Florists prep for their biggest day of the year

CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) - Valentine's Day is almost here, and that means local stores are gearing up for the big day.

It's the biggest day of the year for florists.

"So far it's been good," said A Daisy a Day owner Jeff Manuel. "A lot of them shopped early."

Red roses are the most popular item on Valentine's Day, and Manuel's shop ordered over seven thousand roses in preparation for the 14th.  Forty-two workers are preparing arrangements and bouquets to be picked up or delivered in less than 48 hours.

"They're going for anything this year," said Manuel. "The candy, the roses, the bears, the whole nine yards."

And according to Manuel, sales are going better than expected.

"We're a lot better this year, than last year," said Manuel. "Last year was on a Monday or a Sunday, it wasn't that great. When it starts getting to the middle of the week, it always jumps."

Heart Desires florist in Westlake is also experiencing an increase in sales from last year.

"They're tending to just go up and up and up," said owner Amy Canter. "Yeah, we're just loving it. We're staying real busy."

Canter also reminds customers that roses aren't their only option at Heart Desires.

"We have a lot of the mixed flowers and stuff like that," said Canter. "Lilies. And our chocolate strawberries are just awesome this year. So we are offering those too."

Don't forget about the men this Valentine's Day, you can get a super kiss. An oversized Hershey kiss filled with hugs and kisses and a stuffed animal.

Whether it's flower, chocolate, or a singing bear, local florists have just what you need to complete your Valentine's Day.

If you haven't made your orders yet, don't worry, you've still got time. Florists will be open Monday for those last minute shoppers.