The snow piling down across Central Illinois is part of one of the biggest blizzards in a decade, but floral designer Kathy Raush says it won't stop her from spreading smiles. On a day when most people are worrying about the weather, knows flowers can brighten up anyone's mood, "probably receiving flowers today is the last thing someone expects, so it's nice."
Raush knew missing work was out of the question, since February 13th is one of the biggest days of the year for designers like her. So Raush packed her sleeping bag, and spent the night over at a co-worker's house.
English Hedgerow owner Helen Philpott had a similar plan, but she never left work. She spent the night, sleeping on the sofa bed upstairs in her store. She says her team is determine to follow through with customer's plans, "nothing's going to stop us, we got the flowers, we got things to go to, we will get things done." The Hedgerow's Bistro is also keeping things stirring at the shop. Workers at the restaurant helped prepare hot soup and sandwiches for workers. They say they treat each other like family. The man who drives home the meaning of commitment in this family is Jim Nicholas. He delivers the flower orders, despite the pile of snow outside.
Workers say they plan on working until midnight on Valentine's Eve. FOr many customers who booked orders before the weather, they may want to call to confirm where the flowers should go since many places are closed.