Sub-zero temps won’t stop local flower shop on V-Day

COHOES, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Capital Region is expected to have a bitter, cold weekend, but that’s not stopping one local flower shop from delivering roses on Valentine’s Day.

Rizzo’s House of Flowers in Cohoes has been playing Cupid for almost 76 years, so they know what to do when they have to work in sub-zero temperatures.

“The challenge is trying to get everything out in time,” co-owner Michael Rizzo said. “The weather slows everything down. It’s a struggle when the weather is this bad. Drivers take twice as long.”

Rizzo said flowers can freeze.

“Any flower: carnations, roses, lilies,’ he said. “Any more than a minute they get touched, and then we have a problem.”

Workers have to take extra precautions when delivering flowers on Valentine’s Day. They make sure the flowers are wrapped in plastic before they go out the door. Drivers also have to follow protocol to make sure the flowers don’t stay outside for too long.

“They’re all wrapped up in garment bags, and our drivers are told to beep the horn before they get to the house, ring the doorbell, and then get the flowers so it slows it down,” Rizzo said.

Rizzo said the cold doesn’t stop people from buying flowers, and Valentine’s Day is one of their busiest days of the year averaging 300 customers.

“We will get through it,” he said. “Like we said last year, nothing stops Cupid.”

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