Countdown to Valentine's Day

21:14, Feb 12 2013
Valentine's Day - Alex Phipps
Alex Phipps of Forget-Me-Not flowers in Downtown prepares for Valentines Day.

Love will be in the air for couples and Manawatu businesses are rushing to be prepared for the annual celebration of romance.

For those who have forgotten, Valentines's Day is tomorrow.

Forget Me Not florist owner Alex Phipps said having Valentine’s Day fall on a Thursday had helped ramp up business this year.

‘‘On a Friday people would go for dinner then maybe go away for the weekend.

‘‘Thursday is always a massive day.’’

While people would always ask for the classic group of roses, she said there were other options.


‘‘We have sold lots of love bunches. They’re a selection of beautiful blooms which are around at the moment with a rose in the middle.

‘‘You’ve still got that touch of Valentine’s and a nice selection.’’

Miss Phipps said she had stock coming in every day, but getting in early was always advised.

‘‘We do first in, first served.’’

Village Wine Trader owner Duncan Win said he had seen sales lifts on specific products.

‘‘We sell a bit more rose and pink bubbly.

‘‘But the day is mainly about roses and restaurants.’’

Village Wine Trader supplied the restaurant trade, and Mr Win said orders always went up in anticipation of a rush.

Bella’s co-owner Karl Austen said Valentine’s Day was almost always fully booked, but came with challenges of its own.

‘‘We’re limited by the number of tables we have.

‘‘If you have 12 tables of two, that’s 12 lots and you’re done.’’

What day of the week Valentine’s fell on did not matter much in the restaurant trade, he said. ‘‘It’s always well patronised.’’

People did go for non-traditional gifts, though.

PowerHouse Tattoos operations manager Fiona Stone said getting inked was becoming more popular every year.

‘‘Flowers are lovely but they only last so long. Tattoos last forever.’’

As the studio was often booked months in advanced, vouchers sold well, she said.

Manawatu Standard