With many secondary roads still covered in ice and snow, lots of businesses are struggling to get all those Valentine’s Day orders out. That means many won't be seeing their gifts until Saturday or later.
Between staff unable to make it into work and delivery drivers getting stuck in the snow, it sounds like most deliveries from places like Cappellino’s Crazy Cakes and University Florists just aren't going to happen.
Frank Cappellino runs Cappellino's Crazy Cakes on Charlottesville's downtown mall. And this holiday, the weather has put him up against impossible odds.
"It is Valentine’s Day today so here I am all by myself,” he said. “My staff could not make it in, in fact one is driving a half hour to make it in."
His delivery driver couldn't make it to work, and he says those orders that may be lost could hurt. Thursday night, Cappellino couldn't even make it home because of the storm, so he had to spend the night at the Omni Hotel.
University Florists was able to make its deliveries Friday, but owner Sheldon Anderson says his drivers have had a tough time.
“We are doing deliveries today - as many as we can get to - but there are areas in the county that are just not going to be passable, and I have told my drivers not to do anything that would be putting them in an unsafe condition,” Anderson said.
Anderson says he had one driver get stuck on the roads in Albemarle County, and had to send another to shovel him out. For those customers his drivers couldn't get to, he has only one solution.
“We're suggesting to many if they would like to come pick things up we're open all day, we're open all day tomorrow,” Anderson said.
Anderson says they have dealt with problems like these in the past. But with such a big snowfall so close to Valentine’s Day, he says this year is the worst he's seen.
For the rest of this Valentine’s Day, Cappellino says he's just hoping for the best.
"The roads are clear,” he said, “so hopefully I'm going to get somebody in here to help me.”