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Published February 12, 2012, 07:29 PM

Businesses are already swamped because of the upcoming holiday

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The holiday filled with love is already swamping businesses. JD Shotwell is making sure his employees are ready for busy days that lie ahead.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The holiday filled with love is already swamping businesses. JD Shotwell is making sure his employees are ready for busy days that lie ahead.

JD Shotwell: "We are staffed heavier, basically starting as of last Friday, just to make sure we can handle the call volume."

The one behind all the beautiful arrangements is Cindy Schmeets. She has been working at Shotwell's for 4 years and Valentines day happens to be one of her favorites.

Cindy: "It is crazy, it is really hectic, but it is fun."

In a normal week Schmeets will make nearly 100 bouquets, but that number will definitely be higher over the next two days.

Cindy: "For valentines day id have to say it picks up quite a bit, maybe like triple the work."

Instead of the usual 2 delivery drivers Shotwell is planning on having 17 drivers.

JD: "We will probably put out anywhere in the two day volume for Monday and Tuesday, about 800 to 1000 deliveries."

Flower shops aren't the only ones booming with business.. local candy stores are also gearing up for what should be a busy next couple of days.

Lee: "We start planning for it right after Christmas, we start ordering all of our products, boxes, wrappings, and balloons."

If you are looking for ewwy gooey goodness to give your sweetheart, owner of Sweet Dreams Confections Lee Paseka is making sure his homemade fudge will be that perfect gift.

Lee: "Homemade fudge we may sell, you know a few hundred pounds a week, and for Valentines we probably looking for 500 pounds or something, it is just, if it is chocolate, it goes."

Whether it's roses or candy that looks like roses, both floral arrangers and candy makers urge you to call early so you get that special someone the perfect Valentine.

Not a shock, roses are the most popular flower sold.

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