The search is on for the perfect Valentine’s gift
Valentine’s Day can be a procrastinator’s worst nightmare and a florist’s or chocolate shop’s dream come true.”I love Valentine’s Day. It makes people feel good,” said Dennis Bader, who owns Flower Mart, the oldest flower shop in Garfield County, with his wife, Lynn. “It’s a big deal for the vast majority of people. For a lot of guys it’s the only time they really take the time to say ‘I love you.'”Hallmark Cards reports that approximately 74 percent of Americans celebrate Valentine’s Day. If most of that percentage waits until Feb. 14 to make plans or go shopping, panic can quickly ensue.”You anticipate those rushes,” Dennis Bader said. “The big thing when calling in orders late on Valentine’s Day is that chances become real slim that flowers will be delivered. If you don’t call in by noon, you’ll probably have to come by and pick them up.”While flowers are often the first choice for Valentine’s gifts, chocolate is easily obtainable at the last minute and is typically a crowd-pleaser. The National Confectioners Association predicts that 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.”We have a variety of Valentine’s gifts, from Colorado-style chocolate license plates that say “I Luv U’ to chocolate gift boxes people can fill with gifts or more chocolate,” said Melisa Bellio, who owns the Chocolate Moose Ice Cream Parlor in Glenwood Springs with her husband, John. “We have a couple from Belgium who live in Castle Rock who make Callebaut chocolate. It’s the best chocolate – it’s all-natural with no preservatives. It melts in your mouth.”For those looking to make their lovers melt and blush at the same time, a singing telegram or barbershop quartet serenade can be secured for a sweetie.”A singing telegram can be a good, embarrassing gift,” said Tammy Baar, owner of Kidtoons Productions in Snowmass. “Back in L.A., I was a tap-dancing heart. We can do just about anything – a clown, a bag lady, dog, princess, a tap dancer with top-hat tails.”Jeannie Walla, of Melody Messages singing telegrams in Aspen, has had plenty of experiences with couples putting their feelings into song. “My favorite story is the guy who wanted his girl to marry him in a proposal telegram. It was a big hit and very romantic,” said Walla, who has been performing telegrams since the ’70s. “One woman wanted me to refer to her husband as a “kosher Casanova.””It’s a unique gift, and there’s nothing like it you can buy at the store, and I can write ’em fast.”Not only can music be a way to express feelings on Feb. 14, but romantic books can say “I love you” as well. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, “Colorado’s Legendary Lovers” by Rosemary Fetter chronicles the state’s famous romances. The book is available at bookstores and online at http://www.fulcrum-books.com.”I selected tales about people who really had an impact on Colorado history – and a propensity for romantic drama,” said Fetter, a fourth-generation Coloradan and author. “I like to see how people communicated their feelings in more subtle times. Beneath their starched surfaces, the Victorians were just as fascinated by love and sex as we are.”Love may be timeless, but Valentine’s Day gifts are time-sensitive.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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