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Snow can't stop Valentine's Day deliveries

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ESSEX, Vt. -

Mail carriers are not the only ones who deliver in all kinds of weather.

"This isn't too bad. I was born and raised here in Vermont, so this is pretty minimal actually," Stephen Shanks said. "I have driven in a lot worse."

Shanks is helping out his friend, florist Caren Quinn, on this busy day, making sure Valentine's Day wishes are delivered on time. This year, it's a challenge. Many orders went out Thursday-- early-- to avoid the storm.

"Listening to the forecast and hopefully planned ahead we were able to contact everyone who was like an employee and a teacher or staff at a school and change the delivery date to yesterday," explained Quinn of Centerpiece Florist.

While this weather is tough for deliveries, it's nothing compared to the last Valentine's Day storm in 2007, when more than 2 feet of snow fell in Burlington.

"Everything shut down for four or five days, so that's not going to be the case this year and we are really fortunate," Quinn said.

Quinn says she is also fortunate to have lots of foot traffic which helps boost the bottom line. Valentine's Day is by far one of the biggest money-making holidays for most florists, and rose petals out front remind people to stop in to buy their flowers.

Justin Koval of Essex was looking for something special for his someone special.

"She is really good to me I am very lucky to have her, so this is like to show my appreciation for all that she does for me," he said.

And because Monday is the Presidents Day holiday, folks in the flower business hope to turn this Valentine's Day into an entire Valentine's weekend, meaning Shanks might be on the road a little longer. But he doesn't mind.

"I had one delivery this morning, the guy was so excited he gave me a five-dollar tip; it's the first tip I have ever had!" he said. "Delivering flowers, so that's kind of cool."

No matter the weather.

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