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Tardy blokes likely to cause late rush

'So many guys, they rock up last minute'

CHRIS HYDE
Last updated 07:36 13/02/2014
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BIG DAY: Jane Le Marquand, manager of Rosarie Flowers on The Square, says there's always a late rush on roses from blokes who forget.

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People in Manawatu might be spending more than they were 12 months ago but for Valentines Day, the lads are still leaving the flowers and the dinner booking to the last minute.

Rosarie Flowers owner Jane Le Marquand said tomorrow's day of love was the busiest time of the year for the business and 2014 had so far been no exception. But it was impossible to know if it would be the busiest yet until it was over.

"So many guys, they rock up last minute saying they've forgotten and asking if there are still flowers available.

"We have to prepare for that demand but it makes it hard to know how we've done until the day itself."

Ms Le Marquand usually manned her store on The Square by herself but had hired two extra staff for the next two days.

"We're dealing with supermarket bouquets, because we're a supplier to them, and then the final day and Valentines Day is really about making up the ordered bouquets and having a good supply for the rush."

Red roses remained the standout but as the occasion became more popular for young lovers, there were many coming in with only spare change and asking what could be done with it, she said.

"A mixed bunch is a really good option for those people to save a bit of money," Ms Le Marquand said.

Highden Manor Estate in Awahuri is again open to the public for its traditional Valentines Day dinner. Proprietor Andrew Michaels said that as of yesterday 30 of about 35 tables available had been booked.

"We can accommodate a few more at this stage."

La Patio Cafe sales co-ordinator Sam Hapeta said that while bookings had been consistent for their four-course Valentines Day meal, places were still available.

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- Manawatu Standard

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