One year when I was working as a waitress on Valentine’s Day, one of my tables noticed my stank face — I am not perpetually grumpy, but my face can make it seem like I am — and left me a note that said, and I quote, “It will get better.”
There was nothing wrong with my life. That note was the worst.
I tell this story as a warning to all the folks participating in Run215’s Valentine’s Day challenge, which they announced this morning on Facebook, to put a little more thought into your Valentine’s Day notes to strangers.
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If you fear your impending “singleness” this upcoming Valentine’s Day, stop it right now. You’re not alone – apparently a large portion of your fellow Philadelphians are single too.
According to a new report by Trulia (and yes, we’re referring to the online residential real estate site and not some sketchy online dating service), about 58.4 percent of men and 65 percent of women are single in Philadelphia. What’s more, these percentages are higher than any other city in the country.
The report, entitled Where to Live and Let Love Find You, examined U.S. Census data and the dating pool in 100 of the largest metro areas in America. “Single,” as Trulia uses it, refers to anyone age 21 or older who has never been married or was formerly married.
But the report doesn’t just stop at the total number of singles in each city – it gets even more specific and looks at the age range of these singles, how many hours they usually work, how much education they have, and if they have ever been married. Here’s what it found for Philadelphia: Read more »
Last year’s Valentine’s Day Singles Run | Photo via Facebook
Valentine’s Day is just a month away, folks! And if, come February 14th, you envision yourself hunkering down on the couch to watch The Notebook — again — pint of Ben & Jerry’s in hand, we have a better idea: Philadelphia Runner is hosting their annual Valentine’s Day Singles Run, a night of running, dancing and drinking with your fellow single Philly runners. So much better than drowning your sorrows in ice cream while mouthing along to Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams’s whole “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird” thing, right?
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To all who decided to wait until the last minute to book their Valentines Day reservations (or all who are smart enough to know to stay far, far away from restaurants during Valentines Day weekend), Ela is offering Valentine’s Day to-go boxes.
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Men, we get it. We can be tough to shop for. And stepping into our stores can be intimidating. (Ever see a guy in Victoria’s Secret? It’s a whole new level of awkward for everyone involved.) So we’ve rounded up some of the best local shops that have a slew of giftable items, whether you’re married, engaged, long-term or just starting out. Consider this your road map to Valentine’s Day shopping in Philly. Good luck out there.
See our picks here.
Pretty dreamy, right? | Image via Geisha House.
Looking for the perfect dress to wear on Saturday? I’ve found it, and it’s gorgeous. It’s two parts — a body-con nude slip dress with a sheer embroidered tulle overlay. Wear together, as shown, or ditch the slip for a swimwear coverup (but save this for poolside at a resort vacation; you don’t want to ruin the delicate tulle on a sandy Jersey beach). Worried about catching a chill this weekend? Wear the sheer top with a cami and black leather skinny pants for a sweet-slash-sexy look.
Click here to price and where to buy.
4th Annual Nest Tweetheart Social
PAWS puppy up for adoption.
PAWS is hosting an early, family-friendly Valentine’s Day celebration on Friday, February 13th. Chef Chris Gouty will be creating hors d’oeuvres for the event while there will also be a candy bar, a selection of wine and beer, and a photo booth. Children can make “love potion” jars, create Rice Krispies treat snacks, dance, and meet animals that are up for adoption. The event features a silent auction with proceeds going to PAWS. Guest are also asked to bring items to donate for PAWS (full list of donation items here). February 13th, 4-6:30pm, $30-$35 per family, Nest, 1301 Locust Street.
David London’s Weekend of Magic
Magician David London mixes magic, storytelling, comedy, surrealism, puppetry, and philosophy to create a show that is focused on awakening your imagination. This Valentine’s Day weekend, he will be in Philadelphia for two Magic Outside the Box shows, a Magic and Surrealism Workshop, and a free performance of his family show, The Adventure to the Imagi Nation. February 13th – February 15th, times vary, prices vary, The Actors Center, 275 North Third Street.
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Image via Sullivan Owen
We’re about to make Valentine’s Day easy. How easy? Allow me to break it down for you:
1. Call Old Kensington-based floral designer Sullivan Owen.
2. Choose from the classic champagne or marsala palettes. (There are only two—see pictures of both options below—so it’s super-straightforward.) Or, do as owner and floral mastermind Sullivan Owen suggests and ask for a combination of both colors for a dreamy, romantic color scheme.
3. Tell ’em when and where to deliver it, and that’s it!
Get Owen’s pro tips here.
Guy gifts are historically tricky purchases. Valentine’s Day guy gifts are even trickier. Laden with meaning (are we or aren’t we?), a perfectly appropriate present can propel you to the next relationship stage (or precede a breakup if necessary). To help you zero in on the ideal gift, we rounded up the best local shops and e-tailers for men’s Valentine’s Day shopping.
See all the picks here.