Show some local love

It almost doesn’t matter what’s for dinner when it’s followed by a chocolate sampler from Lacroix’s executive pastry chef, Frederick Ortega.

From the flowers to the jewelry to the bubbly, Philly has you covered
when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Our picks for the holiday’s
essentials:

Gourmet sweet treats for your sweetie
It almost doesn’t matter what’s for dinner when it’s followed by a chocolate sampler from Lacroix’s executive pastry chef, Frederick Ortega. Boxes range from two pieces ($3) to 72 ($54) and you choose the flavors: hazelnut, vanilla, cafe, honey almond, anis, rum, pistachio, raspberry and orange cinnamon.

Lacroix
210 W. Rittenhouse Square 215-790-2533,
www.lacroixrestaurant.com

No diamonds required: Keep it cute and playful
Whether she’s a new Valentine or you’re old pros at the 14th, there’s an irresistible retro sweetness to this Monserat De Luca necklace, available at Arcadia Boutique. $28

Arcadia Boutique
819 N. Second St. and
265 S. 20th St.
www.arcadiaboutique.com

Perfect petals
Make sure she doesn’t get the same generic bouquet as her co-workers. At NoLib’s Beautiful Blooms Boutique, they’re whipping up a “Red Hot Love” arrangement complete with red roses, waxflower blooms and dusty miller. ($115, arrangements start at $55)

Beautiful Blooms Boutique
Liberties Walk
1021 N. Third St.
215-925-3111
www.beautifulblooms.com

Make your own glass flower
Go way beyond the construction-paper card at Hudson Beach Glass’ DIY glass flower workshop. You pick the colors, then one of their glassblowers will help you create a flower in their Old City studio.

While you’re there, check out their new wine goblets — inspired by antique absinthe glasses — for whatever you might be pouring on Monday.

Flower workshops Saturday and Sunday, Hudson Beach Glass, $45, 267-319-1887, www.hudsonbeachglass.com

‘Bee My Lovebug’
The “Bee My Lovebug” boxes from artisan chocolatiers John & Kira’s are as tasty as they are adorable. Once you’re done admiring the little hand-painted creatures, bite into a bee for a     salted caramel and basswood honey filling, or a ladybug for a rich ganache treat.
$29, 800-747-4808, www.johnandkiras.com



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