Kate’s Flowers and Gifts florist Kate Mastres arranges a bouquet at the shop on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. Wednesday was a busy day for the shop, with the Valentine’s Day holiday. Mastres said she had been at the shop until 3:30 a.m. Wednesday morning preparing for the next day and arrived at 10 a.m. The shop does custom bouquets as well as some pre-designed ones, she said. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Roses are red, violets are blue

Wednesday was a busy day for Kate’s Flowers and Gifts in Soldotna. Florist Kate Mastres, who started the shop with the help of her parents in 2016 after the owner of Tammy’s Flowers and Gifts decided to close, said she had been at the shop until 3:30 a.m. Wednesday morning preparing for the next day and arrived at 10 a.m. The shop does custom bouquets as well as some pre-designed ones, she said.

Prepared bouquets of pink roses wait for customers to pick them up at Kate’s Flowers and Gifts on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. Wednesday was a busy day for the shop, with the Valentine’s Day holiday. Florist Kate Mastres said she had been at the shop until 3:30 a.m. Wednesday morning preparing for the next day and arrived at 10 a.m. The shop does custom bouquets as well as some pre-designed ones, she said. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Kate’s Flowers and Gifts florist Kate Mastres arranges a bouquet at the shop on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. Wednesday was a busy day for the shop, with the Valentine’s Day holiday. Mastres said she had been at the shop until 3:30 a.m. Wednesday morning preparing for the next day and arrived at 10 a.m. The shop does custom bouquets as well as some pre-designed ones, she said. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

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