Middleton Home Hardware saves Valentine’s Day


Published on February 14, 2017
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Home Hardware saved Valentine's Day in Middleton this year. Sabrina Tapp of Valley Rose flower shop faced a mountain of snow when she arrived at work this morning, one of the busiest days of the year for a florist. But some neighbours soon came to the rescue from Home Hardware just across the street. Anne Callanan, Joan Penny, and Emily Shorey brought shovels from the hardware store and helped clear an eight-foot path through the four-foot-deep snow to the flower shop's door. Not only that, the Home Hardware staff dug out some spray calk and painted open signs, hearts, and flowers in the snow banks so people would know Middleton was open for business after Monday's snow storm. Customers driving by couldn't tell if businesses were open because of the mountains of snow.

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Linda MacNeil at Cinnamon Creek in Middleton thought the spray chalk open signs in the snow banks was a great idea. People were stopping and taking pictures.

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Jonathan Archibald at Blue Griffin Books in Middleton has a spray chalk open sign in front of his business on Commercial Street in Middleton thanks to staff at Home Hardware.

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Customers at Valley Rose flower shop in Middleton were able to get their Valentine's Day bouquets Feb. 14 thanks to some shovelling help from Home Hardware. And people knew the shop was open thanks to Home Hardware's spray chalk signs.

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This is one of the 'open' signs in front of Valley Rose.

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Emily Shorey was one of the Home Hardware heroes who helped dig out Valley Rose flower shop and save Valentine's Day in Middleton today.

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Home Hardware's Andy Barteaux holds up a box of Blizz Art spray chalk that is environmentally friendly. Store staff spray painted open signs on the snow banks up and down the street.

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This sign in back of Middleton Home Hardware describes it like it is. Drifts at the back of the store this morning reach to the roof.

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Emily Shorey of Home Hardware shovels out Valley Rose flower shop this morning so Valentine's Day can go ahead.

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MIDDLETON - Staff at Home Hardware saved Valentine's Day in Middleton this year.

At least they helped make sure bouquets could be made and delivered from Valley Rose flower shop on Commercial Street.

The flower shop’s Sabrina Tapp faced a mountain of snow when she arrived at work this morning, one of the busiest days of the year for a florist. But some neighbours soon came to the rescue from Home Hardware just across the street.

Anne Callanan, Joan Penny, and Emily Shorey brought shovels from the hardware store and helped clear an eight-foot path through the four-foot-deep snow to the flower shop's door.

Not only that, the Home Hardware staff dug out some spray chalk and painted open signs, hearts, and flowers in the snow banks so people would know Middleton stores were open for business after Monday's snow storm.

Customers driving by couldn't tell if businesses were open because of the mountains of snow between the sidewalk and the street.

“I thought the idea of the snow signs was genius,” said Jonathan Archibald at Blue Griffin Books two shops down from Valley Rose. “I never would have thought of that. It’s a great way to let people driving by know we’re open . I need to buy a box of that snow chalk stuff.”
Linda MacNeil at Cinnamon Creek thought the open signs sprayed on the snow banks was a great idea – and people were stopping and taking pictures of the signs.

Besides helping shovel the path to the flower shop, one Home Hardware employee went inside and helped staff with their Valentine’s Day flower orders as well, Tapp said.

“Snow’s not keeping us down,” Tapp said.

Callanan and Penny went up and down Commercial Street with the spray chalk to make sure the snow banks were adequately decorated.

“Seeing the Home Hardware red shirts running around helping shovel out fellow businesses and painting the snow signs reminded me of watching a Bluejays game and the Home Hardware cleanup crews that clean the bases in the fifth inning,” Archibald said.

Even town hall posted pictures of the signs on its Facebook page.

Business owners are hoping the giant mound of snow between the street and sidewalk will be cleared away tonight. If not they may have to touch up Home Hardware’s paint job Wednesday morning.