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Seasonal florists and extra drivers try to keep up with Valentine’s Day demand

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Posted at 5:57 PM, Feb 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-13 23:31:44-05

SALT LAKE CITY – Who said, 'love is dead?'

No one working for Harmons said that!

Harmons is delivering a record-breaking number of flower orders for Valentine's Day this year. Last year, Harmons' team of florists and delivery drivers dropped off 800 bouquets, and this year they are on track to break that number.

The store prepared by buying 120,000 red roses, for its "desirables" bouquet.

"It's the best deal around: $39.99 for a dozen red roses!" said Harmons' florist Kristy Barlow. "We have 1,000 people here working, doing our desirables, working long days and all night."

Barlow is one of 50 seasonal florists at Harmons working the last couple weeks to prepare for this Valentine's Day weekend.

The store accepted orders for Valentine's Day delivery until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 13.

The store also hired 30 delivery drivers, which is the most they have ever hired for this holiday.

Harmons delivers from Orem to Farmington, designing dozens of arrangements plus those original customer creations.

It's drivers tell FOX 13 the delivery is usually the best part of the job.

"I love bringing that smile to people's face's when I give them their flowers," said delivery driver Keith Anderson.

Anderson said his favorite delivery came on Friday.

"She is 91-years-old," said Anderson as he drove to his next delivery." "She was telling me about the fact that she just had a new pacemaker put in. She was using a walker and so I placed the red flowers and set them inside for her at her place. She was really excited."

Harmons said they can only hope next year is even bigger and better.