Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a traditional red rose.
Red roses continue to be a favourite among those celebrating the most romantic day of the year, according to Carolyn’s Floral Designs.
"Red roses are still the most popular," store owner Carolyn Krueger said. "Red means love, so we do a lot of red roses still."
Carolyn’s Floral Designs, located at 726 18th St., also tends to sell an arrangement of purple and pink flowers around this special time of year, Krueger said.
For those looking to spruce up a bouquet of traditional red roses, Krueger suggests adding a custom vase, box of chocolates, balloons or a teddy bear, all of which are available in-store.
"People are wanting to do something a little more interesting, so they are adding different flowers in with the roses," she said.
Lilies, stargazers, Alstroemeria and baby’s breath are also popular Valentine’s Day blooms, she said.
"Carnations are also great because they last a long time, so you get the best bang for your buck."
Some early Valentine’s Day orders are starting to trickle in, but Krueger admits with a laugh that guys tend to shop "last minute" for their partners.
"We get very little pre-order, so we gear ourselves to have lots of pre-made items made so that they can just walk in and pick up and be on their way again," she said. "Some of them call in the day of, so we have to be prepared for those last-minute orders to come in."
She added they receive roughly 80 per cent of their orders either over the phone by calling 204-728-9047 or online through their website, carolynsfloraldesigns.ca.
"It’s really easy," she said. "People will often look at our website and then call in and order or just simply order online."
For those wanting to wine and dine a loved one, Remington’s Seafood and Steakhouse in downtown Brandon will be featuring a special Valentine’s Day menu on both Feb. 14 and 15.
Remington’s general manager Ben Hernandez said they’ve chosen popular menu items from past Valentine’s Days, so they will be featuring a wide range of popular appetizers, main courses and of course deserts.
A variety of chicken dishes, which are popular among women, will be featured as well as prime rib and lobster dishes for men, he said.
Reservations for dinner time this weekend are starting to pile in, Hernandez said. Reservations can be made by calling 204-571-3838 or online at dineremingtons.com.
The restaurant will also feature musical entertainment on both Friday and Saturday evening.
The Dock on Princess is also featuring a special menu on Valentine’s Day that includes a chicken cordon dinner — a double chicken breast with a tomato and basil hollandaise sauce served with the chef’s daily potato and vegetable soup and a starter salad.
To book a reservation, call 204-726-1234. The popular downtown pub will also be hosting an "anti-Valentine’s Day" gathering in the bar area with games and prizes after
The Brandon Sun and Star 94.7 are also hosting a Valentine’s Day cake auction on Thursday between 6 a.m. and noon. You can choose your favourite cake in Wednesday’s Brandon Sun or at brandonsun.com and then listen to Star 94.7 to place your bid and follow the auction all morning long.
All funds raised will go towards the Samaritan House Food Bank.
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