Gentlemen, don't wait until the last minute - unless you want to receive 'the look.'
As Valentine's Day is fast approaching, there are always the flowers, lingerie, a romantic candlelight dinner or jewelry to offer that special someone.
But one item is unequivocally a sure thing for what ever score you're trying to get, and it is oh, so sweet.
T-R PHOTO BY TAMMY R. LAWSON
As Allese Brooks shows, boxed confections are a popular Valentine's Day gift at Lillie Mae's Chocolates, and will score you more points than giving your loved one a new Swiffer Duster.
"Our biggest seller is the boxed chocolates," said Aimee Deimerly-Snyder, owner of Lillie Mae Chocolates, 23 W. Main St. in Marshalltown. "We have those ranging from a four-piece box up to an eight-pound box."
Snyder said their chocolate-dipped strawberries are always most popular and come by the pound - in either milk and dark - however, people do need to order them ahead at 641-752-6041. Those will be available on both Feb. 12 and Feb. 14.
In addition to handmade edibles such as luscious caramels, the chocolate-dipped Iowa wines have a double impact for the lucky recipient.
"We dip the bottles in chocolate and when the person gets it, they pull on the wrap and the chocolate cascades around it, so they get to eat the chocolate and drink the wine," she said with a laugh. "It's the best of both worlds!"
Also coinciding with the day of love, small groups from the Marshalltown Men's Chorus will be providing their annual "Singing Valentines" from 8 a.m. through 6 p.m. Feb. 14.
Some orders may be scheduled on the day prior, Feb.13, by special arrangement.
Basic delivery includes two a cappella songs, long-stemmed silk rose and a hand-delivered Valentine's Day card at a cost of $25. For an added fee, they will present a half-pound box of Lillie Mae Chocolates for $12 or a full pound for $20.
Orders must be received by 6 p.m Feb. 10 to insure delivery and may be placed with any chorus member or by contacting Director Larry Pfantz at 641-753-7275 and by e-mail, email@example.com.
Though if wanting to share a cuddle and a movie, Toledo's Wieting Theatre is offering couples' admission to see "The Dilemma," complete with a pair of large popcorns, sodas, and candies for $10. Showtime is 7:15 p.m. Feb. 14, with doors opening at 6:45 p.m.
But regardless of how you court that one-and-only, giving the gift of kitchen appliances or the newest Swiffer Duster is not recommended.
"If it has to do with housework, be prepared to suffer the consequences," said Marshalltown's Kathy Christensen Heinrichs. "Unless, of course, you plan on using it yourself."
Heed the warning, guys.
Contact Tammy R. Lawson at 641-753-6611 or firstname.lastname@example.org