By TEDDYE SNELL
Valentine’s Day is approaching, and local lovers are beginning to think about finding the perfect gift for their partnes..
Time-honored standards like flowers, candy and jewelry remain popular, and local merchants are stocking up for Cupid’s big day.
“Of course, red roses are always popular,” said Larry Warnock, co-owner of Morris-Cragar Flowers. “Some like to go with lilies that add fragrance to an arrangement, too. I can say prices are up significantly from last year, about 35 to 50 percent, so people need to be prepared. We’re expecting a busy year, nonetheless.”
Morris-Cragar is partnering with The Palms to offer a dozen roses and massage package, and Warnock said it should be priced reasonably for most budgets.
“We’re also having a drawing for a dozen roses we’re giving away,” he said. “All you have to do is come in and sign up.”
Morris-Cragar also offers gifts for guys, including all kinds of candy bouquets and baskets, with themed containers like baseball gloves, mugs and miniature barbecue grills.
Warnock advised placing orders for deliveries early.
“We probably won’t be able to take new orders for delivery beyond midday on [Wednesday] Feb. 13,” he said. “We’ll be delivering on Valentine’s Day, but orders placed after the deadline will have to be picked up in person.”
Those seeking to adorn their lovers with bling have a couple of options. Jan Nolan, owner of Nolan’s Jewelry, hosts a storewide clearance sale every year during the first two weeks of February.
“I run my annual ‘I Love You’ clearance sale,” said Nolan. “This year, it begins Monday, Feb. 4 and runs through Friday Feb. 15, and we offer up to 70 percent off merchandise storewide. With that being said, shoppers can find fantastic discounts on fine jewelry, gift items, silver, turquoise and bridal sets.”
Nolan said bridal items are always popular this time of year, and patrons will find sets reduced 25 percent from already discounted prices. To learn more, visit Nolan’s Jewelry on Facebook.
“What’s really popular are the Lily and Laura bracelets,” said Nolan. “They are huge, and I literally sell thousands of them. We just got a new shipment, and they make great gifts.”
Sales Associate Chelsea Buttress, said Meigs Jewelry, is also offering a Valentine’s Day special.
“We are featuring our infinity symbol jewelry,” said Buttress. “We have an entire collection, including sterling and white gold necklaces and bracelets. We’ve discounted items in this line that can be packaged together, or purchased individually.”
Buttress said Meigs also has a huge selection from a new designer, Lauren G. Adams.
“It is a nice, high-end fashion jewelry line that’s priced for any budget,” said Buttress. “It was super-popular over Christmas, and the pieces make great gifts.”
Meigs also offers a number of gifts for men, including Luminox watches and William Henry pocket knives.
“The watches are really good for men who are active and into sports,” said Buttress. “They were originally designed for the Navy SEALS, and are made to be ‘man’ watches. We also have a new shipment of the knives, and those are priced to fit every budget.”
For those looking for something a little different, Cherae Stone, licensed therapeutic massage therapist at Starr House Therapies, suggests a little pampering.
“Massage is the perfect alternative to chocolates or flowers,” said Stone. “The thoughtful gift of a relaxing experience is a lovely way to show someone you care. At Starr House, we offer personalized service in the cozy comfort of a charming Victorian home.”
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