ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – As time draws near for Valentine’s Day, Abilene’s local businesses in the flower and candy industries are ready for to keep up on the holiday to celebrate your love.
The main gifts on demand are your typical flowers and chocolate. 25-year-old Abilene confectionary, The Chocolate Box, called all hands on deck this year to keep up with local demand.
“All of our family that is here in town comes and helps, from dipping strawberries to help running the register to making baskets. It probably takes a good month or so ahead of time to be ready for the week,” said Amanda Perrydore one owner of The Chocolate Box.
This Valentine’s Day, Texans are expected to lay down about $58 on gifts for their beloveds, according to a Casino.org study. This $58 expectation is about 14% higher than the national average. They do say “Everything is bigger in Texas,” and that includes love! While flowers made number three on the list of most requested Valentine’s Day gifts, a romantic dinner was the number one pick.
Trisha Betz, owner of Flower Boss, told KTAB/KRBC how busy her new year has been, spending her days planning for the special day:
“Lots of just prepping and ordering, and just getting everything organized and making sure we have enough inventory, and ordering all the different flowers and selections,” Betz listed. “We’ve order over a thousand roses, if that tells you anything, and that doesn’t include the tulips and the daisies and the sunflowers.”
Since businesses like these become busy, Perrydore advised it best to order ahead and plan what you’re getting.
“Planning ahead is always easier because you make sure you get exactly what you want and you don’t have to worry about it being sold out or us running out of something, but we are always expecting those last-minute shoppers to come by,” assuaged Perrydore.
If you think the traditional V-Day gift of flowers and candy may be getting old, these business owners would say otherwise.
“The way to your heart is through your stomach, and who doesn’t love chocolate,” Perrydore laughed. With a smile, Betz added, “[Flowers] signify love, and it’s just a great way to express your love for someone. They’re beautiful and they smell wonderful.”