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Shop Local This Valentine’s Day

IN THE February 9 ISSUE

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by Lorie Lewis Ham

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and there are a lot of wonderful local places where you can shop for that special Valentine’s Day gift. We chatted with some of the local shops to see what they had to offer. Some of the items needed to be ordered way ahead of time so for those make a note for next year, but there are many other wonderful things you still have time to go purchase for that special Valentine!

Gourmet Goodies by Delilah in Sanger-626 O Street, in Sanger

KRL: Do you have some Valentine’s Day gift suggestions?

Gourmet Goodies: All of our holiday offerings are great gifts…we have something for every age and budget, including individual treats that are great for the classroom or office.

KRL: What types of goodies do you sell?

Gourmet Goodies: We sell Gourmet Caramel Candied Apples, dipped treats such as strawberries (holidays/seasonal) pretzels, Oreos, Rice Krispie treats, etc. As well as Cupcakes, Chocolate Barks, and an array of gummi candies.

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Cupcakes at Gourmet Goodies By Delilah

KRL: Anything else you would like to share?

Gourmet Goodies: We encourage our customers to order early!! Follow us on FB and Instagram for update sales/specials.

Special note: They have some wonderful Valentine’s Day specialties but it’s too late to order them for this year-but make yourself a note to order any of these delicious items next year-

Gourmet Goodies: Our most popular Valentine’s item is our Long-Stem Gourmet Chocolate dipped Strawberries with assorted toppings. We offer a 5ct, 9ct and Deluxe dozen box that also includes cupcakes and 1/4lb chocolates. Our Gourmet Candied Caramel Apples, Gift baskets and treat boxes are also a hit!

Crystal and Paige’s Leggings & More in Kingsburg-owner Crystal Gray works out of her home. You can shop with her through her Facebook group.

KRL: Do you have any special items or sales especially for Valentine’s Day coming up?

Crystal: I have women’s items. We can customize shirts or cups.

KRL: Do you have some Valentine’s Day gift suggestions?

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Items from Crystal’s Boutique

Crystal: The perfect gift for this chilly season is an awesome C.C. Beanie or scarf.

KRL: What types of things do you sell?

Crystal: Women’s items. Leggings, shirts, dresses, cardigans, beanies, and shoes.

KRL: Anything else you would like to share?

Crystal: We are an inexpensive option to make any woman in your life happy.

KRL: Since you operate out of your home how do people see your items and purchase them?

Crystal: I have my group online (Facebook) I also have a boutique with hours in the evenings. To cater for those of us who work during the day.

Here’s what’s happening at Sweet Destination, 1115 G Street, Reedley:

Chocolate-dipped strawberries (Pre-orders are being taken)
4-pc. box $10
6-pc. box $15
8-pc. box $20
12-pc. box $27 (price break of $3)candy sweet destination

Chocolate high heel $20 (Size 6) (Pre-orders are being taken)
For an additional fee, customers may add chocolate-dipped strawberries or truffles in the high heel.chocolate

Chocolate boxes with a variety of truffles and chocolates from which to choose (Pre-orders are being taken)
2- pc. box
4-pc. box
6-pc. box (1/4 lb.)
12-pc. box (1/2 lb.)
24-pc. box (1 lb.)

The price varies depending on the weight of the chocolates. Most of our handmade chocolates range from .60-1.20 each.candy sweet destination

Caramel Apples — $8 each (Pre-orders being taken)
Our milk and dark chocolate apples are dipped in caramel and then chocolate and then topped with goodies ranging from roasted almonds, rocky road, and Heath candy bar to apple pie, Oreo cookie, and Valentine sprinkles.

Giant heart-shaped chocolate chip cookie in a box. Our baker will personalize the message on the cookie. $12 (Pre-orders being taken)

We’re offering a kids’ candy making class on Saturday, February 9 from 4:30-5:30. Each class will be limited to 12 children. The registration fee is $5 per child (K-6th grade) payable in advance to secure their spot. They will be able to make any of the following Valentine treats for $2.50 each:
Chocolate-dipped pretzel rods with Valentine sprinkles
Chocolate-dipped Oreo cookies with candy decorations
Chocolate-dipped giant marshmallows with candy decorations
Valentine Kabobs with a great selection of sweet treats from which to choose

At least one adult needs to attend with their child/children.

We sell bulk and bagged candies, nuts, and trail mixes. Currently, we have a great selection of specialty Valentine candies, chocolates, gummies, suckers, kabobs, and Valentine-related treats. We also have handmade wooden signs featuring sayings about love, Valentine plush, and beautiful ceramic travel mugs (in a decorative box) with Valentine themes.

Some other places to check out for your Valentine’s Day shopping are:

The Mercantile, 1513 Draper Street, Kingsburg

valentines

From The Mercantile

Bella Bakery, 1501 Draper Street, Kingsburg

valentines

From Bella Bakery

Mama’s Café, 1059 G Street, Reedley

The Nest, 1032-34 G Street, Reedley

Have a happy Valentine’s Day! If you enjoy mysteries, check out two Valentine’s Day mystery short stories we have up, and our latest mystery podcast features a mystery short story with a dark twisted take on Valentine’s Day!

Lorie Lewis Ham is our Editor-in-Chief and a contributor to various sections, coupling her journalism experience with her connection to the literary and entertainment worlds. Explore Lorie’s mystery writing at Mysteryrat’s Closet.

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