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On Valentine’s Day, Williamsburg is a smorgasbord of love—you have so many choices when it comes to how you want to spend this amorous holiday, but a foolproof formula for romance goes something like this: add a romantic venue to a large helping of quality alone time, and of course, don’t skip PRESENTS.
Here are some of the best places to pick up a thoughtful gift for your sweetheart in Williamsburg’s Merchants Square.
Blink is the super cute home to distinctive gifts, funny cards, beautiful bags, jewelry, art and home accessories. Our picks: a beautiful bag or wallet in her favorite color or a deliciously scented Rewind candle.
French Twist Boutique
This boutique blends French design with local artisanship. She’ll love the soft, flowing French fabrics and locally made accessories and jewelry! Our picks: a comfortable chemise or this silk number for date night!
Master jeweler Reggie Akdogan goes to extreme lengths to procure exotic gems for his breathtakingly beautiful custom creations. His pieces are so special that they’ll stay in the family forever. Our picks: his signature dogwood earrings or something you want to re-create with an old family heirloom!
Most guys would rather not spend the entire day shopping, but R. Bryant, Ltd. offers handsome sport coats and trousers tailored on site by a master tailor. This rare experience is a special treat sure to make him feel loved.
Scotland House, Ltd. has offered apparel from the British Isles since the 1970s, so if your fella appreciates manliness in the form of Scottish tartan scarves, Harris Tweed jackets, and ties, hats, sweaters, capes and kilts, this might be a fun stop for him. Before you leave, ask the staff about the history of his last name—he might learn something neat about his ancestry!
We know this technically isn’t a place to shop, but the DoG Street Pub is the perfect spot to take the meat-and-potatoes guy in your life. Besides having superb beers that complement tasty fare, the pub has an amazing history—previously, it was the Peninsula Bank and Trust Company, which had sat in that spot for 80 years before it became the gastropub we enjoy today. We’d recommend pairing a bowl of steamed mussels (cooked in hard apple cider with bacon and thyme) with a frosty glass of Good Luck Irish Stout.
Since you’re already spoiling each other, you might as well end the day with fresh-dipped caramel apples, chocolates, handmade fudge or your favorite hard candy!