Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. This year, it’s time we view the holiday as an opportunity to embrace all love, no matter your relationship status. Romantic love, familial love, self love. Whether you send flowers to your best friend, shower your romantic partner in jewels, or indulge yourself with wine and chocolate, there is a reason for all of us to enjoy a dedicated day of love. Especially in Duluth. Read on for inspiration on how you can celebrate love with 7 Local Valentine’s Day Recommendations for everyone in your life.
1. 185 Chocolat
Mmm chocolate. Not just any chocolate, oh no. 185 Chocolat (pronounced like the French shah-koh-LAH) offers decadent chocolate truffles that are not only made locally, but are unparallelled in quality. These hand-painted beauties provide you an experiential journey made to spoil your palate – offering options such as Raspberry Silk or Irish Whiskey Caramel soft filling. Not only will you fall in love with this chocolate, you will equally love the story behind the company and the owner. Chocolatier Heidi Ash defined her craft by years of trial and error, using only the purest ingredients – French chocolate, organic cream, artisan Vermont butter, fresh vanilla beans, organic honey, and real fruit. Heidi’s truffles are a direct celebration of life after becoming the recipient of the 185th heart transplant at the Mayo Clinic, appropriately becoming the namesake of her company. This sincere dedication and gratitude directly impacts the quality of these truffles. They’re simply devine. Really.
>>185chocolat.com | (218) 393-5928 | Sold online or at How Sweet It Is Cakes, Duluth
2. The Massage Studio
Let’s face it, we work too much. A massage from Devyn Alexander or Tiffany Latvala of The Massage Studio in the Matterhorn Mall is a thoughtful declaration of love. Whether you’re indulging yourself with deep relaxation or gifting a certificate, this is one great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The Massage Studio offers massages ranging from 30 minutes to 120 minutes, a simple foot massage to pregnancy massage. Young Living Essential Oils for your massage are always complementary and provide you amazing aromatherapy. You will leave the Studio feeling like a bowl full of jelly – in the best, most relaxed way, of course. Your muscles will be smiling and your body will thank you. Head over to their website to purchase a gift certificate. Ahhh, happy Valentine’s Day indeed.
>> themassagestudioduluth.com | (218) 409-3469 | 4911 Matterhorn Drive, Duluth
3. Valentini’s Vicino Lago
Valentini’s Vicino Lago (translating to “By the Lake” in Italian) is offering a romantic
Valentine’s Valentini’s Day dinner on Saturday, February 13. This is a great opportunity to extend the celebrations of Love Day with live music by John and Andy, savory, authentic Italian cuisine, and treat yourself with one (or more) of Valentini’s house-made desserts. Hello, white chocolate raspberry torte. Plus all diners will be entered into a drawing for a free dinner for two. The view, the food, the atmosphere and the festive decor will leave lasting Valentine’s Day memories that will have you returning every year. Call for reservations.
>> valentinisduluth.com | (218) 728-5900 | 1400 London Road, Duluth
4. Bagley & Company Jewelers
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, as they say. But diamonds on sale are everyone’s best friend. Bagley & Company Jewelers downtown Duluth is offering ah-mazing deals on Valentine’s jewelry from diamond earrings (30% off) to Pandora bracelet charms. Did you know Bagley’s is the only Pandora retailer in Duluth? And gentlemen, don’t forget those engagement rings. If you’re considering popping the question, now is the time to do it. Engagement rings, mountings and loose diamonds are all 25% off. Plus, financing is available. If you’re in search of that perfect sparkle, head over to Bagley’s. This 130 year old business knows how to do it – their selection is huge and prices are great.
>> bagleyandcompany.com | (218) 727-2991 | 315 W. Superior Street, Duluth
5. Restaurant 301
Embark on a culinary journey this Valentine’s Day at Restaurant 301. A five course meal is on the menu for both Saturday, February 13th and Sunday, February 14th. I repeat, five mouth-watering courses. Smoked Duck Pate, Curried Apple Dried Fig and Basmati Soup, Prosciutto Wrapped Prawns, Filet of Beef Tenderloin & Seared Diver Scallop, and finished with a delicate White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake. Wow. And just as you thought this couldn’t be any better, on Saturday Feb. 13th only, a wine pairing with Sileni Wineries out of New Zealand will accompany the meal. You will absolutely want to give Restaurant 301 a call, as reservations are required. Your taste buds will thank you.
>> restaurant301.com | (218) 336-2705 | 301 E. Superior Street, Duluth
6. Saffron & Grey Couture Floral Design
Situated in the quaint Woodland neighborhood, Saffron & Grey Couture Floral Design is creating anything but ordinary floral arrangements. These creative beauties put meticulous consideration into each product, starting with their sustainable business practices. Roses are Minnesota-grown, unique flowers are imported from Earth-friendly wholesalers out of Holland, and locally made products such as cards and candles have also found a home in Saffron & Grey. Lucky for you, the store will have extended open hours ON Valentine’s Day and will be making deliveries that morning.
>> saffronandgrey.com | (218) 728-1455 | 2303 Woodland Avenue, Duluth
7. Angela’s Bella Flora
Special delivery! For me? Yes, you! Duluth boasts a variety of quality and unique florists that are designing stunning arrangements for the holiday no matter your budget. Angela’s Bella Flora is no exception. Located in downtown Duluth, this shop has Valentine’s gifts perfect for everyone. Check out the Hana Kubari arrangement, filled with hydrangeas, gerber daisies, tulips, ranunculus, hyacinth and green bupleurum. You could also wear your flowers; Angela’s is creating the popular wearable flower ring for only $15.
>> angelasbellaflora.com | (218) 279-3444 | 138 W. First Street, Duluth
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner; now you are left with no shortage of great ideas for gifts or how to best treat yourself this weekend. But these growing businesses aren’t only limited to Valentine’s Day. The sky is the limit when it comes to saying I love you, even to yourself. Happy Valentine’s Day!