February is a short month, but that’s no excuse for leaving Valentine’s Day till the last minute. Worst case scenario, there’s no shortage of pink packaged chocolates and plush toys at the drugstore. But with just a little planning, and smart shop-local singing, you can show someone how much you care with a little more style.
If you’re planning a romantic dinner, reservations are always recommended. Novato favorite Rickey’s has a special dinner menu on offer from 5, with live jazz by the fireplace from 6. Hilltop 1892 is another popular pick, with incredible North Bay views.
Other Valentine’s Day dining choices include Grazie on Grant Avenue, and the HopMonk Tavern offering high-end tavern fair for the craft-beer lover in your life. For smoky flavors to go with smoky glances, there’s the Wildfox Mesquite Fired Kitchen on Alameda del Prado, and for those who want to spice things up, you’ll find Thai, Indian and other cuisines in our restaurant directory.
When it comes to gifts, you’ll love what Novato has to offer, particularly when it comes to one-of-kind jewelry, scented candles and other boutique-shopping goodies. You’ll find the appropriately-named Valentino Jewelers offering helpful service on Grant Avenue, where you’ll also find McDonald’s Jewelers. Meanwhile, Carmen Q offers contemporary, locally-crafted pieces worth making an appointment for. Stained Glass of Marin has heart-shaped glass pendants and other gift ideas. For candles and other keepsakes, take a trip to a boutique like Sage or Morris & Co, on Grant for something you won’t find in chain stores.
Parents, don’t forget that kids are often swapping Valentines with classmates in bulk these days. Making them can be a fun activity, but it helps to plan ahead. Check out some online craft sites and Pinterest boards for project ideas. Then head over to Novato’s Target to pick up some crafting supplies. If you pick up some ready-mades there, or at Party City in Vintage Oaks, we won’t judge.
And finally, don’t forget to plan ahead if you want to say it with flowers. If you’re in the Downtown area, drop into Morning Glory Florist on Grant Avenue. Elsewhere, on Alameda del Prado, you’ll find a friendly welcome at Alondra’s Flowers. On San Marin Drive, namesake San Marin Flowers is taking Valentine’s Day orders, while weddings specialist Kate’s Blossom’s offers by-appointment consultations for custom creations.
Enjoy your Valentine’s Day and don’t forget that your local merchants love to see you at any time of year.