Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 14, 2014

Area florists face challenges of imperfect storm on the eve of Valentine’s Day

TAZEWELL, Va. — Even with a foot of snow on the ground, the warmth of flowers on Valentine’s Day can melt the heart and fan the flames of many-a-budding romance. Even with the challenge of delivering flowers during a snow storm, local florists are prepared to deliver today.

Kersten Surrett lives in North Carolina now, but up until a few years ago, she lived in Tazewell County and worked at Old Dominion Florists in Tazewell, Va.

“I came up on Tuesday to help with Valentine’s Day,” Surrett said. “They have like a foot and a half of snow down there now so this isn’t too bad.”

Surrett said that she worked at Old Dominion Florists until about two years ago, and she still enjoys the special moments of the season that she experiences.

“We had a guy call this morning from Afghanistan,” Surrett said. “He was sending flowers to his mother and his wife. That was a rewarding experience for me to be part of making that come true for him.”

The weather has had an impact on one of the busiest days of the year for people in the floral business. “This is something that has never happened before,” Sandy Chambers of Princeton Floral said.

“Having a snow storm like this on the day before Valentine’s Day is going to increase the challenge, but we’ll make it.”

Sandy’s husband, Mick Chambers, owns the shop. “This is a laid back business, so we’ll get through this,” Sandy Chambers said. “We’re ready to deliver. If it doesn’t get there today, we’ll get (the delivery) there as soon as we can.”

 — Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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