January 12, 2021

5 Ways to Shop and #StayLocal This Valentine’s Day

by joeyphoenix

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Valentine’s Day is less than 2 weeks away, and whether you’re into the romantic part of that or not, you can take advantage of some of the treats of the season – including the very popular (and social distance friendly!) Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival.

Here is your Valentine’s Day Guide to greeting cards, gifts, treats, stays, and fun this February. And don’t worry, we’ve included Lupercalia* and Anti and Alt-Valentine’s delights as well – just look for the 🐺 or the 💔 .


Gifts are great regardless of the season. So if you’re picking up a little something for your sweetie or for yourself, why not shop local and support area businesses and makers at the same time.

Pocket Sized

Flowers and Gift Boxes

Artful Delights

Trinkets and Wearables

Warmth and Snuggery

Pampering and Self-Care

For more options, check out these virtual markets:

Darksome Art & Craft Market – February 5th and 6th

Market of the Beast – February 5th-7th

Make a Statement with Window Art by Flourish Artistic Services

Book Your Window Today


Everyone likes a note, whether it’s full of sweet nothings or a STEAM gift card. 

Or Consider picking up one of these in-store options:


Wine, Chocolate, Tasty bites, and Pampering are a surefire way to beat the winter blues. And they can be romantic too, or just for you!


Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to get out of the house and take a staycation at one of these North Shore hotels.


The Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival will be going on for two full weeks at the start of February. Head to their website to see how you can join in the fun and make the most of the event.

But the festival isn’t all that’s happening! Check out these events below:

* The Truth About the Connection Between Valentine’s Day and the Ancient Roman Festival of Lupercalia – from TIME

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