Valentine's Day Treats and Sales
"I saw the idea on Facebook and thought such a gift was very unique", she said. Anything to distract them from doing work for the day. Johnson said the store has a new jewelry line, which drew people looking for Valentine's Day items, and added bringing on rainbow roses also was an appeal for customers.
Carl Cassidy, owner of Lola's Gifts and Flowers in Sheffield, placed orders to vendors almost a month ahead of time. Workers have been getting ready for last minute calls for weeks. Cargo airplanes then fly them directly to the US.
"We're spreading the love", Takiguchi said.
"For a small business, it's a pretty major undertaking".
"We used to sell a lot more teddy bears and toys", Mrs Tuohey said. "They think that makes the biggest impression".
At the end of 2014, roughly 55 producers in eight countries held fair trade certification for flowers and plants, Marron said. "They're like, 'Is it mine?' I love to see people's impressions".
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She said she received orders for five outlandish bouquets so far and normally, it would be the girls who sent such animatic bouquets to their boyfriends. In fact, some florists have also hired auto-rickshaw drivers to meet the rush.
Otto Urban Flowers and Greenhouse, 905 E. State St., will continue offering standard red, pink and white roses - which owner Lynn Urban said are a popular selection - but one growing trend for people seeking to make a statement on Valentine's Day is a rainbow rose.
"It's a big time and we just have to keep going until it's done".
But now with the prices of roses expected to go up by at least 30 per cent or more, florists are left wondering how they would cope.
"When it falls in the latter part of the week, they'll go to the movies, dinner or out of town for a couple of days", Kimbrough said. "You can only do so much that you promised and you'd hate to promise anything you can't deliver". "We'll run a lot of deliveries, and turn it over quickly". Kathy really loves fragrant arrangements, so along with roses and larkspur (two of her other favorites) I always order a flower named "stock" that has a powerful scent of cinnamon and cloves.
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