Pandemic affects busy season for flower shops

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EDINBURG, Texas — This time of the year is usually busy for flower shops, but with so many events canceled because of COVID-19 that’s all changed.

Yaya Rosilla took over her mom’s business, Elva’s Flower Shop in Edinburg which has been around since 1992. 

“We usually have things going on everyday, every weekend, different events, different flowers you know the everyday flower,” said Rosilla.

Rosilla has had to close her doors due to the pandemic.

“We’re completely without anything, without being able to do funeral work, all our weddings we’re canceled, all our school [events canceled], everything that we usually do, we’re not able to,” said Rosilla.

Fortunately, Rosilla said she has enough to get by for now as they had a good Valentine’s Day.

Rosilla said Mother’s Day is also a very busy time for the shop. 

“We have over 200 orders to deliver on Mother’s Day and right now we don’t know what’s going to happen. We’re also having trouble with the airports being closed in Miami, it’s very hard for us,” said Rosilla. 

With the holiday coming up, she is hoping to get back to business as we’re just days out from the start of retail-to-go. 

“Our hope is that this passes and that we’re able to take phone orders and do deliveries by Mother’s Day,” said Rosilla.  

The florist said if they aren’t allowed to continue operating in the coming months, she may have to permanently shut down.

According to Edinburg’s City Attorney, Omar Ochoa, any retail store that has been closed can reopen Friday but can only do so using delivery or “to-go” measures.

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