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From flowers to chocolates to some of the city’s finest dining – Ingersoll Avenue has everything you need to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your special someone. 


Something sweet

Nothing says love quite like chocolate. The case at Chocolaterie Stam is always full of sweet treats sure to please your partner. Looking for something extra special? Shop their special Valentine’s Day collection starting January 30 or place your pre-order now for chocolate-dipped strawberries! Call (515) 282-9575 or stop into the store to place your order.

Creme is planning some special flavors that will be available throughout February, including chocolate/strawberry,  champagne/raspberry and red velvet. They’ll also have Valentine’s Day “lunchbox cakes” available which serves two or a conversation heart cake that serves one.  Creme’s new, weekly Midnight Munchies event on Friday-Saturday evenings would also be a great date night. (Who doesn’t want to split a buttercream board with their loved one?) And don’t miss their special drink for this month: The Rose Mule.  Start the celebration early by stopping by Creme on Saturday, Feb. 11 starting at 10 a.m. for milk bread drop and some fun Asian-inspired tea and coffee drinks including a signature iced red velvet coffee drink in celebration of Valentine’s Day!

Something beautiful

Wildflower is planning a Galentine’s Day event on February 10 to support The Chrysalis Foundation including a special T-shirt, flower arrangement and live entertainment. Their Valentine’s Day floral collection is also ready to shop now – use code “LOVETheAvenues10” to save 10% until Feb. 14.

Boesen The Florist has been helping central Iowans say “I love you” for 100 years. From classic roses to designer arrangements, Boesen offers pickup and delivery with their signature service.

Something unique

If you’re looking for something beyond flowers and chocolate, stop into these stores along The Avenues:

    • Tandem Brick Gallery features a wide assortment of unique gifts. Mention “The Avenues” and get 50% off a Valentine’s Day card. Bonus: Free gift wrapping (with purchase) to impress your special someone!
    • Visit Enchanted Mystical Boutique for magical wares including candles, crystals and jewelry … or a couples Tarot reading for your next date night.
    • Does your lover have a green thumb? The pros at Renovation Jungle can help you pick out the right plant and pot for the perfect gift!
    • If your Valentine has great style, a gift card to Preservation will let them pick out an outfit or accessories they’re sure to love.

Something to savor

If food is the way to your heart, grab your special someone and head to fine-dining favorite Harbinger – they’re planning two seven course grand tasting menus – or heat things up with dinner at Panka Peruvian Restaurant. But make your reservations now before tables fill up ahead of the holiday!

Looking to avoid the Valentine’s Day crowds? Takeout from Lachele’s Fine Foods, Gusto Pizza Bar or Lucky Lotus would be the perfect compliment to your Netflix and chill date night plans.

Finally, for couples seeking an art-ful experience this Valentine’s Day, join Tangerine at the Art Center on February 14 for a four-course prix fixe meal with wine pairings and an optional Pepper Harrow Farms flower arrangement for your table. Call or email Tangerine staff to make your reservation: 515-720-7510 or tang4000@gmail.com.


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