The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Top News

February 14, 2014

Local businesses busy in midst of season of the heart

CLINTON — Love is in the air and local retailers are doing what they can to cash in on the Valentine’s Day hubbub.

Florists, jewelers and other Valentine’s Day merchants have ramped up staff members and supplies to prepare for the big day, and while expecting the unexpected comes with the territory, all are feeling confident they have taken the measures to ensure a successful day of love.

“We’ve done it for so many years, it’s like clockwork and we have fun doing it,” Clinton Floral Shop owner Jane Deters said. “Doing this for 70 years, we’ve learned a few tricks.”

In order to prepare her shop and her staff members, Deters ordered nearly 3,000 roses, about 30 times more than her normal order of 100, with the expectation that those roses will not last longer than the weekend.

Already her shop has more than 500 orders of flowers to be delivered today, and she anticipates that number will go up as some of those last- minute shoppers come out of the woodwork.

“We will have five trucks running deliveries,” Deters said. “And it’s because of those late shoppers that we have so many trucks running. We never want to turn anybody down and we usually don’t ever turn anybody down until the afternoon when we just know there’s no way we can do it all.”

Clinton Floral Shop isn’t the only local florist getting bombarded this week though.

Jeanne Borja’s Flowers on 5th also is feeling the pressure of those last- minute romantics trying to find the perfect gift for their special someone.

And to offer a little relief to their customers during this often expensive holiday, Borja and Deters are selling the always popular red roses at regular price.

“I actually don’t up my prices like a lot of florists do on Valentine’s Day,” Borja said. “Because I want my customers to be happy and stay with me as their florist.”

Valentine’s Day is about more than just flowers, though. Diamonds are a favorite as well.

During a season when business has been slow, Don’s Jewelry owner Sheralyn Bartels is happy to see Valentine’s Day come around and that customers are choosing the locally owned business to buy their loved ones jewels for the big day.

“Luckily, this week has been very busy for us,” Bartels said. “There weren’t many people out in January because of how cold it was but people are starting to get out now.”

Bartels said diamonds have still been the No. 1 seller leading up to today.

“We are seeing a lot of diamonds being purchased,” Bartels said.

While flowers and diamonds, chocolates and jewelry are popular gift choices for Valentine’s Day, not everyone is ready to shell out the big bucks for the refined gift selection.

Some people just like to say I love you with a simple, yet sweet greeting card.

Katie Littrell, manager of Guzzardo’s Hallmark in Clinton, has already seen a big rush of shoppers in the past two days, and, if her projections hold true, she expects today will be the busiest day of the week.

“We try to prepare every year for these couple of days,” Littrell said. “We sell a lot of the Valentine’s cards so we expect we will be really, very busy (today.)”

 

1
Text Only
Top News
  • Hawkeyes to offer student tickets to public

    Iowa athletic director Gary Barta says the Hawkeyes will make any unsold student football tickets available to the general public as well on Aug. 1.

    July 25, 2014

  • Old story, new twists in Gaza war

    The third Gaza war is playing out much like the first one more than five years ago: The harrowing civilian toll in Gaza is now at the center of the discourse, eclipsing the rocket attacks by Hamas militants that were the stated reason for the Israeli assault.

    July 25, 2014

  • Official: Hospital gunman intended to kill others

    A psychiatric patient ranted about a hospital gun ban before opening fire at the suburban medical complex, killing his caseworker and grazing his psychiatrist before the doctor pulled out his own weapon and fired back, authorities said Friday.

    July 25, 2014

  • cleaning supplies Don't judge mothers with messy homes

    I was building shelves in my garage when a neighbor girl, one of my 4-year-old daughter's friends, approached me and said, "I just saw in your house. It's pretty dirty. Norah's mommy needs to clean more."

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • PHOTOS: Clinton Junior Baseball 2014 Tournament Winners

    Clinton Junior Baseball 2014 Tournament Winners - Majors, Minors, Pee Wee

    July 25, 2014

  • Foreman calls Iowa murder case a 'slam dunk'

    The foreman of a jury that convicted an Iowa man of killing his pregnant wife says the prosecution's case was a "slam dunk" even if the investigation had flaws.

    July 25, 2014

  • JUST IN: Man shot in downtown Clinton

    A 32-year-old man was shot in downtown Clinton early today.

    July 25, 2014

  • UN school in Gaza caught in cross-fire; 15 killed

    A U.N. school in Gaza crowded with hundreds of Palestinians seeking refuge from fierce fighting came under fire Thursday, killing at least 15 civilians and leaving a sad tableau of blood-spattered pillows, blankets and children's clothing scattered in the courtyard.

     

    July 25, 2014

  • Iowa panel sued for rejecting Cedar Rapids casino

    Former Linn County Attorney Eugene Kopecky has sued the Iowa Racing Gaming Commission over its rejection of the proposed Cedar Rapids casino.

    July 25, 2014

  • 10 things to know for today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

     

    July 25, 2014

AP Video