Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive. The traditional gifts of flowers and chocolates are still quite appropriate, but place your floral order early to ensure you’ll have it on February 14.
Where to Buy Flowers in St. Paul
If you do nothing else to celebrate Valentine’s Day, give a gift of flowers. This is the one thing that women expect on February 14, but guys like as well and St. Paul is loaded with amazing florists.
Fleur de Lis in Cathedral Hill does an incredibly creative job on bouquets. They also carry cards, candles and other small gift items. You’ll find them at 516 Selby Avenue.
In the Mac-Groveland neighborhood you can’t go wrong by visiting Johnson & Sons Florist. Yelpers give them high praise for their flowers that are so fresh they last well over a week. Johnson & Sons is located at 1738 Grand Avenue
Looking for a deal? Flowerama in Como is the place to go. The friendly staff will even tutor you on how to keep your flowers looking gorgeous for as long as possible. Find Flowerama at 1676 Lexington Pkwy N.
Where to Buy Chocolates in St. Paul
If you’re looking for something a little more special than the drugstore candies in the cardboard heart-shaped box, try giving hand-crafted chocolates instead. Mademoiselle Miel, in downtown St. Paul, creates honey bon-bons with honey from their own apiary on top of the building. The showroom is only open on Fridays from 3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. but you can purchase the chocolates at The Apiary Salon, 2047 Grand Avenue.
Cathedral Hill’s Dr. Chocolate’s Chocolate Chateau is a fun place to shop for a Valentine’s Day gift. Located in a Victorian mansion, Dr. Chocolate carries organic, vegan, sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free and others for the person with dietary challenges.
You’ll find Dr. Chocolate at 579 Selby Ave.
Mmmmm – truffles! Mac-Groveland’s delightful Just Truffles features handmade chocolates with flavors such as pears William, Amaretto, peppermint, peanut butter and more. The truffles are packed in gorgeous boxes so there’s no need to wrap them. Just Truffles is located at 1363 Grand Avenue.
Valentine’s Day 2015 is just eight days away – better get moving!
Image: "Truffles with nuts and chocolate dusting in detail" by David Leggett - originally posted to Flickr as Truffles. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons