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Alpha Floral is delivering its exquisite, hand-arranged floral creations in Montecito and Goleta, offering same-day delivery to fill your celebrations with beauty

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- As the best-rated florist in Santa Barbara, Alpha Floral has won hearts all over the county with its fresh blooms and stunning floral arrangements. Spreading its vines further, the top florists in Santa Barbara also deliver their fresh blooms to the suburbs of Goleta and Montecito.

Whether you are looking for a bright and cheerful bouquet to make someone's day or a tasteful arrangement to express your sympathies or condolences, Alpha Floral's floral artists have all your needs covered.

According to owners Cassie and Gary Marcias, "Alpha Floral believes in creating gorgeous arrangments that bring a smile to someone's face and make them feel treasured. Our bouquets and other floral creations deliver messages of love and celebration, and we do our best to make them feel heartfelt and special."

The flower shop's hand-arranged creations use garden-fresh flowers grown in and around Santa Barbara county, including Roses, Dahlias, Tulips, Sunflowers, Calla Lilies, Hydrangeas, and Orchids, among others.

Located at 1810A Cliff Drive, Alpha Floral delivers its delightful floral creations in the entire Santa Barbara area, including Downtown, Goleta, Montecito, Hope Ranch, San Roque, and the Mesa.

If you're looking for an arrangement that evokes rustic elegance or a modern piece arranged in a minimalistic style, Alpha Floral's floral artists can create custom bouquets that will execute whatever it is you may envision.

Another key feature that endears these florists to their customers is their same-day delivery service which has helped many clients on important events or occasions.

The florist offers delivery services in Montecito (zip codes 93103 and 93108) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Monday through Saturday. They also offer same-day flower delivery for orders placed before 10 a.m.

As per Cassie and Gary Macias, "We love serving our clients in Montecito and feel privileged to have the opportunity to bring beauty to homes, parties, holidays, and a wide range of events. Our elegant and inspired creations are guaranteed to elevate any event or occasion."

Alpha Floral also delivers to residents and businesses in Goleta, even providing custom flower arrangements every week to U.C.S.B. for their numerous events.

They have provided distinguished guests at U.C.S.B. with elegant English garden-style pedestal vase arrangements comprising colorful hydrangeas, roses, cymbidium orchids, and trailing smilax. Their skilled flower designers also have extensive experience in creating sophisticated floral arrangements for guests at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara Resort.

In the words of Cassie and Gary Marcias, "We have been making floral deliveries in Goleta for several years now. It's a family-friendly place with loads of events and celebrations and we feel privileged to be able to contribute towards them with our floral creations."

Alpha Floral also delivers between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Goleta. They offer same-day delivery on flower orders that are placed prior to 10:30 a.m. Their team delivers their fresh floral creations in pristine condition to residences and businesses in the 93111, and 93117 zip codes in Goleta.

Alpha Floral also hand-delivers flowers to intended recipients to make them feel special and treasured. The shop further sends customers a photograph of the final arrangement before sending it to the intended recipient.

With Christmas approaching fast, they are all set with special creations for fall festivities, including festive floral centerpieces and decorations.

View example Christmas Designs: https://alphafloralsb.com/santa-barbara-florist-flower-delivery/occasions/christmas/.

Cassie and Gary Macias are particularly proud of their floral bouquets, specially crafted for the upcoming holiday season.

You check out their extensive range of floral bouquets and gifting options and order them online at: https://alphafloralsb.com/.

If you wish to place an order for flower delivery in Montecito and Goleta, you can call them at: (805) 965-5156.

Weddings and Custom Arrangements:

You can also fill out this form to request a custom creation for delivery: https://alphafloralsb.com/custom-flower-arrangements/.

If you're seeking a floral partner to design your dream wedding, you can also book a free consultation here: https://alphafloralsb.com/consultation/.

About Alpha Floral-Established 1935:

Winners of the Readers Choice Award for Santa Barbara in 2015 and 2017 for Best Florist, Alpha Floral also offers weekly in-home and office flower delivery and is well-known for its expertise in providing flowers for weddings, parties, funerals, and all kinds of events!

