Tahlequah Daily Press

January 31, 2014

Treats for the sweethearts

Gifts, special meals on local agendas for Valentine’s Day

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — On Saturday, the calendar rolls over to February, and sweethearts begin the search for the best way to observe Valentine’s Day.

Traditionally, favorite gifts include candy, flowers, and jewelry. The staff at Meigs Jewelry have a variety of options for discerning blingophiles.

“This Valentine’s Day, we have three different Pandora charm sets,” said Brandon Hooper, Meigs sales associate. “Two of the sets have bracelets and charms and the third has a necklace with charms.”

Hooper said the store’s Heartbeat collection remains popular. Items include necklaces with diamonds on a pivot in the center. When the wearer moves, the diamonds shimmer.

“We also have a number of really cute Fossil watches,” said Hooper.

Chelsea Buttress, also a sales associate at Meigs, said they have a valentine special associated with this year’s Wines of Winter event, slated for Tuesday, Feb. 11.

“The Wines of Winter package is valued at over $700,” said Buttress. “Every woman who comes in the store the night of the event can register her significant other by providing an email address and contact information. Everyone who is entered receives a Meigs gift card. The grand prize, for which there will be only one winner, is a $500 Meigs gift card, a special dinner at an exclusive table at The Branch, and flowers. It’s pretty much the whole package.”

Gail Morgan, owner of Morris-Cragar Flowers, is expecting a busy season.

“We’ll of course have the popular Teleflora designs, along with a varied line of stuffed animals and candy. It’s important to let people know that we also offer wire services for floral deliveries just about anywhere.”

Morgan confirmed that roses remain the most popular flower for Valentine’s Day gifts, but said others are gaining ground.

“Roses are dominant,” said Morgan, “We’ll have all different colors available. We also do a lot of carnations and lilies. We offer alstromaria in about four or five different colors, including pink, white, purple and yellow.”

Morgan stresses the importance of placing Valentine’s Day orders early, as it’s the busiest floral holiday of the year.

“We’ll continue deliveries on Valentine’s Day until they’re all delivered, but it’s best to order them early,” said Morgan. “We also offer some blooming plants, including hyacinths and tulips.”

Once the jewelry is wrapped and the flowers have been delivered, couples may want to spend the evening having a nice meal. Several area restaurants are offering special packages on Valentine’s Day, including Go Ye Village.

“We’re featuring a prime rib dinner,” said Jerry Berris, food service director at Go Ye. “The meal is by reservation only. Those interested can call the Village to make reservations, pay and pick up their tickets.”

Serving begins at 5:30 on Friday, Feb. 14, in Richardson Hall at Go Ye. Reservations can be made by calling (918) 456-4542.

“We’ll have chocolate-covered strawberries and a raspberry ginger ale, followed by prime rib, loaded mashed potatoes and asparagus,” said Berris. “We’ll also have two pretty decadent desserts, but I’m not sure what they’ll be just yet.”

John Garrison, owner of Katfish Kitchen, has pulled out all the stops for this Valentine’s Day. The special runs from Sunday, Feb. 2,  through Saturday, Feb. 15.

“We’ve run this deal in the  past, but this time we’ve reduced the price,” said Garrison. “There is nowhere within 20 miles of us that folks can get this much food for the price. We’ll have a special dinner for two for $30, and tax is included.”

The meal includes two pieces of catfish, a 6-ounce steak, four breaded shrimp, choice of potato, drinks and the full “kitchen set-up.”

“The set up includes our creamy coleslaw, slow-simmered brown beans, hushpuppies and strawberry dumplings for dessert,” said Garrison. “We don’t require reservations, just a little patience because we expect to be busy.”

Those who don’t mind driving short distances have Valentine’s Day dinner opportunities, as well. Baker’s Fish House, on U.S. Highway 29 between Muskogee and Wagoner, is offering a sweetheart special, as is Mahylon’s Bar-B-Cue, 3301 Chandler Road in Muskogee. The Press will be running information about these specials on four different days, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 5.