Hearts of Madison County

Couples have options for Valentine’s festivities

Posted 2/4/20

Love’s keen sting is in the air as calendars flip to February and individuals across the country scamper from store-to-store or site-to-site in an effort to find the perfect something for that special someone.

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Hearts of Madison County

Couples have options for Valentine’s festivities

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Love’s keen sting is in the air as calendars flip to February and individuals across the country scamper from store-to-store or site-to-site in an effort to find the perfect something for that special someone.

While some brave souls may attempt to venture into the unknown while shopping for their significant others, most opt to keep it simple with tried and true traditions that have helped turn the holiday into the massive, commercialized spectacle it is today.

Nearly $4 billion will be spent on dining out and movie tickets alone in celebration of Valentine’s Day with another $1.5 billion on cards, according to muchneeded.com.

35 percent of Valentine’s Day purchases will be spent on traditional flowers. The timeless gift of a bouquet of flowers remains second only to candy as the most popular gift item on Feb. 14.

The folks at Heart to Heart in Madisonville are all too aware of these statistics as they prepare to deliver flowers throughout the county, a service that heightens in demand come Valentine’s Day.

“We try to bring on extra staff so we can get everything delivered in a timely manner, because we deliver to Midway, to North Zulch, and all the way over to Bedias,” said Owner Bubba Stanton. “I would encourage people to call in Monday and let us deliver all week instead of just the day of.”

Heart to Heart was primarily a flower shop for over 30 years before it was purchased by Stanton in 2013. The inventory was then expanded to include a higher range of options, which now includes countless home gifts and beauty products.

“We are a full-fledged flower shop,” said Stanton. “But we have enough stuff to where we can also make gift baskets with bath and body products, scents, colognes and lotions. People order and we deliver.”

Heart to Heart adheres to basic order such as a dozen red roses as well as more unique bouquets comprising of a variety of flowers. The flower studio is located in the middle of the store behind its diverse retail section.

A unique aspect of Valentine’s Day 2020 is the fact that it happens to fall on a Friday. The holiday is typically tarnished by work week stress and can become somewhat of a hassle for average working individuals who feel pressured to pull out all the stops.

This year, the carefree attitude of a Friday night will merge with the excitement of Valentine’s Day and undoubtedly result in even more movie ticket purchases than in previous years. Local couples will also migrate to restaurants throughout the area if they had the presence of mind to make timely reservations.

Locally, couples and singles alike are all welcome to purchase tickets to Madisonville Christian Fellowship’s annual Valentine’s Day banquet, which will take place at the church itself.

“We put a big influence on love and love in God and God being the definition of love for us,” said Bro. Joshua Schwarz, Senior Pastor at MCF. “It is kind of an all-inclusive meal. Very romantic, I guess you could say.”

The event includes the ‘Not-So-Newlywed Game’, a play off of the famous ‘Newlywed Game’, which challenges new couples to answer questions about their significant others. MCF’s version is the same other than the amount of time most participants have been together. The top finishers will walk away with prizes.

“It is very entertaining and always fun to see the couples figure out what they know about each other and what they do not,” said Schwarz.

The event will be catered by Mallett Brothers Barbeque and Grill. High school students and members of the church will act as servers during the meal. They will work for tips and raise money to go to church camp.

The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Valentine’s Day at MCF.

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