Even in health emergency, Mother's Day takes the cake for B.C. bakers and florists

COVID-19 means no fancy brunch in a restaurant this Mother's Day but some businesses are still busy

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At vancouver florist in North Vancouver's Lonsdale Quay Friday afternoon, the phone is ringing off the hook.

He doesn't pick up.

"There's no use answering it, anyway," he said, arranging a bouquet.

That's because he can't complete any more custom orders. Even if he could, all the delivery capacity is spoken for. Solis said in 21 years of business, he's never seen a busier Mother's Day.

"A lot of folks cannot visit their moms personally," Solis said. "The best thing they can do is send flowers to her."

Physical distancing means no fancy brunch in a restaurant this Mother's Day — it might even mean family dinner at home is impossible.

But many flower shops are bakeries are still open and are working double time to help fete the mothers of British Columbia.

'It's just something happy'

Solis said other florists are dealing with an unprecedented rush, but as many businesses struggle during the COVID-19 pandemic, the demand is welcome.

One of his customers, Derek Major, comes by to pick up an arrangement.

He said he used to live near Solis's shop who was his go-to neighbourhood florist.

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