Businesses Beginning to See Valentines Rush

Businesses Beginning to See Valentines Rush

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Keith McCord ReportingAttention men! You have about a day-and-a-half to get your Valentine's Day purchases taken care of. Don't feel bad about procrastinating-- everybody does it.

When Valentines Day approaches, Lorraine Tennant never stops moving at the Mrs. Cavanaugh's Candy Shop in North Ogden. There was a constant stream of customers today, both inside and at the drive-thru window.

Lorraine's mother is the "Mrs" in Mrs. Cavanaugh's. Lorraine says this was a busy day, but it's only the beginning.

Lorraine Cavanaugh Tennant: "But the day before is a little bit more hectic because people are more choosy because they want to special pack. The day of, they'll take anything you offer them."

Flower shops are also hopping, selling roses by the thousands. This is the busiest week of the year for most stores.

Rhiannon Smith, Mgr. Flower Patch: “Tonight and tomorrow night we’re going to be up pretty late, anywhere between midnight at three a.m.”

Flowers, cards, candy -- all staples for February 14th. And you can add "websites" that specialize on getting single people together.

Holly Janney uses the web to help advertise her company: "Dining to Meet You". She puts single professionals together on group dinner dates. She says business spikes as Valentines Day approaches.

Holly Janney, Owner, Dining to Meet You: "Mostly people are anxious to fall in love because it's that time of year. And they get so many reminders, from shopping in the store to everything on TV is about Valentines Day."

And around the nation:
--Las Vegas will perform more than 4,000 weddings this weekend.
--Post offices in places like Valentine, Nebraska and Loveland, Colorado will put special postmarks on thousands of Valentine cards.
--And we love the story about the Army captain in Iraq, who sent an e-mail to a billboard company back home and asked them to put up a giant Valentine for his wife.

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