By Rebekah Wilson
Looking for that perfect gift to show your love for your significant other this Valentine’s Day?
Several local businesses are busy preparing for Valentine’s Day 2013 with traditional gifts, personalized floral arrangements and much more to help couples show their affection for each other.
Gift ideas range from edible treats to handmade creations. Some items can be pre-ordered while others can be assembled at the last minute. Every man and woman has different interests, so incorporating his or her tastes with timeless traditions can be a unique way to say, “I love you.”
For Felty-Roland Florist, Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest times of the year. Angie Edwards, floral designer at Felty-Roland for 33 years, said that in previous years, people have been lined up out the door. She said that most people pre-order their flowers for this romantic holiday.
Edwards said that Valentine’s Day is always busier when it falls on a week day than on the weekend because people want the flowers delivered to the recipient’s workplace. They bring in three to four additional floral designers and sometimes employ up to 10 extra delivery drivers for this holiday.
Edwards said men typically get flowers for women, but Felty-Roland also sells candy baskets which women tend to get for men.
Felty-Roland will have a cash and carry special, which means people can purchase a dozen flowers wrapped in paper for half the price that they would be if arranged in a vase. The local florist will offer a “signature series” arrangement of 12 roses with other flowers in an elegant vase for $100, which includes tax, delivery and assembly, and cost of flowers. Felty-Roland also offers small arrangements starting at $25 and a cash-and-carry special with assorted colored roses for $29.95.
Felty-Roland is located at 302 E. F St., Elizabethton. The phone number is 542-5412.
Leta’s Specialty Shop invites couples to put all their love in a customized basket. The store’s employees have been personalizing and delivering gift baskets for the last nine years.
Michelle Taylor, manager for 25 years at Leta’s, said people set their own prices, and then she and other members of the store’s staff fill a basket for each individual. She said most of their customers are returning ones. She added that rarely is any of the content in these baskets returned. Most people pay between $50 and $75 per basket, but Taylor said that some customers pay hundreds of dollars for elaborate assorted baskets.
“We just try to customize it to their personality … a lot of times we’ll do a little extra, too,” Taylor said.
Baskets can be filled with a wide variety of items like potpourri, jewelry, accessories, clothing, Merle Norman products and Lady Primrose bath and body products.
Leta’s is located at 541 E. Elk Ave., Elizabethton. For more information, call 543-5382.
For those who prefer to give edible gifts, the Crazy Cupcake in Jonesborough may be the perfect shopping destination.
Allison Winfield, the owner of the cupcake shop, said Valentine’s Day is always a big day for her business.
She opened her shop two year’s ago on Feb. 11, just in time to provide sweet Valentine treats.
All of her cupcakes will be decorated for Valentine’s Day. She can also custom-design cupcakes for individual tastes.
The Valentine’s Day special will be a tin of 8 mini chocolate-covered strawberry cupcakes for $11.
Some of the favorite flavors for this holiday include Pinkie, with frosting and cake infused with a strawberry puree, and Cloud, which offers a cake and frosting enhanced with vanilla bean.
Winfield said that the Crazy Cupcake offers 85 different flavor combinations.
“We do a lot of seasonal cupcakes, too,” she added.
For last-minute shoppers, the Crazy Cupcake will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. The shop is located at 135 E. Main St., Jonesborough. For more information, call 913-4497.
Of course, the way to the heart is often through the stomach, and many restaurants are offering romantic Valentine’s Day meals.
Amelia McCormick with Gourmet and Company in Johnson City said that the specialty business offers gifts for men and women, as well as fine dining opportunities.
For Valentine’s Day, this business is giving a free Waxing Poetic charm worth $35 for every guest who purchases $100 of Waxing Poetic jewelry. The business also offers handcrafted home accessories, heart-shaped dishes and vases, as well as soaps and shaving accessories for men.
McCormick said the Valentine’s meal at Gourmet and Company will feature, among other delicacies, Lobster Bisque with Blood Orange Crème Brush, Lemongrass-encrusted Red Grouper over Toasted Brown Jasmine Rice, Braised Lamb Shank over House-made Truffle Egg Yolk Pasta, Grilled Asparagus and local Shaved Black Truffles. For dessert, the gourmet eatery will offer Red Velvet Cheesecake with Chocolate-covered Strawberries and Chocolate Ganache.
Diners at Valentine’s Day meals, scheduled from Wednesday to Saturday, Feb.13-16, may also order from the restaurant’s regular dinner menu.
Gourmet and Company is located at 214 E Mountcastle Drive, Johnson City.
For more information, call 929-9007.
The Bonnie Kate Cafe in Elizabethton is now welcoming reservations for a formal Valentine’s Day dinner with music by Kim Lyons and Chelsea Lewis. The dinners, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 14, Friday, Feb. 15, and Saturday, Feb. 16, will begin at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. and will consist of four-course gourmet meals with appropriate wine pairings.
Owner Brian Higgs said the romantic meal will offer various options for each course.
“The meal will start with a cheese platter paired with Red Diamond Merlot,” Higgs said.
Couples can also choose soup or a salad for the next course.
“The salad will consist of a Valentine’s Day Salad with baby spinach leaves, fresh strawberries, feta cheese, toasted almonds and a poppyseed dressing, or a Classic Caesar Salad with romaine lettuce, croutons and tomatoes in a creamy Caesar dressing,” Higgs said.
He added that the soups for this special meal will be Tomato Basil, French Onion and Broccoli Cheese.
Several entrees are available for the main course, including a slow-roasted Black Angus prime rib, a “surf and turf” meal with a 6-ounce filet and two prawns, lobster ravioli, grilled bourbon-glazed North Atlantic salmon or grilled chicken breasts topped with mozzarella cheese, artichokes and spinach. Recommended wines will be available for pairing with each entree.
Of course, no Valentine’s dinner is complete without some romantic desserts. Higgs said sweet conclusions available will be Double Chocolate Cake, Blueberry Cake or Strawberry Cake. These cakes will also be garnished with chocolate-dipped strawberries.
To make a reservation, call the Bonnie Kate at 297-1054.