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E’burg Preps for V-day

Mac Clark, Staff Reporter - February 13, 2013

Couples are not the only ones who benefit from Valentine’s Day. Local businesses and campus departments are gearing up for one of their busiest days of the year. Williams’ Florist, a family-owned institution in downtown Ellensburg, is so busy on Valentine’s Day that they call on their grandchildren to drive the delivery trucks. Feb. 13 and 14 are the most hectic days of the year, for them partially due to the perishable nature of their products.

“We can’t prepare our arrangements early,” Heather Williams said. “We get our print out [orders] from the computer and get to work very early on the 13th and 14th.”

Red roses top the list of most popular items at Williams Florist, with mixed spring arrangements a close second. Even with big-box stores like Fred Meyer and Safeway having floral departments, Mays said Williams Florist maintains a strong local following with many repeat customers.

Flowers are not the only things in demand on the day of love. Local restaurants also see a major bump in sales on Valentine’s Day.

JJ’s on Main is one of those restaurants. JJ’s menu features all sorts of food, from artisan pizza to rack of lamb, and also has food specials planned. Valentine’s Day is their most frenzied holiday, with New Year’s Eve coming in second.

“Not only do we offer food specials, we will be having live music as well,” JJ’s manager Jessica Grigg said.

Alex Mabey will be performing on Valentine’s Day at JJ’s. According to Mabey’s personal website, she has previously opened for Wynonna Judd and Craig Morgan.

Before you take your date out on the town, work up an appetite at Outdoor Pursuits and Rental’s Tie the Knot top- rope belay certification clinic. According to the OPR website, the clinic is designed to teach the skills needed to pass a top-rope belay exam. The clinic will be held at climbing wall in the Recreation Center.

Climbing is from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. The cost for the clinic is $5 per person. The event is in its third year and will continue, according to climbing wall supervisor Emily Wright. The other belay clinics OPR offers are $15 per person.

“Not only is this a cheap way to become top-rope belay certified, it is fun to do with a date or meet someone at the climbing wall,” Wright said.

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