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Experts Provide Ideas For Honoring Your Valentine At The Last Minute

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The gloomy, snowy weather this week put Valentine’s Day on the backburner for a lot of couples.

So what are some last-minute actions you can take to show your loved one that you truly care? CBS 2’s Janelle Burrell went across the city to find out.

In the wake of a storm that dumped 10 inches of snow a day before Valentine’s Day, one can’t blame Paul and Sheila Cohen of the Upper East Side for sticking largely to the mundane for their plans.

“A cocktail at 5 o’clock,” Paul Cohen said.

“And the laundry at 6,” Sheila Cohen added.

The Cohens have been married 56 years, so he is off the hook. But according to a husband and wife duo to own an area flower shop, it seems that a lot of couples have skimped this year.

“We have a lot of roses, and we thought we’re going to make a lot of rose salads,” said flower shop co-owner Anthony Frotiadis of Bayside, Queens.

So even at this late hour, how do you rekindle the spark for Valentine’s Day night?

CBS 2 found J.B. Venable of Rego Park, Queens on his way to visit his wife at the hospital. He was prepared to woo her with some written, heartfelt words.

“A nice card, and some money, and the most important thing is all of my love and me,” Venable said.

Relationship expert Rachel Sussman had some specific suggestions too.

“Blow off some steam,” she said. ”Go dancing. Do something active. Go to a comedy club, because I think everyone needs a good laugh.”

Sussman said a great way to show you care is to choose a thoughtful activity.

“Try to do something out of the ordinary; something you haven’t done in a while,” she said.

Stylist Ricardo Rojas suggests getting dolled up.

“The whole idea is to do a look that is totally different from when they came from the office,” he said.

And for Gil Ramos and his daughter, Sage, Valentine’s Day meant a night off for mom.

“We’ll probably do a delivery route; maybe a little touch of something with dessert, or fixing up drinks, possibly,” said Ramos, of the Upper West Side.

And if you’re really in a pinch, you can always fall back on some fresh cut roses that are very much available even with the demand.

But perhaps the most dramatic Valentine’s act CBS 2 crews saw was Kasinda Smith, proposing to her boyfriend of 15 years in the middle of Times Square. He said yes.

Experts said another popular last-minute Valentine’s Day gift idea is to buy an activity package online that can be used at a later date.

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