Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Pictou County jewellers and florists get set for Valentine's Day

Pictou County jewellers and florists get set for Valentine's Day

“For years, UPS has helped us spread the love to our customers across the country, ensuring we receive our flower shipments on time and get them in the hands of sweethearts everywhere, ” said Galo Sanchez, executive vice president, The Elite Flower. But people above that age want exotic flowers. In order to make it work, he says he needs a lot of time, preparation, and most importantly, patience.

UPS has announced that it is ramping up its network to deliver an estimated 88m flowers this Valentine's Day. Those aged 36-45 made up 21 per cent of florist spending, 46-55 year olds made up 13 per cent, 56-65 year olds make up 7 per cent and for those over 66 account for only 3 per cent for florist spending. But if you are going out, secure a baby sitter ahead of time and ask them to come an hour early so you can get ready without watching the kids. "I spent a few extra dollars to get the deluxe".

In fact, it appears we're gravitating towards cheaper eats over fancy food, with the average Valentine's Day dinner bill falling to $32 in 2017 from $44 in 2016. The large load provided the company with more than 40,000 stems of roses and thousands of other flowers to sell to their buyers.

"Spoiling your loved one on Valentine's Day shows no signs of slowing down".

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At Bartz Viviano, dozens of orders are being held in a cooler.

Marriage and Family Therapist, Lorinne Burke, said you don't have to go all out for Valentine's Day. Blaire Simmons, a photographer at The Royal Gazette, said: “I use my birthday, which is February 10, as a reminder to prepare for Valentines Day, being that the days are relatively close. Fields has been a florist for over 30 years. "Orchids are really popular, but mostly the flowers".

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

Thanks to the abundant imports this year, rose prices have stayed fairly low.

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Traditional gifts of greeting cards, flowers and an evening out all round out the top gifts for this year's holiday. Both businesses cater to the creative buyer and to those interested in supporting local growers - Tesoro and Sonoma Flower Mart are each clients of the Neves.

"You feel like you do but you probably never do, because things are always changing and evolving", Williams said. An increase of almost seven bucks over a year ago.

They are expected to send out hundreds of orders on the big day.

This is because people - mostly men - buy their gifts at the last minute, says Carolyn Krueger at Foster's Floral Fashions and Carolyn's Floral Designs on 18 Street in Brandon.

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