COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult on several businesses in the area, but one industry that is seeing profit during this time is the flower industry.
Skyway Creations Flower Shop and Greenery in Colorado Springs say this has been one of their toughest, yet busiest years.
But while the profits are up, the reason is grim.
At this flower shop, they are averaging 2-3 funeral arrangements a day. In El Paso County, the average death toll is 20 per week.
With many ordering flowers, this shop is seeing a great deal of net income. "The net is higher, the gross income has been less because of some changes in operations, but we are netting higher" said Don Goede, Owner of Skyway Creations Flower Shop and Greenery in Colorado Springs.
This means they are seeing good profit. But at this flower shop, condolence arrangements are not the only thing keeping them busy, you can add weddings and home decor to that.
"We're blessed with business, and we don't always understand it but one thing that is up is plant sales, we'll have plant sales of $200, $300 to $400 range," added Goede.
But, warning, if you are planning to send your loved one something on Valentine's Day, right now is the time to start planning since this year, it falls on a Sunday. The flower shops says they are already seeing orders pile up for what they call 'Valentine's Week.'