Business Beat: Beautiful blossoms fill the holiday

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Andy Bockelman is a member of the Denver Film Critics Society, and his movie reviews appear in Explore Steamboat and the Craig Daily Press.

With Mother’s Day a possible exception, the biggest flower delivery date of the year is Tuesday. Some would-be Cupids may have had their gifts planned out for the past month, but others may need a little extra help deciding between the many options available for loved ones.

The staff of The Flower Mine, 410 W. Victory Way, has seen booming business within the last two weeks with the onset of Valentine’s Day. Besides a selection of stuffed animals, cards and other knick-knacks, the main seller has been of the plant variety, shipped from all around.

“Roses are always the big favorite,” employee Debbie Pfister said. “We’ve got them in all colors — purple, orange, even lime green.”

The traditional flower of Feb. 14 is by no means the only one in supply.

The store’s biggest bouquets and gift bundles each include a garden’s worth of the pretty-petaled items.

One of the several packages available is the Pink Explosion, a mixture of pink and white flowers: carnations, daisies, roses and more for $65. The Valentine’s Splendor runs $95 and comes with lilies, snapdragons and long-stemmed roses in a red glass vase.

The biggest of the bunch is the $140 Whole Lotta Love, featuring a teddy bear, a half-pound box of toffee and long-stemmed roses in a wicker basket. If “less is more” is your philosophy, save some cash and get a single romantic rose wrapped with ribbon and cellophane for $8.

The Flower Mine’s personnel have worked tirelessly to ensure each of the expressions of love look as delightful as they should.

“The best way to make sure they stay nice is just to trim them diagonally on the bottom and keep them in cold, fresh water, not warm,” Pfister said.

With as many people who have stopped in recently, Pfister said she expects to see a greater number in the next few days.

“Monday and Tuesday will be crazy,” she said. “We’ll also have them delivered by cute men in tuxes, so that’ll be fun.”

The shop’s bouquets are based on the remaining inventory, so don’t hesitate to get what you want. To place an order with The Flower Mine, call 824-7441.

Salon offers Valentine’s deals in conjunction with larger sales

If you want to keep up your beauty regimen and still keep some lucre in your wallet, the perfect storm of cosmetics bargains is brewing all month within one local hair care business.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Stylz 5th Avenue, 535 Yampa Ave., has a special for new and old customers with gift certificates automatically marked down by $5 each. For instance, if you pay $20, you’ll have $25 worth of credit at the salon.

Owner Sherrie Knez said the value will be valid for purchase until the end of the month.

“It’s mostly for Valentine’s, but we wanted to keep it going for through February,” she said.

Consumers can really cash in by using their gift certificates on the products Stylz already has discounted. In addition to a clearance sale with certain items 75-percent off, while supplies last, Knez also highlights a product line each month for a 15-percent markdown.

“This month is Nioxin, and it’s all their stuff, like gels and shampoos,” she said. “The product of the month for March will be Matrix.”

Husbands and boyfriends, remember — a well-groomed man is a gift for any woman.

Stylz’s Men’s Day on Fridays gives male haircuts for $13, and the shop carries men’s products, too.

Beyond the world of hair, the salon also offers a variety of spa services.

“We’ve got a fabulous mani/pedi, and if you pick three or more services, you can get a special price,” Knez said. “It’s just a great thing for a woman to spend a day making herself feel good. It’s a great gift for husbands to wrap up with a box of chocolates.”

Business hours for Stylz 5th Avenue are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, with special late appointments available upon request. For more information, call 824-0341 or visit www.stylz5thavenue.com.

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