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MARQUETTE– According to the National Retail Federation, Valentine’s Day costs are projected to top over $20 billion this year. Some U.P. businesses have been prepping for a while for the holiday that’s all about love.
“We start ordering things right after Christmas,” said Ellie Soper, Manager, Sayklly’s The Candy Store. “We have lots of assorted hearts, we have some special Jelly Belly treats, gummies, we did some sea salt caramel hearts because those are really popular.”
Soper says Sayklly’s The Candy Store has been busy since last Friday with people purchasing Valentine’s Day treats.
“It’s one of our busier seasons, yes for sure,” said Soper.
Another traditional Valentine’s Day gift is flowers. Forsbergs… A New Leaf in Downtown Marquette says they’ve had people starting to pre-order about three weeks ago.
“We have more than the normal one or two… I think there’s probably five delivery people that we have so we’re planning ahead for a very busy day,” said Bobby Glenn Brown, Floral Designer.
And while it will be one of the businesses busiest days of the year, Brown says they’re fully ready.
“We’ve gotten a lot of fresh plants,” said Brown. “Beautiful flowers in a variety of colors and styles. Beautiful flowers that will make any arrangement pretty for favorite valentine.”
And no matter what you plan on buying for your special someone, local businesses say it’s best to plan ahead and not wait until the last minute.
“Don’t wait,” said Brown. “We have a large variety of things for you to choose from but they’ll go very quickly.”