Shop ‘Til You Drop: Love Is in the East End Shopping Air

Find your love the right Valentine's Day gift
Find your love the right Valentine's Day gift, Photo: gpointstudio/iStock/Thinkstock

It’s Super Bowl weekend, and soon love will be in the air—particularly if your preferred team wins! Valentine’s Day is nearly here, and you know what that means: chocolates, flowers and the chance to leave your beloved speechless. If you’re searching for the perfect gift, or adding to your own wish list, here are some simple ways to make this Valentine’s Day something truly special.

Two fabulous events are happening in the next few weeks to help you with your Valentine’s Day shopping. First, on February 6 at Ashawagh Hall is East Hampton, there will be a Pre-Valentine’s Day Craft Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You’ll have the chance to peruse a wide selection of paintings, jewelry, home décor, leatherwork, as well as baked goods, sauces and chocolates. Ashawagh Hall is located at the corner of Springs Fireplace Road and Old Stone Highway in East Hampton. If you’re in the area, stop by; there’s sure to be something for everyone. 631-604-1462. The following weekend, on February 13, The Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild in Cutchogue is hosting a Valentine’s Extravaganza. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., stop by the Peconic Recreation Center (970 Peconic Lane) and browse a beautiful selection of antiques, fine art, jewelry and crafts. Food will also be available for purchase.

Kilwins recently opened a new location at 74 East Main Street in Patchogue. The chocolatiers there will help you kick things up a notch this Valentine’s Day. No boring, waxy box of chocolates here. Each box of Valentines Day Kilwins chocolate is handcrafted, and they range in size from 8 oz. to 2.5 lbs. Order a Dark Lover’s Assortment, the Truffle Assortment, or try the Family Sampler to taste a little bit of everything, from caramels to bonbons to cherry cordials. Kilwins Sea Salt Tuttles are a great alternative to the traditional heart-shaped box. Or you can go with a bag of their homemade marshmallows, in original or toasted coconut flavors. While you’re there, don’t forget to pick up a pound of their famous fudge, rich and smooth enough to win anyone’s heart. Visit or call 631-627-8584 for more information.

For local chocolates delivered right to your door, North Fork Chocolate Company has a beautiful selection of boxed candies, just in time for the holiday. Their bonbon gift box offers the chef’s selection of the finest Belgian chocolate bonbons, in a variety of beautiful patterns. Their chocolate heart box has a perfect traditional blend of bonbons and truffles to satisfy any sweet tooth. Check out to order yours today.

John Dillon Salon is running some gift specials for the holiday. For $150, select either “You Blow Me Away,” a shampoo and conditioning treatment, blowout and makeup application ($195 value) or “Slip into Something More Comfortable,” a facial, manicure and pedicure package ($200 value.) Believe me, there is no better gift than a treatment from John Dillon Salon. You’ll feel gorgeous and refreshed for days afterward. And, as a special treat, when you order one of these Valentine’s gift packages, you’ll receive a free gift. Find John Dillon Salon at 16 Hill Street in Southampton. 631-283-8383,

Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF) is holding an open house and low-cost vaccine clinic on February 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The open house is a great opportunity to get to know the furry friends available for adoption. Strike up a bond with these loveable cats and dogs, and who knows? Maybe you’ll bring home your new best friend. Those who attend the open house can enter a free “Romantic Raffle” for a chance to win an overnight stay and breakfast (with your dogs!) at The Maidstone in East Hampton, as well as a three-course dinner for two at The Living Room, and flowers, chocolate and champagne from Race Lane Liquors. Call 631-537-0400 or visit for more information. (91 Daniels Hole Road, Wainscott)

St. Ann’s Thrift Shop in Bridgehampton re-opens after its winter break on Friday, February 5. Rumor had it that the popular center of outreach might be closing—pray it isn’t so! 631-537-5150

The LVIS Bargain Box Thrift Shop in East Hampton is now closed. It will re-open March 3.

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