April Haymond, the owner of Candlelight and Roses in the Spanish Springs, is in the business of bringing a smile to the faces of lovers and friends.
“You should just see the faces of the people getting flowers,” Haymond said. “They just can’t believe they are getting something so nice.”
The small flower boutique, which opened in September 2007, grew out of a few wedding arrangements.
“I did flowers for weddings and other large events all through high school and decided one day to open my own shop,” Haymond said.
Her original store on Longley Lane opened eight years ago and her flowers have filled the hands of hundreds of blushing brides and the tables at just as many wedding receptions.
“When you think of being in love, you think of roses,” Haymond said. “That’s kind of where the name came from.”
Now, with the new store in Spanish Springs, Haymond is branching out to provide flowers for all occasions.
Valentine's Day, though, brings her busiest season.
“On Thursday there will be a line out the door,” Haymond said, adding that most of her customers are male.
“The people I am mainly selling to belong to the male population,” Haymond said. “Some of them you have to educate. Men don’t know much about flowers.”
When a customer reaches the counter, Haymond will pull out books full of flower arrangements and go over cards and accessories for the personalized gift.
This personal attention can create quite a backlog on Valentine’s Day, she said.
To tempt customers to order early, the energetic florist is offering a box of chocolates with each order made on Monday or Tuesday.
“Chocolates go well with Valentine’s Day,” Haymond said with a smile.
The business’s neighbors, Massage Envy and See’s Candies, are also working with Haymond on a Valentine’s Day package.
Romantics can go to Candlelight and Roses for a $160 package which includes a one-hour massage from Massage Envy, a Mylar balloon and a dozen roses.
Haymond is also talking with See’s Candies about delivering their chocolate orders along with some of her roses. But that relationship is still in the formative stages.
Candlelight and Roses is a family affair for Haymond. Her father, Denny L’Heureux, gathers bouquets a few times a week and delivers the blooms to smiling recipients.
“We are just scattered to the four winds,” L’Heureux said. “On a normal day we have about 30 deliveries a piece. During Valentine’s Day we are expecting more than 100.”
Haymond’s husband, mother and sister are also part of the Candlelight and Roses bunch. Haymond’s sister left her own florist shop in Idaho to help with the business’s growth in Spanish Springs.
“It’s the best job in the world,” Haymond said. “You are bringing joy to everybody and it’s just such a happy environment.”
Candlelight and Roses is located at 155 Disc Drive, Suite 101. Haymond also takes special orders via phone at 354-2300.