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I Can Love You Like That Valentine’s Gift Ideas BY MISSY BLACK Make manhattans together

There’s a lot of ways to love, and everyone does it different. Inspired by the popular book The Five Love Languages, we put a local spin on author Gary Chapman’s five ways to express and experience love. I mean, it’s hard enough to find someone — let’s make keeping them around as easy as possible.

RECEIVING GIFTS: If love for your significant other means there’s a bow on top, visit Art of the Table in Grand Rapids. Not only does the store provide free gift wrapping for any occasion, it offers themed gift packs for Valentine’s Day. In the past, this has included cutting boards, wine and chocolate. Owner Amy Ruis has an intoxicating suggestion: “Make Manhattans and drink them together. It’s romantic and it’s a warm, wintery drink to sip by the fire.” Pair them with caramels and make sure to grab premium bourbon, quality cherries and good, sweet Vermouth. The store can help you out with those ingredients and while perfect for gifting, it’s a great treat to have on hand for guests. “I’m a gift-giver. It warms the heart that somebody thought of you when you weren’t together,” Ruis said.

QUALITY TIME: For some people, heartfelt time spent doing something meaningful is the key. Once a month, Little Lucy’s Café in Grand Rapids brings people together with its food workshops and classes. On Feb. 18, you and your significant other can celebrate Mardi Gras by learning how to make paczki and king cakes.

Classes consist of around 20 people and can range from $25 to $35. This event includes an adult beverage and you get to take your goodies home. “It’s like team building,” said co-owner Larry Zeiser. “It’s wintertime in Michigan — get out of the house and do something together. It’s fun to learn something new.”

WORDS OF AFFIRMATION: For those who savor affection, you could compose a sappy poem or spill your guts out in a card that reads: You Are My Favorite Ginger. If you choose the latter, Arthur’s Plaid Pants cranks out cards that speak to the cutesy, lighthearted and pop-culture side of your love. Maybe the late musician Prince can say it better in a card that reads: I Just Want Your Extra Time and Your…Kiss. Owner and illustrator Jen Husted-Goss started making the cards to fill the gap in what existed in the card realm, including cards for same-sex couples. All of her creations, once filled with your sentiments and declarations, “take more effort than a text or an email,” she said. You can find these cards at Rebel, The Made in Michigan Store and West Elm in Grand Rapids and at Bailey & James in Rockford, as well as Continued on next page


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Revue Magazine, February 2017  

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