One of the biggest holidays for florists is almost here and two local businesses are ready for it.
This year will be the first Valentine’s Day for new business Harper Rose’s of Perry.
Owner Cherie Welch said they talked to Ruth and Jim Hartman to get an idea of the business they saw for the annual holiday at Hartman Floral. She added that they also have seasoned veterans in place to help with the preparations.
“Since opening in October, everything that we’ve handled so far has been in preparation up to this moment,” Rachelle Boston said. “Between the funerals that we’ve done, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and finally really getting our name out there. I think that we’re really excited and we’re gearing up for it.”
On the other side of the spectrum, Flowers by Donna Jean has been in business for 29 years in Woodward.
Owner Donna Jean Cronk said preparations leading up to Valentine’s Day include ordering flowers, preparing them when they come in and having the containers ready to go.
Some flowers, like daisies and carnations, need to be left out so they open up a bit more, Cronk said. Others, like roses, she likes to have come in closer to the big day so they are as fresh as possible.
As for what the most popular flower is for Valentine’s Day, both shops had the same answer.
“Red roses are of course the number one,” Cronk said.
“Of course the tried and true red rose bouquets, we will have plenty of,” Welch said.
Though Boston added that she likes to put a fresh spin on some of the traditional bouquets. She may use the same flowers, but arrange them in a fun, new way for those looking for something different this year.
Both shops encourage customers to pre-order their Valentine’s Day arrangements. That way, the owners said, the customers have more options.
Cronk had one customer who wanted to order a specific flower that’s not traditional. If the customer had waited until the day of, she said they may not have had the flowers in stock.
Customers can also order from both business websites. Though Boston encourages the customers to call the shop.
“It’s convenient to do it online, but I feel you get a little bit more customization if you call in and I talk to them directly,” she said.
Cronk and Welch said they like to have the freshest flowers available for their customers. Flowers by Donna Jean has some gift items in addition to the flowers.
Harper Rose’s also offers local chocolates from Heavenly Delights, a variety of gift items, Spanish and English Valentine’s Day balloons, along with Spanish enclosure cards.
“So we’re catering to our diverse community, which is awesome too,” Welch said.
Each location will also be offering delivery for Valentine’s Day.
Cronk said Flowers by Donna Jean will be open until at least 6 p.m., while Harper Rose’s will be open late until 7 p.m.
Cronk is looking forward to serving her loyal customers, along with new ones from Woodward and around the area.
“Having those special customers, for them to call you for something special, knowing that you’re going to do a good job for them, you want to take care of them,” Cronk said.
While this year will be a learning curve, Boston is looking forward to meeting more of the community.
“We just opened but I think I’m just so excited again for such a big holiday to finally have people search it out,” Welch said of Harper Rose’s. “I think it’s a really good way to showcase that we’re here.”