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MILLERSBURG -- If you waited this long to procure a Valentine's Day gift for your sweetheart, there is no need to panic. You still have a few days. And there are plenty of options.
However, as all the retailers in this feature agree, it would behoove shoppers not to wait until the last minute for a more pleasant shopping experience.
"If you come in early, you avoid the last-second rush, plus you get a better selection," said Jen Snyder, a floral designer at Rodhe's Posey Pad. "We already have our special arrangements we are offering planned, so it's probably best not to put it off too long."
Snyder said the designer has six different Valentine designs, ranging in cost from $25 to $65. A dozen red roses is $65.
"What type of gift would you like to send? Valentine's Day gifts are available to suit a wide variety of tastes, so no matter what your sweetheart likes, we can help," said Jeri Fair of Precious Petals in Berlin. "Roses make for a traditional gift, as red roses are a symbol of romance. But plenty of other flowers can express love and affection, too.
"The most important thing is to keep in mind the tastes and preferences of your beloved when selecting a truly thoughtful gift," she continued. "When you give them their favorite type of flower or blooms in their favorite color, they're sure to be impressed. Some arrangements might even include a cute teddy bear, a bunch of balloons or a box of delicious gourmet chocolates to add that little extra something."
Amy Yoder, marketing specialist at Coblentz Chocolates in Walnut Creek, said chocolate-covered strawberries are the special at Valentine's Day this year as they have been every year recently.
"We'll be featuring them Saturday, and then again on Monday and Tuesday," Yoder said. "Chocolate-covered strawberries are sold by the pound. You can buy one or you can buy 15. We'll put as many pieces as they want in the box."
She says milk chocolate dips are in stock, but if a customer wants dark chocolate, white chocolate or sugar-free chocolate, she asks that customers call ahead of time to place the order at 330-893-2995.
An eight-ounce snapper is also on special, as well as buckeyes.
"It all depends on who you're buying for, what their favorites are," Yoder said.
Sue Szpila, owner of The Jewelry Store at 97 W. Jackson St. in Millersburg, said sterling silver is a big item in jewelry these days.
"It's affordable, which makes it more popular than other expensive metals," Szpila said. "We offer several hand-crafted items I've been making, bracelets, earrings and rings, all done in sterling silver."
Heart-shaped items in rings, bracelets and earrings are always popular at this time of year, she added. Prices begin at $30 or more, depending on what you are looking for.
Reporter Kevin Lynch can be reached at 330-674-5676 or firstname.lastname@example.org.