Florist faces rising costs ahead of Mother’s Day

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University Flowers said its supply costs have risen by at least 50%, but they are trying to keep customers and moms happy this coming weekend.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — With Mother’s Day on Sunday, florists in Bryan and College Station have time to make beautiful flower arrangements for their customers.

Tammy Kaus, the owner of University Flowers in College Station, has made memories in College Station for years, she said that’s where her passion began to blossom.

“I think every florist starts out as a part-time florist doing things like silk arrangements,” Kaus said.

Kaus has been arranging for people for decades. So when Mother’s Day rolls around, she knows that the number of orders will start to increase.

“We’re preparing for Mother’s Day because it’s so much more than normal labor days,” Kaus said.

More recently, however, she and several florists have encountered supply problems. Something that caused her to raise prices in some areas. Kaus said the cost of flowers, baskets and other items she regularly receives has increased by at least 50%.

It all starts when she needs to know what is available from suppliers.

“We would call a supplier and say ‘hey, I need this flower. Hey I need this flower.’ they’re not always available like they used to be,” Kaus said.

According to Kaus, they hire delivery drivers to drive around the area just for the holidays, making sure they get to where they need to go.

“One of them knows the area really well, so he puts all of our itineraries together. He’s an invaluable resource,” Kaus said.

Kaus says they will be open until 2 p.m. on Saturday for those who are still looking for a gift for mom.

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