Racing fans packed State Park Speedway in Rib Mountain Saturday. It was the first day of the racing season and a chance for fans to remember racing icon, Dick Trickle.More >>
Racing fans packed State Park Speedway in Rib Mountain Saturday. It was the first day of the racing season and a chance for fans to remember racing icon, Dick Trickle. People at the track observed a moment of silence for Trickle. He died Thursday in an apparent suicide at the age of 71. Race organizers said the event brought in more than 1,500 fans to watch the season's opening race and to remember Trickle's successful career."More >>
Employees at Bev's Floral in Stevens Point are busy making
arrangements for Valentine's Day. Owner Debbie Freeberg said they try to plan
as much as possible before the 14th, but there's only so much they
"We're working with a perishable product. So, the majority
of the work does come in a few days before the holiday," said Freeberg.
She said Valentine's Day is her busiest day of the year. On
a normal day, the shop does 20 to 50 deliveries. Last year on Valentine's Day,
they did 400.
"We are here pretty late at night and pretty early in the
morning," said Freeberg.
It's the same story at Sugar Doll, a specialty chocolate
shop in Stevens Point. Owner Mary McComb said she depends on the increase in
sales from Valentine's Day.
"Valentine's Day accounts for about 10 percent of my sales a
year. So, I would have to do some hustling to make up for it," said McComb.
All those customers mean a lot of preparation. McComb said
she hires extra workers for the day and makes sure the shop has plenty of
candy, cards and chocolate boxes.
Both shop owners agree: all the long hours and extra
preparation make Valentine's Day worth it.
"I like helping people get just the right candy or the right
card or the right little gift to show their loved ones how they feel," said
"It's a great feeling, and I think that's one of the reasons
we've all picked this profession is because it's very service oriented and for
every walk of life and every occasion," said Freeberg.
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