Local businesses prepare for Valentine's Day

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Valentine’s Day is a major holiday for many local businesses but some we spoke to are prepared for the rush of people.

“It’s get pretty busy, we have men coming here, women coming in here trying to get something for their loved ones and something special and so we want to make sure we do things right,” says Amy Huckaby with Saxon’s Flowers and Gifts. “We’ll be running in and out, we have a lot of new people, and so we’re trying to make sure we’re managing pretty well.”

Casandra Sloan with San’s Oddly Unique is getting her first taste of Valentine’s Day.

“This is my first year in business here and so it’s kind of like a test-run just to see what the people want and to see what their desires are and so my goal is to offer that unique gift item,” Sloan explains.

As for Saxon’s Flowers and Gifts, Huckaby says they’ll be busy into the evening hours.

“Our phones are going to be ringing off the hook, we’ll be ready to do all of that and we’ll deliver on Valentine’s [Day] pretty late so if you have a dinner date and you say, ‘hey, I need something a little late, for my dinner date, we could do that,” Huckaby says.

Meridian’s local businesses will make sure your Valentine’s Day goes smoothly.

“I do have several items that will be delivered on Valentine’s Day, so I anticipate it’s going to be busy so for those who have not ordered those gifts, come, stop by and stick your head in the door and pick up something just to take with you to that special person in your life,” Sloan says.

According to the National Retail Federation, the estimated total for Valentine's Day sales in 2019 is $20.7 billion. $1.9 billion of that will be on flowers, and $3.9 billion will be on jewelry.