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Elizabethtown business owners brave icy conditions to share the love ahead of Valentine's Day

One Elizabethtown flower shop is still getting the job done amid the icy road conditions to make sure Valentine's Day deliveries arrive on time.


As icy road conditions plague much of the Commonwealth following an ice storm Wednesday into Thursday, one Elizabethtown flower shop braved the elements to ensure a successful Valentine's Day.

Mulberry Florist and Gifts located on the main road of Mulberry Street had an all hands on deck approach to deal with road conditions. 

April Beard had her son, Joshua Beard, clearing the store's parking lot and her daughter, Tobe Poynter, working in the shop.

"Today is the start up for Valentine's, ice, rain, sleet or snow we've got to be here," Poynter said. "They're counting on us we're kind of like the mailman you''re sending your love with it."

Any flower imaginable from Pinks and Purples to buckets of Baby's Breathe occupy the back room in preparation for a rash of delivers before the big day.

"It just don't make no difference if it snows, rains, sleet we got to deliver or try to deliver or make an attempt to," Beard's husband, Robert Poynter said.

Hospitals and nursing homes are popular stops for the Etown florists, even if the deliveries feel and look a bit different than it used to amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Still, that doesn't stop them from bringing the smiles to the elderly and those in care.

"As soon as I see them come to the door I set them on the ground or set them at the door and they will come out and get them as I leave," Robert said. 

When asked if the COVID-19 pandemic has put a damper on delivering those bright flowers on the holiday, Robert definitely misses seeing those smiles from happy customers.

"Yes, you really do because you expect to see it, you know?" Robert said.  "Give a lady a flowers you want to see that big smile."

Mulberry Florist and Gifts said they will make hundreds of deliveries through Sunday. 

As the business was en route to deliver those smiles, WHAS11 Political Editor Chris Williams was on scene of another story unfolding on Mulberry St. 

Just before 1 p.m., tires screeched on the ETown road as a police car raced by. Moments later, a second cruiser whizzed by. 

Unexpectedly, a police chase off I-65 was taking placing. Soon after, a roaring white SUV lead police at high speeds through the slick streets. 

At this time, there is little information on the police chase in Elizabethtown. However, Lebanon Junction Police are leading the investigation and officers arrrested the driver when they crashed near the police department. 

No injuries were reported. 

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