Valentine’s Day Dining and Gift Guide

by Natasha Ball


We are mere days away from when every significant other publicly declares undying love and devotion, mostly through dinners requiring heels and ties or with gifts thoughtfully selected to pluck a heartstring.

To help, we at This Land Press offer this guide to dining options and gifts from our neighborhood businesses:

C. Grant

3419 S. Peoria Ave. |

Jewelry from Jane Hollinger: Delicate sterling silver and gold heart necklaces look lovely on any neck, plus you can add something sweet about how she carries your heart with her (write that one down).

Kai spa and styling products: Every woman loves a little pampering. Kai’s luxurious line of products make great gifts as sets or individually. The bubble bath and candles could even turn out to be the gift that gives back…

Mocha Butterfly Boutique

216 N. Main Street |

Mocha Butterfly boasts a unique selection of clothing from local designers. From candles and lotions to one-of-a-kind lingerie and lounge wear, find scents and styles your lady is sure to love. Also be sure to check out the fabulous selection of baby and children’s Okie-centric clothing for your littlest love bugs.


1619 E. 15th Street |

Lingerie or sleepwear: Whether you go with something luxurious and super sexy or something cute and comfortable she will love thoughtful treat – Eberjey Gisele PJ short set and local line Zinke Florence Chiffon Baby Doll & Mae Stretch Charmuse Boyshort set.

Candles, Soaps, & Bath Salts: Make your own little grouping of scents that make for a relaxing and soothing gift – Little Luxuries Tin Candles; Claus Porto soap & bath salts.

Blankets and throws: These make great gifts because they are not sized and never go out of style, plus give them something to cuddle up with and make them think of you even if you’re not around – Klippan Eco-wool throws in assorted shades and prints.

Hearts: Go with a classic symbol of Valentine’s Day that will make her feel loved and happy, and that she can enjoy wearing year-round – Laugh Cry Repeat Heart Tee in Black & White.

Cards and Keep-Sakes: Think about including an item she can hold onto once the flowers have wilted, the chocolate is devoured, and the wine is long gone – Imm-Living Love Bird Bottle Stoppers, $21; handmade Valentine’s Day cards.

Shoe Gypsy

1604 E. 15th Street |

Sseko Sandals: Each purchase of these sandals gives back to educating women in Uganda. Shoes plus a good cause? She’s swooning already.

Fleece lined leggings:  These comfy leggings come in a variety of colors and are one size fits all so no guessing (or getting her size wrong)! These go great with chocolate and couch cuddling.

Watercolor dress with belt: Soft, beautiful, and a little spunky – just like her! (We basically just wrote your card for you, you’re welcome)

Waffle Hoodie from Original Penguin: A classic, casual jacket for a classic, casual guy.

Smartwool sock for men, women, and kids: Perfect for sweethearts of all sizes, show them you love them from head to their (now) warm little toes.

If you’re looking for a romantic setting to play footsie under the table, we recommend making a reservation at a local favorite:

The Tavern on Brady

201 N. Main Street |

This 3-course meal is $55 per person and will be on the menu all weekend.

First Course: Kumamoto Oysters with champagne-pink peppercorn mignonette; Steamed Mussels with Spanish chorizo and spicy tomato broth; Braised Short Rib Ravioli

Second Course: Seared Duck Breast with cherries, port, winter squash, and cous cous; Filet of Beef with butter poached lobster, mashed potatoes, and béarnaise; Grilled Diver Scallops with crispy risotto cake, baby carrots, and lemon caper beurre blanc

Third Course: Corazon de Chocolate, a heart-shaped chocolate cate, raspberry coulis and creme fraiche (serves two)