Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that stirs up all the emotions. Whether you insist that it was created by the greeting card industry in an attempt to stir up consumerism, or you’ve already covered your desk with red paper hearts and filled out tiny cards for all of your coworkers, chances are V-Day makes you feel some kind of way.
It also has the power to make or break relationships, as many folks are just one botched dinner reservation away from having all of their romantic dreams come crashing down on their heads. While many Valentine’s Day ideas can seem overwhelming or even played out, we here in the 904 are lucky to have some great local options for those classic V-Day traditions.
When most of us think of Valentine’s Day, we think of flowers. Loads and loads of flowers. If you’re on the hunt for a beautiful arrangement with a bit more personality than your typical bouquet of roses, check out Bisbee & Yuma. Owner Heather Townsend creates gorgeous arrangements housed in cute pottery. If you catch her at the Riverside Arts Market on Saturdays, you can even create your own custom bouquet to take home.
If you’ve been to a wedding or event in Jacksonville, chances are you’ve seen one of this baking phenom’s beautiful and delicious handcrafted cakes. Calli is currently running a special on mini cakes for Valentine’s Day. She’s only taking Valentine’s orders until Sunday, Feb. 11, so act fast!
If you’d like to give your Valentine something shiny, this husband and wife duo has got you covered. Raina and Richard create lovely handcrafted jewelry that has a subtle beauty and is suited for everyday wear. Find them at the Riverside Arts Market!
What’s more romantic than a little day trip to our nation’s oldest city? If you love history and good booze, treat your Valentine to a (free!) tour of the St. Augustine Distillery. Housed in a historic building with local favorite cocktail bar and eatery, The Ice Plant, the distillery offers tours of their facilities throughout the week. If you’re proactive and make reservations in advance, you can walk on over to the restaurant and enjoy a romantic dinner and an expertly crafted cocktail after your tour.
If a casual evening is more your speed, share a giant bowl of popcorn and catch a movie at Sun-Ray Cinema in Historic Five Points. This two-screen cinema has tons of charm, plenty of history and incredible food and concessions. Not to mention, it’s vegan friendly! You’ll get dinner and a movie in one quirky package, all while avoiding the hoopla of the fancy restaurants.
Happy Valentine’s Day, lovebirds!