MONROE, Conn. — The romantic Valentine's Day shoppers at Irene's Flower Shop in Monroe like to keep it traditional.
"Roses are still the go-to flower on Valentine's Day," says Holly, who works at the shop. "Pink, red or white, the guys like to stay simple with roses."
Simple or extravagant, Valentine’s Day is big business from local stores to national retailers. Americans spent nearly $19 billion last year for Valentine’s Day and could spend close to $20 billion this year, according to fatwallet.com.
During the season, 250 million roses are produced. Many consumers opt for the red roses, which account for 40 percent of purchases, according to the site.
Men typically outspend women two to one on holiday-related purchases. And don’t forget the four-legged members of your family: About 1 in 5 Americans will buy gifts for their pets.
For those looking to buy flowers in Monroe, Irene's Flower Shop is located at 600 Main St. Call 203-268-7027 or visit the website for more information.