How to Not Hate Valentine’s Day: Philadelphia Runner’s Singles Run

Last year's Valentine's Day Singles Run | Photo via Facebook

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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5 Best Philly Stores for Women’s Valentine’s Day Gifts


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.

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Monday Obsession: For Love & Lemons Mini Dress


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.

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4th Annual Nest Tweetheart Social

PAWS puppy up for adoption.

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 varyThe Actors Center, 275 North Third Street.

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How to Give the Prettiest Flower Arrangements in Philly in 3 Easy Steps

Image via Sullivan Owen

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.

6 Best Stores for Men’s Valentine’s Day Shopping

for him

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.

Atlantic City Is the Most Romantic City in America — What?

Robert Barry's work at the Indiana Avenue Art Park in Atlantic City

Robert Barry’s work at the Indiana Avenue art park in Atlantic City

It was after 6 a.m., and I was still out. About five hours earlier, Sergey Kovalev had completed his win over Philly’s Bernard Hopkins, and Kovalev’s fans were still partying.

Like any good nosy person (er, journalist), I was people-watching as I sat in the hotel lobby bar, aimlessly clicking on a video poker machine and sipping a drink. The bar was full of Kovalev fans in high spirits. After all, their man had just trounced Hopkins. A man in a white Team Russia track suit was getting cozy with a woman across from me. I stopped watching — this seemed like a private enough moment for even me to stop — but eventually I noticed they went off together.

I thought of this when I learned earlier this week that Atlantic City had been named the most romantic city in America. Well, I thought of that second. The first thing I thought was, “What?”

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6 Valentine’s Day Fitness Classes for Non-Yogis

Unite Fitness | Photo by Christopher Gabello

Unite Fitness | Photo by Christopher Gabello

Yesterday we unveiled our massive guide to Valentine’s Day yoga in the city and ‘burbs. So today, we thought we’d toss our non-yogi friends a bone.

If you’re more psyched on burpees and less jazzed about tree pose, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s what’s going on at non-yoga fitness studios this Valentine’s Day.

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