Valentine's Day 2015
Some of the love stories, deals and events surrounding Valentine's Day 2015.
Are you single? Take heart: D.C. ranks high for love-seekers
WASHINGTON — As roses arrive at office cubicles and reservations for two fill up restaurants, singles have the opportunity to take stock of their circumstances.
The unsettling reality soon strikes at the core: Singles Awareness Day, otherwise known as Valentine’s Day, has arrived.
But the future may not seem so bleak for the singles ready to mingle in D.C. Perhaps — would you believe? — they can even find a glimmer of hope this year.
As it happens, no big city in America is a better than D.C. for singles to find love, according to a review by Zillow.
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Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Get into the Valentine's Day mood with free poems from Audible.
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WASHINGTON -- Fourteen lucky District couples will get to call Feb. 14, 2015 their anniversary date.D.C. Family Court has announced that the marriage bureau will be open Saturday for the first time ever to perform the weddings.“I appreciate court staff taking time away from their family and friends and coming to work on a Saturday morning so that we can perform these couples’ marriage ceremonies on this special date,” said Chief Judge Lee Satterfield in a press release.“We expect to see a lot of smiling faces this Saturday, on the faces of the newly-married couples and their loved ones, and on the faces of court staff who so enjoy being witness to this special time in peoples’ lives.”Press will be allowed in the room while ceremonies take place as long as they have the couple's consent.
WTOPWASHINGTON — Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and love is in the air. It’s an age-old tradition to give heart-shaped boxes of chocolate to your loved one on February 14th. And wine and…
How do people really find love?APWith Valentine's Day sneaking up, love is in the air.Read a few how-we-met stories -- from one that could be considered terribly tacky to another involving a local round of putt-putt golf.The story is on WTOP.com.
At some flower shops, you won’t find roses for Valentine’s DayPhoto courtesy Little Acre Farms
WASHINGTON — At The Modest Florist, in Baltimore, there isn’t a red rose in sight — not even on the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. It’s a business decision that owner Libby Francis-Baxter says is intentional.
The shop, which opened in 2013, sells only locally grown flowers, and as it turns out, rose-growers in the D.C. area are scarce.
“Up until about the ’80s, it was very typical to have greenhouses that specialized in roses all throughout the country,” Francis-Baxter says. But, she says, that is no longer the case.
In 1971, the U.S. produced 1.2 billion blooms of roses, carnations and chrysanthemums, and imported 200 million. Thirty years later, those statistics reversed,Smithsonian reports.
“Little by little, over the decades, we now have about 90 percent of the roses that are sold in the United States actually coming from Colombia and Ecuador, with very few still produced in California,” Francis-Baxter says.
Seventy percent of all flowers sold in the U.S. come from Colombia, a countrythat exports around $1 billion worth of flowers annually.
For florists, Valentine’s Day is the single busiest day of the year — a day, Francis-Baxter says, that significantly impacts annual sales. With roses totaling75 percent of the flowers purchased on Valentine’s Day, one might find it crazy to intentionally not sell them. But Francis-Baxter isn’t easily intimidated, nor is she dissuaded from her mission.
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A Real heart for Valentine's DayOliver's mother had never thought he'd live this long, but medical science has allowed this cupid a chance no one would imagine a generation ago -- all because of a transplant. Read more on WTOP.comCaylyn Otto places her hands on her son, Oliver, at the Phoenix Children's Hospital in Phoenix on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Terry Tang)
Snow blues putting New England Valentine's Day brokers in the redIn New England, super snow storms are threatening the normally booming Valentine's Day restaurant market. More on WTOP.com.In this Feb. 11, 2015 file photo, commuters walk past piles of snow in front of Au Chocolat in downtown Boston. During the series of storms, some retail businesses are struggling as messy roads and traffic jams have driven consumers away. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)
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