For florists and bakers, Valentine's Day starts days earlier
EUGENE, Ore. - Valentine's Day is Thursday, but businesses were hard at work preparing orders Wednesday.
Dandelions Flowers in Eugene says they will fulfill up to 1,000 flower deliveries Thursday - so many flowers, they had to rent a semi truck to store the orders.
"Our staff triples in size. We go from about 20 to 63, 25 trucks running. So outside we bring in a 35 foot refrigerated semi truck," said Shirley Lyons, the owner of Dandelions Flowers.
Lyons said roses are still a big favorite but some people are choosing more colorful flowers to give to their sweethearts.
"We have brought in beautiful flowers from Hawaii, various orchids people are enjoying and also the lovely lily," Lyons said.
Some people aren't just breaking with tradition with flowers, they are ditching that heart shaped box of chocolate and buying cupcakes.
The Divine Cupcake in Eugene has about 40 orders of Valentine's Day Cupcakes booked. The owner Thaddeus Moore says cupcakes are something you can gift to anyone.
"Twelve different businesses have given cupcakes to other businesses as Valentine's gifts because everyone in the office can pick their favorite and we have wheat and gluten free," Moore says.
Moore and Lyons both said they will do most of their business on Valentine's Day because people procrastinate.
"Probably on their way home from work. I would imagine around that time there will be people coming in going 'Oh my god, its Valentines day. I need cupcakes," Moore said.