Shutdown stunts growth of Easter flower business

Shutdown stunts growth of Easter flower business

Robert Inglis/The Daily Item Graceful Blossoms Flower Shop owner Cindy Martin gets orders ready for the next day’s deliveries. Robert Inglis/The Daily Item Floral designer Chris Doebler was busy on Thursday putting together bouquets of flowers for Friday’s deliveries. Florists are taking a big hit from the state shutdown due to COVID-19 fears, which comes during one of their busiest times of the year. While some Valley florists are closed, some who obtained state waivers for no-contact delivery and pickup business are trying to survive with those customers, while observing social distancing. Supplies from wholesalers are limited, though, said the owners of a couple Valley floral businesses. “I’m open for pickup or on-porch delivery,” said Cindy Martin, owner of Graceful Blossoms in Point Township. “I applied for a waiver for through the governor’s office.” She said the business has been trying to meet customers’ needs, but the shutdown and coronavirus fears have changed a lot of people’s plans. “I’ve had several brides shift their weddings,” Martin said. “The one girl shifted her wedding. She booked me almost two years ago.” Her wedding was planned for early May, Martin said. Danville florist Scott Edwards said the waiver his Scott’s Floral-Gift-Greenhouse received on March 23 allows for “touchless delivery.” The delivery driver leaves the flowers or gift basket on the customer’s porch. “There is absolutely no contact,” Edwards said. “We also have some curbside pickup.” That means customers do not have to enter the business but will find their order in a bucket on the porch of the business. There is a slit for people to insert cash. If they are paying with their credit or debit card, they can call in to the shop. Or, they can give their card number when they are ordering. “A lot of people are […]

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