Businesses reap benefits of last-minute Mother's Day shoppers

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - If you haven't bought a Mother's Day gift, you're running out of time, but you're not alone. FOX 8 spoke with several area businesses who say they're reaping the benefits of last minute gift givers.

"We were here until 1:00 a.m. in the morning trying to get everything done last night," said owner of Villere's Florist, Roger Villere.

Villere's was supposed to close up shop at 5:00 p.m. but, an hour later, his staff is still hard at work.

"On a normal day we do about 100 deliveries," said Villere. "We did about 200 yesterday, we had 400 today and we have about 200 tomorrow."

Mother's Day week is the busiest of the year for Villere with close to 1,000 orders to be filled.

"Because you have graduations, proms and Mother's Day," Villere said.

To please moms with a sweet-tooth, sons and daughters are flocking to Sucre.

"This morning, alone, we had about 50 or so transactions in our first hour of being open," said Sucré General Manager Rachel Loth.

Loth says their Lakeside location saw business double in the last two days.

"People get a little crazy when it comes to moms. They're very particular, so you have to make sure you get it right. Please mom first or else no one's going to be happy," Loth said. "Our main customer base, basically, is moms. They're always coming in and buying for their kids or their spouses. So, it's nice that they finally get a time when they're actually on the receiving end and not the giving end."

But what Mom doesn't deserve a little pampering and relaxation?

That's the idea behind those grabbing a last minute gift from a spa.

"It's been super busy. A lot of people are coming in and getting gift cards," said Carolina Tinoco of Earthsavers.

Tinoco says they've been swamped all week, making this one of their most successful Mother's Days.

Yet, there are some Mom's who only exist in memories, those who have passed on. For Villere, they're some of his top priorities.

"We go out to the different cemeteries," said Villere. "It touches your heart really because they're thinking of their mom, they love their mom. My wife sent to her mom. I sent to my mom...She loves the pink roses and I used to send her pink roses."

Villere still sends a solitary pink rose to his mother's grave.

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