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 Roses

Capitol Hill Florist Still Taking Valentine’s Orders for Roses with Friday Delivery

OKLAHOMA CITY — Capitol Hill Florist is still accepting Valentine’s Day orders for Roses with Friday delivery.  Local customers can just dial “FLOWERS” to order. “We are expecting the biggest Valentine’s Day in our history this year,” said Kent Whitnah, Owner of Capitol Hill Florist. “We have 15 vans ready to roll and we are projecting 600+ deliveries that day which is about 10+ times our daily average.”

All of Capitol Hill Florist’s arrangements are professionally hand designed and personally hand delivered.  Capitol Hill Florist believes in investing in new technology such as the addition of its 7,000-cubic foot state-of-the-art walk-in cooler that enables them to provide the freshest flowers in town.

Capitol Hill Florist and Gifts – Founded in 1932, Capitol Hill Florist and Gifts provides same day delivery of the freshest floral arrangements and unique gifts with two locations serving the Oklahoma City metro area. Orders are professionally hand-arranged and hand-delivered and can be placed nationwide at 1-800-526-4852 or online at www.capitolhillflorist.com.

To Order Locally Dial “F-L-O-W-E-R-S”!


How the Weather Will Make Valentine’s Day Great!

Keeping the flowers fresh!

Keeping the flowers fresh!

photo 1 photo 2Check out how the weather will make this Valentine’s Day Great!

We expect sales to increase as the weather warms up. One of our biggest challenges at Valentine’s Day is doing about a month’s worth of deliveries on one day — Valentine’s Day.

The weather makes a big difference in how and when orders can be delivered. With this recent cold weather we have had to wrap all of the deliveries to protect them from the cold.

The good news is warmer weather is coming! Capitol Hill Florist is ready for what should be record sales.  With 14 vans running on Feb 13 and 14 we anticipate making at least 1500 deliveries this Valentine’s Day.

Call for your hand-arranged, hand-delivered bouquets at 1-800-526-4852 or order online at www.capitolhillflorist.com.

Click here for the History of Capitol Hill Florist:
http://www.capitolhillflorist.com/history.asp?topnav=LeftNav