Flower shop preps for holiday

first_imgValentine’s Day is right around the corner, but the student managers at Irish Gardens have been preparing for the flower-heavy holiday for more than two months. Planning for the busiest business week of the year for the completely student-run, independent floral shop began in December, general manager Krystal Hentges said. On an average business day, Irish Gardens places approximately $100 in flower orders, but Hentges said that figure jumps to nearly $1,000 per day during the Valentine’s Day boom. “First, we evaluate sales from the previous year and come up with a fun slogan,” Hentges said. “I placed our flower product order in January.” Hentges said this year’s slogan is “You can’t escape puppy love,” and the annual flower shipment, which includes some new floral arrangement offerings, arrived Monday at its location in the basement of the LaFortune Student Center. “This year, I wanted to mix up the bouquets we have offered in previous years and one I’m really excited about has lilies and hydrangeas,” Hentges said. But the delivery of 38 boxes of flowers only marks the beginning of the hectic days leading up to Feb. 14, she said. “Amidst boys coming in to place last-minute orders, we spend the next two days processing the flowers,” Hentges said. “We get them out of the … boxes they come in, clip them, get them in water and organize them.” Hentges said Valentine’s Day festivities really begin today when the Irish Gardens staff spends hours making all the preordered flower arrangements for distribution Thursday. “Last year, we worked from 10 [a.m.] until 9 [p.m.] making all the arrangements,” she said. “It’s a lot of work, but it is so much fun.” On the day of the holiday, Hentges said the store is busy with deliveries, pickups and last-minute orders. Despite the chaos, Hentges said the staff’s hard work results in beautiful final products. “It is amazing to see some of the work that comes out of the shop. It is so gorgeous,” she said. “It does not even feel like I am working when I am the shop, because it is such a fun and creative outlet.” Hentges said Irish Gardens staff members enjoy working during the busy holiday season, even if it means longer hours in the shop. “It’s the one time of the year that everyone is in the shop, and it is a big bonding experience,” she said. “It is a huge learning experience for the staff. It’s awesome to see everyone improve so drastically and becomes more confident in their ability.” Senior employee Katie Melloh said her first Valentine’s season in the shop has been busier than expected. “I was abroad last spring. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I haven’t had a free moment the past two days while at work,” she said. “It’s been really crazy, but a lot of fun.” More than the personal satisfaction the staff draws from working during Valentine’s Day, Hentges said helping students celebrate the holiday with flowers makes all the work worth it. “I can never decide which part of working at Irish Gardens is my favorite, helping the customers or making the arrangements. It’s so fun to help guys find that perfect arrangement. … It’s a process because most guys come in completely clueless,” Hentges said. “Once they come to a decision, it really is exciting when they feel confident in their choice and hopefully aren’t scared of coming in anymore.” Irish Gardens will be open today until 7 p.m. and will open for business Thursday from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. while supplies last. For more information on pricing and Valentine’s Day specials, visit flowershop.nd.edu. Contact Katie McCarty at kmccar16@nd.edulast_img read more

USC basketball notes: Tournament new to the Trojans

first_img“He’s been through a lot,” Floyd said. “But we still talk four to five times a week, so I’d love for him to be there.” No practice: Floyd canceled practice Monday, deciding to rest players after they played Thursday, Friday and Saturday in their run to the Pac-10 Tournament final. They did report to Galen Center to watch film on Arkansas. matthew.kredell@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It will definitely be a little nerve-wracking for a lot of people, because no one’s been in it,” Wilkinson said. “But I think that also brings a lot of fire and passion to the game because guys like Nick (Young), Gabe (Pruitt) and (Lodrick Stewart), especially Lod being his senior year, want to prove they can step up and lead this team. If you want to go to the next level, what more perfect opportunity than to lead our team to the Final Four.” Though the players lack NCAA Tournament experience, their coach does not. Tim Floyd has a 4-5 record in five previous trips to the tournament with Iowa State and New Orleans. His last three tournament teams at Iowa State all won at least one game. When USC takes the court Friday to face Arkansas in the NCAA Tournament, it will be unknown territory for every player. USC’s players can only imagine the intensity of being in an NCAA Tournament game, because the last time the team was in the tournament was during the 2001-02 season. Sophomore forward Keith Wilkinson believes that the novelty of this week could be a positive as well as negative for USC. center_img “He knows how to prepare and get ready for big games such as this,” Wilkinson said. “I think that’s really going to help us, especially not having any (tournament experience) on the team.” Floyd’s last trip to the dance was in 1997, when he led Iowa State to the Sweet 16. Iowa State missed the tournament the next season, then Floyd left to the NBA to coach the Chicago Bulls. “It seems unbelievable it’s been 10 years, but it has,” Floyd said. “… It’s always an exciting time, a time I missed when I was in the NBA. I always paid close attention to the games and how my friends were doing around the country.” Haskins invited: Floyd said he invited Don Haskins to attend Friday’s game. Floyd started his career as an assistant at Texas-El Paso under Haskins, who was immortalized in the movie “Glory Road” for starting an all-black team and winning the 1966 NCAA Championship over an all-white Kentucky squad. Floyd said he was unsure if Haskins would be able to make it to the game because of his health. He’s had multiple heart surgeries and needed to have part of his foot amputated due to complications from diabetes, according to Floyd. last_img read more