Valentine’s Day treats for your sweets

By Nancy Eagleton…

With more than 25 years in the jewelry business, John and Marichi O’Rourke are dedicated to providing stellar customer service.

It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. A card is nice, but a gift is even better. These local merchants make it easy for you to spoil your sweetie with a gift from the heart.

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Montica Jewelry in Coral Gables specializes in diamond trends and offers the best styles in fashion-forward fine jewelry, including the ever-popular Pandora. “Pandora pieces make great gifts, allowing you to add on charms on holidays or at any time,” said John O’Rourke, president and CEO. Classic, stylish timepieces also make smart gifts. For her, O’Rourke recommends the Michele line of watches. For him, the hot seller is TW Steel, which makes a big, bold fashion statement. Visit Montica’s chic and comfortable showroom at 75 Miracle Mile to select an intimate gift that fits your budget or call the store at 305-446-2957.

Hirni’s Wayside Garden Florist on Red Road will help you “say it with flowers.” For more than 50 years, the family owned and operated business has been delivering smiles on Valentine’s Day. Mothers, wives and daughters will be tickled pink with one of Hirni’s fresh, creative flower arrangements. “Of course, we have red and colored roses, but we’ll also be making arrangements with beautiful spring and tropical flowers,” said Marilyn Mitchell of Hirni’s. “Our orchids also make great, lasting gifts.” Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest times at Hirni’s, so call early to place your order at 305-667-6877.

If the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, then lunch or dinner at Shula’s 347 Grill on Red Road in Coral Gables is the perfect gift. Shula’s 347 serves Premium Black Angus Beef®burgers and steaks, the best beef money can buy. Along with the regular menu, Shula’s 347 will be offering a special couples dinner menu Valentine’s Day weekend, Friday – Monday, February 11-14. “For $79, couples can enjoy an appetizer, choice of two entrées which include steak, chicken or fish, sides and a dessert,” said head coach “JK” Kulhanjian. Reservations are highly recommended. To reserve your table, call 305-665-9661.

Give a gift that pampers you both: a couple’s massage at Massage Envy Spa South Miami. Owner Lourdes Martinez said that during Valentine’s Day week, couples can enjoy a romantic, one-hour aromatherapy massage for $180. Unwind and sip green tea in the Members’ Lounge before the massage session. Enter the candle-lit massage room sprinkled with rose petals and then RELAX… together. Massage Envy is located at 6927 SW 57 Avenue in South Miami and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Space is limited. Call 305- 662-2622 to make your reservation.

What is Valentine’s Day without chocolate? Cao Chocolates in Cutler Bay makes fresh, handmade truffles using rich, Venezuelan chocolate and hand delivers them anywhere in Miami-Dade and Broward County. For a decadent, delight, order the Tower of Love for your sweetie. The Tower includes the special Valentine’s truffle called Midnight Cherry and 30 truffles made with milk, dark and white chocolate. Truffle gift baskets, boxes and platters are available for Valentine’s Day and anytime. Spoken like a true chocolate lover, owner Ricardo Trillos said “We don’t need a special occasion to eat chocolate.” To order your sweet treat, call 305-879-0281, e-mail or visit <>

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