Valentine’s Day Gift & Date Guide

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MINT HILL, NC – Flowers are a classic gift for your loved one, and there’s no better place to buy your bouquet locally than Abbey Rose Floral Artistry.  Celebrating 25 years in business this January, Abbey Rose prides itself on creating customized, innovative arrangements with unique flowers you won’t find at your local grocery store.

The "Red Panther" rose is a unique variety that features swirls of red and vivid pink
The “Red Panther” rose is a unique variety that features swirls of red and vivid pink

For Valentine’s Day, Abbey Rose is excited to be bringing in unique varieties of roses that you might not find anywhere else in Charlotte, including the Red Panther variety, a two-toned swirl of dark red and vivid pink, and “The Blues,” which features white on one side of each petal and red on the reverse.  

“The unique rose varieties I’m really excited about because they’re not going to be available to local wholesalers,” says Libby DeYoung.  “They’re such new varieties that they’re only available through the growers directly.”

If your loved one isn’t into roses, Abbey Rose always stocks a nice assortment of spring flowers like double bloom tulips, irises and hydrangeas.  “Not everybody’s a rose person!” laughs Libby, “and we always make sure we have a nice selection of flowers on hand to cover those people, too.”

Abbey Rose has spring flowers in stock for customers who aren't into roses.
Abbey Rose has spring flowers in stock for customers who aren’t into roses.

Whether you’re a rose person or not, mother-daughter team Suzanne and Libby agree that flowers are the perfect gift for anyone this Valentine’s Day.  “I think that flowers are a language that everybody can speak,” says Libby.  “When you get a bouquet of flowers from someone, you know exactly what they’re saying.  They’re saying, ‘I love you, I’m thinking of you, I care for you.’”

Abbey Rose Floral Artistry operates out of their home studio located in Mint Hill.  To order the perfect bouquet for your Valentine, contact them at (704) 545-4900 or visit

It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without dinner with your sweetheart, and Mario’s Italian Restaurant is the perfect place to make a reservation.  Located in Matthews, NC, Mario’s is a 40-year-old, family-owned and operated restaurant known for its made-from-scratch Italian dishes.  

For Valentine’s Day, Mario’s is offering a “Sweetheart Dinner for Two.”  For just $120 per couple, enjoy two Surf & Turf entrees and side salads along with a shared appetizer, dessert, and even a bottle of wine!  

Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year, but if it feels impossible to get our for a relaxing dinner on a weeknight, Mario’s has you covered: they’re offering their “Sweetheart Dinner for Two” for ten full days from February 9 – 19. 

“Tuesday might be pretty busy,” says Relationship Development and Marketing Manager Barry Steiger, “but that leaves nine other days that guests can come and join us and take advantage of the ‘Sweetheart Dinner for Two.’”

Reservations are recommended for Mario’s “Sweetheart Dinner for Two.”  Make yours today by calling (704) 847-4884.

Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation is another great destination for Valentine’s Day dinner.  On Saturday, September 11, they are offering a four-course sweetheart dinner for just $99.99 per couple.  Reservations begin at 5:30 pm and run through 7:30 pm at fifteen minute intervals.  Email by February 7 to reserve your spot and make your menu selections.  Visit “Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation” on Facebook for more information.

A romantic getaway make a great Valentine's gift! Call Phil Angelo today to plan yours.
A romantic getaway make a great Valentine’s gift! Call Phil Angelo today to plan yours.

If flowers and dinner don’t seem like enough to show the love of your life that you care, consider booking a romantic getaway!  Having traveled to over 100 countries and sailed over 100 cruise voyages, Phil and Barbara Angelo, owners of Leisure Travel Experts, can help you plan it.

“As a couple, folks face the trials and tribulations of everyday life,” says Phil.  “That often involves working to provide the essentials, eating for survival, interacting with family and just listening to the hustle and bustle around us. A box of candy, flowers, or even dinner together can provide an instant gratification. More often than not, that gratification wears off more quickly than the preparation for it did.”

“Giving a gift of Romance Travel can be a memory that lives on and on,” he continues.  “Just two people, together, with no more worries than the choices for drinks, dinner, or entertainment. Whether your choices are lying in a hammock under palm trees, zipping down a mountainside on a 1000 foot zip line, having a romantic dinner for two at sunset, on the beach, or just floating the days away in the pool, Margarita in hand, a Romantic Retreat is a long term memory.”

Contact Phil Angelo at (980) 406-1650 or visit to start planning your next romantic getaway!

Sweets and Savories by JoyMarie
Sweets and Savories by JoyMarie

A box of chocolates is a traditional Valentine’s gift, but why buy a generic gift from a big box store when you can purchase something homemade locally?  Owned by Mint Hill resident JoyMarie Ruela, Sweets and Savories by JoyMarie specializes in Italian/American food, baked goods, and desserts.  

Since launching the business in September of 2021, Sweets and Savories by JoyMarie has grown from desserts, breads and custom chocolates to full service catering and festival/events food vending.  JoyMarie has participated in over 40 pop up events in the last 16 months and already has four pop ups on the calendar for 2023.  You’ll also be able to find her at the Mint Hill Farmer’s Market this spring.

JoyMarie's hot chocolate and espresso bombs make great gifts for anyone!
JoyMarie’s hot chocolate and espresso bombs make great gifts for anyone!

JoyMarie is offering a unique selection of items for Valentine’s Day, including hot chocolate bomb and espresso bomb gift sets, which make perfect treats for teachers, significant others, children or coworkers.  JoyMarie always offers fresh cannoli, pastry, breads, cakes and more that can be customized for any occasion!

Order treats for your loved ones today by calling (631) 816-0456 or visiting “Sweets and Savories by JoyMarie” on Facebook.  Get your orders in by February 10 for guaranteed availability!

No Valentine this February?  No problem!  Grab your girlfriends and had to Mint Hill Coffee & Social House on Monday, February 13, for a “Galentine’s” Party.  $35 tickets include a glass of wine or specialty cocktail, an individual charcuterie box, a swag bag, a galentine craft activity, and reflexology of the face or hands performed by Sandy Harrison from Vitality Ginger/Soothe the Soles.  “This will be a great ladies night event and time to spend with your Gal Pals!” promises Owner Annette Smith.  

Feeling crafty?  Get in the mood and “celebrate the love” at Pour 64 on February 6 with a Couples Paint and Sip.  Bring your significant other, best friend or anyone you’d like to create a two-part painting with.  You’ll work on two different canvases to create a single unified painting.  Purchase tickets at Event Brite:

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Mary Beth Foster
Mary Beth Foster works part time as an essay specialist at Charlotte Latin School and full time as a mom to her five-year-old daughter Hannah and her two-year-old son Henry. Prior to having children, she worked as a high school English teacher for nine years. Most recently, she chaired the English department at Queen's Grant High School. She and her husband have lived in Mint Hill with their children and their cats since 2011. Email: