Businesses not expecting snow to slow Valentine's business

Posted at: 02/13/2014 6:07 PM
By: Mark Mulholland

SARATOGA SPRINGS - There's love in the air. Even when the air is filled with snow.

The four tuxedo-clad singers who sang to Silva Falkenbury at Wesley Health Center Thursday traveled snow-covered streets to get there.

"When they can get out of their own driveways and so forth, it might slow things down or back 'em up a little bit, but we will make as many deliveries as we can," said George Wallace of Racing City Chorus.

When the weather gets bad enough to dismiss schools early, it might slow down Cupid, but doesn't stop him.

Business was brisk Thursday afternoon at The Candy Company of Saratoga Springs as customers scooped up chocolate covered strawberries and other sweet treats.

"Valentine's Day is the busiest day of the year for us, hands down. Then the 13th is the second busiest day," said Dawn Oesch, owner of the store. "So it's scary when this happens and I keep seeing the forecast and I'm like 'please, don't snow.'"

Things are heating up at Maestro's, the popular restaurant on Broadway. Owner John LaPosta says some cancellations were coming in, but there were other customers waiting to take their place.

Still if he had his way, LaPosta wouldn't have Valentine's Day on a Friday or in a storm.

"Valentine's Day is it's own day. No matter what. Now it's just a really good Friday so it's kind of a double whammy this year. Snow storm and on a Friday," LaPosta said.

And what's Valentine's Day without flowers?

Staff at Dehn's Florist on Beekman St. has been making bouquets day and night for most of the past week, and they're not letting the white stuff stop them from spreading Valentine's Day color.

"It shouldn't be any problem. We're going to be making flowers," said Debbie Converse a designer at Dehn's for 10 years.