1-800-Flowers was founded by Granville Semmes and David Snow in 1976. The business went through several transformations and finally prospered when it was sold to Jim McCann, an owner of several flower shops, in 1986.
1-800-Flowers received national attention when it was featured in an ad campaign by AT&T that ran during the 1992 Olympics. The company also advertised on CNN during the Persian Gulf War, a time when the war coverage drew additional viewers to the station.
In the early 1990’s 1-800-Flowers partnered with CompuServe and AOL, and in 1995 registered the domain www.1800flowers.com
In September of 2007, the company announced a partnership with Martha Stewart Living to produce a line of floral products inspired by Martha Stewart.
The company has acquired numerous companies, including Harry & David, FineStationery.Com, Florists.Com, FruitBouquets.Com, and The Popcorn Factory.