UPS Valentine's Day deliveries land in Louisville

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Local floral shop operators say Valentine's Day is among the top-three holidays in terms of traffic and total sales.

According to the National Retail Federation, big-hearted Americans will spend an estimated $19.6 billion on the holiday, up from $18.2 billion past year.

He said they will be open early and stay as late as necessary tomorrow.

Of course, the cheapest flowers won't always be the best.

"That said, when the older generation do entertain on the big day, they do so in style. We haven't changed our prices I haven't gone up since past year although the cost of the flowers have gone up a little bit.that's mostly because of supply and demand".

Ask Chris Neve about how his Petaluma wholesale flower business is doing heading into the Valentine's Day holiday, and his reply is nearly instant: "Blooming", he said with a laugh. This Valentine's Day, he's doing a lot of color blocking, using in-season flowers like anemones, ranunculus and poppies, and incorporating elements like kumquats and other fruits to keep things fresh.

Shane Holborn, Executive Officer of Australia's Flower Association, said that it was almost impossible for rose producers in Australia to be competitive.

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“For years, UPS has helped us spread the love to our customers across the country, ensuring we receive our flower shipments on time and get them in the hands of sweethearts everywhere, ” said Galo Sanchez, executive vice president, The Elite Flower.

Preparing for the Valentine's Day rush isn't an easy task for local florists. Millennials are also most likely (41 percent) to give a "gift of experience", such as tickets to a concert or sporting event compared to 24 percent in other age groups. "If it's on weekend I think a lot of people say, "Oh we can go to the movies, out to eat dinner" and maybe buy a smaller arrangement because you are going to do all of that".

Mr Holborn said the flower industry in Australia had long held concerns about the biosecurity threat posed by imports. Regardless of how many get scheduled for Wednesday, he'll have a busy day: Murphy also is playing Valentine's parties at Oak Park Place and The Barn Restaurant. Roses are in such demand ... KellyCo Flowers is great business to get a wide variety of flowers and gifts.

The folks over at Serendipity realize that some people have to buy their flowers last minute. This year, he ordered about 9,600 "premium roses", characterized by their height and large head.

Boulton said he is usually happy with the amount of flowers they are able to send out each year.

"The growers have to turn around a month later and be ready for Valentine's Day", Mudge said.

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