A lot of people show their appreciation to someone special on Valentine’s Day, and businesses like Flowers on the Avenue and Marianne’s Chocolates in Ashtabula aren’t complaining.

“Valentine’s Day is a good day — Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are the busiest days of the year,” said Allison Pinkney, flower designer at the flower shop at 4415 Elm Ave. “We have our flowers in and we’ve been prepping all week.”

The majority of customers order mixed arrangements for that special someone, but “we do sell a lot of roses,” she said.

Marianne’s Chocolates, at 1038 Bridge St. in Ashtabula Harbor, does a brisk business every Valentine’s Day. The business is owned by the Dalrymple family.

Production Manager Nick Dalrymple said the days leading up to Valentine’s Day are always hectic, especially right after the strawberries used to create chocolate-covered strawberries are delivered.

“Chocolate-covered strawberries are our biggest Valentine’s Day sellers,” he said. 

Marianne’s next biggest Valentine’s Day sellers are the deluxe assortment, assorted nut chocolates and chocolate-covered cherries.

“Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s Day are our busiest holidays,” Dalrymple said.

At Morris Flowers in Conneaut, owner Michelle Brennan said she started preparing for the big day on Saturday.

“Roses and carnations are the two best sellers,” she said. “We will be very busy; I have my son and my husband help deliver that day.”

Rennick Meat Market on Bridge Street in the Ashtabula Harbor was booked solid last year with couples celebrating their love.

At Bylers Community Kitchen, 400 Route 193, Jefferson, employees are busy making cheesecakes, heart-shaped cookies and chocolate-covered strawberries for the holiday.

On Friday only, Giant Eagle in the Saybrook Plaza will offer a dozen red roses for $24.99, employees said.

For folks on a budget, A-Tech Secondary Administrator, Scott Wludyga, suggests going out to eat at A-Tech’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

“Our culinary arts students will be serving up a delicious spaghetti dinner,” he said.

The dinner also includes salads, rolls and drinks for only $5.25 for adults; $4.50, seniors and $4.50 for children 12 and younger. Tickets available at the door. All proceeds benefit the A-Tech Scholarship Fund.

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