Like most holidays & major events, I will find almost any excuse to prolong the festivities. In this case, the weather has created quite a mess for Bostonians to prepare for and celebrate Valentine’s Day as planned. Because of this, the Governor has called for a week-long celebration to help small businesses that normally would benefit from the personalized products and customer service local small businesses are famous for.
Keep reading for my picks on where to visit during the first-ever Valentine’s Week in Massachusetts!
Charles Street, Boston
One of my favorite places to shop on a snowy day or sunny afternoon is Charles Street. Starting on the Beacon Street side, grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate at Starbucks for your soul and pamper your skin at The Beauty Mark. Then stop at Core de Vie for some of the chic-est workout wear on the market. And then there’s Moxie, a fabulous little boutique for footwear and accessories. Lastly, Flat of the Hill has all the decorations you need to spruce up your apartment when you need a break from the seemingly ever-present whiteness.
Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream, Cambridge
I am the last person who will tell you that ice cream is ever not in season. I mean, despite the temperature outside I can think of no better time to enjoy frozen treats and no better place than Christina’s Homemade Ice Cream in Cambridge. From consistent confections like Adzuki Bean and Rum Raisin to seasonal menu items including Apple Pie and White Chocolate, their menu is laden with unique sorbet flavors and frosty favorites that can be enjoyed every single day of the week.
Coolidge Corner Theater, Brookline
If you’ve ever wanted to visit a theater that has an wide array of showings (and times) look no further than Coolidge Corner Theater. Known as “one of the nation’s most prominent independently operated movie theaters”, admission is $12 for adults unless you’re attending a matinee (in which case it’s $10) and you can even order up craft drafts.
DanceFIT, Brookline & Natick
I’m guessing that working out has been the least of your concerns during winter storm Juno and Linus and then Marcus etcetera. Maybe shoveling seems like enough of a sweat-inducer but it can be way more fun than that! With classes you can catch in studio or on-line at home, DanceFIT is the best way to look good, feel good and support a fantastic local business.
Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks, Boston
As a Back Bay undergraduate student, I truly feel as though Kenmore Square and the surrounding neighborhoods are one of the major hubs of the city. Eastern Standard Kitchen & Drinks fuels that hub with delicious food and (possibly) even better drinks. In my humble opinion, there’s no better place to take a break from dragging along in your snow boots than this spot.
Harry’s Cheese & Cold Cuts, Boston
I’m trying to think of a better snack on a snowy day than cheese and to be honest, I don’t want to. If you’ve passed through the Haymarket area during the weekend, chances are you’ve heard a representative from Harry’s Cheese & Cold Cuts with the chant, “2 for 5, 5 for 10”. It’s a great deal and they validate parking for the Parcel 7 garage (located just above Haymarket station).Their daily refreshed inventory and convenient location makes this the ultimate shopping destination.
Jack’s Abby, Framingham
Stop me if you’ve heard this before but craft brews are the new thing. They’re one of the greatest and most delicious ways I can think of to support local business. It’s also a great excuse for a shameless hometown pride plug for Jack’s Abby Brewing. You can visit for a tour, tastings and purchases of the full pints you’ve come to love at pubs across the city. Show them a little more love by making a trip to the ‘burbs and saying hello to the geniuses behind the name.
Linden Square, Wellesley
I’m all about versatility these days and Linden Square is the definition of that. Complete with everything from a Roche Bros. grocery store, a Starbucks, a day spa and boutique shopping for furry and human friends alike. There’s even a Pure Barre studio in case you want to work on your fitness before you get your nails did. Like I said, versatility.