The first of an occasional series on spending (your parents’ hard-earned) money locally, this week’s column showcases Valentine’s Day gifts in every student’s price range. Shop in Canton and save yourself a cart-full of Walmart nonsense and the embarrassment of gas station flowers. Natalie Dellinger ‘14 attests, “shopping local makes chocolate and flowers taste and smell even better!” Lovers, take note:
What: $0 Homemade Cards and Hearts
Where: Brewer Bookstore
How: Stuff one under her door; hide one in his Econ book. Filled with Dana mints or Health Center condoms, homemade Valentines are a free dream come true. Stop by the Bookstore from Saturday the 11th through Tuesday the 14th to make your own.
What: $7 Locally Made “Pure Passion” Massage Oil
Where: Nature’s Storehouse (Just past Sergi’s at 21 Main St)
How: Let him rub you down while you feed him chocolate, all made locally and purchased with a discount. Enjoy 10% off all chocolate bars, hot chocolate and candles (to send home to Mom!) now through the 14th with your SLU ID. Also available: $3 homemade soaps; $4 chocolate-covered ginger, sunflower seeds and raspberry pretzels; $5 natural beeswax candles. Visit www.natures-storehouse.com for hours and info. CWA accepted.
What: $10 Kayak Pool Clinic for Two
Where: Augsbury Pool
How: Have fun and get wet with that special someone various evenings from 6:45-9:15 right here on campus. Let the Outdoor Program show you proper strokes and rolls, in preparation for your romantic sea kayaking trip in the works. Call 315-229-5016 or stop by the OP office in Newell for dates and times.
What: $12 Tulip Bouquet
Where: White’s Flowers (Behind the Spicy Iguana at 35 Miner St)
How: Go traditional and buy her flowers without driving all the way to Potsdam for a halfhearted bouquet. Ask for delivery to a dorm room or sorority house in true secret admirer-style. Also available: $7 potted violets in a basket; $14 miniature roses; $25 Gerber Daisy bouquets. For prices and info, visit www.whitesflorist.com or call 315-386-3519.