Youth Corp Members advertising their roadside rose stand to cars passing by.
One of many stores in Columbia that makes fruit and chocolate assortments for those who plan ahead.
By: Amy Greenspan
Many people spend weeks picking out the perfect gift for their loved ones on Valentine's Day. But for those who that wake up on the morning of February 14th without a present, roadside stands are the perfect place to go shopping.
Laura Martin, a student with Youth Corps, and her classmates,set up a rose stand on Knox Abbott Road in West Columbia to cater to those last minute gift-hunters.
"We have already sold around 600 something dollars," Martin said.
There is another stand only one block away on the same road, that sells not only flowers but also balloons.
People that are looking for professionally made gifts and have not called in advance will most likely be out of luck.
At Edible Arrangements in Five Points, things were hectic. Owner Nick Shepard says he and his staff have been working since Friday morning to get all their orders filled.
"We have had about 500 people place orders over the last few weeks," Shepard says.
And he says about the same amount of people came in on Valentine's morning to try and place an order.
"We try to keep extra things available for those that come in last minute, but it doesn't always happen," says Shepard.
One customer said he had ordered his fruit and chocolate arrangement three weeks in advance.
But luckily for those last minute gift-getters, their loved ones will be receiving more than just a kiss.
Grocery stores, like Bi-Lo, are also popular for last-minute gifts, offering bouquets and balloons.