User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


69° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Business

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Helium Shortage Won’t Sink Businesses

February 13, 2012, 4:52 PM by Shawn Neisteadt

Helium Shortage Won’t Sink Businesses
SIOUX FALLS, SD - This is the most important part of the year for businesses like Floral Two in Sioux Falls. With orders peaking for Valentine's Day, turning a profit now can keep the business going all year.

"The only comparison would be Mother's Day and that's all week because people will send all week to their mom. But Valentine's Day, it's got to be on the day," Floral Two owner Lori Marsh said.

With that much riding on the one day, Marsh plans to put in 20 hours Monday to make sure she's prepared for Tuesday’s big rush. Phone orders have been coming in, and she says the number of orders is right in line with recent years. Snipping the arrangements is just part of the job. Valentine's customers want something to top it all off.

"They always want to add a balloon that says 'Happy Valentine's Day' or 'I love you' or I have some that say 'Hugs and Kisses,'" Marsh said.

But because of expenses with the extraction process, there's a shortage of helium across the nation. Some parts of the country are out; others have raised their prices significantly.

Marsh says she just had her helium tank filled last week. She's yet to see a bill on that so she says no matter what, there is no passing an increase along to her customers.

"No problems, I just called them up and they brought it out the same day I called for it. They didn't mention a shortage," Marsh said.

This means for this Valentine’s Day, a shortage of helium in other parts of the country won’t pop holiday sales around here.

Helium is also an important part of some medical procedures, which means whenever there is a shortage, it impacts balloon sales first because distributors will make sure there is enough for the medical industry.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View business

You may also like

Westward Ho Country Club Changes Name

8/28/2014 12:56 PM

The Westward Ho Country club in Sioux Falls is changing its name to The Country Club of Sioux Falls.  Members were notified of the change on Thur...

Full Story
Former Sioux Falls Executive Investigated For Animal Abuse

8/28/2014 4:15 PM

A former Hot Stuff/Orion Foods President is being investigated for dog abuse in Canada.

Full Story
PREMIER Bankcard Lawsuit Comes Down To Link

8/22/2014 10:00 PM

$5 million: that's the price tag on a lawsuit filed by a South Dakota credit card company, First PREMIER/PREMIER Bankcard against a credit card co...

Full Story | Watch
Single-Screen Theater Closed After Four Decades

8/23/2014 12:33 PM

A single-screen movie theater in Vermillion has closed after serving the area for more than four decades.

Full Story
Car vs Bus Crash Injures Two Teens

8/26/2014 6:00 PM

Two Iowa teenagers are hospitalized after colliding with a school bus early Tuesday morning.  It happened just east of Inwood on 240th Street at ...

Full Story | Watch


Events