Why Local Florists May Be Your Best Bet This Valentine's Day


Teleflora has been in contact with its network of local florists check with their operations, Dancer said. Many florists reported that they closed today, especially in the Washington, D.C., area, but that they would be able to deliver Friday.

"As you can imagine, there is an enormous amount of risk, so it's important to keep lines of communication open to monitor their availability," Dancer said.

Faitos has been a member of Teleflora's clearinghouse of local florists for the last 18 years because, he said, Teleflora's business model is built around supporting local florists instead of bypassing them.

Teleflora gets a small percentage of a flower delivery when ordered through its website. And when Starbright Floral Design helps a customer fulfill an order to their sweetheart in, say, Texas, Faitos gets a small commission, as well.

Florists on Long Island and in New Jersey are preparing four-wheel vehicles for delivery to navigate through the snowy roads, but not Faitos.

"New York City is a little too urban for that. Thank God we don't have to deal with it," he said.

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