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Local businesses prepare for Valentine's Day

By Laura Halm
Published On: Feb 13 2013 04:58:00 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 14 2013 03:17:36 PM CST

Thursday is Valentine's Day, and it's one of the busiest days of the year for shops specializing in treats for your sweetheart.

Have you checked your calendar yet? Thursday is Valentine's Day, and it's one of the busiest days of the year for shops specializing in treats for your sweetheart.

Roses are red, violets are blue, and employees at Pippin Florist are working especially hard for you according to owner Thomas Pippin. "Valentine's Day, it's two days so you have to really hustle," he told us.

So far about 5,000 roses have been trimmed. A lot needs to be done before fresh-cut flowers transform into bouquets. "We try to cut them, after we cut them we put them in water which we have food that we actually feeds them," Thomas explained. "They need to sit out for a couple of hours before we can ever put them in the cooler."

At Babycakes Cupcakery, about 20 gallons of frosting is being whipped. But that's only one jump-start before the big day according to owner Natalie Shortridge. "We put different little candy toppings on all of our cupcakes and so we want to go ahead and get those portioned out and in containers and ready," she said. "When we frost it we can put the topping on it and go."

Speaking of good eats, the phone lines have been busy with people making reservations at Alison's Restaurant in Abingdon.

There's only so much chopping that can be done the day before; that's why kitchen staff is trying to organize any chaos with extra employees on hand. Adam Glascock is the kitchen manager at Alison's. "We've got soup and salads to make, the dishes to wash," he told us. "Back here we'll be running around but they'll know what they're doing."

And who could forget some sparkle? Over at Goodman Jewelers employees are getting ready for last-minute shoppers according to Michelle Goodman. "We've had tons of new merchandise come in the last seven to ten days so we've got lots of new merchandise out ready for the Valentine's shopper," she said.

If you're curious, you're probably wondering how to get your bouquet to stay fresh. We learned as long as you keep it in a cool area with plenty of water your Valentine's Day bouquet will last a lot longer.