‘It’s stressful, a lot of work’: South Side florist faces impacts of rising gas prices and inflation

Betty’s Flower Shop customers generally do not have to pay delivery charges. But alarming fuel costs may soon change that to offset high fuel bills.

SAN ANTONIO — Flower shop owner Betty Dovalina is among dozens of San Antonio florists feeling the effects of rising inflation and rising fuel costs while trying to meet the request.

“It’s stressful, a lot of work. Rising prices affect everyone,” Dovalina said.

Betty’s Flower Shop has been in business on the South Side for 37 years.

She works around the clock these days preparing a variety of flower arrangements, including ornate wreaths for the families of lost loved ones.

“Since the start of the pandemic, we have unfortunately had so many funerals. Sometimes we work 7 days a week to fulfill funeral orders,” Dovalina said.

A funeral spray will cost a little more today.

“Something like that would have been $130 and we have to sell it between $150 and $175,” Dovalina said.

The higher price of plants and flowers reflects soaring inflation as well as supply and demand challenges. Dovalina stressed that she is doing everything she can to meet customer demand for products and services.

“Our main problem that we see is with durable goods like vases, supplies that we need. As for fresh flowers, I haven’t seen a shortage of that. We get them but at a higher price,” Dovalina said.

Delivery remains a crucial part of Betty’s Flower Shop business. But driving around San Antonio and surrounding communities becomes extremely expensive.

“They fill up with $100 and that’s every day and two vans,” Dovalina said.

It’s gotten to the point where Dovalina is considering adding a delivery service fee to help offset hefty gas bills.

“Adding some sort of $10 or $12.99 delivery because I can’t absorb it all,” Dovalina said.

Despite the financial burden passed on to clients, Dovalina expressed her gratitude to those who understand during these difficult times.

“They want to support local businesses in our area, people in our area, so I’m blessed with that.”

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