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Love strengthens the economy

Richard Jarvis of Town and Country Flowers in Southbridge, at right, makes up an arrangement on Saturday, the day before Valentine’s Day, one of the busiest days of the year for florists. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
February 14, 2010
Whether more people are in love this year or the ones who are just have more money, people apparently shelled out more money this Valentine's Day than last year, perhaps suggesting a slight turnaround in the economy.

Rose Beam of the Sturbridge Candy and Gift Shoppe on Route 20 said that while day-to-day business is still a struggle, her Valentine's weekend went over very well.

"So far, sales are up from last year," Beam said on Saturday, though attributing part of her holiday boon to being the sole survivor of a niche market.

"We also have Hebert's no longer in town," Beam said of Hebert Candies, formerly of River Road. "That kind of makes me the only game in town."

See Tuesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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