They are also a premier florist on BloomNation, a widely-trusted community marketplace that enables people to list, discover, and send uniquely-fashioned bouquets handcrafted by local florists across the country. The platform allows them to reach out to an even wider audience and help them celebrate their loved ones.

Whatever the message you wish to convey, Alpha Floral has the flowers to tell your story.

Alpha Floral, 1810A Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA, 93109.

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Modern Exploration Society Calls for Proposals for $15,000 Pathfinder Prize

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Hidden Compass, a women-founded media company and modern exploration society, has just announced a call for proposals for their first annual Hidden Compass Pathfinder Prize. The $15,000 prize will fund a curious team of modern explorers and allow them to share their discoveries with the public.

Hidden Compass is accepting proposals through July 20 at which point a panel of experts will review the submissions and select three finalists. Hidden Compass co-founders Sivani Babu and Sabine K. Bergmann, who will also serve on the advisory panel, say they're looking for one thing: creativity.

"We're interested in exploration in all its forms," says Babu. "We want the types of proposals to be as diverse as the people who submit them. Because in the 21st century, everyone should be able to be an explorer. So whether these expeditions touch on history, science, art, ethics, or something else entirely, we welcome them - and look forward to finding something we didn't even know we were looking for."

Innovation is not only welcome in the proposals but is also driving the process of selecting the winner. After the panel of experts selects the finalists, expedition teams will pitch Allies - members of Hidden Compass's modern exploration society, The Alliance. Allies will then vote to decide the winner, who will be announced at Hidden Compass's virtual Ethos of Exploration Event in late 2022.

The Pathfinder Prize is a nod to the days of old, when exploration societies funded grand expeditions. But while expeditions of the past often held conquest as a goal, the modern journey funded by the Hidden Compass Pathfinder Prize is intended to set its sights on curiosity.

Since its founding in 2017, Hidden Compass has pioneered ways for audiences to participate in both journalism and exploration. Drawing inspiration from farm-to-table trends in the food industry, Hidden Compass: The Magazine invites audiences to see and support where the stories they read are coming from. In 2020, the publication became the first in the world to host patronage campaigns for every journalist it publishes - on top of the storytellers' article pay.

"Modern media companies really miss the mark when it comes to honoring readers, storytellers, and explorers," says Bergmann. "Right now, we live in an era of clickbait and cynicism where we focus on humanity's greatest problems, rather than our greatest opportunities. We're different. We're ending the era of junk food media by uniting audiences with the humans, causes, and possibilities behind award-winning stories and groundbreaking expeditions."

More information: https://www.hiddencompass.net/pathfinder-prize

About Hidden Compass:

Hidden Compass is an independent journalism outlet and modern exploration society transforming the way audiences participate in journalism and exploration. Co-founders Sivani Babu and Sabine K. Bergmann, who have 25 years of experience in journalism and publishing, launched Hidden Compass in 2017 as an alternative to unhealthy, clickbait-laden content - what they call "junk food media." In 2020, the company pioneered a unique business model, leveraging patronage campaigns to increase journalists' pay and audience participation. The following year, readership grew by more than 40 percent, and Newsweek named Hidden Compass a finalist in its Future of Travel Awards. Learn more at https://hiddencompass.net .

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Jeremy Berlin Named Editorial Director at Hidden Compass

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Hidden Compass, a women-founded media company uniting audiences with the humans, causes, and possibilities behind award-winning stories of exploration, has added another seasoned editor to its staff. The California-based startup recently announced Jeremy Berlin as its editorial director.

As a former writer and editor for publications such as National Geographic magazine, The Atlantic, and Atlas Obscura, Berlin brings more than 20 years of journalism experience to Hidden Compass. He has reported on topics from Atlantic walruses to Sicilian mummies to Chinese mathematics. His hire demonstrates the company's continued commitment to the editorial excellence that has catapulted its award-winning digital magazine onto the national stage. In 2021, Newsweek named Hidden Compass a finalist in its Future of Travel Awards.

"I'm honored and excited to join this crack squad," says Berlin. "Roughly half the stories we run win awards or are anthologized, so I'm clearly inheriting a small-but-mighty title. My aim is to both uphold that excellence and help Hidden Compass take it to the next level - to grow the brand editorially, publish diverse new voices, and tell new stories that delight and inform our dedicated, discerning readership."

