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“We have roses, we have lilies, we have meat, we have sunflowers “said Christine Vasconcelo as she showed us her Tampa flower shop, Bloomingdays Flowers,

According to Vasconcelo, Valentine’s Day is usually the biggest day of the year, but a pandemic year has proven otherwise

“I have to sell everything that is in the cooler So it’s scary”But this year we had no school deliveries, teacher deliveries, work deliveries. Everything was down,” said Vasconcelo

Psssst guys – in case you forgot, it’s Valentine’s Day! And if you still need flowers for that special someone, Bloomingdays Flowers in Tampa is here to save the day Open until 8am tonight and you’re helping a local business get through a tough year! @ BN9 BildTwittercom / pIN9ThUtLh

So you and your staff work every hour to make up for this

“Thank God for the internet that you can use to find open florists at 10am on Valentine’s Day,” said customer Kieran Mahoney

That is exactly the aim of Vasconcelo: Be there when the customer needs you and he will support you in return

“We have to chug on. We have to go forward. We have to be there for the customer,” said Vasconcelo

While you are spreading love this Valentine’s Day, Vasconcelo asks you to show some love to small businesses too

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