Frequent Blossom Shop customer Angelo Anderson ordered a bouquet for his wife the day before Valentine’s Day from the Devine Street store. His last-minute purchase cost him more than his usual gifts of flowers due to high demand.
Jon Rogers, the owner of Chocolate Nirvana, has his full staff on hand fulfilling the flood of requests for romantic treats. The current best-seller is the Godiva Cupcake, which is dipped into chocolate ganache after being frosted.
Marsha Holley frosts a cake during the rush of recent Valentine’s orders at Chocolate Nirvana.
Women were already celebrating “Galentine’s Day” during lunch at The Flying Saucer on Senate Street. The all-day event was inspired by “Parks and Recreation” character Leslie Knope’s Feb. 13 holiday to celebrate the love between friends.
By Taylor Halle and Micaela Wendell
Cupid might not be able to keep up with those making the last-minute dash to Valentine’s Day. Many of Columbia’s most popular restaurants are already booked.
Ruth’s Chris manager Grace Stewart said the famous steak restaurant, located in Columbia in the Hilton Hotel in the city’s Vista, was booked six weeks in advance for the romantic day.
“We get people trying to make last-minute reservations, but I think every holiday we’re booked at least a month in advance,” Stewart said. However, some couples might get lucky with probable no-shows.
“Usually we overbook, so we booked over probably by 100 people, and last year we had about 200 people that did not show up,” she said.
Finding those signature chocolate treats and flower bouquets might also be an issue for those in a scramble, and expect the cost to be higher.
Blossom Shop customer Angelo Anderson said the Valentine’s bouquet he bought for his wife of 10 years cost double what the normal price would be because he waited until the day before Valentine’s.
The floral shop employees said the telephone had not stopped ringing all day as they worked frantically in the back creating the bouquets.
At Chocolate Nirvana on Main Street, the entire staff planned to work into the evening the day before Valentine’s Day to bake the cakes that will be iced on Valentine’s Day. The most popular request? Chocolate covered strawberries, which will all be dipped Tuesday to make sure they’re as fresh as possible.
“We have to buy lots of extra supplies just for tomorrow,” owner Jon Rogers said Monday. “We’re filling cakes today and finishing them off tomorrow.”
Although most eateries might be booked for romantic dinners, but many restaurants planned to hold holiday-themed events all day. Flying Saucer planned a “Beer My Valentine” event, which included flights of chocolate beer, as well as a “sourpuss” flight that will feature sour beers for customers that aren’t into celebrating the holiday of love.
Publix grocery stores offered ideas for home-cooked dinner ideas as an alternative to eating out. Among its cleverest ideas: heart-shaped ribeye steaks for that special touch of love.