"The old publishing model, beset by shrinking budgets and attention spans, is dying," says Berlin. "But Hidden Compass's approach, which privileges immersive exploration and intellectual curiosity over clickbait and algorithms, is what can allow it to thrive and flourish."

Hidden Compass continues to pave the way for the future of exploration journalism. The startup now boasts a podcast, virtual events, and The Alliance - a modern exploration society.

"We built The Alliance to address the existential FOMO of our Allies and give them access to something bigger than themselves: a like-minded community, a vote and a say in the expeditions we fund, opportunities to meet explorers, and an invitation to explore the frontiers of human knowledge," says co-founder Sivani Babu.

The co-founders are thrilled about the growth of both The Alliance and their flagship publication. "With an experienced, award-winning journalist and editor like Jeremy at the editorial helm, we're confident that Hidden Compass will lead a new generation of publications that are profitable - not in spite of championing journalism and hope, but because of it," says co-founder Sabine K. Bergmann.

More information:
https://www.hiddencompass.net

About Hidden Compass:

Hidden Compass is an independent journalism outlet and modern exploration society transforming the way audiences participate in journalism and exploration. Co-founders Sivani Babu and Sabine K. Bergmann, who have 25 years of experience in journalism and publishing, launched Hidden Compass in 2017 as an alternative to unhealthy, clickbait-laden content - what they call "junk food media." In 2020, the company pioneered a unique business model, leveraging fundraising campaigns to increase journalists' pay and audience participation. The following year, readership grew by more than 40 percent, and Newsweek named Hidden Compass a finalist in its Future of Travel Awards. Learn more at https://hiddencompass.net/

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Hidden Compass Invites Public to Partner with Storytellers in Unprecedented Journalism Model

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- This week, Hidden Compass, an award-winning quarterly magazine on exploration, became the first media company in the world to host crowdfunding campaigns with every journalist they publish.

"We're betting our future, and our hopes for journalism, on the idea that the public will embrace the opportunity to meet and support individual journalists," says Co-founder, Sabine K. Bergmann.

Hidden Compass launched their pioneering business model on October 13th, through a fresh website and a new issue that celebrates journalists as heroes. Each contributor will receive their share of crowd-funding proceeds on top of the magazine's pay rates. The mission is to turn nerds - like journalists, scientists, artists, and explorers - into household names.

The new model allows Hidden Compass to publish without relying on clicks, targeted advertising or selling user data. Drawing inspiration from farm-to-table trends in the food industry, the publication invites audiences to see and support where the stories they read are coming from.

"We are in the era of junk food media," says Co-Founder Sivani Babu. "But we see a future where publications don't have to enable our addiction to clickable content. We see a future where journalism is sustainable. Hidden Compass is the first step towards that future. We're the antidote to clickbait."

More information: https://www.hiddencompass.net

About Hidden Compass:

Hidden Compass was founded in 2017 and is based in Santa Barbara and Berkeley, California. It was co-founded by award-winning journalist and photographer Sivani Babu and award-winning journalist and editor Sabine K. Bergmann. Hidden Compass is a publication that showcases scientists, explorers, artists and journalists, and invites the public to partner with these heroes.

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The Medicare Resource Center Now Open in Santa Barbara

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- The Medicare Resource Center - created by AMA Insurance Agency, an unbiased insurance agency that works with major insurance companies to offer Medicare supplement and Medicare Advantage plans - has opened its Santa Barbara location at 121 South Hope Ave., Unit A101, in La Cumbre Plaza. The store's insurance agents are dedicated to educating Medicare-eligible individuals on all of their options at no cost.

Choosing a Medicare plan is one of the most important decisions any American 65 and older needs to make. It is also one of the most confusing. Unfortunately, in this time of Covid-19 it is also harder to find answers due to closures of Social Security offices, Senior Centers, and Libraries. But not anymore.

