It's Easter Sunday and time to drive to your relatives' house, but you forgot to buy flowers for the occasion. No need to show up empty handed. There are options along Main Street and Monroe Turnpike.
Tulips, hyacinth, azaleas and mums, Karen Ganim set up arrangements of flowers under a tent in front of Stepney Wine & Liquor, 450 Main Street, on a foggy Saturday afternoon. She plans to be out there selling flowers from 8:30 Sunday morning until she sells out, which is typically around 1 p.m.
Ganim, who has been doing this for the past eight years, said the busiest Easter traffic comes right after church.
"Everybody comes after church," she said. "You get rushes."
Customers perused Mason's Farm Market's selection under the tent of its Main Street location, despite the muddy ground.
"Considering the weather, it's been good," Scott Mason said. "Tomorrow morning will be busy. It's always last minute. Someone will be going somewhere and stop on their way. Easter's one of my biggest holidays."
Mason's Farm Market will be open Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mason said Saturday's wet conditions were nothing compared to past weather conditions at this time of year. "I've done it in the snow before," he said with a smile. "We've had some Easters when it snowed."
Sunshine Nursery & Garden Center, 288 Monroe Turnpike, has specialty baskets and its gift shop will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
"Tulips are the most popular," said Donna Fernandez, who owns the nursery with her sister, Mary Beth.
Their tulips are available in yellow, pink, purple and white.
Other nearby destinations for flowers will be Seven Maples Gift & Garden, 84 Main Street, open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Stop & Shop, 470 Monroe Turnpike, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In Trumbull, The Home Depot, 90 Monroe Turnpike, which has a gardening center, will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. City Line Florist, 2978 Nichols Ave., will also be open.
Another Sweet Option
Those who want to pick up an arrangement of chocolate covered fruit instead of flowers, can stop at Edible Arrangements, 525 Main Street, this Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"A few baskets are available, mainly dipped fruit," owner Peter Russo said Saturday. "We will have boxed fruit for pick up only between those hours. We prefer if they call ahead, so we can mix arrangements with strawberries, bananas and apples."
Those who drop in without calling first will be left with what’s available. Saturday's cut-off for calling in orders was 5 p.m.