Forget Me Not Florist General Manager Allison Ellis works extended hours during the holiday season and some nights doesn't leave the shop until past midnight.
Local floral shops call in extra help for Valentine's. Forget Me Not Florists have about 13 employees for the holiday.
By Tiffany Lewis
February 14th is a day filled with romance and indulgence for most people. But for a select few, Valentine's Day means hard work and long hours. Floral shops around the country begin preparing for the holiday about a month in advance and work extended hours in the week leading up to the celebration of love.
Allison Ellis is the general manager of Forget Me Not Florist in Columbia. She says weekly work hours jump from 45 to around 70 hours during the holiday and extra help is also called in.
"We kind of get extra help during Valentines," Ellis says, "So design wise we probably have six people, and driving wise we have about six or seven people."
In recent years, the use of online wire delivery services has spiked. This has brought local shops more orders than ever. However, the wire service takes a 15 percent cut of the profit, just for passing along the order.
"Well, we do wire services and we do everything like we should. We treat every order the same. But it is kind of a special touch whenever you walk or call in and order yourself, and then you local business gets the full payment for it. Instead of giving a cut of it to somebody else," Ellis says.
Ellis tells us that most local floral shops depend on what they make during Valentine's to get them through the slow summer months. She encourages people to stay local when ordering their next special arrangement because, for some, that is hard work paid off.