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Florists gear up for Valentine's Day

By JENNIFER PERYAM - jperyam@h-ponline.com

Hearts are aflutter. Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. Luckily, local florists are ready.

Andrea White, Huntington Nursery and Florist floral manager, worked with other employees Friday to make flower bouquets.

“We started getting orders in February 5. Popular items are roses,” White said. In addition to the traditional red roses, there also are pink, white and yellow to make that special someone smile.

She said roses are popular because they are traditional and mean love.

“Valentine’s Day is a girl day and girls love flowers,” White said.

In addition to roses there are lilies, orchids, hydrangeas and carnations available.

There are eight employees preparing the flowers with two truck deliverers. They expect to do 130 deliveries on Valentine’s Day.

“Mother’s Day is the biggest week around here, but Valentine’s Day is the busiest day,” said White.

They prepare the bouquets and store them in a large cooler area at the business. Every arrangement has a bow. A card can be added with a personal message.

New this year, the business is making floral corsages for 11 married women who live at Miller’s Merry Manor.

She said for those who are looking for additional Valentine gifts options include balloons, chocolates, teddy bears and wind chimes.

Denise James, who has been a florist for 18 years, said she likes to specialize the flowers for each person.

“We want the customers to know we took special attention to create the flowers and make them individual for each person,” James said.

She said her husband gets her chocolate for Valentine’s Day and she buys herself flowers.

Jeannie Myers owns Town and Country Flowers and Gifts with her husband, Rod.

“We typically sell a lot of roses for Valentine’s Day, but we have carnations and daisies,” Myers said.

She said the business received the first order mid-January, a month before Valentine’s Day. There will be seven employees putting together arrangements and four drivers for the big day.

The business is running a special where customers can purchase a romance package of flowers, a teddy bear, balloon, DeBrand Chocolates and a candle for a set price.

“This is a one-stop shop where people can come to get everything for a romantic night or to show someone they care,” Myers said.

Myers said flowers are a traditional gift to give on Valentine’s Day. This is her 20th year working the holiday at the store.

Myers said she loves to see the smiles on customer’s faces.