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Ashby store offering Valentine flowers [UPDATED]

Published 10:57am Tuesday, February 11, 2014 Updated 11:19am Tuesday, February 11, 2014

For the past seven years, JC’s Grocery in Ashby has sold flowers on some of the biggest holidays of the year, including Valentines Day. But JC’s Grocery owner Trever Schlosser said he does not sell the flowers because they bring in a lot of money.

He simply wants to help.

“Mainly we do it as a service for the ones who like to get them in town,” Schlosser said.

Schlosser started selling the holiday flowers when he bought the store seven years ago. Early on, he received several calls from people asking if he had any flowers, so he decided to offer them a few times a year.

Besides Valentine’s Day, the store also has flowers in stock for Mother’s Day and Christmas. Schlosser typically buys about six cases of flowers, each with between eight and 15 flowers in them, from Len Busch Roses.

This year, the flowers arrived to the store on Monday. Schlosser will display them at the front of the store for those who are interested.

He offers single roses, as well as orders for three or a dozen. He even mixes in some bouquets each year. The packages run from anywhere between $9.99 and $29.99 and Schlosser said he aims to keep his prices competitive and fair.

Having offered the flowers for several years now, Schlosser said he certainly has some repeat customers.

“It’s usually the men for their wives or girlfriends,” he said.

Without having this option, Ashby residents would have to drive to a neighboring town such as Fergus Falls or Elbow Lake to get flowers for Valentine’s Day. Since he started offering the roses, Schlosser has heard appreciative words from many customers who are glad they don’t have to make the longer trip to a flower shop.

But despite making the Valentine’s flowers an annual tradition, Schlosser said most of the shoppers wait until the last minute. He expects Thursday and Friday to be his busiest days.

Mark that as another reason for Schlosser to continue offering the flowers: keeping some men out of trouble.

“Valentine’s isn’t a week-long thing for us,” he said, laughing. “Usually it’s one or two days.”

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