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Leftover Snow Provides Challenges For Valentine's Day Shoppers in Queens

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Love might be in the air, but there's still a lot of snow on the ground and that's hampering New Yorkers looking buy gifts in Queens this Valentines Day.

There was no wind, puddle or winter storm that could stop several men from going to the flower shop, even if they had to climb mountains to get there.

Shopper: I won't be able to go home if I don't.
Q: So you'll walk through anything?
Shopper: Oh, absolutely. I will walk through anything, blizzard and all.

Lucky for him, the weather wasn't that bad, but he and others had to wade through pools of water and jump through hoops to pick up gifts for their loved ones at the Enchanted Florist flower shop in Maspeth.

"It doesn't matter what I went through. It's worth it," said one shopper.

That was music to the store owners' ears. Well, that, and the register that kept ringing. Both were relieved that the customers came out because they had a lot of merchandise and a number of factors working against them on what's supposed to be their busiest holiday.

Store owners say that they were hit by a double whammy this year. First, Valentine's Day fell on a holiday weekend. Then came the snowstorm.

"I was definitely worried," said Tony Nunziato, owner of Enchanted Florist. "I told my wife we were going to have rose soup for the dinner for the next week if nobody comes in because we have everything planned for it. So thank God."

While selling flowers went smoothly, delivering them was a lot tougher.

"I didn't expect the streets to be so bad," said one person delivering flowers. "There could have been a lot more done to the streets."

As for the customers, driving to the store wasn't too rosy for them, either, but it was worth it not to be left out in the cold when they got home.

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