LIMA — Valentine’s Day is Sunday, and local businesses are getting prepared for the big day.
No Valentine’s Day would be complete without something sweet.
Sara Anderson, owner of Sara’s Sweets, has seen orders pick up.
“Valentine’s Day is hands-down our busiest holiday of the year. The most popular item that we carry are the fresh-dipped gourmet strawberries. We should be fully stocked as we’ve probably already taken orders for about 150 dozen but we’ll have some for walk-ins as well,” Anderson said.
Of course, what is Valentine’s Day without flowers?
Doug Johnson, the owner of Don Johnson Florists, is expecting a busy weekend.
“Guys are procrastinators. I don’t know if we’ll get hit hard on Saturday or Friday and if I sell out, I won’t be open on Sunday. If I don’t sell out, then I’ll be open on Sunday,” Johnson said. “I always do a cash-and-carry special on roses for the customers that just want to swing in. We have a high volume of walk-in traffic here, next door to McDonald’s on North West Street. I get a lot of customers, guys to just come in, grab and go.”
You’ve got your candy and your flowers. Now it’s time to take your sweetheart out to dinner.
John Heaphy, owner of Old City Prime, said they’re expecting big crowds based on reservations that have been made.
“We’re considering it Valentine’s weekend because we can’t accommodate the demand. And one day being on Sunday, so really, we’re doing the whole weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday,” Heaphy said. “We’re basically totally sold out up and down Saturday. Friday — we still got some downstairs reservations, but Sunday evenings are pretty much sold out. Sunday afternoon — we still have some openings.”
Ray Magnus, owner of the 318 Restaurant and Bar, has some special plans for Valentine’s Day.
“We’re going to open the doors at 4 p.m. We’re having either a ribeye steak with mashed sweet potatoes and vegetable medley or you can have a salmon with creamy Rizzoli sauce and then we have all kinds of different desserts and stuff they can choose from,” Magnus said.
And Ray is pulling out all of the stops to make the day special.
“I’ll be there in my tuxedo and will be handing out roses to all the ladies. I’ve been doing that for years. It’s just a special day,” Magnus said.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.