Bonbons, bubbly and roses, oh my! Spending the week in Paris, the “City of Love,” had me thinking how much I love my own city – Denver. While j’adore french macaroons and pink champagne, I am amazed at how many extraordinary sweet shops, boutiques and romantic experiences there are right here in Denver! Denver I Love’s guide to Celebrating Valentine’s Day will have you professing not only your love for your sweetheart but for the marvelous Mile High!
SWEETS FOR YOUR SWEETIES
There is no shortage of fabulous hand crafted sweets in Denver, especially on the holiday of hearts! Here are a few favorite places to lavish your Valentine in sugar and spice:
Hand Painted Bonbons from Victoria’s Chocolates
2615 E. 3rd Avenue 💗 DENVER
Victoria’s Chocolates is first on the Valentine’s list because this precious store in Cherry Creek North is PINK! Victoria’s has called its blush abode home for the past three years and has developed a rosy reputation for its boozy bonbons. Each piece is beautifully hand painted in chocolate and edible adornments. Champagne filled chocolates are a good Valentine’s Day choice, and you might also throw in one of the popular scotch infused bonbons with edible gold leaf!
Gateaux’s Finest Sugar Cookies
1160 Speer Blvd 💗 DENVER
Denver has exploded with amazing bakeries! However, the tried and true cookies at Gateaux Bakery are a forever stand out! It isn’t a party in Denver without cookies from Gateaux! While custom made to order cakes, cookies and pastries are Gateaux’s specialty, there is always a tempting “ready to eat” selection in the display case on Speer Boulevard. A few suggestions we LOVE: Valentine’s chocolate covered Oreos and red velvet cake pops!
Mulberries’ Strawberry Cupcakes
2027 E. Colfax Avenue 💗 DENVER
Mulberries Cake Shop is also a well established Denver go to for every holidays and special occasions. The fun and festive bakery located on Colfax and Vine, feels like a big pink happy heart every time you walk in the door! Known for their custom cakes and yummy cupcakes with buttercream festively decorated frosting and polk-a-dots, a box of goodies from Mulberries is a direct feed to the heart!
Javonina’s Cookie Decorating Party
1520 Blake Street 💗 DENVER
Jovanina’s Broken Italian is hosting a Galentine’s pre-Valentine’s cookie making party downstairs at its speakeasy, Sotto Voce, in LoDo. On February 13th, from 6 to 8 pm, Chef Ashley will lead a workshop on cookie decorating. The price of a $40 ticket includes a taste of charcuterie, pizza and 2 signature cocktails. That’s not all, we extra LOVE this party because you get to go home with a box of a dozen cookies: 6 professionally decorated by Chef Ashley and 6 done by you!
Valentine’s Ice Cream Sundaes at Glacier
200 Quebec Street #109 💗 DENVER
How about celebrate Valentine’s Day with a scrumptious brownie, 3-scoop, ice cream extravaganza? Yes please! Glacier’s ice cream and gelato is hand mixed and homemade with super fresh ingredients: fruits and nuts from local farms and high quality cocoas and spices. They also use homemade fudge, rich caramel and natural flavors! See Denver I Love’s story Where to Find the Best Homemade Ice Cream in Denver.
WEAR YOUR LOVE
Denver boutiques deliver a heart full of perfect gifts for Valentine’s Day! A few “exclusively” Denver Valentine’s glam suggestions:
Jewelry & a New Outfit from Garbarini
239 Detroit Street 💗 DENVER
If chocolate and baked goods aren’t the way to your heart, a new necklace or outfit from Garbarini could certainly suit the fancy! Garbarini carries carefully selected designs that are full of love and pizazz. I’m a big fan of Denver based designer Aspen True, which I know I love to find at Garbarini. Both Aspen True cashmere and Aspen True Fine Jewelry define luxury and make an exceptional Valentine’s gift!
Designer Zadig & Volaire is front of mind also from my trip this week to Paris – but no need to travel to travel to France to get this fun and flirty outfit d’amour that is featured at Garbarini. The store has dozens of other special Valentine’s gift possibilities: red leather coats, small clutches, cosmetic heart cases, hot pink dresses and the latest white ankle boots!
