Show Newton's Small Businesses some L-O-V-E
Artisanal Soaps & Candles
And Soaps’ gorgeous hand-crafted small batch soaps & candles look like they were created with holidays like Valentine’s Day in mind. (Have you seen the pink and white Peppermint & Salt bar or these Valentines Day bundles? They’re perfect for galentines and valentines!) West Newton resident and RISD grad Meiera Stern uses her art background to craft soap and candle masterpieces, using the highest quality ingredients available. Cold process soaps are created from local ingredients when possible. Container candles are hand-poured from 100% American soy wax and the pillar candles are a blend of soy and beeswax. Wicks are cotton and burn clean for hours and hours. This environmentally-friendly business takes sustainability seriously--steering clear of plastics and petroleum by-products. Soaps and candles can be shipped to far-away valentines, or picked up in West Newton for local gift-giving.
Newton's Master Chocolatier
Have you discovered chocolates from Beth Kirsch, the international award-winning, Master Chocolatier based in Newton? Trained in France, Newton Highland’s Beth's Chocolate is a city treasure, producing over-the-top artisanal chocolates, created from the highest quality ingredients, at very reasonable prices. For Valentine’s Day Beth is stocked with lots of stunning chocolates for all of your valentines. Choose from assorted boxes of bonbons (with hand-painted heart-shaped chocolates), to brimming gift baskets, special chocolate bundles, and, of course, always-popular heart-shaped lollipops. Order on-line for either local pick up or shipping. And since Beth sells out every year, shop early for the best selection!
Three for Free!
Start getting in shape for Spring with 3 free classes at Cardio High, an exercise studio in Auburndale. Specializing in low impact, High Intensity Interval Training, classes are designed for all levels of fitness, and are held in-studio, outdoors, or on Zoom. Get and stay in shape in a non-competitive environment where the workouts are always friendly, supportive, and never boring. Cardio High also offers private and semi-private sessions, providing the option to train with friends and family.
Derby Farm Flowers
❤️ Flowers & Gifts
Offering gorgeous bespoke floral arrangements, botanical themed gifts, garden décor, and inspired-by-nature home accessories, Derby Farm Flowers is unlike any other shop in Newton. A one-stop resource for Valentine’s Day, Derby Farm also carries cards, a chocolate line, and other goodies, too, to streamline your shopping. Their flower arrangements--which recently made it onto the pages of Vogue—have quickly gained a steadfast following in Newton, so be sure to place orders early for either pick up or delivery!
$99 Trial Package
Even with all of the incoming Valentine's Day sweets and treats there's still plenty of time to get in great shape for spring and Figurella can help. Figurella isn't quite an exercise studio. It's definitely not a spa. And we wouldn't call it a traditional weight loss center, either. More like a woman's body design center, their clients are toned, healthy, and achieving their personal body goals. With roots in Italy, Figurella's pristine studio, located on Union Street in Newton Centre, uses a science-based approach to eliminate fat, including diet, exercise, and restoration. Interested? There's a starter package for $99 with a private consultation and 3 sessions, with personalized workouts with a trainer, detox baths, and nutrition tips.
Newton’s new zero-waste refillery, Fulfilled Goods, has a whole store full of thoughtful, sustainable Valentine’s Day gifts, perfect for all of the valentines on your list. From gorgeous In2Green blankets, to Leaf Razors, bath salts, chocolate bars, lip balms, kitchen items, and much, much, more, you can easily do all of your shopping in this cute store, and feel great about every one of your purchases. With the feel of a general store (it's gorgeous), and a mission to reduce waste and deliver value, Fulfilled Goods offers a new, needed shopping experience for the Newton community. Located at 612 Washington Street, across from Whole Foods.
Valentine Candy & Gifts
This Newton Highlands' sweet shop is a destination spot for candy lovers of all ages, and for Valentine's Day it just doesn't get any better. Whether you or your valentine are fans of truffles, gummy candy, fine chocolates, or fun, nostalgic candies, there’s no doubt you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for (and more) at Indulge! Select from one of their Valentine's Day bundles, or stop in and have a blast creating your own custom sweet gift, and shop their cards and curated gifts, too!
Let's Glow Esthetic Co.
There’s just something about Chelsey Hitt, the owner-operator of Let’s Glow Esthetics in Newton Highlands, that makes you feel completely at ease, even if you’re like us, and get slightly uncomfortable at the thought of esthetic procedures. We think it’s a combination of her utter professionalism and laid back and quirky personality. Most importantly, Chelsey delivers—from facials to brows and waxing, we bet you’ll not only be pleased with the outcome, but grateful her services don’t take a big bite out of your wallet. Valentine’s Day is a great time to visit Let’s Glow Esthetic Co in Newton Highlands, when Chelsey is offering a host of specials on waxing as well as brow tints. Oh, and when you’re there, you may just want to ask about the small-batch, artisanal Meaux Co. skincare product line—perfect Valentine’s Day gifts for others, or to treat yourself.
