Local Love: 6 Valentine’s Sweet Spots

If it’s the thought that counts, show some local love.

Instead of a mass-produced cardboard heart of chocolates from the grocery store, these favorites are all made by hand in the 901.

17 Berkshire

Customize a box of seven handmade macarons for $20 or browse the special Valentine's Day menu from heart shaped cakes, best friend bracelet themed cupcakes, and the love platter. All best enjoyed with their new Red Velvet drink.

Pop-up floral stands will be at each location for make-your-own bouquet stations of flowers sold by the stem during their Galentine's Day event on February 10th.

Valentine's Day Pre-Order Menu for 17 Berkshire.

2094 Trimble Place, Midtown
2055 West Street, Suite 12, Germantown

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Try a bite of everything on the dessert charcuterie board featuring: mini cupcakes, chocolate covered strawberries, cheesecake swirl brownies, dipped pretzel rods, strawberry crunch bars and two types of cookies $55.

11615 Highway 70, Arlington
1730 S. Germantown Rd. Suite 123, Germantown

Muddy’s Bake Shop

Pro-Vday: “Eat Your Heart Out” smash cake is just the right size for two, $40. Anti-Vday: “Bitter with Baggage” chocolate devil’s food cupcakes are topped with espresso buttercream and ganache drizzle, six for $20.

Valentine's Day Pre-Order Menu for Muddy's

2497 Broad Ave.

Prima’s Bakery and Boutique

In the chocolate covered strawberry ice cream sandwich, taste soft pink homemade ice cream layered between two giant chocolate macaron shells, half-dunked in chocolate and rolled in sprinkles, $10 apiece. The Valentine's Day menu features a huge variety of decorated cookies, cheesecakes, sweetheart cakes, and a grazing board.

Valentine's Day Pre-Order Menu for Primas

734 Mt. Moriah Rd.

The Sift Bakery

One of the newest bakeries to open in the 901. Known for their super unique macaron flavors (think creme brûlée and banana pudding) their stuffed spiral croissants are also hugely popular. For Valentine's Day, they have a heart shaped spiral croissant filled with strawberry chocolate ganache. There's also a Valentine's Macaron box with five different flavors.

No pre-orders necessary! Valentine boxes will be at the bakery beginning Friday, Feb. 9.

5788 Stage Rd Suite 1

Dinstuhl’s Fine Candies

The cardboard heart to get is one filled with signature turtlettes: chewie caramel on a bed of crisp Southern Pecans covered in pure milk chocolate. The annual favorite chocolate-dipped strawberries appear in stores February 12, pre-order to skip the line, a pound for $35.

Valentine's Day Pre-Order Menu for Dinstuhl's

147 S. Main St., Downtown
436 S Grove Park Rd, Laurelwood
5280 Pleasant View Rd, Pleasant View
7730 Poplar Ave. #3, Germantown
231 New Byhalia Rd #101, Collierville

About the Author

Memphis for me is a dance floor. The progression swings from a childhood in the suburbs, to Midtown and Downtown through my college years, then back to the suburbs when hubs and kiddos blessed my days. I have swirled in the excitement of Tiger basketball, Beale Street bike nights, Coliseum shows, Zippin Pippin rides, Mud Island concerts, Rum Boogie side door slips and Alex’s Tavern shuffle board. I’ve cheered under high school Friday night lights, seen the Mississippi River reflect fireworks set to live symphony, and had my high-rise office computer blinded by the afternoon beam of the shiny pyramid. While I may dwell outside the city proper, one of the great things about living here is accessibility. Everything is about a half-hour away. My mission is to plant seeds, water roots and foster wings inside and out of the 240 loop. 

Say it. Memphis. There is a lip-parting breath in the beginning with grit and soul so strong it rises from within and reverberates outward. Memphis. A hard “F” in the middle. Memphis. Sharp finish with a trailing hiss. Memphis. Can you hear it? Memphis. Now move with me. Memphis. Let’s dance.

Build your perfect Memphis meal:

Start at the Peabody Lobby bar with a filthy martini in a crystal glass (ping!), half a dozen oysters Rockefeller from the Half Shell, a Greek salad from Cheffies all chopped to bite-sized bits with that Wolverine slicer they use, some BBQ shrimp from Second Line with extra soppin’ bread for all the sauce, duck fried rice from any SOB, and a box of Dinstuhl’s dark chocolate brandied cherries to pair with a middle-shelf Pinot Noir from Buster’s Liquor. I’m going home. Night, night.

What’s your favorite organization to support:

Literacy MidSouth makes such an impact in our city. From kindergarten to third grade, kids learn to read. From fourth grade on, they read to learn. If there’s a disconnect, statistics show the gap grows over time leading to behavior issues, increased drop out rates, teen pregnancy and incarceration. Last school year, I worked with nine third-graders in reading intervention to get them up to grade level. To see such smart children crack the code and feel empowered, thirsting for knowledge and devouring information they can finally understand and share, it’s nothing short of astounding. I’m proud to be part of the army of reading tutors serving our city. If you can read this, you can help too. Words have power!

Learn more about Candice Baxter here.

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