Local florist prepares for busy Valentine’s Day after lighting fire

Local florist prepares for busy Valentine's Day after lighting fire

Local florist prepares for busy Valentine’s Day after lighting fire


Staunton, Va. (WHSV) – On Valentine’s Day 2022, a Staunton florist is filling holiday orders with the support of the community.

“It’s been overwhelming. In fact, I’ve met people I haven’t seen in years,” says Luanne Goodloe.

The Lasker Florist building in downtown Staunton caught fire in early February. Just a few weeks before one of the busiest days of the year, the team was forced to move everything they could salvage. They appealed to the community for the vase, and many responded.

“People were driving around from Harrisonburg in Massanuten to deliver vases for us,” Goodlow said. “I met a woman who brought 90 vases from her neighborhood. That’s exactly what happened. Things make our hearts feel good.”

The florist is now operating at another location in Staunton, on Spring Hill Road.

“We made a lot of vases ahead of time, and this year is a little different because we’re trying to get used to a new place,” Goodlow said.

With Monday off, employees have been working around the clock.

“There’s always been a shortage of roses, so we’re lucky to get roses. We’re going to do a special, cash and carry. People just walk in and we wrap it up,” the florist said.

They may be closed on Tuesday, but Goodlow wants everyone to know they’re still open.

“Just give us a call and come over. We’re at 835 Springhill Rd., across from Queen City Brewing,” she said.

Rask Florist is still accepting donations of vases. You can send them to a new location or the Staunton-Augusta YMCA.

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