Cold Temperatures Warm Hearts – Valentine’s Day Flowers in OKC

We had a visit from Lauren Daniels, a KFOR reporter who wanted to know how we deal with freezing temperatures on our busiest flower delivery day of the year.  Here’s the video and an excerpt from the news article:

KFOR visited locally-owned Capitol Hill Florist for a behind-the-scenes look.

With hundreds of arrangements going out all across the Oklahoma City metro, every detail must be perfect.

It’s a labor of love making sure everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

“We triple or quadruple our staff,” said owner Kent Whitnah. “We’ve got fourth and fifth generation family that come in and work.”

“We all kind of just go through it. As soon as we can start driving, we start delivering,” said Chet Whitnah, Kent’s son.

It’s the busiest day of the year for the crew at Capitol Hill Florist, who worked until late Thursday night and started again early Friday morning.

Three-hundred and fifty arrangements went out the day before Valentine’s Day, and about 400 are heading out on the big day.

It’s a holiday that got off to a cold start this year with temperatures well below freezing.

Staff started loading flowers into delivery vans at 6:30 a.m., about an hour later than normal. They said they had to work hard to make sure flowers don’t experience temps below 32 degrees – as frozen flowers have a harder time warming hearts.

“We’ve been really lucky with weather for Valentine’s Day over the last 10 years. So, this cold snap is a little bit different, and we have to deal with it,” Kent Whitnah said.

The key to a loved one’s heart is different from person to person.

“Red roses, especially, are the message of love, and so we send more red roses than anything, but we’re sending a lot of lilies and more tulips this year,” Patty Wiggins said.

Patty is in charge of finding the recipes for each unique arrangement.

“Designing is the fun part in that there’s lots of options to pick from in the way of sunflowers or hydrangeas or roses or lilies,” she said.

“Send flowers,” Kent Whitnah said. “It’s the message of love.”

Read the full KFOR article here.


KFOR TV Visit Capitol Hill Florist on busy day before Valentine’s Day

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KFOR TV arrived early at the shop on Friday to let everyone see the “organized chaos” that goes with delivering almost 700 arrangements that are fresh and on time in one day!  They discussed the amount consumers spend individually and the estimated total spent each year.

Watch our video to see the bouquets and even a delivery from one Valentine to another!

Just dial F-L-O-W-E-R-S to order!


Valentine’s Day is Almost Here!

Capitol Hill Florist Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day from Capitol Hill Florist

Flowers, Balloons, Jewelry, Candy……… Dog Collars?  Has Valentine’s Day become too commercialized?

In some respects the holiday may be over stimulated.  Traditionally, what used to be a pretty simple cut and dry “send flowers and be done with it” has grown into an $18+ Billion dollar market.

We’re spending $815 million for Valentine’s gifts for our pets for pete’s sake!

But, maybe it’s better to look at it from another angle.  THE RECIPIENT!

We’re not seeing the receivers of our Valentine gifts complaining.  With women being the primary recipients of Valentine gifts, we find that they welcome the attention of receiving that huge arrangement of flowers, especially when it arrives at the office, where all of their peers can watch in admiration!

It’s that delivery experience that really sets the gift of flowers apart from the rest of the mix.

Fresh FLOWERS hand designed and hand delivered, from your LOCAL florist, with an expression of sentiment attached to convey just the right message of LOVE.

When it comes to Valentine’s Day the recipient’s experience proves that tradition prevails.

But don’t forget the Dog Collar!

Kent Whitnah, Owner, Capitol Hill Florist