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Candy Shop Preps For Valentine's Day

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Love is in the air. As Valentine's Day approaches two Williston local businesses are trying to meet everybody's Valentine's needs.

The day for love is upon us, with two days to go until Valentine's Day. That means everybody is scrambling to buy flowers and candy for their significant other.

"This week people will come in and they'll put their own boxes together," says Michelle Westlund. "Or if they want fudge, anything goes. It's whatever their significant other loves."

The owner of Lynden Chocolate and Candy Shop Michelle Westlund has lived in Williston for less than a year, so this will be her first Valentine's Day in town. However, she owned a shop in Washington before coming here, so she has experienced this day before.

"I hand make most of my product. It's fresh," says Westlund. "It's fine Belgium chocolate. And I put a lot of TLC into everything with my packaging and customer service."

Westlund has two other people who help her during the week, but she handles cooking all of the chocolate. This has required some long nights, especially this week.

"We usually start about a month prior to try to get people lined up," says Brad Peterson. "We pretty much double our work force just to get through this week. It is pretty tough."

Peterson is the manager for Country Floral. He says he has been trying to hire people for this day since last year. The extra employees help with the influx of people trying to get that special gift for that special someone.

"The 13 and 14 is pretty much a cutoff date," says Peterson. "We can't give anymore deliveries out because we are already maxed out. We kind of tell people to come early get stuff ordered. You can always come pick it up. Deliveries are tough because the town is spread out."

Peterson says the number one product so far is the flowers, but they also offer a bunch of different items, including balloons for people to pick from.

Peterson added that the sales from Valentine's Day usually help the company get through the first quarter of year. Both companies will be open late if anybody is still looking for a present for Friday.

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