Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is upon us, Pholks and they don’t call this the City of Brotherly Love for nothing.   

Lucky for you, our fair city contains one of the best places on earth to procure creative, unique and affordable valentine gifts: Reading Terminal Market.   That’s right lovers, no excuses for handing over a bunch of wilted flowers grabbed in desperation from the gas station, or the last lonely card left (for good reason) on the drugstore rack….here are just a few suggestions to warm the hearts and parts of your nearest and dearest, all conveniently available from one of Philadelphia’s true gems….

1.   The perfect date night:  Take your Valentine to the hottest party of the year:  Heat Up YOUR Night at the Heat Up The Night Gala--Dinner and Dancing at the Market--trust us, this is the best VD gift on the planet.

2.     Terminis  Red Velvet Cupcakes--even if you reside semi-permanently in the dog house, a box of these should earn you a brief furlough. Aren't they adorable? 

3.  Pitchers and Catchers Report this week….let your sports fan know you care.    Pennsylvania General Store has a respectable supply of Phillies caps—and they’re red!

4. You never go wrong with chocolate. We loved this funny twist...but if you think your Valentine wouldn't get the joke, Chocolate by Mueller has lots of other options.

5.  Heat things up…..with a gift certificate to LaCucina.    Date night cooking classes might be just the thing to fire up the, um, stove.

6.  You know what they say about the way to a person's heart....Gourmet foods from Downtown Cheese (or the multitude of other sources in the Market) are sure to please.

7.  There's no greater luxury than hand-milled soaps.  Terralyn has a beautiful selection--they smell intoxicating, they look lovely, and they contain natural, healthy ingredients that are good for your skin.  Her massage oils make a great Valentine's gift, too....

  8.  And keeping with  the bath theme, check out these adorable rubber duckies from Amy's Place.  The shop stocks a fantastic array of kitchen gadgets and funky homegoods, too.

 9.  If the object of your affection is culinarily inclined, consider a cookbook.  The Cookbook Stall has an enormous variety--including aphrodisiac recipe collections, very apt for V-Day.
10.  You tell us.  This list has barely scratched the surface.   What is YOUR perfect Market Valentine gift?

So head on over to the Market.  We know February is the shortest month, but it will feel mighty long if you blow it on Valentine's Day.

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