Posted on February 5, 2011
Filed Under (Advice, General Business) by jennifer

Consider this my love letter to many of the small businesses I’ve covered over the years, who create wonderful treats that would be perfect for your sweetie this Valentine’s Day.

So before you order chocolates or brownies from some big-name site or business, consider getting your special someone one of these  unique and yummy Valentine’s Day gifts, created with love by a small business.

Does your Valentine like chocolate? (While in my house that would be a rhetorical question, there are, in fact, some people who do not like chocolate. Bizarre, but true. And I am related to two of them.)

Then check out the heavenly looking organic gourmet chocolates from Intemperantia. (They also sell vegan gourmet chocolates.)

Or if you think she’d fancy some yummy chocolate-covered strawberries (like I do), head on over to CC Berries. (I can personally vouch that their dark-chocolate-covered berries will make her day — or night — or yours.)

Or maybe she would fancy a little cake or cupcake, or some brownies, or special Valentine’s Day cookies.

In that case, check out Hope, Faith & Gluttony Bakery. (I am seriously obsessed with Hope’s Linzer Hearts.)

And for some really unusual cakes that you can’t find anywhere else, click on over to Smith Island Baking Company, whose coconut-layer and chocolate-and-peanut-butter cakes make me drool with anticipation. (Good thing my keyboard is drool proof.)

And if your Valentine happens to reside in Paris, the city of amour (or you are planning on taking her there), tell her you love her with cupcakes from Sugar Daze (formerly known as Little Miss Cupcake). Best. Cupcakes. Period.

Finally, if your Valentine is a little nutty, why not get her a jar of gourmet peanut butter (or three) from Peanut Butter & Co.? Three words for you: Dark Chocolate Dreams (which is peanut butter mixed with dark chocolate).

Btw, if sweets aren’t her thing, there’s always jewelry! For icing of a different kind, check out Rosena Sammi Jewelry, which has been featured in InStyle and has some of the most stunning (and exotic — in a good way) bracelets, earrings, and necklaces I’ve seen, and Style Folio Jewelry, which sells one-of-a-kind, big and bold pieces.

Wishing you a sweet and successful Valentine’s Day. Oh, and if you know of some great small business that makes great Valentine’s Day (and/or, say, Mother’s Day) goodies, let me know via the comments!

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Angela coombes on 6 February, 2011 at 9:14 am #

Great idea, I sell cupcakes. Boxes of 6, 12 and single boxed cupcakes to local business based in Gwent, S.Wales . Check out my Facebook for more details http://Www.facebook.com/bcakestudio
Mothers day range coming soon

David Jason on 7 February, 2011 at 4:37 pm #


Here’s a link with some information about the Peanut Butter & Co. Sweetheart’s Snack availble at our NYC sandwich shop. Make your reservations now!

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