Local flower shops see big business for Valentine's Day

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV)-- Workers cut and arrange thousands of flowers at Rose of Sharon Flower Shop in Nutter Fort.

"You just start putting it in and see how that little rose just jumps out of the vase. It makes it look very nice," said Sandra Patterson.

Owner Sandra Patterson said orders for Valentine's Day begin right after Christmas.

"Every product has to be designed and made, which takes hours but it is worthwhile," said Patterson.

Many orders are placed ahead of time, but the biggest surge comes with last minute shoppers. Every arrangement is handcrafted with love.

"You should see some of these guys on Valentine's Day around 4:00 p.m. They come in and they are so sweet. They will say, "I need roses, any kind, any color, anything. Just give me something,"' said Patterson.

Depending on what you want, a few flowers can put a dent in your wallet, but it can still make your sweetheart smile.

"Prices went up this year $4 on a dozen the first time since 2006. We try to keep them where people can afford them because if you send one rose or a dozen it says 'I love you'," said Patterson.

The business boom continues over at Donna's Flower Shop in Summit Park.

"A typical Valentine's Day is crazy for us. We worked all day Saturday and all day Sunday and we will be here all night tonight," said Donna Leeson, owner.

The holiday requires all hands on deck.

"Extra help, extra vehicles, extra drivers," said Leeson.

The most popular item is the traditional red rose.

"I think that's probably the best flower you can buy to say the most for the money. Every young lady needs roses," said customer Tom Rowh,

Once the day of love is over, the work continues by gearing up for the next holiday...Mothers Day.