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February 13, 2012
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Eight ways to treat your sweetheart

Looking for inspiration for a special Valentine’s Day? There are many options for romance in Journal land. Got other great date ideas? Share the love and leave us a note at or tweet us @thejournalmpls.

Buy your loved one a cake lollipop at Cocoa & Fig, a boutique bakery in the skyway level of Gaviidae Common, 651 Nicollet Mall. The Valentine’s menu includes many other specialty sweets, including decorated cupcakes, chocolate dipped strawberries and French Macarons. The Valentine cake lollipop flavors are white chocolate raspberry and black velvet cake. You can buy your sweetie a gift box with a dozen cake lollipops for $25.

Dog lovers can celebrate Valentine’s Day in Northeast at Ruff Love Dogs, 1528 Marshall St. NE, at the dog adoption and art show event “Be Mine!” on Feb. 12, 4–7 p.m. The event is a benefit for Ruff Start Rescue and will feature several local artists and businesses catering to canines, including Stray Dog Arts, Sarah Beth Photography, Amy Rice Art, Sojos, Ollu Dog Wash, UrbAminal and many others. For more details, go to

Bookworms should take note of the Literary Love Fest at Kieran’s Irish Pub, 601 1st Ave. N., on Feb. 13, 6–8 p.m. Sponsored by the Loft, the annual event includes readings about “love, lust, libations and romantic lunacy,” according to a promotional piece on the festival. Kieran’s will also be offering up a drink called “Hot Buttery Love.”

Enjoy a cocktail with your date at one of the hottest venues in town — the Marvel Bar, 50 N. 2nd Ave., in the North Loop neighborhood. The bar is below the Bachelor Farmer, an acclaimed new restaurant owned by Gov. Mark Dayton’s sons Eric and Andrew. For one of the more unique drinks, try the Oliveto — a blend of gin, lemon, olive oil and egg white. Tip: Get there early if you go on the weekend. The bar fills up fast. Hours are Sunday to Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight; and Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Sneak a kiss from your Valentine at the Kissing Room in The Local Irish Pub, 931 Nicollet Mall. According to the bar’s website, the room was a “broom closet until ideas were exchanged to the contrary.” Be sure to buy your date a Big Ginger — the Local’s signature drink featuring ginger ale and Jameson Irish Whiskey.

Catch a show at the Brave New Workshop’s new home at 824 Hennepin Ave. S. The workshop’s hilarious comedy team is out with a new show, “Occupy Arden Hills: or, Brother Can You Spare a Dome?” The show runs through April 14. Caleb McEwen, the show’s director and BNW artistic director, said the show will “set the stage” for the 2012 election and riff on other current events. “Whether they want a stadium or not, whether they’re occupying Wall Street, everyone has one thing in common: everyone thinks everyone else is an idiot,” he said.

If you and your date are in the mood for live theater, head to the Guthrie Theater, 818 S. 2nd St., to see the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” The Tennessee Williams classic centers around a wealthy Southern family rife with drama. The patriarch of the family is Big Daddy — a plantation owner dying of cancer. For dinner, head to the Sea Change for a Valentine’s Day five-course prix fixe menu available Feb. 10–14.

For a Tiki-inspired Valentine’s date, Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge, 1900 Marshall St. NE, is offering the Ono Aloha (Delicious Love) deal for diners on Feb. 14, 5–11 p.m. The special includes a medium pizza, six-pack of beer or bottle of wine for $30 in the Shangri-La Cocktail Lounge. There will be live entertainment from Savannah Smith.