Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Bouquets, balloons and baskets of love are a sure sign of the busiest time of year for florists.
"It's probably 5 or 6 times the volume or a normal week with roses being the main focus," said David Chastain. He and his wife run Chastain's Floral and a wholesale floral business.
They believe the weather has taken a toll on their walk-in customers and advanced orders ahead of Valentine's Day.
As they prepare vases full of blooms to put a smile on someone's face, they want customers to know that the conditions outside will not stop them from creating and delivering great something for that special someone.
We're here for you guys, we know it's the busiest time of year for florals and gift baskets and stuff, we can still do all your needs," said Chastain.
Eddie Wails, owner of Motor Supply Company Bistro in the Vista, got a head start on Valentine's Day preparations, shoveling snow to clear his lot for customers. He took steps ahead of the storm as well.
"I even put a couple guys up in a hotel room so they'd be right here so we can prepare for Valentine's Day. We've been in touch with all our vendors," said Wails.
He says his fresh seafood from Charleston will arrive Valentine's Day as well as some local produce.
Later, he will hit the phones to confirm his full reservations book and assure customer that they will be ready for the big day.
"The folks that come in for Valentine's Day, they don't care that you were closed the last two days and how hard it is getting ready, nor should they. So we're just gonna make it an extra special night and do all the extra effort it takes to do that," said Wails.
As the hours before Valentine's Day count down, know that local businesses are working hard to make the day a great one whether you celebrate on Friday or some other time.
"We're gonna be here today, Saturday, and we're gonna be able to deliver," said Chastain.