Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and many people are just beginning to think about how to celebrate this special day.
If you are still looking for ideas, consider shopping and celebrating locally. Some Los Alamos businesses are going all out to celebrate this year while others are keeping it all very low key. So whether you have been planning for months for a big day of romance or are waiting until the last minute, there are many local options with which to impress your sweetheart.
Ken Nebel is excited about a Los Alamos style Valentine’s Day, not just at the Fuller Lodge Art Center, which itself offers dozens of gift possibilities for all ages.
“You know I love just what our town has to offer when it comes to showing someone you care. If I had a sweetheart to embarrass, I’d start with some spray paint from Metzger’s for the White Rock rock and a singing Valentine from the Los Alamos Barbershop Quartet. Then I’d send my sweetheart all around town on a scavenger hunt with fun little clues crafted with supplies from Village Arts,” he said. “First stop would be the Fuller Lodge Art Center to find a card waiting, then to Rose Chocolatier for something sweet, Daniel’s Cafe for a gelato break, Film Festival for a good movie, Papa Murphy’s for a heart shaped pizza, and Flowers by Gillian” for something to brighten up the dinner table.”
Cottonwood on the Green owners Pawel and Dorota Listwan say they will celebrate not just Valentine’s Day but Valentine’s Weekend from Saturday, Feb. 11 through Tuesday, Feb. 14 with a special dinner for two that includes lobster salad on endive, strawberry and feta cheese salad, a choice of rack of lamb stuffed with sundried tomatoes and goat cheese or filet mignon with seared scallops with mushroom compound butter, followed by a chocolate and raspberry soufflé. The cost is $95 per couple and a bottle of red or white wine is included with each dinner for two. On Valentine’s Day, partners will get a rose for their sweetheart. Dinner bookings are recommended but not essential and the regular dinner menu also will be available.
A special shipment of chocolate has arrived at CB FOX in downtown Los Alamos that includes all kinds of truffles by Moonstruck and wrapped Abdallah chocolate hearts. Shoppers also may select a mixed assortment of chocolates and heart-shaped boxes available in many sizes. They also have Valentine’s jelly beans, décor items, jewelry and cards.
As they say, you can never go wrong with flowers! Flowers by Gillian is a great quality local florist in the Hilltop Shopping Center. Gillian does all her own designing and often her own delivery. She has a refrigerator full of arrangements ready to purchase and take to your Valentine and she packs them so you can travel safely with them. Arrangements on hand start at $10 and include roses, iris, carnations, daisies, tulips, lilies, and more in a great variety of colors. Of course, you also can order the traditional 12 red roses in a vase. She delivers anywhere in Los Alamos county including LANL. Her website is flowersbygillian.com or call her at 505.663.0012.
Pig & Fig Café in White Rock is featuring their signature boxes of macaroons for $15 as well as their other delicious baked good. They also offer loadable gift cards.
Rose Chocolatier in Central Park Square is offering irresistible heart-shaped chocolate ganache cakes for $4.95 as well as their famous chocolate-dipped strawberries. Their regular selection of candies, coffee, tea and hot cocoa, dark chocolate fudgecicles, chocolate mousse, napoleons, cream puffs and more is also available.
Pet Pangaea in Central Park Square is the place to go if your pet happens to be the love of your life. While you are there, show your support for the local Friends of the Shelter by purchasing a ticket for their fundraising raffle to win a basket for a dog or a cat. The raffle will be held on Valentine’s Day. Pet Pangaea has donated two $100 gift cards to the raffle.
Warm Hearts Yarn and Atomic City Quilts at 1247 Central Ave., have an impressive selection of gifts on hand as well as their amazing display of yarn, fabric and crafting supplies.
“Fall in love with shopping locally this Valentine’s Day,” said one local business-owner. “Your local small businesses are the ones who give Los Alamos its character. Buying locally helps us to continue to be here for you all year round.”
A selection of chocolate treats available at Rose Choclatier in Central Park Square. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
Spoil your four-legged friend with a cookie from Pet Pangaea. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com