The Paper Mouse
A curated gift and stationery shop in W. Newton Square packed with lots and lots of thoughtful presents perfect for valentines of all ages. Explore and discover The Paper Mouse in person or online, including playful goodies that inspire curiosity, puzzles, toys, books, writing implements, notebooks, the best selection of cards in Newton, and so much more. The Paper Mouse offers just the thing you need - plus a few you didn’t know you were looking for!
French Macarons for All Your ❤️s
This sweet little shop, tucked away on Union Street in Newton Centre, makes Valentine’s Day shopping easy. Their exquisite, colorful French macarons are favorites with foodies and available in a host of creative flavors. (Honey Lavender, Pink Champagne, or Dulce De Leche, anyone?) We love their creative packaging in pretty presentation boxes which are ready for gift-giving. Order by February 10th, with pick up in Newton Centre, and receive a free hot cocoa, coffee, tea, or pastry. Whether you're getting a gift for your sweetie, sending a surprise to a college student, or giving a thank you to a favorite teacher, Woops! has Valentine's Day covered. Shop online or stop in!
Antoine's Pastry Shop
Valentine's Baked Goods
This old school Italian bakery first opened its doors in 1954 and is a popular destination for its scratch-made cannoli, Italian rum cake, tiramisu, and pretty much everything else its bakery staff cooks up. On holidays, like Valentine’s Day, Antoine’s production goes to the next level, as it turns out heart-shaped cakes, frosted cookies, cupcakes, and decorated gingerbread men--perfect for treating all of your valentines. Antoine’s cases are already filling up with heart-shaped goodies, so we can begin shopping, sampling, and treating ourselves now—even before February 14th. Open seven days a week, Antoine's kitchen is busy all night long with bakery staff coming in as late as 11 PM and as early as 2 AM to keep up with the steady demand for its goods. Mon-Sat: 7-6; Sun: 7-3
Valentine Dessert Menu
With their long histories as pastry chefs, Bettina Scemama and her partner Naun Rivera bake everything from scratch at Bettina's--including the bread for their sandwiches. Further setting Bettina's apart is its multicultural menu. Bettina is originally from Germany, Naun is Honduran, and they both trained in the US. Their love of their backgrounds and childhood foods yields a different kind of bakery where German, Latino, and American tastes come together. For Valentine’s Day Bettina’s has a sweet dessert menu which includes: an 8” Chocolate Mousse cake with raspberry jam and fresh raspberries; Red Velvet Whoopie Pies with Fluff Buttercream Filling; Heart-shaped Sugar Cookies; and Chocolate & Vanilla Cupcakes With Heart Sprinkles. Call to order: (617) 206-2001.
Luxury Shaving Gifts
Not sure what to get the men in your life for Valentine’s Day? Have you been to Chesterfield’s, the barber shop downstairs at Mr. Sid’s in Newton Centre? Barbers Karim and Randy will help you pick out just the right Italian shaving paraphernalia. Their luxurious Proraso shaving kits, with pre-shave cream, shaving cream, and an after shave balm, are value-priced at $32, and, according to Karim, take home shaving to a whole new level. Add in a gift card for a haircut or razor shave (yes, a razor shave!), and treat your valentine to a one-of-a-kind barbershop experience.
The Dining Car
Swoon-worthy ❤️ Day Desserts
After opening less than a year ago, The Dining Car in Newton Highlands has quickly become a favorite destination for its fresh-as-can-be sandwiches, salads, sides, creative breakfast menu, and some of the best scratch-baked goods in the city. For Valentine’s Day, this little gem of a restaurant--located in Bread & Chocolate’s former space—is featuring a jaw-dropping dessert for local chocolate lovers: a flourless chocolate torte with a white chocolate ganache and raspberry coulis (swoon…). If cupcakes are more your game, they have chocolate ones for Valentine’s Day, topped with swirled buttercream frosting and heart-shaped sprinkles. The Dining Car is now taking pre-orders for both desserts. And if you want to start sharing the local love a little early by supporting a small business, and taking your Super Bowl Sunday game menu to the next level, both desserts can be pre-ordered for Saturday pick up too! Place orders by calling (617) 244-1907.
One stop ❤️ Shopping
For decades, Folklorica has been Newton’s go-to boutique for jewelry lovers, but did you know it also boasts fashion accessories (hats, gloves, scarves, and bags) as well as home accents that are as meticulously curated as its jewelry? With a fine eye for craftsmanship and value, owner Don Gross carefully selects merchandise that offers shoppers gifts for any occasion—and Valentine’s Day is when this little shop, in the heart of Newton Centre, really shines. Folklorica even carries locally made, hand-crafted chocolates, making it a true one-stop Valentine’s Day shopping destination.
Gifts for All Your Valentines
Greentail Table in Nonantum is a Best of Boston Winner for Best Entertaining Essentials and a destination resource for inspired modern tableware and gifts including Valentine’s, hostess, housewarming, wedding gifts and more. With a myriad of options for spreading your Valentine love, Greentail Table's website even has a Valentine's Gift Collection for help selecting just the right item– from cards; sweets like caramels, truffles and cookies; felt flowers; vases; candles; Valentine's party supplies; and so much more. It's truly a one stop resource for the holiday. Shop Greentail Table in-person or online. The shop also ships nationwide.
