Pasadena Residents Celebrate Valentine's Day
By Dylan Roche
On February 14, in observance of St. Valentines Day, local residents were out and about celebrating their love for friends, family and, most especially, their romantic partners. Of course, there were the classic flowers, confectionary, and date nights, but also a few surprises as well.
What Valentines Day can go by without men giving flowers to their ladies, and needless to say Mahers Florist of Pasadena had quite a busy day. We sold out of pretty much everything, laughs manager Kim Wharton.
While arrangements of flowers are often put together for deliveries, the most popular item sold in the store is roses by the dozen. This year, Mahers sold over 300 dozen! We usually have a special on roses, says Wharton, so they go out the door pretty quick.
In addition, there were a number of gentlemen buying bouquets of flowers to go along with the engagement rings they were going to present on the most romantic day of the year. A few customers were at Mahers looking for ways to make their first anniversary a special occasion.
But one gift stood out according to Wharton. A man bought four dozen roses, a stuffed animal, and a bouquet of balloons. It was not only the biggest sale of the day, but also the most memorable.
Across town, chocolate-covered strawberries were a popular seller at Patti Kake Bakery. Burell, who has been baking cakes for 30 years and baking professionally for three, recently opened up a store, which she operates with the help of her granddaughter, head-decorator Erin Burell. The women went through plenty of chocolate-covered strawberries this year, but they also had another very popular product: a personalized six-inch heart-shaped cake.
This year, quite a few high school kids came in, mentions Patricia, who says the heart-shaped cakes were popular with the teenage girls ordering for their boyfriends. But surprisingly none of the personalized cakes, not even the ones ordered by adult customers, were requested to have a proposal message.
We had a personalized cake for a proposal at Halloween, says Patricia with a laugh, but surprisingly none for Valentines Day.
One local couple, who mentioned they were both broke this year, said they made a rule of exchanging homemade gifts. For many couples, this is an annual tradition and opportunities can be found all over the Pasadena area.
Michaels Arts and Crafts featured a series of in-store demonstrations throughout February, many of which were free or offered free materials with the purchase of the feature item. The program began with a demo on making Valentines props led by the Wilton Cake Decorating Company, but also included a number of demos geared toward children.
Store manager Scott Bosari mentions the Wilton Cake Decorating is mostly for the adult crowd, but the others were suited for kids. He explains, The children get more from it because they have the sense they made something themselves and are excited to give it.
Regardless of how or where you celebrated, Valentines Day was an opportunity for community members to get out and about and enjoy everything that is romantic about the Pasadena area.