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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - If you haven't bought flowers or chocolate for your sweetheart, you better hurry.     Valentine's Day is Monday.    

This weekend will bring big business for florists and specialty shops.

Rick and Elaine Barrett are preparing for the onslaught of calls they are expecting through Monday to get flowers delivered to sweethearts.  In addition to their normal workload, preparing arrangements for churches and other events, rose bouquets and specialty plant baskets are being put together.

The phone started ringing steadily this morning and should continue throughout the weekend. 

Flowers aren't the only rage for Valentine's, baskets and sweet treats are on the menu at the Cakery and Celebrations by Wanda.

Both businesses tell us that Valentine's Day falling on a Monday is good for the bottom line.

Elaine Barrett said, "It's a big day.  It's one of the busiest days usually with it being on Monday and everybody being at work it will be a great day.  Everybody wants to surprise their sweetheart at work and that's what we're hoping for.  We're getting ready."

Michelle Oakes said, "Having it on a Monday, they can pick up their goodies, their flowers, their cakes, whatever and have them for Friday night, Saturday night or even Sunday and then if somebody did, God forbid, forget their sweetheart, if they need to come and get something Monday too."

Both businesses say you can make a last minute request, but the earlier the better to get your delivery made on time.  The number one flower for the big day is still red roses, a classic.  But they have lots of other flowers to choose from at any price range.    

Most florists will have extended hours through the weekend to meet customers' demands.

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