Busiest day of the year for flower shops

By: Jordan Shefte Email
By: Jordan Shefte Email

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WICHITA, Kan. Tillie's Flower Shop employees have their hands full today with eleven hundred orders to fill for Valentine's Day. Getting ready for what they call their biggest day of the year has taken most of the week.

"It starts on Saturday and Sunday when we get our big flower trucks in," said Tillie's Manager and Co-Owner Jenny Barnard. "Saturday, Sunday and Monday we're processing all those flowers. We go through a quick hydration, let them sit for 24 to 48 hours before we even touch them to make them into bouquets."

The shop brought in fifty extra drivers, ten additional designers, and even increased the staff in the sales department.

Their job is made even more difficult because sixty percent of the orders don't come in until the 13th. But drivers started making deliveries at 8:00 this morning to make sure every Valentine arrives on time.

"It's a fun holiday, and a lot of people like to come in and show their love," Barnard said.

Tillie's says they are no longer accepting orders for today, but they do have bouquets still available for purchase at the store.

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