Economy Killing Valentine's Day?

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

Roses are red Violets are blue, is the slowing economy hurting flower shops too? Jimmie Downer, owner of Flowers by Jimmie says maybe just a bit. "Cutback a little but we seem to think that they're going to buy."

Downer is getting ready for the valentines day rush. Even though her flower order this year was a bit smaller than last she says flower power still holds sway during Valentine's day. "Flowers just make everybody happy," says Downer.

Downer goes on to says its not that people are buying less flowers, they're just buying the arraignments that cost less. "They were more in the $75–80 dollar range and now we are going down to the more $50 range," says Downer.

Across town at Johnson's House of Flowers they are predicting the same outcome this Valentine's day as well. "I just don't know if they will be as extravagant and buy three dozen flowers and balloons and teddy bears," says Lori Ellis with Johnson's.

Another factor is that Valentine's day is on a Saturday, usually a slower day as the holiday goes. Which means there will be more deliveries on Friday. "It has to be in the office it has to be at the point of business for everyone to see," says Rich Emerson, owner of Johnson's.

While sweethearts may be scaling back they will still be buying, which means place your orders as soon as possible but if you do happen to wait till the last minute both stores say to stop by and they will take care of you the best they can.


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