Raleigh florist delaying Valentine's deliveries to keep drivers safe

Posted February 13, 2014

— This week's snowstorm couldn't have come at a worse time for Triangle florists, who have been trying to prepare for Valentine’s Day.

“Most florists do 34 percent of their business (on Valentine’s). It's like the toy business for Christmas,” said Ed Carp, owner of Watkins Flowers of Distinction on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh.

Getting those flowers delivered is a tough order under the best of conditions, but with the snow and ice, Carp decided to take his drivers off the road. They won't be delivering on Friday.

“For the safety of the drivers, we're deferring our deliveries until Saturday and Monday, so we've got to call all our customers back and get permission to deliver Saturday or Monday,” he said.

“We've got really nice, fresh flowers. They've been coming in all week. So, the flowers aren't going to be affected,” Carp added. “We just need our customers to cooperate and understand that, due to the inclement weather, this is what we have to do.”


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  • fifefan4life Feb 14, 2014

    Seems like they could do some deliveries today. The roads are clear this afternoon. But I respect them for looking out for the safety of their drivers.

  • Pepe Silvia Feb 14, 2014

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    Aw, bitter you actually have to stay home and spend time with your kids?

  • Barbara Sossomon Feb 14, 2014

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    Appears maybe you should be partaking of what you are dispensing!

  • Kristin Byrne Feb 14, 2014

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    What's your excuse for posting?

  • Ijaz Fahted Feb 14, 2014

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    Yeah, beacuse you have to be at home, and a daycare worker to post on WRAL.

  • Forthe Newssite Feb 14, 2014

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    shoe a little tight for you this morning?

  • Jack Jones Feb 14, 2014

    My sweetheart is well aware that the flowers are coming later. We're smart that way.

  • Todd Jenkins Feb 14, 2014

    Love all the day care workers sitting at home posting..

  • Forthe Newssite Feb 14, 2014

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    figured there'd be a few with disparaging remarks....I say kudos to then for doing the right thing. Glad money doesn't drive EVERYONE

  • Bill of Rights Feb 14, 2014

    Anyone that cancels an order with a business this thoughtful and respectful of its employees safety deserves to spend Valentine's Day alone.