TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) - One of the sweetest holidays of the year is right around the corner and local shops are preparing for the rush.
Flowers and candy are Valentine's Day staples.
While Hazel Hill in Topeka may not sell flowers, they sell one of the most popular Valentine's Day gifts -- chocolate.
With Valentine's Day less than a week away, the staff at Hazel Hill is expecting to sell a lot of chocolate over the next six days.
They say their top selling item around this time of year is the chocolate covered strawberries.
Owner Nick Xidis said Valentine's Day can get pretty hectic, so they like to start their preparation way in advance.
"We really have to start building those pieces that are going to become part of the Valentine's Day offerings," said Xidis. "So, the things that you've seen in the store, the truffles, and the boxed chocolates and all that, we start preparing those just as soon as we turn around from Christmas."
According to the National Retail Federation, the projected total amount of money spent on Valentine's Day gifts in the US this year is $20 billion with almost two billion of that being spent on candy.
In addition to selling items in store, Hazel Hill will be taking orders up until the 13th.