clear
Tuesday July 7th, 2015 6:03PM

Snow puts a chill on Valentine floral sales

By B.J. Williams News Director
GAINESVILLE - The snow storm this week has put a bit of a chill on Valentine's Day sales, at least for some local florists.

Corinila Hutson, along with her husband Danny, owns Alene's Flower Cottage in Gainesville, and she said Valentine's Day is typically one of the busiest weeks of the year. She started to worry about this year's celebration, though, as she watched the weather forecast at the start of the week.

"We were picking flowers up on Monday morning and having flowers delivered here Monday, so we had to process flowers on Monday, get them in water," said Hutson. "We're thinking, 'Is this really gonna happen?' and praying that it's not gonna happen!"

Unfortunately, Mother Nature didn't pay attention to the calendar and delivered several inches of snow throughout the day Tuesday into Wednesday. Hutson said she and her staff members were all trapped at home Wednesday, knowing they had lots of work to do, and realizing they were missing orders, too.

"The business is really, quite drastically, off from normal business. I assume people are thinking about the weather and not flowers for Valentine's," said Hutson.

Still, she said the staff traveled to the shop on Riverside Drive Thursday and spent about six hours filling the orders they did have, as well as pre-making arrangements, hoping that they would have plenty of business during the day Friday.

"[People] tend to wait until the last minute to order stuff, so we're just hoping to be prepared around the lunch hour and after 5:00 for people to be walking in here...and [we'll] just have an assortment of things made up from roses to the mixed spring arrangements."





© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
US stocks post sixth straight year of gains
U.S. stocks ended a strong 2014 with moderate declines Wednesday.
4:43PM ( 6 months ago )
Palestinians push ahead in pursuit of war crimes charges against Israel
Stung by a resounding defeat in the U.N. Security Council, the Palestinians announced Wednesday that they joined the International Criminal Court to pursue war crimes charges against Israel.
1:57PM ( 6 months ago )
Business News
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 6 months ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 6 months ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 6 months ago )
Local/State News
Helen removing picnic tables, grills in favor of 'passive park'
The Helen City Commission is united in wanting to clean up Helen Riverside Park, a park intended for residents and visitors to gather and quietly enjoy the area along the Chattahoochee River.
4:08PM ( 1 hour ago )
Habersham Co. sex offender arrested following Amber Alert
SURGOINSVILLE, Tenn (AP) - Police say they have canceled an Amber Alert that was issued for a 14-year-old East Tennessee girl seen with a 41-year-old sex offender after both were found in Virginia.
3:35PM ( 2 hours ago )
Cause of death, identity released in Banks County murder
The Banks County Sheriff's Office has released more details of last week's homicide near Homer.
1:38PM ( 4 hours ago )
US job openings stay high, but actual hiring falters in May
WASHINGTON (AP) — Job openings stayed close to a 15-year high in May. It's a sign that companies are expecting continued economic growth, but the level of advertised jobs hasn't driven the same kind o...
12:46PM ( 5 hours ago )
Clarks Bridge Rd. re-opens after gas leak cleared
A gas leak shut down Clarks Bridge Road near its intersection with Edgewater Drive earlier today, according to authorities.
11:40AM ( 6 hours ago )