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Shopping Local: A Valentine’s Gift Guide

After a bitterly-cold & grey January and equally bleak start to February, Valentine’s Day presents an opportunity to slough off the weather and warm your heart—and those of the ones you love—with a card or gift from a neighborhood business. Does anyone tire of hearing I love you?

ARTful Valentine gifts from CWE-based Kristen Kempton, FINK (fashion+art):

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From left:  Valentine paper, “perfectly imperfect,” hand-printed on recycled paper, $15. Hand-printed, hand-made, one-of-a-kind Valentine tees, $150 to $165. Pick-up is free, use coupon code STL at checkout, shipping available too.

Kristen Kempton, FINK (fashion+art). Visit website for info, or pillboxproductions@gmail.com.

Crafty finds at Bowood Farms:

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From left: Meri Meri pink garland on wooden spool, 15′ for $22; 12 fancy party sticks, $12; star garland, $12; Milagros hearts (in clear cup), $4, all Valentine cards, $5. Lower right: 12 heart-shaped cake toppers or swizzle sticks; “I Like You” stickers, 10 sheets for $8; xoxo stickers, 6 sheets for $6.  Middle: “Be Mine” heart-shaped purse, $14. In cabinet from left: Package of 3 party favors, includes tattoos & confetti, with room to add your own treats, $14; “lips” garland, $14. Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed The Vino Gallery lululemon Left Bank Books Kristen Kempton jeni's iheartfink Handcrafted by Bissinger's di Olivas Central West End Cassie's Candle Fusion Studio Bowood Farms

Stop by Bowood Farms Flower Bar on February 14, where you can create your own hand-tied Valentine’s bouquet, $30. Click here for details.

Bowood Farms, 4501 Olive Street, (314) 454-6868.

 Share libations from The Vino Gallery:

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From left: For Valentine’s Day, proprietor Alex Head chose a great, juicy Mariella Román, a red blend of Zinfandel, Petit Sirah & Barbera, $23; a dry, “little bit sweet” 2016 Robert Weil Weingut Reisling, $24; and from the Champagne region, Cuvee des 2 Soeurs, a well-made grower champagne, $45.

The Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson Ave., (314) 932-5665.

De-LOVEly deliciousness from Jeni’s, below.

jeni’s, 389 N. Euclid.

More deliciousness from Handcrafted by Bissinger’s:

From left: 28-piece Valentine’s Classic Collection, $46; Right: 2-tiered Bissinger’s Ballet Ballotin, 47 pieces for $68.

Handcrafted by Bissinger’s, 32 Maryland Plaza, (314) 367-7750.

From di Olivas: Valentine’s dinner for two (or more)

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di Olivas proprietor Robert Pallenja has been singing the praises of a new Busiate pasta from Italy, $8.99, each time I have stopped in his shop. He featured the pasta in a bacon, mushroom and cream dish he demonstrated recently at cooking class in the shop’s kitchen. Another dish on the menu that evening was linguini with shrimp. lemon zest, and basil. You can substitute the Garlic & Basil Pasta, $7.99 above for linguini, and you might check out the Orecchiette $8.99, while you’re there.

Both recipes can be found here.

di Olivas, 115 B N. Euclid, (314) 367-OILS

Pet LOVERS selections from Treats Unleashed. Woof, woof!

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Treats Unleashed, 22 N. Euclid, (314) 889-0966

For young book LOVERS:

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Join Storytime’s Cliff at Left Bank Books tomorrow morning at 10:30 for a special Valentine’s Celebrity event with St. Louisan Amy Sklansky, author of Sweet Hearts, $8.99. There will be cookies and crafts too.

Among the other Valentine’s selections are Valensteins by Ethan Long, $16.99, Love from Peter Rabbit, $8.99, Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood, $16.99, and What the World Needs Now is Love by Burt Bacharach & Hal David, illustrated by Mary Kate McDevitt, $9.99. Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Books, Dance, Music, Theater CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed The Vino Gallery lululemon Left Bank Books Kristen Kempton jeni's iheartfink Handcrafted by Bissinger's di Olivas Central West End Cassie's Candle Fusion Studio Bowood Farms

For young adults, the staff at LBB hearts:  Romona Blue by Julie Murphy, $17.99, “a love triangle unlike any you’ve ever read…the movie Chasing Amy but so much better”; Tash hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee, $18.99, “absolutely delightful, funny, smart and made my heart fuller”; This is Not a Love Letter by Kim Purcell, $17.99, “engrossing tense tale about love, loss & survival”; Meet Cute, $17.99, “ridiculously cute short stories by all of your favorite authors.”

Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid, (314) 367-6731.

LOVE hydrating beauty products from Cassie’s:

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Crabtree & Evelyn Rose Water & Pink Peppercorn hydrating body wash, $22, soap, $10, and hand therapy, $24.

Cassie’s, 316 N. Euclid, (314) 454-1010.

“Let us define Valentines,” lululemon’s Valentine’s campaign:

 

The lightweight “define” jacket comes in teal shadow, left, redwood, right, and black (not shown), $128.  Matching “wunder under” 7/8 tights “fit like a second skin,” $98.

lululemon, 26 Maryland Plaza, (314) 454-6857.

Celebrate Valentine’s at Candle Fusion Studio, 4742 McPherson Ave., tomorrow and again Wednesday, February 14 from 6 to 9. Couples are invited for an evening of hands-on creativity and adventure, $55 for two. Click here for more info. Reservations are recommended, (314) 250-2272.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.

A visit to Treats Unleashed

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed St. Louis MO Fresh Start pet food Central West End  One can’t help but notice the abundance of dogs in the CWE, a neighborhood where not having a 4-legged companion seems to be the exception. There are pets strapped to owners’ chests, or riding in strollers while perfectly coiffed and decked out for the weather. Further evidence of the importance of pets in city-dwellers’ lives is what could be called “take your dog to work day,” except that now it’s an everyday occurrence. So it was inevitable that a 2nd pet shop (Wolfgang’s on Euclid being the 1st) opened last July in the CWE.

Treats Unleashed at 22 N. Euclid, above, is the 7th St. Louis area location for the Chesterfield-based company. (There’s a shop in Colombia, MO and Leawood, KS too.) What became obvious during my visit is that the days of simply opening a generic can of pet food are so over. For particular people with particular pets, Treats Unleashed should be on your list.

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The shop smells like a bakery, since all doggie treats are baked on site and made of human-grade ingredients. Every bit of dog food Treats Unleashed stocks is free of ingredients that cause allergies, which means they are poultry, wheat, corn, and soy-free.  Feline owners will find plenty of healthy food choices for their pets too.

Sign up for the “frequent barker” program and earn points for discounts, and a free birthday bone too, see top photo. There are trays of seasonally-decorated cookies and cakes for special occasions, above—or I suppose, for Santa to bury under the tree.

Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed St. Louis MO Fresh Start pet food Central West End  Top photo: A shelf filled with unique treats for the holidays include dinners for Christmas Eve and for that New Year’s Pawty too, $2.99.

Bottom photo: And don’t forget to pick up the latest in seasonal neckwear or a jaunty kerchief, right, for those fashionable strolls around the neighborhood.Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed St. Louis MO Fresh Start pet food Central West End

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Top photo: Most of the house-made treats are 95 cents each, and each month a portion of  sales of the “spotlight treat” goes to a different pet charity.

Bottom photo: Treats Unleashed carries a large selection of chew toys, pet bedding, $39.99 to $250, and cat toys too.

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Top photo: All-natural Fromm cat food comes in flavors such as Game Bird Recipe, Hasen Duckenpfeffer, Chicken au Fromage, and Salmon Tunachovy, 2 lbs. for $11.00, 5 lbs. for $20.00.

Bottom photo: All natural Zignature dog food is $11.99 to $18.99. After purchasing 12 bags of either Fromm or Zignature food, the next bag is free.Nicki's Central West End Guide CWE Pets Shop News  Treats Unleashed St. Louis MO Fresh Start pet food Central West End

One of the best stories to come out of my visit to Treats Unleashed is the business model of St. Louis-based Fresh Start brand of dog treats. “Fresh Start” means fresh ingredients for pets, but also a fresh start for everyone else. The company hires the homeless to work in its facility, and once they get established Fresh Starts finds housing for them.

Fresh Start beef and lamb treats range from $12.99 to $24.99.

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Don’t want to mess up your bathtub washing your pooch at home? For $19 you can use Treats Unleashed’s self-wash, above. Everything’s provided: an apron, shampoo, lotions, and the best part is, they’ll clean up after you. Schedule bath time at least an hour before closing.

Treats Unleashed, 22 N. Euclid, (314) 899-6966, Mon. – Sat. 9 to 8 p.m., Sun. 9 to 6 p.m.