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Local Businesses Prepare for Valentine's Day

Some love it, some hate it, and some love to hate it. But no matter how you feel about Valentine's Day it's on its way, and local businesses are getting ready.

"We're obviously ordering a ton for that night," said Kimberly Vavra, manager at Cortese.

"Making lots of jewelry for Valentine's day," said Whitney Tuttle, manager at Emil's Jewelry.

"We usually work long hours 2 to 3 days before, preparing vases and arranging roses," said Mary Morley, manager and owner of Angeline's Flowers.
 
Local shop owners say this is one of their biggest holidays of the year.
 
"We anticipate this night all year long," said Vavra.

And they're not the only ones..
 
"We still have a couple more weeks until Valentine's Day, but guys are already in here getting their loved ones something special," said Tuttle.

From jewelry, to chocolate, to dinner plans...
 
"Glass of wine, champagne, seafood is a big hit," said Vavra.
 
And of course the number one Valentine's Day staple: roses...
 
"I mean we sell colored roses, but red is it for Valentine's Day," said Morley.

Over half of Americans will buy red roses for Valentine's Day, and local florists say they're already receiving orders for the big day.

"We get the guys that they want to make sure they've got their 12 roses set aside for them for that day," said Morley.
 
On average a couple will spend $116 on gifts, dinner, and flowers for Valentine's Day. But don't worry if you haven't started making arrangements. The official countdown gives you 19 days to plan the perfect evening.

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