Florists gear up for busiest weekend of the year
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) - wITH MOTHER’S DAY JUST AROUND THE CORNER, FLOWER SHOPS ARE EXPERIENCING EXTRA FOOT TRAFFIC.
At Martina's Flowers and Gifts in Martinez, PHONES ARE RINgING OFF THE HOOK AND HANDS ARE HARD AT WORK as they prepare for one of their busiest times of the year.
According to SALES ASSOCIATE, ANGELA KENNEDY, they start preparing at the beginning of May. But, customers begin placing orders as early as march. "THAT IS NOT AN EXAGgERATION, THEY DO BECAUSE THEY KNOW," Kennedy says. "WE USUALLY PUT UP OUR MOTHER’S DAY MENU ONLINE THAT IS WHAT WE’RE OFFERING. WE DO A MENU BECAUSE IT ALLOWS US TO SERVICE THE MOST CUSTOMERS WITH THE BEST QUALITY PRODUCT THAT WE CAN.”
SINCE 1975, MARTINA’S HAS BEEN SERVING HIGH QUALITY FLORALS TO THE CSRA. Kennedy says this mother's day is no exception. FROM GRAB-NO-GO’S TO SPECIAL ORDER BOUQUETS, THE7Y TRY TO SERVE AS MANY customers AS THEY CAN.
"THE PINKS, PURPLES AND REDS ARE ALWAYS POPULAR...YOU KNOW, ANYTHING THAT SHOWS LOVE," Kennedy says. "WE LOVE OUR MOM’S AND WE LIKE TO HELP THEM SHOW IT.”
She says LOTS OF PREParation LEADS UP TO THE BIG DAY from ORDERING FLOWERS, GREENERY AND VASES in bulk to HIRING TEMPORARY HELP AND DRIVERS. "WE WORK WITHOUT A DAY OFF ALL THE WAY THROUGH MOTHER’S DAY AND A DAY BEYOND. SO, IT TAKES A LOT OF LONG DAYS, A LOT OF HARD HOURS. BUT, WE PUT A LOT OF LOVE AND THOUGHT INTO EVERYTHING WE DO.”
BUT, EVEN DURING THE SLOW SEASONS, KENNEDY SAYS IT’S ALL WORTH IT TO HELP THE CUSTOMERs.
THE SHOP STILL HAS LIMITED AVAILABILITY FOR DELIVERIES ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. THEY WILL ALSO HAVE PLENTY LEFT-OVERs ON MONDAY FOR THOSE WHO need last-minute arrangements.
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