4 Ways to Warm Your Cold, Dead Heart This Weekend
Whether you welcome Valentine’s Day with an armful of red roses or a sigh and an eye roll, the holiday is upon us. Here are four ways to celebrate it – or totally ignore it – this weekend. Ahead: Free drinks! Live music! #Houseporn! Shopping! Have at it, you crazy kids.
Philly Home Show: This annual event opens its doors this Friday with more than 250 exhibitors, homeware vendors and celeb guests like DIY Network stars Alison Victoria and Jeff Devlin. Go for major home inspiration and showcases. But we warn you: You’ll come home wanting to renovate everything. Get your tickets early and save $3, print out a map and read the itinerary here. February 12th-14th and 19th-21st, 10am to 9pm (6pm on Sunday dates). 1101 Arch Street, Pennsylvania Convention Center.
Thanda Love Event: What better way to spend Gal-entine’s Day than to show your love and support for a women’s cause? Visit shoe boutique Bus Stop on Saturday and discover Thanda Love, a jewelry brand run by a collective of Zulu women in South Africa who are working to support their families and those impoverished and effected by HIV in the community. You’ll find colorful and intricate necklaces and earrings for prices that are both reasonable and fair to the artists ($10-$75). Saturday, 11am to 6pm; 727 South 4th Street, Queen Village.
Old City Valentine’s Day Stroll: Old City is hosting a mid-day Valentine’s shopping experience that entails one-of-a-kind gifts, live jazz, and of plenty of locally made luxury chocolates and champagne (or heart-shaped cookies and spiked hot cocoa … you get the idea). Erdon is unveiling its first-ever shoe collection for men with a presentation by Want Les Essentiels (think thoughtfully designed wallets, backpacks and shoes for the modern traveler). Other special deals include Valentine’s beauty gift boxes from Moko Beauty Studio, a complimentary double wine bag filled with promo cards from Scarlett Alley, and healthy V-Day treats at the newly opened Snap Kitchen. Sunday, 12pm to 3pm. Old City.
East Passyunk’s Second Saturday: Enjoy an after-dark art opening for “Why I Love Philly” at Nice Things Handmade, live music by Ultra Kings and Full Blown Cherry, and incredible deals of up to 15 to 75 percent off new spring merchandise and winter apparel from the local boutiques Frame Fatale, Sermania Jewelry, and Metro Men’s Clothing. And mark your calendar for East Passyunk Restaurant Week, which kicks off next Sunday and features three-course brunch, lunch and dinner menus for $15, $25 or $35. Peep the full list of participating restaurants here.