A sweet­heart of a gift

Gifts to sat­isfy any­thing from the sweet tooth to the body and soul

The Covington News - - Health & wellness - By Rachel Oswald roswald@cov­news.com

Only five shop­ping days are left to pur­chase your gifts for Valen­tine’s Day. For­tu­nately a num­ber of lo­cal busi­nesses are sell­ing tons of gifts sure to please the spe­cial some­one in your life.

One of the county’s new­est busi­nesses, Bearin’ Trea­sures, of­fers a unique twist on the tra­di­tional teddy bear gift. A cud­dly brown bear from Bearin’ Trea­sures with a heartshaped nose is not all that he ap­pears. A slit in his back, sealed with Vel­cro, re­veals a handy stor­age space, ideal for slip­ping in some choco­lates, the latest techno gizmo or that much an­tic­i­pated jew­eler’s gift box.

Owner Anselm Marie said he got the idea for the bears from a gift his brother re­ceived from his girl­friend last Valen­tine’s Day. Right now Marie only sells brown bears but he says he is in­ter­ested in ex­pand­ing his prod­uct line in the fu­ture.

Bears are $23 each. To make the bear a male bear or­der a bow tie as well for $.85. To fem­i­nize the bear or­der an ear bow for only $.45. Bow ties and ear bows come in a variety of col­ors. To say what you re­ally feel to that some­one spe­cial or­der a Bearin’ Trea­sures card to be in­serted inside your bear for $.80

Place your or­ders for bears on­line atwww.bear­in­trea­sures. com. Or­ders can be shipped to any­where in the U.S. Or­ders are typ­i­cally re­ceived within seven days.

If you’re look­ing for some­thing other than teddy bears this year, be­low is a sam­pling of the Valen­tine’s specials lo­cal busi­nesses are of­fer­ing: Flow­ers

Blooms Flow­ers and Gifts Ad­dress: 2112 Main Street, Por­terdale Tele­phone: (770) 788-2887

This year Blooms is of­fer­ing a spe­cial Valen­tine’s gift bas­ket for $125 which comes with half a dozen choco­late cov­ered straw­ber­ries from Latte Da Cof­fee, a bot­tle of cham­pagne from CorkPop­pers and a dozen roses of any color from Blooms. Sher­wood’s Flow­ers and Gifts Ad­dress: 1105 Floyd Street, Cov­ing­ton Tele­phone: (770) 786-7272

Cus­tomers at Sher­woods this year can choose to par­tic­i­pate in the flo­ral wire ser­vice Tele­flora’s Di­a­monds and Roses sweep­stakes. Cus­tomers who pur­chase one of the two rose ar­range­ments fea­tured, priced at $52.95 and $ 92.95, are au­to­mat­i­cally en­tered into a di­a­mond ear­rings and di­a­mond pen­dant neck­lace sweep­stakes.

Sher­wood’s is also run­ning a spe­cial on a dozen pre­mium Rio Roses in any color for $85. For Valen­tine’s Day de­liv­ery place all or­ders by Tues­day. Sweets

Baby Cakes Bak­ery Ad­dress: 2106 Main Street, Por­terdale Tele­phone: (770) 788-1414

This Valen­tine’s sea­son Baby Cakes is fea­tur­ing a Valen­tine’s cookie bas­ket which comes with a teddy bear for $26.99. The bak­ery is also sell­ing choco­late dipped straw­ber­ries at $ 1.25 each, and tuxedo dipped straw­ber­ries at $1.50 each. The bak­ery is also sell­ing hand cut-out and dec­o­rated cook­ies in the shape of hearts, but­ter­flies and flow­ers. Baby Cakes asks for a two day no­tice on or­ders.

Luv Cakes Ad­dress: 1109 Street, Cov­ing­ton Tele­phone: (770) 508-8305

The newly opened bak­ery is fea­tur­ing dou­ble-layer heartshaped cakes for $15.99 this sea­son as well as a spe­cial on petit fours: buy a dozen petit fours and get two free for $15. Tur­tle thumbprints are $4.99 a dozen and reg­u­lar thumbprint cook­ies are $3.99 a dozen. Luv Cakes asks for two days no­tice on all or­ders. Gifts

Be­yond Borders Ad­dress: 1122 Mon­ti­cello Street, Cov­ing­ton Tele­phone: (770) 788-0027

Reynolds All Mex­i­can pot­tery is 25 per­cent off through Valen­tine’s Day at Be­yond Borders. The shop’s spring mer­chan­dise of bird houses and yard art is also in and avail­able for pur­chase. Other sea­sonal gift items sold at the shop in­clude one-of-akind vin­tage door­knob wine bot­tle stop­pers, lo­tions, jew­elry, soaps, can­dles and purses. Gift wrap­ping is pro­vided.

Utopia Day Spa and Salon Ad­dress: 1123 Church Street, Cov­ing­ton Tele­phone: (770) 786-2299

This sea­son Utopia is fea­tur­ing sev­eral Valen­tine’s spa pack­ages: A $ 70 pack­age in­cludes an up­per body mas­sage and spa pedi­cure with choco­late paraf­fin treat­ment; a $140 spa pack­age in­cludes a full body hot stone mas­sage for two with cham­pagne and choco­lates; a $165 pack­age in­cludes a man­i­cure and pedi­cure with a rose petal foot bath, a hot fudge mois­ture fa­cial and a one hour can­dle­light Swedish mas­sage.

Flaunt Spa and Salon Ad­dress: 10205 In­dus­trial Boule­vard, Suite C, Cov­ing­ton Tele­phone: (770) 786-0088

Flaunt is cur­rently of­fer­ing a $225 pack­age that fea­tures a mini-fa­cial, make-up ap­pli­ca­tion ses­sion, sham­poo with style or up-do and a photo ses­sion with eight 5X7 glam­our prints in a port­fo­lio.

Mandi Singer

For the sweet tooth: Petit Fours dec­o­rated with hearts and flow­ers, cakes and thumb print cook­ies line the counter at Luv Cakes Bak­ery lo­cated just off the Cov­ing­ton Square.

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