Last minute Valentine’s Day gifts and flowers

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As Valentine’s Day approaches, so does the deadline to find the perfect gift.

That’s why Susan Ruppel, owner of Wire and Pearl, a local jewelry shop, and Morgan Tasos, owner of The Rustic Petal, a mobile flower trailer, partnered up to help take the stress off of those last-minute shoppers, hosting an event the day before Valentine’s Day.

“We just though it would be easy for men to come in and shop,” Tasos said. “We’ll have all the styles set up and I’ll have take-away bouquets.” 

The shop off of 17th Street will open its doors Tuesday afternoon from 3 to 7, hosting a day of shopping with someone there to help you pick out just what the lady in your life wants.

“We have four styles to chose from,” Ruppel said. “Classic, if your valentine likes, say, roses and pearls. Vintage, we’ve got a lot of vintage things here. Minimalist, if she’s more of the simple type and eclectic, which will cater more to somebody who’s more artsy.”   

But if you’re just looking for flowers to show your blooming love, shops around town like House of Flowers are getting ready for one of the busiest days of the year.

“Flowers are definitely a luxury item, so it’s definitely something that maybe people don’t get all the time,” co-owner of House of Flowers Amanda Klawitter said. “And then receiving flowers, a lot of times people are getting them at their workplace or in front of other people and I think that just kind of adds to the exclamation of the gift for the significant other.”  

The National Retail Federation reports consumers are expected to spend an average of $143 on gifts for their valentines, $19 billion total. 

The largest chunk is spent on jewelry. 

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