Valentine's Day Delays- Thanks to Mother Nature

By Kristen Tripodi

Published 02/14 2014 06:26PM

Updated 02/14 2014 06:35PM

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - It's the busiest day of the year.

“We've already sold out of all the roses we had and we had to get more,” said Steve Juiffre, owner of Chappell’s Florist in South Burlington, VT.

At Chappell's Florist it was all hands on deck for Valentine’s Day to prepare bouquets and get them out the door. The owner Steve Juiffre says because of the weather the florists had to take extra precautions to make sure the flowers were protected.

“We had to wrap everything because it was so windy and cold out. The wind creates other havoc, Like if you have a balloon attached to an arrangement making sure that doesn't break free and fly off on you,” said Juiffre.

Juiffre says they had a few hundred deliveries in the morning and the snow put them behind schedule.

“A run that might have taken an hour and a half to do under good weather probably took two and a half to three hours,” said Juiffre.
After they got caught up they started to do only local deliveries.

“We don't want to put anybody at risk,” said Juiffre.

 While that caused a headache Juiffre says the pick-up orders were plentiful.

“More than normal! I would bet you we had close to 100 pickups that were called-in in advance. But I think a lot of people saw the storm coming and chose to pick it up,” said Juiffre.

Even though some musical Valentines were silenced because of the weather; Mother Nature didn't stop this quartet from singing.

“All of the schools pretty much cancelled, some of those we were able to go to the teachers home and sing for them there,” said Neil Schell, with the Barbershop Quartet.

“We're going to sell over 5,000 roses. Beyond that it’s hard to predict,” said Juiffre.

Whether it was flowers, or a song, people worked hard despite the weather to make this Valentine’s Day a happy one.

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