Tough ‘tradies’ show tender love

Thursday 13 February 2020 | Written by Melina Etches | Published in Entertainment


Tough ‘tradies’ show tender love
Beau Villanuva, left, and Sophie Faurens from Island Craft with the order of roses and daisies for Valentine's Day. 20021211/20021212

Local shop orders 900 roses from New Zealand for the loved ones in Rarotonga.

Tradesmen are revealing their tender loving romantic side this Valentine’s Day, booming the increase in orders for red roses.

Judging by the growth of Valentines packages ordered by a local shop, love and romance is in the air, especially among the tradesmen.

Renowned florist Island Craft ordered 900 air freighted roses from New Zealand that arrived yesterday.

Store’s head florist Bea Villanuva says there has been a lot of “tradies” placing their delivery orders since last week.

“It’s wonderful for their wives and partners, who will light up when they receive them,” said Villanuva.

Men are opting for the $100 package that includes six roses, a box of chocolate, an “I love You” balloon and a small teddy bear.

Villanuva said people are spending more money on this year’s Valentine’s Day.

“It’s good to see the tough looking tradies come in themselves, it’s very sweet,” she added.

The website orders have also escalated, she said, adding residents prefer the convenience and many people overseas utilise the online services.

“We are sharing the love for Valentine’s Day,” said Villanuva.

Island Craft is also running a promotion to reward their customers. Those who spend a minimum of $50 at any of their store by Friday 4pm will get into a draw to win a black pearl.

Originating as a Western Christian feast day honouring one or two early saints named Valentinus, Valentine's Day is recognised as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romantic love in many regions around the world.