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Florists prep for busiest day of year


Franklin Mera, and his wife Julie Evans Mera, are too busy on Valentine’s Day to worry about their own romance.

In fact, Feb. 14 is Franklin’s birthday, but for the last 30 years, the best he can hope for on that day is a good lunch.

“It’s really hard to do anything,” Evans Mera said. “Basically, I bring him a steak lunch.”

The couple owns Artistic Flowers & Gifts, a full service florist operation at 6821 N. Broadway. Even though they prepare weeks in advance for Valentine’s Day — placing orders with farmers for the flowers, lining up extra help at the shop — there’s no preparing for those procrastinators (yes, mostly men).

“They wait until the last minute, Valentine’s Day, to come in or call,” Mera said.

Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are the busiest times for florists, Mera said, but Mother’s Day is spread out over a week.

“Valentine’s Day is only a one-day headache,” he said, chuckling.

Customers can order from a variety of arrangements — Enchanted Love, Cotton Candy Valentine, My Purple Hearts, Over the Blue Horizon — featuring different bouquets of lilies, orchids, roses, daisies, tulips and roses. These arrangements and others can be found at the shop’s website, .

Artistic Flowers offers same day deliver, so Mera, who will get to the shop at 6 a.m. tomorrow, expects a long day. “We will work until the last call is finished.”

For those customers wanting to dash in and grab something, the shop will have three times its normal supply of arrangements already prepared.

Artistic Flowers has been around for more than 16 years, eight years at the Broadway location. Before moving there, the shop was located in the Thornton Town Center off Grant Street.

Mera hails from a long line of florists from his home country Venezuela. Although he grew up in the business, he first pursued a career as a martial arts instructor. Now Mera juggles both. Aside from keeping busy at the flower shop, he also teaches karate classes at the Northglenn Recreation Center.

Floristry and marital arts are a natural pairing, Mera said.

“The main thing with martial arts is peace and harmony with the universe,” he said. “There’s beauty and naturalness with flowers. This point in my career, I enjoy every single flower, even if it grows wild in the field. They are all beautiful.”

Through his 30 years in the business, Mera has seen some major changes in the business, including increased competition.

“Your local flower shop has better quality than grocery stores or what arrives in a box ordered off the internet,” he said. “And when people order through their local flower shops, and no the internet, they help the local economy.”

For more information about Artistic Flowers, visit or call 303-450-5290.


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