BY SYBILLE C. DENNINGER
<3<3<3 Happy Valentine's Day, everyone <3<3<3
So, did you wait until the last minute to think about a gift for your nearest and dearest? And now the blizzard is coming and you have nothing? I know you did ;-) You'll love this blog post because I am thrilled to share with you my favorite local shops for truely unique presents. The following small businesses are open tomorrow. Friendly service, stand-out products, what's not to love? :-)
Tucks's Candy, a Rockport institution since 1929 sells sinful truffles, home-made salt water taffy and many other mouthwatering chocolates. If the Lords and Ladies of Downton Abbey had visited Rockport, they would have bought their pralines <cue British accent> at Tuck's.
A landmark right off of Route 128, the red house of Nichols Candies offers beautiful boxed treats as well as individual chocolates, such as heart-shaped pops.
Stepping into La Provence is like arriving in France because most of the fabulous merchandise is imported from France. Get luxurious soaps, lotions and perfumes by Roger & Gallet for your Sweatheart, or find other magnifique gift options.
This is my go-to place for the most adorable cards. Recipients will treasure and save them! You can also find other tasteful gifts and out of the ordinary paper goods.
Lauri Kaihlanen's whimsical paintings and prints of Cape Ann and of cool, funky animals are a great gift for loved ones and special kids in your life. Lauri's artwork hangs in my friends' houses in Germany, France, Ireland, Canada and Algeria. Always a great option!
Buy your favorite novel for a good friend, select a pretty bookmark and you're good to go. You can also find stylish boxed cards and a great selection of books by local authors.
This is a stunningly arranged store where merchandise is displayed by color. Find chic table ware, decorative candles, jewelry and other special gifts for both adults and kids.
And last but not least, because roses and spring bouquets are always a great Valentine's Day surprise: