By Mary Wheeler
For Sweet Treats
12 South Main St
Norwalk, CT 06581
Hours: Mon – Tues 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wed 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Thurs 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Fri 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Sat 10:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Sun 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
You can’t have Valentine’s Day without a little chocolate. Knipschildt Chocolatier has a wide assortment of heart-shaped boxes filled with their most popular decadent treats ($24.00-$29.00). Or for something a little more unusual-try the Raspberry Heart Bark ($15, 8 oz.) a mixture of dark chocolate, dried raspberries and red heart candies-perfect for your sweetie with the ultimate sweet tooth. Can’t decide between flowers or chocolates- now you don’t have to with the Rose Truffle Box, $25.00, an array of dark chocolate truffles with a chocolate ganache filling topped off with edible rose petals.
Another great spot to pick up some truffles is Kent Coffee & Chocolate Company. Offering an array of organic chocolate bars and cacoa products, the Box of 8 Hand-Dipped Truffles, $16.95, will be a favorite for everyone, featuring such rich flavors as Black Raspberry, Champagne, and Grand Marnier.
Hansen’s Flower Shop
1040 Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
Hours: Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Since 1920, Hansen’s Flower Shop has been serving up beautiful bouquets for all occasions. Choose from such favorites as the classic Red Roses (12; $84.99) and the Rose Garden Display, an array of cropped red and pink roses arranged in a cute little vase ($139.99). For foodies, Hansen’s also offers fruit and gourmet arrangements including cheese, cookies and snacks, among others.
Looking to stem away from the traditional, Tulips of Greenwich offers beautiful bouquets of hydrangeas’, lilies, and tulips as well as roses.
Sonoma Wine & Spirits
30 Welles St
Glastonbury, CT 06033
Hours: Mon – Sat 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Top off your evening with a beautiful bottle of wine. Sonoma Wine & Spirits will make you feel like your right in the heart of California. With an amazing selection of red, white, sparkling, fruit, rose wines, among many others; you’re guaranteed to find exactly what you’re looking for. For your special day try the Chateau La Tour Figeac Saint Emilion 2005 ($55.00). This red wine is an earthy, sweet mix of black fruits and chocolate flavors. For white wine lovers, try the Domaine Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris 2008 ($27.36) a nutty texture with cocoa, peach and pears.
For Downtime at the Spa
Body and Sole Day Spa
192 Park Road West
Hartford, CT 06119
Hours: Tues to Fri 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Treat your loved one to the joys of relaxation. The Body and Sole Day Spa is the perfect retreat for couples. The Lastone Therapy Massage (55 minutes; $90; 125 minutes, $120) uses a technique where smooth hot and cold stones are placed on the back-resulting in a release of muscle tension and improves circulation while the Therapeutic Body Massage (30 minutes; $5; 55 minutes; $80; 125 minutes; $105) helps reduce stress, tension, and focuses on deep tissue detoxification.
A perfect haven for men, The Adam Broderick Salon & Spa offers massages catered just for men and their needs including a Destress Massage (60 minutes; $90) and even a Scalp Massage (15 minutes; $25).