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May 9, 2014

Valley florists wilt after busy Mother's Day prep

DANVILLE — Mother’s Day is special, and nobody knows that better than those who help to make it so special.

Scott Edwards, owner of Danville’s Scott’s Floral, celebrates the day with his two daughters, both mothers themselves, his wife and mother-in-law.

Every Mother’s Day, he prepares dinner for them at his house.

“There will be flowers on the table, of course,” he added.

Mother’s Day is still important to Edwards, even with the passing of his own mother. People should spend the day catering to their moms, he said, and do “anything to make them feel special that day and throughout the year.”

Fresh flowers are selling extremely well at his shop, as are blooming baskets and patio pots, Edwards said.

Business is also booming for Cathy Herrold, owner of Selinsgrove’s Graci’s Flowers and Gifts.

“Mother’s Day is always the busiest week in the floral business,” she said. “Luckily, most people still remember their mothers.”

Because of all the extra hours spent working the days before, her Mother’s Day is spent “mostly just resting from the week.”

Her family takes her out to lunch on Mother’s Day and Herrold visits her own mother in the afternoon, but it is first and foremost a day of recuperation for her.

On Mother’s Day, people “should spend time with their mother, whatever they enjoy doing or whatever she enjoys doing,” Herrold said.

Herrold wasn’t the only mom who will take Mother’s Day off.

“It’s a day of rest for me,” said Rose Bennick, owner of Sunbury’s Something Special flower shop. After the week is done she likes to “stay at home and rest after making everybody’s flowers.”

She enjoys spending time with her son on Mother’s Day and hopes that everyone can spend time with their children on Sunday.

Like at many other stores, fresh flowers have been an especially popular item for her.

“Nobody forgets mothers on Mother’s Day,” she said.

Tom Beiter Sr., of Danville’s Beiter’s Department Store, has a slightly different tradition with his wife, Letitia.

“We seldom go out on Mother’s Day because of the crowd,” he said. “We’ll go Tuesday or Wednesday afterwards, when we can go and not have a crowd. It’s just hectic on Mother’s Day.”

Beiter’s children all plan to stop by on Sunday as well.

Beiter’s store has sold a lot of jewelry and statues this Mother’s Day.

“It’s just a good day,” he said.

 

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