Valentine’s Day is a special day to celebrate your significant other, usually by exchanging flowers, chocolates, cards, and even dinner. Kalamazoo happens to be full of flower shops, small businesses with sweet treats and unique items for this occasion, amazing restaurants, and fun activities. Although, the day doesn’t have to revolve around extravagant gifts, there are many fun things to do together in downtown Kalamazoo.
Some may write Valentine’s Day off as a Hallmark Holiday, but those that love to celebrate do enjoy making sure everything is flawless. You don’t want to be caught planning last minute, so I’m here to offer a few fun suggestions to make your day special, even for the single ladies and gents too.
Who doesn’t appreciate pretty flowers on Valentine’s Day? For those that celebrate, it’s practically a given! A gorgeous bouquet of blooming buds is sure to make that someone special in your life smile. Vandersalm’s Flower Shop has been serving Kalamazoo since 1910. With over 100 years of service here in Kalamazoo, you can’t go wrong with starting at Vandersalm’s (1120 S Burdick St, Kalamazoo, kalamazooflorist.com).
If you’re searching for sweet treats or something entertaining and unique to do as a couple, a group with other couples, or getting together with your girlfriends for a “Galentine’s Day” celebration, Kalamazoo has few fun ideas:
Kalamazoo Candle Company Marketplace offers walk-ins to make your own candles. How fun is that? Drop by anytime during store hours and you can craft your own unique scented candles. They don’t offer reservations, but if you have more than eight people in your group, calling ahead is encouraged. Groups of 15 or more must book a private event. If you’re unable to find a babysitter, this is also a fun event for the kiddos! Plan for about 30 minutes of candle making and 30 minutes of cooling time (kalamazoocandle.com). While you’re waiting for your candles to cool, you can walk down the Kalamazoo Mall to visit other great shops. Colors & Cocktails will have launched their new studio and it’s the perfect time to stop in and check it out! Purchase some cute Valentine’s Day glassware for your special someone or plan a girl’s night out and paint your own glassware at one of her parties! While you’re out, check out Cherri’s Chocol’art down the road for handmade chocolates, truffles, chocolate-covered Oreo’s and other sweet treats (cherrischocolart.com)!
Tempo Vino Winery is another fun spot to visit in the heart of downtown Kalamazoo. Their wine is sure to pair well with some of those chocolates from Cherri’s Chocol’art! Tempo Vino offers a unique experience for all wine lovers from the curious novice to the seasoned connoisseur. Grab your friends, another couple, or spend time with your significant other wine tasting. They will be releasing two special wines just for Valentine’s Day—Raspberry Ice Wine and a Mango Ginger Moscato. Tempo Vino also offers the option to create your own wine with custom labels (tempovinowinery.com)!
If you’re searching for the perfect Galentine’s Day present for your bestie or your significant other, The Perfect Pucker makes homemade lotions, body butters, lipsticks, glosses, and lip scrubs. She even offers a men’s line called ML143 Skincare. You can find her at theperfectpucker.com.
Still searching for something sweet? The Kalamazoo Kettle Corn Company offers freshly made popcorn in various flavors, gift baskets, and special limitededition flavors just for Valentine’s Day (kalamazookettlecorn.com).
In addition, Heilman’s Nuts and Confections is an iconic stop for sweet treats. They have been a staple in Kalamazoo since 1960 among kids and adults alike. They offer all kinds of sweet and salty treats including gourmet nuts, specialty popcorn, ground and whole bean coffee, chocolate covered strawberries and more (1804 S. Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, *(nuts2you.com)!
Kalamazoo is full of fun activities that make for great dates all year round! Here are some fun places to visit:
For the adventure seeker in your life, plan a trip to Climb Kalamazoo located right on the Kalamazoo Mall. They offer over 10,500 square feet of climbing surface! This is also perfect for a Valentine’s Day spent with the kids (climbkalamazoo.org).
For the Hopeless Romantic in your life, the Henderson Castle is offering a romantic six-course meal with an option to add on a Romantic Table-Scape package that includes a bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, a rose for your sweetheart, and rose petals on the table (be sure to call for pricing/reservations). You can also make a night of it and book a room at the castle for a unique experience. The Castle also has spa services and a rooftop hot tub if you don’t wish to stay the night (hendersoncastle.com).
For the sports fan, grab tickets to a Kalamazoo K-Wings game. They will have their annual Pink Ice Game February 14th at the Wings Event Center. It also helps bring awareness for cancer research, so wear lots of pink! In addition, they will be offering $2 beer, soda, and hot dogs! This will also be a fun Valentine’s Day family outing (kwings.com).
Oasis Hot Tubs also makes for a fun evening with the kiddos, gal pals, or some relaxation with your special someone. Each room has a different theme with some hot tubs being indoors, and others “outside” with no rooftop for stargazing (oasishottubs.com)!
Kalamazoo is also an area with very tasteful restaurants to visit with
friends, family, and significant others.
BraVo! Restaurant & Café currently offers a Beef Tenderloin with mushrooms wrapped in Puff Pastry in addition to offering their full menu. They have a cozy atmosphere and you can kick up the romance by asking for a seat by their fireplace. Don’t forget their amazing house-made desserts (bravokalamazoo.com)!
However, nothing says “romantic” like a candlelit dinner at home. Breakout the tablecloth, candles, your favorite wine, and make your favorite homemade meal or grab your favorite takeout.
No matter how you celebrate Valentine’s Day, or even celebrate at all , it ’s still a fun time to get out and discover some new places in downtown Kalamazoo with your loved ones or friends!
Rachel Kirtley has worked in all levels of the food industry for over a decade. She is currently a Social Media Influencer, Content Creator and Restaurant Reviewer. You can visit her at thekalamazoofoodie.com