(PIX11) — Do you want to know where to take a date on Valentine’s Day? Not to two these New Jersey cities.
A study published by WalletHub ranks Jersey City and Newark among the worst in the U.S. to spend the romantic holiday for 2015. They have both cities as 89th and 92nd respectively on the list of the 100 most populated cities in the U.S.
Largely, the two cities fall near the bottom because of the harsh weather and a lack of jewelry stores, chocolate shops and florists, according to the website.
Downtown Jersey City florist George Mercado says he’s seen several shops in his neighborhood close in recent years.
“At least 2 to 3,” says Mercado, who owns Bouquets & Baskets on Jersey Avenue. He says the economy and competition from online retailers are to blame.
But some are getting creative about how to celebrate love this year. In Newark, they are continuing a yearly tradition of marrying 100 couples in honor of Valentine’s Day on Friday. And new in the city this year, Newark will be selling vacant lots for couples to build homes on at $1,000 a piece on Saturday.
“A friend of mine just told me that his wife said flowers are not acceptable anymore you need to buy land,” said Deputy Mayor of Newark Baye Adofo-Wilson.
But not everyone is asking for a plot of land this holiday.
“It doesn’t matter what they gave me, I’d still take it,” said Karty Hilaire jokingly. The Newark teen and her mom rolled with laughter when they heard the news about the low rankings.
“Thats nuts!” laughed Hilaire’s mother, Rosemene Louis.
Some say embrace it. Zeppelin Hall in Jersey City is throwing a ‘stupid cupid’ party on Saturday.
“We give all single people, who would like them, red wristbands so they can wear their hearts on their sleeves,” said John Argento, who manages the beer garden. He says they’ll also be offering half-priced beers and wine in honor of the holiday.
“So we encourage people don’t stay home and cry in your beer, come here and meet your future ex,” joked Argento.
Largely the cities that topped Wallet Hub’s list are in sunnier climates. San Francisco is ranked number one. California cities make up 5 of the top 10. Dead last is Detroit, MI.
For more information on the properties being offered to couples in Newark this Valentine’s Day, you can visit the city’s website here.
Zeppelin Hall has also posted information about their party online.