Valentine’s Day Around Town – Last Minute Ideas

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MINT HILL, NC – On Valentine’s Day, it has become a custom to celebrate the ones we love. Sending cards, known as valentines, along with presenting flowers and gifts of appreciation have developed as a modern English holiday that spread in the 19th century. This century-old custom is a wonderful time to stop, visit, and express what you feel for the one/s you love. In a time in the world when things are so uncertain, one thing that is certain is that celebrating our love for each othernis appreciated by recipients of all ages. Expressing your love with gifts can often be a struggle. If this is you or you just have been busy with life in general, but want to make sure that your gesture is as grand as your love for your special person or people, the town has all the resources that you need to complete those “last minute” plans, buying of gifts, and showing the appreciation that you know you want to express.

Floral arrangement by Abbey Rose Floral Artistry
Photo By Abbey Rose Floral Artistry

Flowers are an age-old tradition that display beauty in all things. Most everyone appreciates a beautiful arrangement of flowers. Abbey Rose Floral Artistry, located at 7408 Matthews Mint Hill Rd, offers a wide variety of flower arrangements. Roses to custom orders, Abbey Rose Floral Artistry is the place in town to get those jaw-dropping arrangements that will have your loved one smiling from ear to ear. They will be fully stocked for Monday, February 14, for those last-minute “drop-ins” and are always available by phone at (704) 545-4900 or order online at This small, locally-owned business is one of a kind; they are a family-owned and operated business here in Mint Hill. The mother-daughter team is amazing at designing one-of-a-kind arrangments along with offering a wide variety of flowers. From roses to pastel-colored flowers to vibrant and colorful arrangments, they have this flower design to a science. This is a family affair that even includes the husband/father as one of the delivery drivers. Serving our community for over 25 years, Abbey Rose Floral Artistry is here to serve us today, Valentine’s Day, and any day that flowers are needed in your life.

Vintner's Hill Wine Bar & Bistro wine and food display
Photo by Vintner’s Hill Wine Bar & Bistro

If you are looking for a local place to wine and dine with your loved one, then Vintner’s Hill Wine Bar & Bistro is a great place. They are located at 7427 Matthews Mint Hill Rd Ste 108, Mint Hill, NC 28227. They are a locally-owned wine bar located in the heart of town, offering a wide variety of wines from around the world for purchasing or dining in along with a large selection of rotating regional craft beers. Their drink selection is amazing, but so are their great-tasting menu items. The menu is designed to complement everything about the wine bar – the tastes, the smells, the atmosphere – is a perfect place to visit on a special day. Vintner’s Hill Wine Bar & Bistro also offers an amazing selection of wine, beer, and much “to-go.” Selecting a wine to take home to your love or to take your celebration of love, you can never go wrong with stopping there.

Unique experiences are also a wonderful way to display your love. Around town, there are several restaurants offering a variety of specials for the day.  A truly unique experience is one that the Waffle House is offering for the first time this year, Dinner for Two. The experience offers white table clothes and so much more. Visit for more information about their experience for the evening of February 14.

Papa John’s will be selling their heart-shaped pizza for the day of love. The pizza can come with a variety of toppings and is a great way to stay in and share the love that you have for another in a more private setting. Visit their website at for ordering instructions.

Inside Discovery Place - Science
Photo by Discovery Place – Science

We can’t forget about the younger ones in our lives that we want to celebrate our love for them. Schiele Museum of Natural History in Gastonia, SC is offering Winter Wonderland – Sock Skating from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Valentine’s Day. This is a specially-designed indoor “skating rink” that allows children under the age of 12 to experience “skating” around in their socks. Tickets are required for admission; for more information please visit their website at The Discovery Place Science is also a wonderful place to engage, enjoy, and explore with the kids on a special day. They offer a variety of live shows during the day plus storytime. This place is for the kids, but parents will have just as much fun, promised. They are located at 301 N Tryon St, and more information about tickets and live shows can be found at

The special day of celebrating LOVE is right around the corner. Get those last-minute gifts and plans together to show your appreciation for the ones in your life. The gesture is more than appreciated by most.

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Jessica Mentzer
Jessica Mentzer is a mother and freelance writer that loves to travel and write. Whenever she is not traveling with her family or writing she enjoys hiking, canoeing, swimming, and spending time with her two children. She is a stay-at-home mom and enjoys watching her children grow and learn each day. Her passion for writing and her love for travel are two things that she loves to share with friends and family.