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Florists, retailers hurt by pre-Valentine's snow

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -

Love is in the air, but snow is on the ground, and it's making some florists and restaurant owners a little nervous across North Carolina on the verge of Valentine's Day.

While winter weather was slowly heading north on Thursday, driving is still treacherous. Florists across the state have been scrambling to make deliveries, or make alternate plans to get roses and other arrangements to their destinations.

Frank Campisi of Fallon's Flowers in Raleigh said he's had to move deliveries from Friday to Saturday and, in some cases, to Monday.

At Liberty Oak restaurant in downtown Greensboro, assistant manager Jessica Estes said the storm's timing couldn't have been worse.

Last-minute shoppers may be in a bind, too, because many malls either closed early Thursday, or never opened at all.

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