You just read the headline and thought this article was about chocolate covered sex or people who have sex in chocolate didn’t you? Nice. The day of hearts, flowers, chocolate and odd fat babies with adult looking faces holding a bow and a heart-tipped arrow is fast approaching next week, and you have no clue what to buy for those special people in your life. Here are four stores that embody everything wonderful about retail. Every one of these store owners has PASSION about their store and what they carry, and they make shopping locally a pleasure.
Now for those of you who love to protest the day saying it was made up by the card and flower companies, you can either change your reason or join in the fun with the rest of us. For one, that is incorrect. Valentine’s Day has a long history dating back to 1382, but it really became popular back in the 1800’s when the cost of postage became affordable coupled with the Victorian desire to express one’s self anonymously to the one that they admired.
The Victorians were passionate about giving elaborate Valentines and saved them as keepsakes. One step inside of Parcel, and the passion owner Nancy Laboz has for curiosities and beautiful things from the past is everywhere. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to do a small thoughtful thing for the special people in your life. If that person has a passion for purple or love for red and white polka-dotted toadstools, Nancy will search the store for the fun little bits that will make your creation something that will be cherished for years to come. If you are not feeling like Esther Howland and making your own Valentines is just not going to happen, Parcel also stocks a number of fun vintage Valentines, gorgeous Valentine making kits and decorations as well.
If your Valentine’s passion is skulls and love birds then let’s jump on into the store I try my best to
avoid (because I never leave empty handed). Culture Couture is one of my very favorite stores in Baristaville. Owner Lisa Johnson has the most amazing eye for the hip and dark. It makes a mother of two like me feel like I can still pull off wearing my Misfits tank top and high top Doc Martins — and if the PTA moms don’t like it they can suck it. Carrying fun purses, wallets and coin holders with graphic cherries, hearts and birds to all sorts of jewelry and unique clothing all at prices most people can afford is what keeps teenagers to moms like me coming back for more.
Now for the chocolate covered sex. If you have ever tried the chocolate covered confections from Sweet Home Montclair then you get my drift, am I right ladies? Store owners like Paul Michael with passion for finding unique home and gift items, confections as well as whimsical cards make his store truly feel like part of the community. People are just happy when they are in the store. It is a contemporary version of a local candy and gift store where locals know they can always turn find the perfect gift that won’t break the bank — and get fantastic service.
Enough with the foreplay and let’s move onto the sex. Johari carries gorgeous things that your Valentine will not only enjoy wearing because it is sexy and comfortable, but they won’t need to give you the “where is the rest of this thing?” look. Johari’s owner Deborah Furr has a passion for women’s lingerie and swimwear. Her fantastic eye and attention to detail are ever present in the store.
Whatever your needs — from a saucy bustier, to seamless stick-on bras that give support under the strappiest most backless dress ever, to high quality Wacoal Bras that are practical and lacy, to a gorgeous pale pink corset or stocking, from the practical to super fun red Cuban heeled (red seams up the back) — Johari has you covered. Or depending on how you like it…uncovered. Because Deborah understands this holiday is for all kind,s she will also have the super naughty crotchless panties in stock as well! Red for me, please.
Most of the items featured are under $30 and many are much less than $15. This is not a holiday about large showy gifts but more a special nod to say to anyone you like, “I am glad you are in my life.”
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