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Solo Diner Sues Portland Restaurant For $100K Claiming Staff Refused To Serve Her On Valentine’s Day

On the one hand, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a table for one for Valentine’s Day, or any day. On the other hand, restaurants want to fit as many patrons as they can on busy nights like Feb. 14. So is it wrong to boost a patron when the other half of her reservation can’t make it? [More]

Valentine’s Day Aftermath: Floral Disaster And Floral Delight

Valentine’s Day Aftermath: Floral Disaster And Floral Delight

Valentine’s Day isn’t the biggest flower-sending holiday on the calendar. That would be Mothers’ Day. It remains an important flower-giving holiday, though, and one during which florists need to obtain massive quantities of red roses. Here’s one flower delivery that went terribly wrong, and one that turned out beautifully. [More]

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Florist Wire Services Try To Sort Out Frozen Flowers Disaster Via Twitter

Earlier today, we highlighted the feat of globalization that brings millions of red roses to our doorsteps on one specific date. Unfortunately, mid-February this year is a time of bitterly cold temperatures in much of the country. Cool temperatures preserve cut flowers, but cold temperatures can destroy cut flowers and kill live plants. That’s why this Valentine’s Day hasn’t been so great for the national flower-delivery brands. [More]

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How Millions Of Roses Are Ready Just In Time For Valentine’s Day

It would make a lot of people in the flower business very happy if we would just reschedule Valentine’s Day to sometime in July. If we would do that, they wouldn’t have to rush to transport millions of roses from warm climates to colder ones before the very firm deadline of February 14. We’re stuck with that date, and that’s why farmers and wholesalers need to use plant hormones, heaters, fans, and passenger jets to get roses ready at just the right time. [More]

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Whole Foods, Instacart Take On Florists With Valentine’s Flower Deliveries

There could be a new war of the roses brewing this Valentine’s Day. Whole Foods Market and its app-based delivery partner Instacart announced this week that they will challenge traditional florists– and the often-disappointing telefloral industrial complex —  with special Valentine’s Day flower deliveries. [More]

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Qdoba Wants You To Smooch A Stranger For Free Food On Valentine’s Day

We received an e-mail today from burrito eatery Qdoba bout their Valentine’s Day promotion. We didn’t think that this was possible, but on some level it is even more disturbing than the current McDonald’s campaign where customers can call loved ones or hug each other instead of paying for their food with cash. Qdoba promises a free burrito with their new cheesy sauce…if you buy a first burrito, and if you kiss someone on demand. [More]

Survey: Valentine’s Day Spending Drops After Saying “I Do”

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Skeptics have long claimed that the romance of a relationship fades after marriage, and results of a new survey may bolster that argument — at least if you equate “romance” with “how much money you spend on Valentine’s Day.” [More]

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Sex Toy Retailers Stocking Up To Prepare For ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Valentine’s Day Premiere

If there’s one industry that’s been missing out on marketing opportunities linked to big budget feature films, it’s got to be the sex toy industry. Because before Christian Grey and his room full of educational tools got everyone’s moms and aunts texting things we’d rather not read, there really wasn’t an opportune time to peddle promotional Kegel balls. [More]

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Show That Ex Your True Feelings This Valentine’s; Adopt A Cockroach In Their Name

Valentine’s Day is generally a time when you share your love and admiration for your beloved by shelling out an absurd amount of money for flowers, chocolates and dinner. What the day usually fails to recognize is people’s disdain for their ex-significant others. Alas, the San Francisco Zoo feels your pain and is offering scorned partners the chance to feel better by adopting a gross, ugly, scary animal in the name of their exes. [More]

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Americans Will Spend $703 Million On Valentine’s Day Gifts For Pets

Do you like to celebrate holidays with your pet? The National Retail Federation asked Americans how much we plan to spend on Valentine’s Day gifts for our pets, it adds up to $703 million across the whole critter economy. [More]

White Chocolate Raspberry Fights Red Velvet To Become Official Valentine’s Day Flavor

As February approaches, it’s time for a Flavor Battle. The fast-food, candy, and coffee-shop industries must decide what the official natural and artificial flavor of Valentine’s Day is. Is it red velvet or white chocolate raspberry? These two flavors must battle it out to become the pumpkin spice of early February. Dunkin’ Donuts has cast its vote, introducing white chocolate raspberry flavored coffee and lattes. The chain apparently believes that red velvet is a Christmas flavor, having put it on their 2013 holiday novelty drink menu. [The Impulsive Buy]

FTD Delivers Valentine’s Day Flowers Dead Or Late, Shrugs

FTD Delivers Valentine’s Day Flowers Dead Or Late, Shrugs

Daniel bought two FTD Groupons, using one to send flowers to his wife and the other to send a bouquet from himself and his sister to their mother. He was able to schedule the deliveries for Valentine’s Day, but actually getting Valentine’s Day delivery…that was another matter. [More]

ProFlowers Reaches Out Before I Complain About Missed Valentine’s Day Delivery

ProFlowers Reaches Out Before I Complain About Missed Valentine’s Day Delivery

We’ve criticized ProFlowers a lot over the years, even dedicating an entire post to the company’s screwups last Valentine’s Day and inflicting the classic Margaret Saga on the world. It’s only fair that we give the company credit when they do well, though, and this year they captured at least one customer’s heart by apologizing before customers spent an hour on hold or tweeted the company. [More]

1-800-Flowers Botches Valentine’s Day Delivery, Sends $20 Apology Vouchers

1-800-Flowers Botches Valentine’s Day Delivery, Sends $20 Apology Vouchers

The sheer volume of orders of gifts delivered on Valentine’s Day means that someone will inevitably be unhappy with what they receive…or don’t receive. 1-800-Flowers customers were upset about the non-delivery, late delivery, or utter crappiness of their orders. [More]

Money Can’t Buy You Love, But It Can Buy You This Weird Pillow To Make Out With

Money Can’t Buy You Love, But It Can Buy You This Weird Pillow To Make Out With

Listen, we’re not here to judge you on your kissing skills or lack thereof. And we know not everyone has a special someone to lock lips with on Valentine’s Day. So for those folks finding themselves bereft today, you could at least get some practice time in with these — how shall we say it? — unique pillows. [More]

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Yes, we might all be buying a lot of chocolate today (and a lot of half-priced heart-shaped chocolates tomorrow.) While Americans still eat about the same amount of chocolate as we always have, there are fewer people employed in the candy-making industry thanks to overseas production and advances in chocolate-making technology. [CNN Money]

The Best Chocolate Bars For Valentine’s Day (Or Any Day, For That Matter)

The Best Chocolate Bars For Valentine’s Day (Or Any Day, For That Matter)

There is one part of Valentine’s Day that even the loneliest of single hearts can’t be mad about: Candy. Specifically, glorious, melt-in-your-mouth-if-not-your-frozen-heart chocolate. But not all chocolate bars are made the same, so it’s important today (and any darn day you feel like eating chocolate) to suss out the best from the rest. [More]

Attention, Ladies: You Don’t Have To Buy The Same Trendy, Sexy Underwear Everyone Else Buys

Attention, Ladies: You Don’t Have To Buy The Same Trendy, Sexy Underwear Everyone Else Buys

We know, we know — all of you women out there (yours truly included because chromosomes) always feel like you’ve got to buy whatever trendy underthings are currently deemed “sexy.” Or at least, a study that seeks to bust that myth says we might feel that pressure. Anyway, it’s not true. You don’t have to buy in to consumer trends, the researchers say. What a relief. [More]