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Love and romance sum up Valentine’s Day. Yet, showing our love has taken on new meaning in a pandemic world. People can celebrate at home together, purchase gifts and get creative for the Feb. 14 …
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Love and romance sum up Valentine’s Day.
Yet, showing our love has taken on new meaning in a pandemic world. People can celebrate at home together, purchase gifts and get creative for the Feb. 14 holiday, and it’s possible to get away, said Gail Sharp, owner of TallGrass Aveda Day Spa on Upper Bear Creek Road in Evergreen.
“It is possible to celebrate together and enjoy each other in a safe environment,” Sharp said. “You just need to pay attention to where you are going and who you are trusting. Love is love, and it can be all sorts of things, not just couples — mothers and daughters, two good friends” and more.
Gail Riley, owner of Highland Haven Creekside Inn in Evergreen, agrees.
“Primarily, it’s getting away from whatever you’re getting away from — being housebound, working hard — and acknowledging love,” she said. “There’s nothing more important than love, and we strive to enhance people’s love.”
Riley said it was important for people to feel pampered so they can relax and spend quality time with loved ones.
“Valentine’s Day is a wonderful time, and it’s kind of our thing,” Riley said. “It’s Valentine’s Day all year ‘round for us.”
She said the pandemic has made it even more important for people to get out in nature to spend quiet time together.
“More than ever, we need to be outside taking big deep breaths and seeing something beautiful,” she said. “Everybody needs that, especially those living in the city.”
While clientele at Highland Haven come from all over, Riley says they also come from the foothills to get away from their regular routines. Sometimes they run home to let out the dog, but they return for the pampering.
Getting away can also include a nice meal at a restaurant or takeout if that is a more comfortable option nowadays. Gifts such as flowers, jewelry, books and other items — available for in-person or virtual shopping at foothills stores — can also say “I love you” to a special someone.
Ian Smith, co-owner of Idaho Springs Mountain Gems, said business has been picking up as the days count down to Valentine’s Day.
“People still want to take care of their loved ones,” Smith said.
Flowers and plants are another great Valentine’s Day gift option, and Brandy Knott, floral designer at Southern Lilies Florist in Conifer, said flowers are the perfect way for people to feel loved. The Valentine’s Day orders started trickling in in late January and are picking up as people send flowers and plants to loved ones near and far.
Knott summed up the sentiments of the business owners who are involved in helping people show their love for others.
“We bring joy,” Knott said. “I have the best job on the face of the planet.”
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