Local flower shop draws crowds for Valentine's Day

News Center 23

POSTED: Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 4:50pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 14, 2014 - 9:03am

Nationally, it's expected that spending will reach over $17 billion this Valentine's Day according to the National Retail Federation.

Local businesses like Claudia's Flower Shop in Brownsville have been experiencing their busiest season of the year.

"It usually gets packed," said Claudia's Flower Shop employee Samantha Adame. "It's like they all come in, there's like five people coming in. They usually always buy-they're coming for flowers, or teddy bears. We have roses, we have several arrangements like the tropical, those already ran out."

Claudia's Flower Shop has merchandise, like custom pillows and assorted teddy bears, that you typically wouldn't find at another place of its kind, which draws in a specific type of crowd.

Even though Valentine's Day tends to be about making women feel special, most of the customers that come into Claudia's Flower Shop are men.

"A lot of people come here and a lot of them are like men, and well they usually buy flowers," said Claudia's Flower Shop employee Patty Adame.

Men also spend about twice as much on their partner. A survey found that on average about $133 will be spent between couples, and that men will spend twice as much, at about $108 to a woman's $49 when it comes to showering their loved ones with candy, cards, and gifts.

"These last two weeks, like the two weeks before Valentine's, we start getting busy," said Samantha. "We bring in around $1,500 a day."

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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