Need a little help in making plans for Valentine’s Day? Check out these ideas from the merchants at The Shops at Lakeside.
First, for the clueless men out there (that’s most of us): flowers are a must for Valentine’s Day.
Call Joyce at Bloom-A-Round (214-222-5995) or click here for her arrangements especially designed for Valentine’s Day ($60 to $150). Think through whether you want to pick them up or have them delivered.
Next, make sure you look your best on Valentine’s Day.
For the ladies, that means scheduling an appointment at Amber Michelle Salon, where they are conducting a Valentine’s Day giveaway worth $300 on Instagram. Follow @ambermichellesalon for instructions and details for the promotion that begins on Friday, February 9, with the winner announced on V-Day.
Guys, call The Lodge (469-464-3599) and schedule a cut with José, Rick, Caleb, or Jay (Orlando is only available on Thursday and Friday). Arrive a little early and slip in a game of pool (watch out for Rick, he’s a hustler).
Don’t forget about those nails, eyelashes, etc. Majestic Nail Spa will treat you right and give you a chance to sip drinks and use their WIFI to scan the internet for gifts while you get your touch up.
Finally, remember to have your favorite outfit laundered or dry cleaned at Martinizing Cleaners in Lakeside (they also offer pickup and delivery).
Now before we delve into dining options, consider a gift for your Valentine.
For the guys, consider giving your lady a gift certificate to one of these establishments.
All gift cards purchased from Briesley’s Boutique between February 7 and 14 will receive an additional $10 credit when you mention code SWEET HEART at checkout.
Another way to your Valentine’s heart are candles, soaps, perfumes, moisturizers, etc. You can find the latest and greatest in this category at In the Box Pack & Ship (yes, Mercy carries these types of products) as well as at Bloom-A-Round, which has a wide selection of gift items.
On to planning for the big enchilada of V-Day, also known as the romantic dinner.
At Lakeside, choose between Brazilian, Japanese, American, Mexican, and Italian.
Carvao’s sizzling Brazilian experience will be open from 3 to 10 pm, for the loving occasion and offering its delectable selection of meats, along with its fabulous salad bar. For reservations, click here.
At Hanaya Hibachi Sushi & Asian Fusion, you have the entire month of February to take advantage of their “Month of Love” special: a Surf n Turf for two lovers, only $75.95. This special includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert. They also are offering specials like the Flounder Fist ($12 ea) and the Love Sensation sushi ($17 for four).
At Paradise Bistro & Coffee Co. (Lakeside’s American option), you’ll receive any bottle of wine for just $10 when ordering two entrees on Valentine’s Day. Note: the Red Mara is excluded from this offer.
Mena’s Grill and Tex-Mex Cantina is offering, as it does everyday they’re intoxicating margaritas (plus lots of other drinks) and exceptional food.
At Mio Nonno, expect chocolate-covered strawberries on February 14, and several specials from chef Franco, including a Filet Mignon.
You’d be wise to make your reservations at these establishments as soon as possible via Open Table or placing a call to them (click here for a list of phone numbers).
Of course, there are options to the romantic dinner at a restaurant.
Then again, you and your Valentine might choose to spend a cozy night at home. In that case, you’ll want to pick up some gourmet food and wine from The Market at Lakeside, where you’ll receive 10 percent off of all bottles on Valentine’s Day.
After dinner, stroll along Lakeside’s sidewalks and stop by Epic Gelato or Milwaukee Joe’s to enjoy a refreshing dessert.
Residents at Elan Flower Mound can expect a special treat around Valentine’s Day (think chocolate) since they’ll be celebrating Resident Appreciation Week.
Finally, Tammy Edwards is offering a $10 Visa Card for those who request a quote for State Farm’s “Love Insurance” (Life and Disability) for their family.