's, be sure to consider the receiver's personality," says Julie Mulligan, Floral Lifestyle Expert for 1-800-FLOWERS.COM. "The Sweetest Love(TM) Bouquet, inspired by Robin Thicke, is perfect for any romantic or sophisticated Valentine."

The Diamonds and Flowers Sweepstakes, which runs through February 14th, invites consumers to visit the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM website and enter for a chance to win prizes from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Zales, Robin Thicke, Gibson Guitar and Fannie May confections. The sweepstakes gives entrants/visitors a chance to win a Grand Prize Valentine's surprise and instant prizes, with a combined value over $20,000! Grand Prize includes a $10,000 shopping spree to Zales, one year of beautiful fresh flowers from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, two concert tickets to award-winning multiplatinum singer Robin Thicke, including the opportunity to meet and greet Robin Thicke, a Fannie May confection gift card and a Robin Thicke autographed Gibson CJ-165 Guitar!

For additional information on The Diamonds and Flowers Sweepstakes, please visit www.1800flowers.com/Vday09

About 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc.

1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. is the world's leading florist and gift shop. For more than 30 years, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. has been providing customers with fresh flowers and the finest selection of plants, gift baskets, gourmet foods, confections, balloons and plush stuffed animals perfect for every occasion. 1-800-FLOWERS.COM(R) (1-800-356-9377 or www.1800flowers.com), is one of the top 50 online retailers by Internet Retailer, as well as 2008 Laureate Honoree by the Computerworld Honors Program and the recipient of ICMI's 2006 Global Call Center of the Year Award. 1-800-FLOWERS.COM offers the best of both worlds: exquisite arrangements created by some of the nation's top floral artists and hand-delivered the same day, and spectacular flowers shipped overnight from its "Fresh From Our Growers(R)" collection. As always, 100% satisfaction and freshness are guaranteed. Also, visit 1-800-Flowers en Espanol (www.1800flowersenespanol.com). The Company's BloomNet(R) international floral wire service provides (www.mybloomnet.net) a broad range of quality products and value-added services designed to help professional florists grow their businesses profitably.

The 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. "Gift Shop" also includes gourmet gifts such as popcorn and specialty treats from The Popcorn Factory(R) (1-800-541-2676 or www.thepopcornfactory.com); cookies and baked gifts from Cheryl&Co.(R) (1-800-443-8124 or www.cherylandco.com); premium chocolates and confections from Fannie May(R) confections brands (www.fanniemay.com and www.harrylondon.com); gourmet foods from Greatfood.com(R) (www.greatfood.com); wine gifts from Ambrosia(R) (www.ambrosia.com); gift baskets from 1-800-BASKETS.COM(R) (www.1800baskets.com) and DesignPac(sm) (www.designpac.com); Celebrations(R) (www.celebrations.com), a new premier online destination for fabulous party ideas and planning tips; as well as Home Decor and Children's Gifts from Plow & Hearth(R) (1-800-627-1712 or www.plowandhearth.com), Wind & Weather(R) (www.windandweather.com), HearthSong(R) (www.hearthsong.com) and Magic Cabin(R) (www.magiccabin.com). Shares in 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under ticker symbol FLWS.

About Zale Corporation

Zale Corporation is a leading specialty retailer of fine jewelry in North America, operating 2,200 retail locations throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as online. Zale Corporation's brands include Zales Jewelers, Zales Outlet, Gordon's Jewelers, Peoples Jewellers, Mappins Jewellers and Piercing Pagoda. Zale also operates online at www.zales.com and www.gordonsjewelers.com. Additional information on Zale Corporation and its brands is available at www.zalecorp.com.

About Robin Thicke

Robin Thicke's first album, A Beautiful World, released in 2003, yielded the hit song "When I Get You Alone," and paved the way for his breakthrough second release, 2006's The Evolution Of Robin Thicke. Now on the way to double platinum status, Evolution's mega hit "Lost Without U" became the #1 most played song in Urban Adult Contemporary BDS and topped four Billboard charts simultaneously: #1 R&B /Hip Hop album, #1 Hot R&B / Hip Hop song, #1 Hot R&B Hip Hop Airplay, and #1 Hot Adult R&B Airplay. TV appearances included the unprecedented distinction of two appearances on Oprah Winfrey - within two weeks.

The award-winning multiplatinum superstar returned to center stage in 2008 with Something Else, a joyful and modern tribute to the '70s soul and pop records that have inspired an extraordinary career. Debuting at #3 on The Billboard 200, Something Else is Thicke's highest charted album to date. Thicke obtained yet another top 10 hit single with "Magic" hitting #2 on the urban charts and urban AC.

About Gibson

Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins and banjos. Gibson's digital guitar, introduced in 2002, represents the biggest advance in electric guitar design in over 70 years. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, MI, and headquartered in Nashville since 1984, Gibson Guitar Corp.'s family of brands now includes Epiphone, Dobro, Valley Arts, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Slingerland, Maestro, Baldwin, Hamilton, Chickering and Wurlitzer. Visit Gibson's website at www.gibson.com.

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