This is the time of year when Robin Wood REALLY gets busy at work.

The former Dawn Patrol radio host took a divergent career path in 2001 by opening her Robin Wood Florals shop. She says that this month and next, in particular, business is blossoming"”in large part thanks to Valentine's Day traffic.

"Most people want roses," says Wood, "but people don't realize that roses come in thousands of varieties. At this shop alone, we have access to about 200."

Wood, many will recall, was a long-time morning drive-time host on WEBN rock radio, waking up generations of Cincinnatians. But Wood finally left the airwaves for her true love, mixing it up with the lilies and daffodils at her flower shop on Dana Avenue in Evanston.

It was at the age of 25 that Wood first joined WEBN, replacing Denton Marr on the morning shift. For more than two decades, she romanced generations of Cincinnati youth with her seductive voice and suggestive tone.

Wood's suggestions for a better love life? "A small bunch of wild (or wild looking) flowers, mysteriously left where they will be found before they wilt, with a provocative note."
For an apology after a big fight, Wood suggests "a huge bunch of roses and a beautifully scripted note of apology. There is a plant called 'Love Lies Bleeding,' but it's pretty hideous and would certainly scare off your loved one for good."

"I can't think of a single person who wouldn't love to receive flowers"”certainly on a special occasion, preferably just out of the blue for no particular reason," adds Wood. And on Valentine's Day? "I particularly recommend the rose variety called Black Magic, a big dark red bud instead of those nasty little red ones."