5 Sweet Spots to Go Local This Valentine's Day

By Katlyn Moncada
In Food

Last year, St. Louis was named one of the most romantic cities for Valentine’s Day, and for a good reason. Local shops are the way to go for gift giving, and with the day of sweets coming up this weekend, consider supporting these independent spots to truly impress the special ones in your life this year.

Piccione Pastry Limited-Edition “Love Combo,” 1½ pounds of Italian cookies, boxed in a festive cookie carrier, accompanied with a Vintage Valentine gift certificate Photo courtesy of Sara Ketterer

Piccione Pastry Limited-Edition “Love Combo,” 1.5-pounds of Italian cookies,
boxed in a festive cookie carrier, accompanied with a Vintage Valentine gift certificate. Photo courtesy of Sara Ketterer

Kakao Chocolate
Thinking about popping the big question to your love this month? Well, Kakao has you covered—with a chocolate ring box you can eat after the proposal. From “his” and “hers” themed truffle boxes to a bouquet of chocolate roses, you can’t go wrong with these local confections. Multiple locations, kakaochocolate.com.

Piccione Pastry
Limited-edition treats from Piccione Pastry like heart-shaped shortbread cookies dipped in white chocolate and covered with sprinkles are available all week. Treat boxes and combos start at $12.50 for 1.5-pounds of authentic Italian cookies. Other options include a vintage valentine that doubles as a $10 gift certificate, which can also be combined with the cookie box for $20. 6197 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.932.1355

Companion
This week only, drop by Companion’s Ladue location for a sweet treat. When you buy one fresh pastry, you’ll get a second one for free to share with your sweetheart. 9781 Clayton Road, Ladue, 314.218.2280

Photo courtesy of Kakao Chocolate

Photo courtesy of Kakao Chocolate

Pint Size Bakery
Pint Size Bakery has been taking Valentine orders for sweetheart boxes, milk chocolate tarts for two and more. A variety of festively decorated items are also available in the shop. 3825 Watson Road, South City, 314.645.7142

The Cup
Instead of a paper card, consider purchasing an edible one. Available at The Cup, you can customize a gift tag or heart-shaped fondant toppers with a personal message made with edible markers. The limited edition Ruby cupcake (raspberry cream cheese frosting, strawberry and red velvet swirled cake with a red candy heart) is available until March and would also be a great choice. 28 Maryland Plaza Rear, Central West End, 314.367.6111 or 1590 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield, 636.536.2287

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