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5 Local Gifts to Give this Valentine's Day: Charlotte Edition

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Forget flowers and chocolates this Valentine’s Day and surprise your love with something local. Share your love of Charlotte on the most romantic day of the year with these 5 local gift ideas that will make your S.O.’s heart swoon.

Share Your Love of Cooking

Share your love of cooking this Valentine’s Day and test your relationship in the kitchen. Classes at Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen range from healthy winter dishes to Southern cuisine and during the class you will learn new skills that will take your cooking to the next level. Give this gift a little early and check out their Valentine’s cooking class on Feb. 9th and learn to make Spiced Beef Cannelloni, Seared to perfection Scallops, and a Dark Chocolate Cremeux with White Chocolate Mousse to finish.

Keep Your Relationship Fly

A couple that always looks fly, stays fly. So this year stay stylish and visit Johnny Fly Co. for some eco-friendly shades. Since  2011, the Johnny Fly Co. has had one goal in mind, to create wearable artwork and 7 years later they are still creating one of a kind pieces at the FLY Factory. If your S.O. has more than enough shades, the Johnny Fly Co. has also expanded into chemical-free leather creations like duffle bags and backpacks, so you both can travel in style during your next weekend getaway.  

Forget Boxed Chocolates

Instead of gifting a box of mysterious chocolates this Valentine’s Day, stop by Suarez Bakery for a box of local, made-from-scratch baked goods. From layered cakes and decorated sugar cookies, to salted caramel brownies and doughnut cakes, you’ll find all the sweet treats you need for Valentine’s Day gifting. You can place a special order for your special someone and spell out your love in doughnuts, but however you decide show you love this year, make sure to do it with something sweet.

See a Show Together

Make more memories this Valentine’s Day and instead of spending the evening binging your favorite Netflix series, grab tickets to a local show. From comedy and musicals to concerts and plays, there is always something happening in the Queen City for every kind of couple. If you are couple with a sense of humor that can’t be beat, grab tickets to the off-broadway comedy hit, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus at the Belk Theater. But if live music is more your scene then you can’t go wrong with checking out who’s playing at the Neighborhood Theater.

Plan the Ultimate Local Date Night

You can’t go wrong with a romantic dinner and drinks date night in Uptown. So this Valentine’s Day make it extra special with dinner at one of Uptown’s newest restaurants, Loft and Cellar. Executive Chef Nicolas Daniels has developed a delicious menu, inspired by his Chilean background, along with South American and Mediterranean cuisines. The restaurant overlooks Romare Bearden Park, so you can enjoy your dinner and drink with a breathtaking view of the city.

Looking for more ways to celebrate the most romantic day of the year? Then check out all things happening in Charlotte this Valentine’s Day.

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