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Shop Local this Victoria Valentine’s Day

When Valentine’s Day rolls around it can be tempting to just grab some chocolates or jewellery from the nearest big name department store. But there are benefits to shopping locally — it strengthens Victoria’s economy while keeping our communities healthy and happy. Here’s a list of some of our favourite ~*~romantic~*~ local offerings.

Pristine Gemstones

photo of a 14k white gold and diamond ring set with a green emerald

Pristine Gemstone’s website is sparkling with images of their beautiful jewelry and gemstones, available through their online store.  Rogerio Graca, gemcutter and wholesaler of 20 years, offers wholesale loose gemstones and finished jewelry to the public.

What would Valentine’s Day be without a little bit of flash and glam? Pristine Gemstones offers a wide selection of gemstones and jewelry, either pre-made or custom sculpted to order. Shop online or give them a call at 250-661-0967 to arrange a viewing.

You might be interested in: Wedding bands, Engagement rings, Cocktail rings, Pendants & necklaces, Earrings

(Pristine’s selection doesn’t carry quite what you’re looking for? Try Fortner custom jewelry or Susan Koch’s beach glass collection.)


Topgate Farm

Oil painting "A Heavy Pull From the Valley Floor", of a red diesel train passing through a snowy valley, by Canadian artist J.J. Godlonton.

Focusing on the imagery of Western Canada, Topgate Farm offers a view of our world through the eyes of select Canadian artists. We offer an online gallery for Canadian artists to showcase their work, and produce quality hand-printed reproductions of our artists’ work in the form of Art Cards, Note Cards, and upon request, Custom Art Prints.

Not everyone’s a fan of bright red cards plastered with hearts. How about a bright red lighthouse or diesel engine instead? If your sweetheart has more classical tastes, you could present them with a high-quality art card featuring a painting by a Canadian artist. You can order on Topgate Farm’s website, or just call 250-480-8352.

You might be interested in: Coastal art cards, Train art cards, Forest art cards, Vancouver Island art cards, Framed prints


Taboo Cheesecake

Assorted Teezer cheesecake samplers from Taboo Gourmet Cheesecake.

We make our luscious, rich, and creamy gourmet cheesecakes fresh daily in a wide assortment of tantalizing flavors to suit anyone’s fancy. Our secret is our proprietary recipes using the finest ingredients, and our “low and slow” bake method for an irresistible, melt-in-your-mouth smoothness.

Rather treat your tongue than your eyes? Taboo Cheesecake, located in the back of Voodoo Coffee, has some of the most scrumptious cheesecakes you’ll ever close your lips around. Check them out at 400-2950 Douglas Street or place an order at 250-590-1017.

You might be interested in: Flavour list, Mini cakes, Teezers, Full cakes

(Spending time out in Metchosin? Try dropping by My Chosen Café‘s Sugar Shack instead! They have special V-Day treats and glass sculpture gifts.)


Kenmar Flower Farm

Black callas and coffee roses, posy style, from Kenmar Flower Farms.

From humble beginnings with a little roadside flower stand, founders Ken and Marian Isberg built up Kenmar Farm to be a substantial import-export business and flower farm. Having dealt directly with these growers and being farmers ourselves, we understand the entire supply chain from seed-in-ground to flower market to the arrangement in your home or business.

What’s Valentine’s Day without a sweet-smelling arrangement of flowers? Kenmar Flower Farms has all sorts of arrangements available for both individual sale and wholesale (should you be looking at a February wedding), complete with delivery services. Drop by 1490 West Burnside Road between 8am and 2pm on Tuesdays, or call 250-727-6443.

You might be interested in: Special occasion arrangements, Flower Valet, Hand-tied bouquets


Cheryl’s Gourmet Pantry

Chocolate-dipped strawberries prepared by Cheryl's Gourmet Pantry.

Cheryl’s Gourmet Pantry has been providing Gourmet Take Out, Catering Services, Picnic Baskets and Cooking Classes for over 26 years and is committed to using only the highest quality ingredients available, while strongly supporting local farmers, cheese makers, fishermen and wineries.

Who says fine dining has to be indoors? If the weather is right (or you’d prefer create a cozy bistro in the comfort of your own home), you can take advantage of Cheryl’s amazing gourmet picnic baskets. The “For Lovers Only” basket is a hit every year, so make sure to order yours early — at least two days before your special day — at 250-595-3212.

If a quality lunch is more your thing, you can also drop by the deli at 2009 Cadboro Bay Road any time between 10am and 6pm.

You might be interested in: Picnic baskets, Deli, Catering


Out Of Ireland

Red wool traditional Aran fisherman sweater from Out of Ireland.

Located in a beautiful heritage building in downtown Victoria, British Columbia, our store is well known for its eclectic collection of Irish knitwear, clothing, jewellery, fashion accessories, and gifts. You’ll find all the most popular Irish brands such as: Guinness®, Belleek, Claddagh, Bewley’s and more!

Show your partner they have more than your love to keep them warm by getting them some quality Irish knitwear from Out Of Ireland, perfect to ward off that Victorian winter chill. Men’s and women’s fashions are both available and equally stylin’. Check out their store at 1000 Government Street, or give them a call at 250-389-0886.

You might be interested in: Knitwear, Throws, Clothing, Accessories, Irish gifts


Le Sooke Spa

A couple enjoying Valentine's wine and a soak in a deep hot tub at Le Sooke Spa.

Nestled in the forest overlooking the Sooke Hills, Le Sooke Spa offers a tranquil escape for body, mind, and spirit. Visit our luxurious custom-built spa offering a wide variety of spa treatments.

Be spoiled together! Le Sooke Spa offers a number of special Valentine’s Day packages for couples, including everything from steam showers and aromatherapy massages to body scrubs and facials. Romance gift baskets and guest rooms included! Reserve your session at 250-642-7995.

You might be interested in: Current specials, Sooke local specials, Spa services


Accent Inns

Queen bed suite with roses in Accent Inns Victoria.

Staying at Accent Inns Hotel in BC is different than staying anywhere else. And that is a really good thing. We like to have fun at work. You can stay at any old hotel, but you come to Accent Inns because of our outstanding service and friendly personality.

Need a little V-Day getaway? Whether you want to try hiking in Kamloops with your partner or to just get away from the kids while staying at home, Accent Inns has a selection of comfortable, quality hotels with a great sense of humour. Pet- and bike-friendly. Give them a ring at 250-475-7500.

You might be interested in: Victoria, Vancouver, Burnaby, Kamloops, Kelowna, Special offers


Spinnakers Brewpub & Guesthouse

A couple enjoying the fireplace and a meal with wine and craft beer at the Spinnakers Guesthouse.

Although known for pioneering the craft beer industry and paving the way for modern day brewpubs in Canada, Spinnakers has always believed that the measure of a good pub is in its ability to serve a good meal along with a good pint. Our Heritage Guesthouse was originally constructed in 1884, 100 years before the opening of Spinnakers Brewpub.

If you and your beau would rather take it easy with good food and great drinks to go with your stay, you should check out Spinnakers Brewpub and Guesthouse at 308 Catherine St. They’re a popular spot in the city, so make sure to book your reservations early at 250-386-2739.

You might be interested in: Gastro Brewpub, Guesthouse, Spirit Merchants


Some other local businesses with Valentine’s specials that you might want to check before the big day are Oscar & Libby’s, Mother Daughter Soaps, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, Salt Spring Dream Vacation, and Unsworth Vineyards.

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