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Last minute love

BY CAROLINE EGGERS - ceggers@perutribune.com

Procrastinating romantics can fetch both flowers and sweets at several downtown businesses today or tomorrow.  

“Valentines is kind of a last minute holiday,” said What’s Blooming Owner Jennifer Butcher.

That’s why she and a few other downtown Peru businesses collaborated in advance of the February holiday.

The Broadway florist provided romantic arrangements for So Good Candies, and displayed some of the candy assortments from the sweets shop along with a few treats from Dreams to Reality Cakes.

“We’re trying to be a one-stop shop for everybody,” Butcher said.

Butcher is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate. Small town businesses can sometimes be competitive – but not here.

“That’s what’s really nice about the community,” she said. “Just starting a new business, everybody’s been super helpful and willing to help each other out and work together.”

The wonderfully odiferous brick flower shop is currently full of fuchsia orchids, teeny tiny succulents, yellow daffodils, and a peace lily with red petals.

And roses, of course.  

“Roses are the standard,” Butcher said, but customers have also been purchasing larger floral arrangements of lilies and calla lilies.

One unique option is cymbidium orchids, which have prominent stalks and majestic flowers.

Today, What’s Blooming will be open until 6 p.m., and will remain open until they’re out of flowers on Wednesday.

And if you’re lucky, you’ll be greeted by the store’s newest member, a 3-month-old Great Pyrenees named Penelope.

So Good Candies has also been keeping busy, selling their assortment boxes and signature “Gold Bricks,” according to employee Baylee Shoemaker.

The one pound and half pound assortment boxes contain some of the store’s homemade creams, “Ting-A-Lings,” toasted coconut haystacks and wedding mints.

Each box will also have some samples of the new candy they’ve received from Asher’s Chocolate Company, such as cherry cordials, dark chocolate raspberries, dark chocolate orange jellies, milk chocolate marshmallow caramels, and sugar-free white chocolate almond bark.

They still have a few special What’s Blooming Valentine’s vases available, too.

In between the two shops, Miami County citizens have also been popping in and out of the Peru CVS for slapdash purchases.

During a visit on Monday around noon, one had a checklist and a cart filled with candy.

CVS employee Debbie Byrnes predicted that today would be the busiest day for truly last-minute shoppers – though some will still hurry in on Wednesday.  

The downtown pharmacy is beginning to run low on bagged candies, but there are still plenty of cards, flowers and stuffed animals.

Byrnes said fresh flowers are the best option.

Melon, lemon yellow and baby pink dozens of roses and lily bouquets are available in store.

Some of the stuffed animals are pretty cute, too.

There’s the traditional bear holding a heart – and a less traditional unamused cat holding a heart that reads “No.”

Easter candy is already sitting adjacent to the remaining Valentine’s candy.

There’s also Valentine’s art supplies for kids, including Frozen pencils and Spider-Man Valentine’s tattoos. One of those says: “Let’s Stick Together.”