Due to the complexities surrounding Medicare enrollment, The Medicare Resource Center provides impartial advice while highlighting different benefits and premiums from a variety of insurance companies. Licensed agents offer in-store appointments, as well as over-the-phone and safely done home appointments to aid eligible residents in finding the best insurance plan for their needs.

"It's a much-needed resource, particularly for those just turning 65 who have lots of questions and are being inundated with aggressive marketing campaigns from health plans that all look and sound alike," said American Marketing Administrators President Neil Booth. "This unique Resource Center will help consumers discern the different types of Medicare insurance available to them (Medigap, Advantage, Prescription) and explore Medicare plans that best meet their specific needs, preferences and budget."

The new Medicare Resource Center is particularly timely as the current pandemic has created a new collection of Medicare-eligible individuals seeking coverage-seniors who chose to continue working past age 65 and now find themselves suddenly unemployed due to layoffs or business closures.

"These newly uninsured seniors comprise one of the tragic but seldom talked about consequences of the coronavirus," said Booth. "These seniors had coverage under their employer's health insurance but now need to quickly enter the individual insurance market and shop for a Medicare plan. The Medicare Resource Center can help them through the process so they don't lose precious time, becoming Medicare eligible with appropriate coverage."

During the one-on-one appointments, agents explain Original Medicare, then discuss how Medicare insurance plans like Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplements, and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans work. Agents also provide a full review of prescription drug plans to ensure that residents are not overpaying for their prescription drug coverage.

The Medicare Resource Center works with most national and regional providers of Medicare products.

To learn more about Medicare eligibility, residents are also invited to attend one of many free 45-minute-long information webinars. Call 888-600-1432 for more information, or to make an appointment to talk with an Agent.

More information: https://www.medicarebyama.com/

About American Marketing Administrators Inc. Insurance Agency:

American Marketing Administrators Inc. Insurance Agency is headquartered in Calabasas, California. AMA and its hundreds of independent agents throughout CA are focused on helping Seniors understand Medicare and its many complexities.

Media Contact:
Neil Booth
818-455-2649
neil@coveredama.com

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Katie Knorovsky Named Managing Editor at Hidden Compass

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- In an era where most publications are shrinking, Hidden Compass, an award-winning quarterly magazine on exploration, is expanding. This week, the California-based startup is announcing Katie Knorovsky as its new managing editor.

With roughly 15 years of experience writing and editing for the National Geographic Society, Knorovsky brings a wealth of knowledge to Hidden Compass. Her hire marks a significant step toward the publication's unveiling of an innovative crowd-funded model in the fall.

"After three years of deep involvement with the stories that appear in our magazine, Co-founder Sabine Bergmann and I are ready to hand the reins to another editorial expert," says Co-founder Sivani Babu. "Having Katie Knorovsky shepherd our pieces through the editorial process will allow us co-founders the time to really gear up for our big launch in the fall."

Though Hidden Compass is barely three years old, its quarterly stories have already earned more than a dozen travel writing awards and have been recognized by The Best American Travel Writing series. But it's the company's business structure that has paved the way for growth. The founders are working to break the publishing industry's over-reliance on user data and advertising revenue by creating what they call an "antidote" to clickbait.

"I connect deeply with the Hidden Compass mission and am thrilled to join the team," Knorovsky says. "Now more than ever, helping to expand the world through narrative travel journalism is a privilege I am honored to take on."

Knorovsky is primed to help chart the course of this promisingly unconventional publication. Having championed the expertise of countless global explorers, from space archaeologists to glaciologists, Knorovsky is no stranger to what drives Hidden Compass' co-founders.

"Every day, we're getting closer to realizing our mission: to not only introduce you to the heroes you should have, but invite you to partner with them," says Co-founder Sabine Bergmann. "Katie Knorovsky will help us make badass nerd the new flavor of influencer."

More information: https://www.hiddencompass.net

About Hidden Compass:

Hidden Compass was founded in 2017 and is based in Santa Barbara and Berkeley, California. It was co-founded by award-winning journalist and photographer Sivani Babu and award-winning journalist and editor Sabine Bergmann. Hidden Compass is a publication that showcases scientists, explorers, artists and journalists, and invites the public to partner with these heroes.

Related link: https://www.hiddencompass.net

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