Island Craft was busy selling and delivering flowers all day Monday. PHOTO: CALEB FOTHERINGHAM/22021413
Local businesses cashing in on Rarotonga romance were fully booked and busy yesterday.
Island Craft owner, Fletcher Melvin said his business had been preparing for Valentine’s Day a month out.
“It's been busy today, we’ve been promoting this since the first of February,” Melvin said yesterday.
“It’s one of our big days of the year, it’s
really important because this is normally the slow period, so Valentine’s kind
of saves us.
“It’s a good way to get people back out,
spending and buying stuff again. People are generally saving up for this day
The store had delivered and sold gifts to local lovers around the island
all Monday. Melvin said around 500 roses had been brought over from New Zealand
for the day. At around 1pm yesterday only a few roses remained.
Melvin said it was normal for the store to sell out of Valentine’s
“We like to run out right at the end (of
the day) but if you don’t want to run out too early otherwise you get
disappointed customers,” he said.
“Every year we try to add a little bit
more (gifts) but this year we went a bit conservative. We weren’t sure if
people had the appetite for spending.”
The Lucky Rooster Eatery opened yesterday’s
on Valentine’s to kick start 2022 after two weeks off. The cafe’s owner, Armin Schwander
said the dinner was fully booked with 50 guests.
Schwander said the cafe had lots of
airflow and was spacious, which was ideal considering there was Covid-19
The Lucky Rooster is normally open from
8.30am to 2pm. Schwander said being open for dinner was a special occasion that
only happened a few times a year.
Pacific Resort also had a fully booked
restaurant for Valentine’s day.
Resort general manager Ani Thompson said
the resort’s occupancy was typically quiet this time of year so they liked to
promote Valentine’s day to the local community.
Last night the Muri-based resort had a
“combination of in-house guests and locals spoiling themselves”.
Special cocktails were also made for the menu by two time Rarotonga cocktail champion, Rupeni Mataitoga.