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Florists gear up for Valentine's Day

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) – This is one of the busiest weeks of the year for Florists. Sunday is Valentine's Day and that means overtime for florists. More employees have been hired, more flowers ordered. Now, they are just waiting on last minute customers to place their orders.

You want it, they've got it. "Chocolates, bears, just about anything you're looking for," said Ron Carter, at Always Flowers and Gifts.  Flowers, balloons, even Fritos can be sent to your loved ones for Valentine's.

Carter said it is, "One of the biggest days we have."

At Always Flowers and Gifts, arrangements are being made for the customers who will certainly come. Carter said, "We've got orders coming in slowly right now. Most people wait til the last minute, we rather they didn't, but that's just the way it happens."

The good news is that Florists will be prepared. "We'll have two or three extra people today, and all week, I'll add more employees," said Anne Gray, owner of Hadden's.  She has hired six extra delivery drivers who will work getting the sweet treats to folks all through the weekend, even on Valentine's Day which falls on a Sunday this year, but the busiest day for deliveries should be Friday.

Gray said, "With it being on a Sunday, everybody's doing it early. It'll be on Friday, will be the big day." And this is a big day for Florists, one of their most important of the year.

Gray said, "We make most of our money Christmas and Valentines."

Carter said, "About two thirds of our business comes from Valentine's Day." You can send the most popular gift, red roses, or something on a smaller scale.

Gray said, "You can spend $10 or you can spend $1,000."

And while they're hopeful you'll order early, "Most people wait until the last minute." they'll be here waiting for those last minute orders.

Even though Valentine's is on Sunday, several florist plan to make deliveries that day.

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