Mariel’s & Moore for Life’s Galentine’s Fun
Mariel: 3000 E. 3rd Avenue #11 💗 DENVER | Moore for Life: 3036 E. 3rd Avenue 💗 DENVER
Also check out Mariel’s for unique Galentine’s pieces along with Denver skin care guru Michael Moore’s: Moore for Life – beauty treatments across the street on 3rd Avenue! Mariel’s boutique, owned by dynamic Denverite Denise Snyder, is THE place to find a “wow” wardrobe. Both Mariel’s and Moore for Life are a worthy stop in to get your Valentine’s goddess on!
For men’s clothing and gifts, Denver’s Andrisen Morton and Lawrence Covell are never short on style. A super snazzy pair of kicks from Goose & the Goat at Stanley Marketplace or John Fluevog on Larimer will also knock your Valentine’s socks off!
BUBBLY AND BOUQUETS
While pink champagne and roses are universal, Denver’s unique flower and wine & liquor shops offer their own special twist on special ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Bubbly & Wine Specials from Mr. B’s
Downtown at 2004, 2101 Market Street #112 💗 DENVER
Mr. B’s Wine & Spirits not only has a great selection of craft beers, but is putting on the romance this Valentine’s Day with specials on blush bubbly and red wines of the heart. Located one block from Coors Field, this local liquor store is unique in its diverse offerings and store knowledge. If you are further east in the city, check out Mr. B’s other location in Stanley Marketplace.
Perfect Petal’s Pop Up at the Maven Hotel
The Maven Hotel: 1850 Wazee Street 💗 DENVER
The Perfect Petal, one of Denver’s most creative and exquisite flower shops, is having a pop up Valentine’s sale at its flower boutique in the Maven Hotel in the Dairy Block, February 13th and 14th. The sale will feature spectacular Valentine’s designs already assembled and ready for purchase. For a larger array of flowers and unique gifts visit the Perfect Petal’s Highlands store at 3600 W. 32nd Avenue.
ART, MUSIC & ROMANCE- DENVER STYLE
The vibrant arts scene in Denver will make any heart throb! Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day with a romantic date to the art gallery, an evening of jazz or moving performance at the Symphony?
A Romantic Evening with CSO
Boettcher Concert Hall, 1000 14th Street 💗 DENVER
The Colorado Symphony Orchestra always finds the perfect way to celebrate every occasion, and Valentine’s Day is no exception. CSO’s, A Classical Romance Concert, presents a unique look at themes of love across multiple decades in America Hitchcock’s Vertigo to Diamond’s Romeo and Juliet. Performances are February 14th at 7:30; 16th at 17th at 1:00 p.m. On Saturday, you can add on a $15 ticket to a pre-concert Happy Hour with appetizers and mingling.
Hearts for Art at DAM
100 West 14th Avenue Parkway 💗 DENVER
Visit the Denver Art Museum from Monday, February 11th to the 15th and celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing your love for your favorite art. How it works: fall in love with a piece of art and make it official by placing a heart on the floor in front of the piece you love. Take a picture of your heart placed next to your art crush, and post it to social media, tagged with #denverartmuseum and #heartsforart.
Jazz at Dazzle
1512 Curtis Street 💗 DENVER
Celebrate Valentine’s Day early with jazz and cocktails at Denver’s Dazzle, Wednesday the 13th. Keith Oxman and Rich Chiaraluce, two beloved Denver saxophone players, are paying homage to the legendary pairing of Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt. Oxman is not only a world renowned musician but the band director and teacher at Denver’s East High School. Andy Wyel will be on piano; Dave Rohlf on drums and Mark Diamond on bass. Tickets are $12/$18. Come back the 14th for Katie Glassman & Snapshot’s: Valentine’s for Music Lovers.
Annual Valentine’s Day Soiree, Arts at Denver Gallery
1025 S. Gaylord Street 💗 DENVER
Last but not least, I am especially looking forward to seeing Denver based artist, Kelly Berger’s series of romantic Paris cafes on display at Arts at Denver Gallery. The Valentine’s Show, “Add some Color to Your Life” opened this weekend with new paintings to explore romance and color. The Arts at Denver Gallery showcases original oil paintings by more than thirty Colorado artists.