Local florists make hundreds of Valentine deliveries

By Sylvia Hall - bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Work started early here at Pugh's Flower shop on Valentine's Day.

"We have alot of good, faithful and loyal employees. They came in at five o'clock this morning," said Jackson Count Circuit Clerk Joe Martin, whose parents opened the shop over sixty years ago.

Trucks filled with flowers made deliveries all day, and the orders kept coming in until two this afternoon.

"We have alot of rose orders we're doing. You know people love doing roses this time of the year," Martin said. "We have alot of plants we're doing."

Even with the heavy work load, it's all about the details at this flower shop. And the day's work is just part of what goes into having a successful Valentine's Day. According to the florists, bringing hundreds of smiles on Valentine's Day takes a lot of preparation.

"It takes a lot of ordering the flowers; you've got to unpack the flowers. You've got to make sure they have enough water," Martin said.

Those were only a few of the preparations he mentioned. Martin and his sister, Maureen Martin, who lives in Hattiesburg, aren't usually seen behind the counter at Pugh's. They come back to their family's business every Valentine's Day to help.

"All of us grew up in the family business," said Maureen Martin. "And it was part of our training, part of our being members of the family. It's a privilege to be able to come back and help on this special day."

"And it's great for me to be able to come back and help my sister-in-law and the rest of the family who works here and also the people who work hard every day to help out," Joe Martin said. "It's rewarding as you go to people's homes and businesses or industries, to see people getting the flowers, because you see all the smiles and happiness that goes along with getting the flowers."

And they didn't stop until every order was filled.

"We'll leave when we're finished," said Maureen Martin. "That's part of the legacy of being in a family business. You go until you're finished. And we hope that we'll be able to make lots of people happy today."

The siblings said the other top days for the flower shop were Mother's Day and Secretary's Day.