Valentine Suggestions

I know it is hard to believe that Valentine’s Day is next week, when Christmas seems like only hours past. Though our children are the main focus of Christmas, Valentine’s Day is a great time to bring something special to your sweetie, whether it is your spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend, child, mother, father, or grandparents. Whether you send a home-made card, celebrate with dinner, or buy a gift, here are some suggestions that will keep your honey happy as well as keep the local economy alive.

There is a unique dinner served right to your door from the award winning Italian Creations, 16104 Hilliard, (216-226-2282) Italian Creations is a caterer and take-out only restaurant. I have enjoyed meals there, on nights where staying in and watching a movie was all we wanted. This special is hard to beat with salad, appetizer, dinner, wine, roses, and even dessert. It is also a nice gift to send to parents, someone home-bound or as a get-well gift. The food here is phenomenal so don’t miss out on this if you would like a nice romantic night in with all the fixings.

If you would rather go out, try The Woods on 21919 Center Ridge (440-333-0770) for an authentic Italian dinner. They have been doing pizza for 45 years, and are kid-friendly with a nice lodge atmosphere. Their specialties range from chicken to beef to pasta, also serving sandwiches and salads, and they have a catering banquet hall in the back for all your party events. The food is mouth-watering and they also do take-out.

Melt your Valentine at thriving Melt, 14718 Detroit Ave, (216-226-3699) a restaurant specializing in good old fashioned grilled cheese with a gourmet touch. Choose your choice of fillings, from fried Walleye to vegetarian. And don’t miss the beer selection or martini to wash down your bites.

If you have no idea what to get your lady, try a gift certificate for Revelations Hair Salon and Spa, 15516 Detroit (216-228-2966) for a therapeutic massage, a manicure or pedicure, or a make-over! Or if you want to look like a princess on Valentine’s Day try a spectacular hair up-do that makes Cinderella’s fairy godmother look shabby. There are great packages offered for certificates to make the shopping easy for the men and delightful for the women.

Carabel’s Salon at 15309 Madison (216-226-8616) also offers gift-certificates for new hairdo’s, manicures and pedicures, or a variety of products for hair and skin. They are currently offering princess packages for your little Valentine for a hair style, mini-manicure and hair ornament at an incredible price. This is a nice treat for little girls. Want to look extra hip? Buy one of the trendy hair pieces that clip on to create a new look, or some sparkling eyelashes when you are hitting the clubs.

If you want a “magical” Valentine’s Day, your shop is Goddess Blessed at 15729 Madison (corner of Hilliard and Madison) (216-221-8755). Goddess Blessed offers personalized gift baskets, bath and body products, candles, incense, unique jewelry, clothing, artwork, Porcelain Garden night lights, and Fairies. Gift certificates are available for the boutique or for Reiki or healing sessions. If your sweetie is stressed and exhausted, the Reiki treatment is the perfect gift to energize him or her.

Looking for the perfect outfit to wear on Valentine’s or any night out, try Turnstyle at 13345 Madison Ave. (216-226-3266) This cute little boutique offers a variety of stylish pieces for a fraction of the big-city price.

If your Valentine is into vintage, stop by and check out A Class Act on Madison. There are some great vintage buys, home décor, clothing, and jewelry. The corner store-front has truly beautified the block and there are new items added daily. Look for her Valentine raffle donated by local businesses just for stopping in and saying hi.

Rozi’s Wine House at 14900 Detroit Ave. (216-221-1119) is the perfect place to pick up a bottle of your favorite wine. Don’t know your favorite? Stop in weekly for special wine tasting and gourmet appetizers. If you enjoy wine as much as I do, pick up a wine-making kit, complete with your choice of grape and a case of bottles for a little over $100.! What better way to enjoy good wine for under $3 a bottle and make your own gift baskets? This is the gift that keeps on giving.

Regardless of what you do for Valentine’s Day, whether you spend it with a special someone, special children, mom and dad, or with your best canine friend, I encourage you to check out some of these local businesses. And I hope your Valentine’s Day and the whole year is filled with love. Love is the one thing in life that you can give away yet walk away with more.

 “The heart that loves is always young”-Greek Proverb.
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Volume 3, Issue 3, Posted 7:07 PM, 01.30.07