BULLHEAD CITY — With Mother’s Day fast approaching — it’s on Sunday for those without access to a calendar — local businesses are preparing for an expected rush of business traffic.
The National Retail Federation projects that a total of $25 billion will be spent on Mother’s Day, an increase from the $23.1 billion in 2018.
Of that $25 billion, the NRF is projecting that people will spend $2.6 billion on flowers for Mother’s Day.
At Bullhead City Florist, 2350 Miracle Mile in Riverview Mall, manager Kim Jost said the shop gets about 500 orders during the week leading into Mother’s Day.
“This is our busiest week of the year,” said Jost. “Since we deliver, we get a lot of people from out of the Tri-state ordering flowers for their moms who live in the area.”
According to Jost, during Mother’s Day, the most popular orders are usually mixed arrangements in the $65 to $75 range.
“In order to prepare for Mother’s Day, we watch the flower trends and make our orders so that we are ready for the big event,” said Jost. “We do get a lot of orders that come in the day of, but we also have around 40 pre-made arrangements that people can buy.”
Another place that’s in the Mother’s Day push is Jax Chocolate Box, at 2649 Highway 95. The shop is owned and operated by Jackie and Don Orth.
“So far, we have been busy with Mother’s Day chocolate orders,” said Don Orth. “We have seen a good amount of our 16-piece assorted chocolate box being ordered.”
In order to be ready to handle the Mother’s Day rush, Orth said, a pre-ordering system was used.
“As of right now, our most popular item is our chocolate truffle and raspberry truffle chocolates,” Orth said. “I think it’s because those are a couple of our more high-end chocolates.”
In the 2019 State of Local Restaurants report done by Womply, it said that Mother’s Day is the third busiest day of the year for consumer spending at local, independent restaurants in Arizona.
Mohave Steakhouse, at 2430 Arizona 95, hopes to be part of that trend. The steakhouse is gearing up for the Mother’s Day crowd.
“We have quite a few reservations for Mother’s Day but we still have a couple of slots open on that day,” said Jason Schmitt, steakhouse manager.
According to Schmitt, in order to be ready for Mother’s Day, they make sure that they have everything ready to go.
“Having everything prepped from salads to our dining room is key for us,” said Schmitt. “We cut our steaks in-house so we have an early morning start in order for it to be ready for when we open.”
Schmitt said he believes the filet-and-lobster dish is going to be a popular item during Mother’s Day.
“We normally run our filet-and-lobster dish as a special and we are going to do it again this year,” he said.