Business owners and grateful consumers are spending this Valentine’s Day amid a pandemic and supply chain issues – CBS New York


NEW YORK (CBS New York) – The pandemic and supply chain issues have put pressure on businesses, and ahead of Valentine’s Day, CBS2’s Dave Carlin checked in to see if store owners fear Cupid will misses the target.

“It’s one of those holidays where we add lots of sprinkles, lots of color, lots of chocolate on everything and we really like it,” said Marc Coolrecht, owner of City Cakes.

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Cupid shot an arrow right through the heart of this Chelsea bakery. At City Cakes, Valentine’s Day sales are better than expected.

“Now we’re starting to see those custom orders coming in and more foot traffic as well,” Coolrecht said.

As some pandemic worries seem to be slowing, wallets are opening. The thought is that when people have hope, they are more willing to splurge.

“I’ve got the card. I’ve got presents. Dinner is still up in the air,” said Englewood, New Jersey resident Walter Hartman.

Hartman knows he needs to find the right place fast. Tables fill up fast.

Restaurants are adding special menus and promotions and seeing an increase in reservations, not just for Valentine’s Day, but for the weekend days before it.

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“People are booking,” said Libby Apicella, owner of Azalea restaurant on West 51st Street. “We’re going to have a pretty full house on Valentine’s Day.”

“We are always grateful that there is a holiday in mid-February because it really helps,” said John Soroka, co-owner of Delphinium Home.

“We are seeing light at the end of the tunnel again,” said Michael Quinn, co-owner of Delphinium Home. “Candles, cards… Jewelry moves, a bit of everything. “)

“This year, Valentine’s Day spending is actually expected to be the second highest year on record, at least since being tracked by the National Retail Federation,” said Kristin Myers, editor of The Balance, an online resource to help people with money.

She has some tips for shoppers doing last-minute shopping before the holidays.

“Instead of getting some of these hardware items that are 100% more expensive due to supply chain issues, maybe consider getting experiential gifts instead,” she said. “Airline tickets, there are sales on tickets there. There are sales on hotels.

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She says when shopping for your sweetheart, also show some mom-and-pop shop love by buying local.


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