During the bustle leading up to Valentine’s Day weekend, petals and stems flew about the shop and out the door at Petals Floral Design and Gift Boutique in Pittston.
“We have deliveries every single day,” owner Natalie Kearney said. “People are celebrating the whole weekend.”
The third Valentine’s Day for the Main Street shop has shaped up to be one of its most successful, Kearney said.
“Business seems to be better than last year and the year before,” she said. “We ordered double the amount of flowers and we had double orders.”
While the pandemic did affect Kearney’s wedding and event business, she said day-to-day business has picked up.
Now, with a possible end to the pandemic in sight, the shop has a “jam-packed” 2021 and 2022 on the horizon, Kearney said.
New business owner Susan Thackara and her husband spent the past week preparing pre-orders and other Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras treats to sell from their Front Porch Bake Shop this weekend.
“Tomorrow we’re hand-dipping 150 strawberries,” she said on Thursday as she prepared for this weekend’s surge, noting that 45 people had already ordered treats from her kitchen for the holiday weekend, significantly more than the dozen or so pre-orders she fills on a normal weekend.
Thackara started selling baked goods from her front porch in Wyoming during the height of the pandemic-related closures in 2020. She compared Valentine’s Day’s numbers with the amount of business the shop did over its first Christmas last year.
Since opening, Thackara has introduced new items to her Front Porch menu that have become popular in time for Valentine’s Day. This weekend she will have macarons, miniature cannolis, chocolate dipped strawberries, cupcakes and heart-shaped cookies and cakes available.
The Front Porch Bakery, 61 E. Fourth St., Wyoming, will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
At Petals, Kearney said they are offering roses, of course, but other flowers, like lilies, daisies and tulips, are also popular requests for arrangements. They are promoting a special “I Love you to the Moon and Back” arrangement that comes in a keepsake, golden moon-shaped vase.
The holiday falling on a Sunday has meant an increase in business for Kearney.
“We are packed (with deliveries) for Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” she said.
For the staff at Petals, Kearney said the “hustle and bustle” of this week has been a welcome return to normalcy.
“It is a little different because I’m eight and a half months pregnant,”she joked.” I just want to make it through Valentine’s Day.”