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Locally Owned Businesses Make Valentine's Day Sweeter

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By Beth Rousseau.
Florists and candy makers are gearing up for one of the most romantic and busiest days of the year.

For the past seven years Elizabeth Bachura, owner of Somethin' Sweet Gourmet, has been serving up valentine sweets for Binghamton and Johnson City residents.

"Everyone's coming in here for their special sweetheart so we try to make it extra sweet for them," says Bachura

She is just one of many local business owners who have spent countless hours preparing for Saturday's festivities.

Cheryl Fritsch, owner of Flowers by Dillenbecks says, "Actual prepping for the arrangement we start at least 2 weeks in advance."

"We have orders stemming all day today, tomorrow it's been all week actually," says Bachura.

According to both business owners that if you're looking for something extra special for your sweetie, shopping local is the way to go.

Bachura says,"We make everything fresh in house so we make 90% of the chocolates in house by us so we can customize your order and you know it's fresh."

Business owners say that shopping locally for your Valentine treats not only supports the area's businesses but also boosts the local economy.

"We've been locally owned since 1917 so the money that is take in here stays in the area," says Fritsch.

But the thing these business owners pride themselves on most is their dedication to customer service.

Fritsch says, "In the dead of winter everyone wants to have a little bit of life, a little bit of sunshine. We like to send the roses and people love to get the flowers."

"We're her with smile on our faces trying to help out the customers any way and specialize anything we can for them," says Bachura.

Making Valentine's Day a little bit sweeter.