In my mind, and heart, I'm writing original poems, creating memory boxes, and arranging flowers for my sweetheart and loved ones. In reality, I'm especially grateful for local boutiques that make it so easy to shop for special Valentine's Day gifts this week.
Homade Gifts: This new Eden Prairie gift and modern craft shop has all the pink and red supplies you need to make your own Valentine's….or pick out one of theirs: cards, journals, heart shaped ornaments, Xs and Os soap. Tower Square, 582 Eden Prairie Drive., Eden Prairie, 952-944-2443, homadegifts.com
Bean & Ro: If you're hosting a Valentine's party, or want to win Room Mom of the Year, pick up one of Bean & Ro's party sets, with "Be Mine" cups, napkins and pink and white straws. It's a party in a bag! While you're there, pick up gifts from "Kiss Me" baby onesies, to heart print water bottles, to sweet necklaces for young girls. 4617 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-303-3411, beanandro.com
MartinPatrick 3: It's a "North Loop Affair" when the luxury menswear store hosts Spruce Flowers, Goldfine Jewelry, Thumbs Cookies and AM Craft Spirits for a little Valentine shopping/celebrating. Thurs., 5-8 p.m. 212 3rd Ave. N., Mpls., 612-746-5329, martinpatrick3.com
Parc's XOXO Fete: Enjoy pink cocktails, treats, and 15 percent off your purchase at Parc. (Some exclusions apply). Fri., 3-7 p.m. 320 E. Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-353-4966 and 5023 France Ave. S., Mpls., 952-405-2505, parcboutique.com
Victory Valentine's Sale: Pick up a gift for 14 percent off, all day Thursday. Some items at the sweet home and gift store will be as much as 50 percent off, including Lafco candles. In the evening, Jen from Bouchard Design Co. and Kelly from Cardamom Collective will be there with their globally inspired handmade jewels and textiles. Enjoy a glass of bubbly while you shop. Thurs., 5 to 8 p.m. 3505 W. 44th St., Mpls., shopvictory.com
Cooks of Crocus Hill: Seats are still available for the Cozy Up With Cupid cooking class at the Stillwater location. Enjoy a romantic evening cooking together, from poached egg salad to New Zeland rack of lamb to chocolate truffles, and let them clean up! Fri. or Sun., 324 S. Main St., Stillwater, cooksofcrocushill.com
Photo by Bethany Catherine
Greater Goods: Combine Greater Goods' clever cards and sweets with floral arrangements by Ann Nelson of @TheFlowerFades, and you've got a one stop Valentine's Day Shop. Sat.-Sun.. 2515 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-872-2460, shopgreatergoods.com
Breakfast at Max’s: Baubles, Bites and Bubbly: Valentine's weekend is hectic here, and it's no surprise—with one of the Twin Cities' best selection of fine designer jewelry and gourmet chocolates, every day is Valentine's Day at Max's. Enjoy breakfast bites and mimosas from neighboring restaurant Blackstone Bistro while shopping for jewelry, chocolate, cards and gift. My mom and I will broadcast Shop Girls on myTalk107.1 from the store. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Excelsior & Grand, 3826 Grand Way, St. Louis Park, 952-922-8364, stylebymax.com
Hearts for Hunger: Neighboring Woodbury boutiques Sisu and Primrose Park collect non-perishable food items (and dollars) for the Christian Cupboard Emergency Food Shelf. For every donation, get $5 off your purchase at Sisu and Primrose Park. Saturday. 755 Bielenberg Drive, Woodbury, 651-493, 3038, shopwithsisu.com and primroseparkmpls.com
Go Red Health Fair at MOA: The American Heart Association Go Red for Women takes over the Mall of America Rotunda, Sears Court and the Southeast Court for events to promote heart health including CPR training, blood pressure screenings, and a a fashion show featuring heart disease survivors. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.