Shop local this Valentine's Day for your sweetie and be pleasantly surprised. You will walk away with a totally unique gift, rest assured knowing your money stays in Pittsburgh and feel confident with the knowledge that your contribution just sent a little girl to dance class - you're already ahead of the game!
Ladyfingers Catering Service, a boutique catering facility, can put together the most beautiful, sumptuous feast to present to your sweetie for your special evening. Why worry about burning the truffle oil when it can be delivered to your house? Call the professionals at Ladyfingers to set up your free consultation, and have them piece together an exquisite Valentine's menu for two, with such divine selections as mushroom truffle pate, asparagus and prosciutto strudel and chicken ravioli with walnut butter sauce.
100 43rd St., Suite 212
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
There's nothing most girls like more than being crafty, unless wine is involved. Then there's nothing a crafty girl likes more than lots of creative juices mixed with a BYOB joint. Thus, the BYOB paint studio was born. Get your gal and her pals passes to one of these relatively new facilities and really wow her this Valentine's Day with Paint Monkey's irresistible concept. No worries if she hasn't drawn or doodled a day in her life - this studio caters to the beginner, so make sure she packs her smock and a jug of her favorite vino for a super fun, relaxing girls' night out - on you, of course.
Chop, WOK & Talk
5404 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh PA 15206
Whether your girl or guy is a foodie at heart or a wannabe chef, a class at Chop WOK & Talk is a brilliant Valentine's gift. You can either buy a session for your sweetie, or attend together and make it a date. Pittsburgh's only ethnic food cooking school offers a bevy of styles to choose from. You won't be short on choice, but you might be on time, so make sure you return to try each session that catches your fancy!
If you're looking for a beautiful statement purse for your wife, a hip satchel for your guy to tote to the office or a stylish bag for the traveler in your life, JennyNDesign has you covered. Operating out of her home near Pittsburgh, this designer (who holds a BS in Biomedical Engineering) handcrafts all of her leather bags with premium full- and top-grain cowskin leather. Because these leathers are minimally processed, they retain the unique natural markings of the hide before tanning, such as branding, scars, bite marks and fat wrinkles. You know that your piece will be 100-percent original, and is lovingly crafted using the highest quality materials available from this local vendor. Check out her exclusive Etsy page to see a selection.
Crescent Aster Art
Gorgeous, handmade, original furniture will last a lifetime, make a statement and most definitely won't be re-gifted next year. Whether your guy is into hand-painted sugar skulls or your lady loves vintage bistro seats, Katie Moran makes stunning repurposed pieces. From cigar boxes to trunks and coffee tables, this talented artist offers a little bit of everything on her Etsy page. Check out her site or email her for more info, and congratulate yourself on this indelible find.
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Nikki Tiani-Moroney is a full time mum of two boys, wife of a professional poker player/photographer/amateur pencil-sharpening competitor and writer from Pittsburgh, PA. When she isn't studiously neglecting her housework in favor of a good book, she's out simultaneously fighting crime and picking up sidewalk litter while savoring an occasional cigarette. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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