By: Laura Schulte, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin
It's the time of year to send a bouquet of flowers and some chocolates to the love in your life.
That's right — the romantic holiday is Wednesday, which means it's probably time to get your holiday shopping done. Whether you want flowers and chocolates or something a little out of the ordinary, these local shops have all the bases covered for you.
Krueger Floral and Gift, 5240 Business 51
Looking for the perfect batch of roses delivered right to the door? Check out Krueger Floral's selection. Every year, said manager Beth Eiden, the store orders thousands of roses to keep up with the demand.
If flowers aren't what your Valentine desires, check out the selection of plants, chocolates, stuffed animals, balloons and candles as well. And good news, last minute shoppers — the store has extended hours this weekend and up until Valentine's Day. Make sure to check out its website, www.kruegerfloral.com, for hours or to place your order at any time of the day or night.
Delivery is available from the store to the Wausau metro area, as well as Mosinee. And if you select to have your bouquet delivered before the holiday, you and your Valentine will be entered to win a $100 gift card to Best Buy.
Sweets on 3rd, 615 Third St.
If your Valentine has a sweet tooth, make sure to check out Wausau's downtown candy shop. The most popular items this time of year, said owner Valerie Charneski, are the truffles, which can be found neatly lined up on display shelves in the store. The truffles can be ordered one by one, or in a box of up to 32 pieces, depending on how chocolatey you want the day to be.
And for those who may not be able to deliver gifts themselves — 715 Delivery will pick up the sweets for them and take them right to your Valentine for you.
If your Valentine is more into other types of candy, though, don't despair. There are plenty of gummies, hard candies, and more. You can even put a bow on the Chocolate Shoppe ice cream, which can be sold in pints. There are also coffee and tea sets that allow you to make the perfect cup in the comfort of your own home, Charneski said.
For more information, visit the Sweets on 3rd Facebook page.
Evolutions in Design, 626 Third St.
Though roses might be conventionally the most popular flower on Valentine's Day, Evolutions in Design owner Randy Verhasselt encourages shoppers to think a little outside the box this year.
Evolutions offers a wide selection of colorful, tropical flowers that can be mixed into an arrangement selected from the store's flower menu, or an arrangement designed by the shopper themselves. Pretty much every arrangement made at the store is unique, though, so you don't have to worry about purchasing the same bouquet as everyone else.
And if you want to send another gift item along with the bouquet, there's an option to do that. Verhasselt said that they've delivered plants, jewelry, bath and body items and other trinkets that can be found in the store. Some customers even bring in candy purchased from Sweets on 3rd across the street to send with the flowers.
Verhasselt said the store will be able to deliver flowers to the Wausau, Marathon City and Mosinee areas Monday and Tuesday, but on Wednesday delivery will be confined to Wausau, Schofield and Weston because of the volume of deliveries and how long they take.
For more information on Evolutions in Design and its Valentine's Day offerings, visit www.evolutionsindesign.com.