Valentine's Day madness

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Love is in the air as stores prepare for Valentine's Day.

Love is in the air as stores prepare for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day Madness

By Alexia Rodarmer
The Meridian Times

Love is in the air this time of year.  Hearts and chocolates fill the shelves of many stores and boyfriends and girlfriends scramble for items that represent their love.  For those who do celebrate Valentine’s Day, roses and chocolates are number one on their list. According to statistic brain, 73 percent of men purchase roses for their Valentine.

Customer Ashely Lowery was shopping at the Meridian Mall Hallmark for Valentine’s Day cards.  Lowery said that she was shopping for her boyfriend of two years and wanted to get him something cute.

“Last year, I got him boxers and cologne for Valentine’s Day, and this year I want to get him Xbox live points and a cute card,” said Lowery.

Lowery laughed and said, “I love Valentine’s Day because of what my boyfriend buys me.  It is a token of his love and appreciation for my greatness.”

Stores, Hallmark for example, go through great preparations for this holiday. Employee Joanne Hamilton said that Hallmark has been preparing since the second week of January.  The hottest items in the store are the plush toys, the candy, and the roses they recently got in the store.

“We have a special on musical toys,” said Hamilton, “if you buy three cards, you pay a lower price for the musical toys and the candy has a special with any purchase.”

According to statistic brain, as of January 28, 2015, 180 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually.

Cards and stuffed animals aren’t the only things exchanged for Valentine’s Day.  Chocolate is a huge draw for men and women buying gifts for their loved ones.  Cassie Baker, employee at Gilbert Chocolate, said that chocolate-covered strawberries are very popular for Valentine’s Day.  The store is decorated in Valentine’s Day boxes and hearts hanging from the windows to draw customers in.

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