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February 14, 2014

Love conquers all – even weather

— Valentine’s Day is all about delivering flowers, picking up chocolates and going out to a restaurant for dinner.

Feb. 14 is always a hectic day for area businesses that cater to Cupid, even without the most recent snowstorm dumping 6 to 10 inches of snow over the region the day before.

Snow accumulations could have put a chill on the celebration of love, but not in the Johnstown area.

On Friday, Valentine love was being delivered in the form of flowers, candy and restaurant reservations, despite the weather.

Schrader Flower Shop, 510 Vine St., downtown Johns-town, was able to keep delivering Friday without a problem.

“We’re still delivering,” said Robyn Penatzer, mother of shop owner Sara Stossel, at Schrader’s to lend her daughter a helping hand. “The snow hasn’t stopped us much because we have four-wheel drive vehicles. We were pretty much on time and had a good day. The store’s almost empty, and we’re going to sell what’s left.”

At B&B Floral, 1106 Scalp Ave., Richland Township, it was business as usual Friday with the weather slowing down deliveries, but not stopping them.

A worker at the busy shop said all flower orders were delivered because of their experienced drivers, even on Thursday when the weather was worse.

At Something Xtra Special, 311 14th St., Windber, flower delivery has been affected, but has not stopped.

“We might be taking longer, but it’s getting done,” said Dan Hiteshew, one of the owners.

“We’re getting more walk-ins, but the phone has been busy too.”

Hiteshew said the floral shop also sets up a kiosk at The Galleria in Richland Township for Valentine’s Day, where business was going slower than normal.

“We haven’t turned anyone away here at the store and have been having decent deliveries,” Hiteshew said.

Area candy stores also were booming with business.

At Blaine Boring Chocolates, 123 Market St., downtown Johnstown, deliveries and walk-in business were untouched.

“We’re doing better than last year,” said manager Janet Hammett. “Thursday was a great day too.”

At both locations of O’Shea’s Candies in Geistown Shopping Center and Westwood Plaza, owner Karen Brubaker said she has not been affected by the storm.

“It’s the same as last year,” Brubaker said. “Our regular customers are in line and made it through the snow. It’s Valentine’s Day, and they know they have to go home with something for their wife or sweetheart. I guess it’s snow or high water.”

Brubaker said the No. 1 seller was chocolate-covered strawberries, and everyone was smiling.

At Mid’s Candy & Gifts, 3135 New Germany Road, Ebensburg, sales associate Peg Grembi said her employer has not been affected in the least.

“We’re crazy,” she said. “The line is going out the door.”

Area restaurants saw no cancellations.

Sally Mosky, manager of the reservation center at Green Gables Restaurant, 7712 Somerset Pike, Jennerstown, said she received a few cancellations that were not weather related, but none because of the snow.

An employee at NyKo’s Restaurant on Scalp, 935 Scalp Ave., Richland Township, said no one had cancelled for Friday night, and the schedule looked really booked.

Harrigan’s Cafe and Wine Deck, 250 Market St., downtown Johnstown, also reported no Valentine’s Day cancellations.

Ruth Rice covers Features for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at Twitter.com/RuthRiceTD.

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