US (NY): Brooklyn flower shop busy with Mother’s Day rush

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Some New Yorkers scrambled Sunday to get mom a last-minute gift for Mother’s Day. On the corner of Flatbush Avenue and St. Marks Avenue is a neighborhood deli, where many lined up to pick out the right floral bouquet.

“Nonstop then, nonstop then,” Sergio Alejandro Vega, owner of Flowers by Sergio, said. “You see people waiting like 10 minutes in the line.” Vega said he’s been working around 18 hours for the last three days, prepping for Sunday’s rush.

“Apparently, a lot of guys have the same idea I do. Imagine that! But the line does go long as the day goes on, so the earlier the better,” Greg Yerman said while buying flowers for his wife. It’s not just husbands, many young people also want to show mom she’s appreciated.

“I know that she likes the combination of the colors and the flowers,” Luisa Schneeweis Wilk said while buying flowers for her mother. “And, she doesn’t really like a big bunch. She likes small, different details.” Nationwide, consumers are expected to spend around $33.5 billion this Mother’s Day, according to the National Retail Federation. While it’s a near-record amount of spending, it’s less than last year, which was $35.7 billion.


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