Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Economy | By Melissa Porter

What are the Most Purchased Items for Valentine's Day this Year?

What are the Most Purchased Items for Valentine's Day this Year?

The shop has been taking orders since the beginning of January, and of course, the day before the big holiday. Valentine's Day preparations are in full swing at local businesses in Toledo.

"We usually start out asking what the recipient's favorite flower is, what their favorite color is, but usually on Valentine's it's the red rose", Willoughby said.

As Valentine's Day approaches, a florist's schedule can be wrapped up in one word, used multiple times.

Showing your partner you love and appreciate them can take a lot of planning sometimes but if you haven't made plans yet it doesn't mean you're out of luck.

"Hand pick out the very best that we can find", said Nelson.

In 2017, Ecuador delivered 14,300 tons of flowers in the weeks leading up to Valentine's Day and this year exports were forecast to surpass 15,000 tons.

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

"You get the gentlemen who will get flowers for their wives and they will one or two for their little girls", Mrs Swift said. Mike Regas, a salesman with the company, says their Reno-Sparks location sells flowers from Ecuador to retail shops in a market-type setting and also through delivery to stores in Nevada and the Sierra.

McKean-Makin said one trend she has noticed in business as Valentine's Day approaches is that people shopping at McKean's aren't always shopping for gifts that specifically celebrate romantic love.

On Valentine's Day, the staff is working overtime. Fields has been a florist for over 30 years.

"No matter what we do they are still there for us, and especially on days like this, they should be remembered for everything they do for us", Hernandez said.

To make sure their flowers are fresh and ready for their buyers, they unpack each and every bunch, chop off a portion of the stems and keep the flowers hydrated in cool conditions. "Orchids are really popular, but mostly the flowers. You have discernible income at that point and want to make the occasion special", said Krauss.

"A favorite here in St. Cloud, we have a bouquet that's called lilies and roses and it's got the large stargazer lilies in combination with roses, so it makes up a attractive, fragrant bouquet".

Businesses that specialize in jewelry also see a spike in activity as February 14 approaches. In exchange for the almost three dozen volunteers, Garner makes a contribution to those three groups. A delivery truck stopped around 3 Baraboo Floral on East Street, which this week ordered six to seven times its normal level of daily inventory.

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