Wallingford Celebrates Valentine’s Day 2014

Valentine's Day CardIf you’re looking for a place to have a nice romantic dinner with your significant other, something to make them feel really special, or just a little something to say “I love you”, look no further than these local Wallingford establishments:

Don Giovanni’s Bistro, 680 No. Colony Road, 203-265-3407 – A special menu available for Valentine’s Day, reservations recommended. A complimentary rose for your loved one! www.dongiovannisbistro.com

Zandri’s Stillwood Inn, 1074 S. Colony Road, 203-269-6695 – Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Ball, Saturday, February 15th, $130 per couple, event opens at 6:30 with cocktails, coffee and hors d’oevres, and dinner at 7:30. Have a complimentary romantic souvenir photo taken in their photo booth. Call for reservations or email sales@stillwood.com. www.stillwood.com

Dad’s Restaurant, 740 N. Colony Road, 203-265-4868 – Treat Dad to a Valentine’s Day breakfast or lunch on February 14th. Coupon for 20% off available in the Record-Journal. www.dadswallingford.com

Laskara Restaurant, 295 Parker Farms Road, 203-679-0844 – Valentine’s Day dinner served all day, call for reservations. All diners receive complimentary chocolate covered strawberries. www.laskararestaurant.com

Los Mariachis Grill, 105 N. Colony Street, 203-265-1838 – A special Valentine’s Day menu will be served on February 14th. www.losmariachisgrill.com

BONUS! Amore Apizza, 83 No. Turnpike Road, 203-265-2379 – Offering $2.00 off any large pizza to any babysitters who are watching the kids while Mom & Dad are out on their date night! When you call in your order, just tell them “I’m the Sitter” to get the deal!

Wallingford Flower Shoppe, 190 Center Street, 203-265-1514 – Valentine’s Day roses available, “It’s like a kiss that lasts all week”. Call to order today or order online at www.wallingfordflower.com

Serenity Salon & Day Spa, 118 Center Street, 203-265-4419 – Choose from several Valentine’s Day packages for one person or couples, call today to schedule an appointment. www.serenityofwallingford.com

Body & Soul Day Spa, 26 N. Main Street, 203-269-3223 – Offering several massage packages for couples, call for an appointment. www.thebodyandsouldayspa.com

Touch of Sun Tanning Salon, 200 Church Street, 203-269-9227 – Offering Valentine’s Day massage, mani/pedi packages, plus 15% off gift card purchases through 2/14. Call for an appointment. www.touchofsun.net

Valentine’s Day Trivia:

  • About three percent of pet owners give Valentine’s Day gifts to their pets.
  • One-third of all Valentine’s Day cards are accompanied by gifts.
  • Hallmark has more than 1,330 different cards specifically for Valentine’s Day.
  • About one quarter of Valentine’s Day cards have humorous messages.
  • American women say they’d rather receive chocolate than flowers on Valentine’s Day.
  • Teachers will receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by children, mothers, wives, and sweethearts.
  • About one billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. The holiday is second only to Christmas in terms of the number of cards sent.
  • The celebration of Valentine’s Day can be traced to the ancient Roman holiday of the Lupercal, which honored Lupercus the Lycaean, who protected flocks of sheep from wolves.
  • Seventy percent of those celebrating Valentine’s Day show their affection by giving a card. Others make a telephone call (49 percent), give a gift (48 percent), plan a special dinner (37 percent), give candy (33 percent), have a meal in a restaurant (30 percent), or give flowers (19 percent).
  • Pope Gelasius declared February 14 to be Saint Valentine’s Day in 498 A.D.
  • Richard Cadbury invented the first Valentine’s Day candy box in the late 1800s.
  • The Italian city of Verona, where Shakespeare’s lovers Romeo and Juliet lived, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet every Valentine’s Day.
  • The Chocolate Manufacturers Association of America says 36 million boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine’s Day.
  • About 110 million roses, most of them red, will be sold for Valentine’s Day this year.
  • Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone, an “improvement in telegraphy,” on Valentine’s Day, 1876.
  • Valentine’s Day was originally associated with the mating season of birds.
  • Fifteen percent of women in the United States send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day.
  • During Abraham Lincoln’s campaign for President, a Democrat named Valentine Tapley swore he would never shave again if Abe were elected. Tapley kept his word and his chin whiskers went unshaved from November 1860 until he died in 1910, attaining a length of 12 feet six inches.
  • Americans spend $655 million each Valentine’s Day on candy, making it the fourth biggest holiday of the year for confectionery purchases, after Halloween, Christmas and Easter (in that order).
  • In the U.S., it’s estimated that 64 percent of men do not make plans in advance for Valentine’s Day.
  • During Victorian times, it was considered bad luck to sign a Valentine’s Day card.
  • Eighty percent of all Valentine cards are purchased for relatives.

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