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OKLAHOMA CITY – Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and while many people are rushing to get last-minute gifts for their loved ones, businesses are gearing up for one of the busiest retail days of the year.

Bob Dery  stopped by Trochta’s Flowers and Garden Center to get his wife a single rose, that’s one of an estimated 200 million roses that are grown each year for Valentine’s.

Dery said, “It’s just a symbol between the two of us because I see us as one.”

Justin Edwards said, “It’s all about love.”

Edwards is a flower designer and is experiencing the busiest week of his year.

He said, “It is like putting a puzzle together.”

Valentine’s week requires months of preparation.

Joshua Glass, vice president of Trochta’s Flower and Garden Center, said, “We’ve already got well over 500 orders for the next three days and that number will probably double between now and Valentine’s Day.”

Every delivery truck and staff member will be on deck this week.

A Consumer Reports study claimed buying directly from a local florist is likely to save you money over online shipping.

For Dery, shopping in person ensures each flower is perfect.

He said, “It will be accompanied with a small note about reminders of what she has done and how much I appreciate her.”