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[Molly Zehnder, co-owner of Batavia Floral in Bloom, prepares red roses for a valentine arrangement. The shop is located at 319 Main St., Batavia.]
BATAVIA – The language of love has many ways to express itself this Valentine's Day, and Batavians have almost one week to make it something special straight from the heart.
Batavia Floral in Bloom has been busy preparing to create gifts of flowers. While they design modern bouquets with a variety of different blossoms and color palettes, one flower remains the top pick.
"It's always roses – just classic roses are always what the guys go [for]," co-owner Gail Jackson said, noting the color of the floral emblem for love is almost always red. "Red is love."
She said bouquets featuring roses make up 80 percent of people's requests, adding that even clients who select different flower combinations will ask that roses be mixed in.
Jackson said they appreciate receiving orders about a week in advance, but men usually call a day or two ahead.
"We're used to that – they're last-minute shoppers," she said.
To embellish the gift of flowers, the shop also offers chocolates, balloons and stuffed animals. Batavia Floral in Bloom is located at 319 Main St., tucked behind the buildings fronting Route 31. The website offers lots of colorful inspiration at bataviafloralandgift.com or call 630-879-1446.
Downtown Batavia is home to an unusual date night option, a tranquil retreat at The Salt Escape, 9 N. River St. It's not unusual for couples to book a session together, Debbie DeBoer said.