Valentine's Day

Economics
3:22 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Snow In Charlotte Leaves Florists Scrambling

Mignon Long, a floral designer at Gallery of Flowers in Charlotte, counts to make sure there are 36 roses in the bouquet on a Valentine's Day order.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Governor Pat McCrory says he expects this week's winter storm will hit the state's wallet pretty hard.  


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue February 11, 2014

The Candy Industry

Valentine's Day is coming up and that means that men will be scrambling for the traditional gifts of roses and chocolate. A lot of chocolate. Tons and tons. Valentine’s Day is one of several holidays that has become synonymous with millions of dollars in candy sales. But candy is a huge part of our culture all year round. Confectioners sell $25 Billion worth of candy, use billions of pounds of ingredients and employ tens of thousands of workers each year. The Confectioner industry is also dominated by small and, often, family owned business. Beyond the numbers there is an intense relationship between American consumers and their candy. A relationship that impacts healthcare, the economy, and more. It’s a sweet edition of Charlotte Talks.

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WFAEats
12:10 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Love And Grilled Cheese

Credit Flickr/L.Richarz

When I was a sophomore in high school, I had my first boyfriend.  We had just started dating that January, and I was thrilled to have a Valentine.  As the big day approached, I pressed him for what we might be doing for Valentine’s Day.  Each time I asked, he was a bit vague.  I reminded him that Valentine’s Day was one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants, and that if we were going to dinner he might want to think about making a reservation. 

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WFAEats
11:45 am
Tue February 26, 2013

A Very Special Meal

Ed and Pat FitzGerald with their signature sushi.

Pat FitzGerald's story is a winner of our WFAEats Valentine's contest, where we asked for your best food-themed Valentine's story.

In 2002 I brought my 89-year-old mother home from a long illness in California. I placed her in a lovely retirement community where she was happy, made new friends.

Then, Valentine's Day emerged and she remembered her husband who had died last year.

"Gosh," said my husband, Fitz. "Grams seems sad without Don and his Valentine corsage. Why not have a dinner party for her? We could invite our friends who lost spouses."

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WFAEats
11:29 am
Wed February 20, 2013

The Best And Last Cheesecake I've Ever Made

Karen Grochowsky's story is a winner of our WFAEats Valentine's contest. We'll be posting all five winning entries over the next couple of weeks.

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WFAEats
10:39 am
Tue February 12, 2013

I Loathe My Valentine

Giving chocolate is easy. But what if you want to send a different message this Valentine’s Day? Never fear, we’ve got great gift suggestions for those tasteless or unsavory people in your love life.

How about a life-sized gummi snake? You can curl it around your arm when you deliver it to that poisonous person, or let the recipient be surprised when he or she opens the box.

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