“Sometimes, guys forget,” Local florists see increase in Valentine’s Day orders

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Some local florists said they’ve seen an increase in Valentine’s Day orders this year.

For florists all over the country, Valentine’s Day is the busiest day of the year.

"We start pre-ordering weeks ago. So, we start calling all of our customers that ordered last year, reminding them that Valentine's is coming up because, sometimes, guys forget, believe it or not,” said Kent Whitnah, owner of Capitol Hill Florist & Gifts.

Whitnah said, each year, he brings in extra people to help prepare and deliver orders, with a fleet of 17 trucks running non-stop.

"I bring in nieces, nephews. My three kids took out of school today. Brothers, sister-in-laws, they're all out delivering,” Whitnah said.

Whitnah said, when Valentine’s Day falls on a week day like it did this year, it helps with sales.

"The big deal about flowers is getting them delivered to work, and they're not at work on Sunday,” Whitnah said.

Whitnah told NewsChannel 4 he’s noticed about a 30 percent increase in sales this year, making the busy holiday that much more enjoyable.

"It's great to hear the reports back from the delivery guys who've really made somebody's day by delivering flowers,” Whitnah said.

Whitnah expects their Valentine’s Day sales to total more than 1,200 orders.


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