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Local florists prepare for Valentine's Day

 

February 14, 2018 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Bouquets of Sunshine employee Chanel Retasket puts a bow on one of the bouquets being prepared at the store on Feb. 9

Local floral shops have been preparing for many weeks in the lead-up to the busiest time of the year for them: Valentine's Day.

"It's the busiest 48 hours of the year for us, Feb. 13 and 14," said David Boulton, owner of Arlington's Flowers by George.

Businesses often have to begin thinking about the day in the beginning of January.

Deb Brown, owner of Bouquets of Sunshine in downtown Marysville, said that they begin working to prepare for Valentine's Day many weeks in advance.

"We start making the bows and buying all the bases, hiring extra people, and confirming drivers," she said.

They also send out e-mails to remind couples to get something for their partner.

Boulton said his business begins thinking about Valentine's Day before the end of the year.

"We actually start prepping the thought process just after Christmas," he said. "We have to commit our orders for our suppliers very early in January."

In addition to the flowers there are a lot of other goods that come into the store.

"We bring in all the extra dry goods such as candy, dry goods and vases, and we bring it all and get it prepped and organized," he said.

There is also the work of delivering the flowers, which requires many more drivers than usual, as well.

During their peak Valentine's Day times Flowers by George can have up to eight delivery vehicles out to deliver their bouquets of flowers.

Brown said that the day takes a lot of work.

"It's stressful, but it's fun, we have a lot of fun," said Brown.

She also enjoys working with the people who come in and "making sure that each person gets the perfect bouquet for them ... that it's just right for who they are giving it to, that's really important for me," she said.

It's important to her that the "flowers are perfect for the person that they are sending them to."

Boulton said that his business has worked through many Valentine's Days.

"We've been doing this for almost 50 years and we know what to expect," he said. "We have a great staff that's been with us for a long time and hopefully there's no stress."

Although once Valentine's Day is here, they are usually reminded about the amount of energy it takes to get through it.

Christopher Andersson

Flowers By George owner David Boulton prepares one of the bouquets at his store on Feb. 9.

"Every year we forget how hard we worked when its all said and done," he said.

Boulton said he is usually happy with the amount of flowers they are able to send out each year.

"The amount of orders that we're able to process through and get successfully delivered is always a nice bonus," he said.

Unlike Flowers by George, Bouquets of Sunshine is rather new to the community, having been in the downtown area for about three years now.

Brown said her first year was "excellent, and crazy."

"And the next year was even busier and this one is even more," she said. "People are finding out that we're here, which is great, and we have a lot of return customers."

 

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