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Valentine's Day customers showing 'love' to flower, chocolate shops

February 14, 2018 01:55 PM

A recent survey finds about 62-percent of adults say they will celebrate Valentine's Day. There are an estimated 88 million flowers being delivered. Rizzo's House of Flowers in Cohoes has been busy these last few days, working to keep up with the big Valentine's Day demand.

Cathy LaBarge has been working hard to strip thorns off roses for the next bouquet.

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"I would have to guess, but probably a couple thousand at least," she noted.

When asked if there was a technique, she responded, "Yes, be careful so that you don't get thorns in your fingers."

"We call on a bunch of friends to come in, help out. We probably have 10, 12 people on the road with the deliveries, trying to get all the businesses taken care of first. Then, we'll get into the residentials," explained Louis Rizzo co-owner of Rizzo's.

"From bouquets, to balloons to bears – and all that goes with it. A record $19.5 billion will be spent on this day.

Up the block at Cake Street Sweets, they have chocolate-covered strawberries, strawberry champagne bites and red velvet cupcakes.

"We're going to be putting out some flowerless chocolate cakes with cherry filling and chocolate tuile decorations, peach crème brulée – all kinds of goodies," noted Kayla Renfroe, the owner of Cake Street Sweets.

Fifty-eight million pounds of chocolate will be sold this week alone.

In Schenectady, Uncle Sam's is doing its part. One customer was getting a mixture of candy that included pineapples and milk chocolate along with strawberries and white chocolate. Another customer was getting cashew clusters and peanut butter fudge.

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