Floral shops struggle, but prevail in busy Mother's Day after reopening
After being closed over a month due to the Coronavirus pandemic, floral businesses around Central Texas were allowed to reopen before Mother's Day.
While Divine Flowers & Gifts Manager Anastasia Thierry was happy to reopen, the calls and orders coming in have been overwhelming.
"For us, we try to give you everything we possibly can with what we have."
Everything was going well as she and her family prepared to reopen. Her shop was expecting flowers being shipped in from Ecuador, Columbia, Poland and other countries, until a problem arose.
"Our trucks are stuck at the border," she said.
"We didn't get about 70% of our inventory like the flowers and everything that we ordered. It didn't come in on time."
To supplement all the orders coming in, the shop compensated the missing flowers with stuffed animals, gift baskets, chocolate, balloons and other items.
"Anything that we can substitute and make somebody's day better and for what they paid for, it's worth it."
With six delivery drivers, Thierry says they have strict guidelines to follow in order to deliver the gifts safely and on time.
"They all have hand sanitizer and masks," she said.
"They don't communicate with the recipients. They just lay the gifts down at the door step, ring the bell and walk away. They might wave, if someone's home, but we have to keep them safe and on schedule."
Despite the obstacles of keeping pace with a more than average demand, even for Mother's Day, Thierry says she's happy to still bring special memories to all Mom's in Central Texas.
"We're all mothers here and for the mothers out there, what we can do prides us in doing that for them."