Happy Valentine's Day!

ELMIRA, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - February 14 th, otherwise known as Valentine's Day is typically celebrated by people showing their love and compassion for someone by buying them gifts, especially flowers. And Valentine's Day 2018 is no exception, it's estimated that Americans will spend a near record 19.6 Billion dollars this year on gifts and flowers.

This morning a delivery driver for Flowers by Christopher's said deliveries have increased dramatically. "I've done almost 30 today, and there's 3 vehicles doing deliveries today," He said. Customers were also stopping by the shop to pickup their orders as well.

"Getting some flowers for my girlfriend," Said Matthew Tiffany, he continues by saying, "I've been coming through these guys I think for the last 4 years, and I mean they do a really good job so.."

Typically the flower that comes to mind on Valentine's Day are roses. However, according to Teesia Payne from Flowers by Christopher's, there are many other options to consider as well. 

"We had little cubes, little cups that we fill with flowers, which are quick, come in grab them go!" Said Payne, "We've got the cash and carry mixed arrangements which are nice, a little variety, and then the mixed roses and stuff like that those are the quick 'I kinda forgot, I gotta grab real quick' and lilies, lilies are a big seller too."

Flowers by Christopher's, as well as other flower shops, have been prepping for this day since Friday, but if you didn't get in on buying any flowers for this Valentine's Day there is another holiday coming up that is busier than this one. "Prep is what is- takes a while," Said Payne. "You know, Christmas season is spread out throughout the whole month, Valentine's Day is right all at once, Mother's Day is also one of the busiest times that we have."

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