Just Next Door
❤️ Gifts & Cards
Looking for that perfect card, small gift, or toy? Just Next Door in Auburndale has a huge selection of cards and gifts for everyone on your Valentine’s Day shopping list. From toys, puzzles, sweet treats, fuzzy pink slippers, furry socks, softly scented candles, colorful vases, home accents, Newton-themed merchandise, and more, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you will never, ever, walk out of Just Next Door empty-handed. Shop in-person seven days a week,
Love Your Skin Medspa
"Two Lip" Special
Love Your Skin is a medspa for those of us who don’t want to step foot in a medspa. If you’re curious about aesthetic treatments for enhancing lips or minimizing lines, yet find the thought of medspas intimidating, Love Your Skin may be for you. To celebrate Galentines and Valentines, they’re offering new clients a “two lip” special. Down-to-earth owner-operator Melissa Saris is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner with nearly 10 years of clinical experience in primary and urgent care, and aesthetics training guided by a Harvard-trained plastic surgeon. Her conservative approach ensures procedures are safe, minimally invasive, and natural-looking. With 20% off lip treatments through Feb 28, it may be time to take the leap in 2023 and show ourselves a little love. Oh, and why not grab a girlfriend, or galentine, too? Love Your Skin is located right next-door in Needham, in a pristine suite on Great Plain Ave.
Extraordinary Chocolate Bon Bons
In less than a year, SALT Patisserie in Newton Centre has become the most talked about bakery in the city— and for good reason. Every croissant, baguette, tart, and cake created by this stellar patisserie is a mini culinary work of art. And their chocolate bonbons--well, you’d be hard-pressed to find better ones anywhere. For Valentine’s Day, SALT is pulling out all the stops with tiered boxes of creative, hand-crafted bonbons with flavors like Passion Fruit Strawberry, Yuzu Raspberry, and Creme Brûlée (swoon). Each tiered box includes a customizable Fleur de Sel Chocolate tablet. Order online for easy pick up in Newton Centre. Oh, and if any of your valentines live elsewhere in the northeast region, SALT is offering shipping for Valentine’s Day!
Valentine's Day Gifts
Always one of our favorite gift shops in Newton, sadly, the beloved Artitudes is closing its doors for good on February 16. Currently, everything in the shop is 20% off, making it a great first stop for Valentine's Day gifts and cards. From jewelry, to objets d'art, pottery, home entertaining pieces, puzzles, winter accessories, and more, there's something for everyone on your shopping list at Artitudes.
Colossal Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
You can smell the heavenly scent of chocolate just passing by cacao, a dreamy chocolate, nut and dried fruit shop in the village of Newton Highlands. Opening at the beginning of the pandemic by Leo Baez, an emigrant from the Dominican Republican, Cacao sets the bar high for premium chocolate. They're stocked with gifts sure to make any chocolate-loving valentine swoon--from over the top chocolate-covered strawberries, to heart-shaped boxes of assorted chocolates, packages of their renown drinking chocolate, and more. Shop online (or stop in) and pick up sweet gifts for all of your valentines--all beautifully packaged and ready for gift giving.
The Cork & Board
Valentines for Foodies & Lovers of Fine Wine
Looking for something special to do on Valentine’s Day? Spend the evening (7-8 PM) at The Cork & Board in Newton Centre, tasting four premium wines, each paired with specialty bites from Newton restaurants. It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day experience for foodies and lovers of fine wine. Sign up on-line or in-store. $65/person. This specialty food shop is quickly making a name for itself in Newton—hosting themed food and wine tastings, charcuterie classes, and more. It’s also a perfect resource for locally made Valentine’s Day gifts, and can create gorgeous gift baskets for your food and wine loving Valentine, too.
$39.99 Sparkling Wine & Chocolates
Dion’s, Newton’s women-owned and operated fine wine, spirit, and specialty food store in Nonantum, has created a dreamy Valentine’s Day bundle. For just $39.99, Dion’s is offering a 750ml bottle of Italian red sparkling wine--Banfi Rosa Regale Brachetto d'Acqui--and a 9 piece box of chocolates from chocolatier David Bradley. Dion’s valentine’s specials don’t stop there. From 3-5 pm on Friday, February 10th they’re bringing in two local cookie companies for a special tasting—Kayak Cookies of Hyannis and Bisousweet of Leominister will dole out cookie samples, paired with some of Dion’s favorite ports (swoon…). And if your valentine is a whiskey lover, well, Dion’s has a Whiskey Lottery the week of Feb. 13th: buy a bottle of Cooper & Cask Bourbon or a Dion's Barrel pick bottle for a chance to purchase Old RIP Van Winkle 10 year. ❤️
It’s easy to spot a flower arrangement from the award-winning Forevermark Flowers of Newton Centre. Their inspiration comes from classic Dutch Golden Age artwork, and their signature arrangements are layered, textured, and exquisitely styled. With every arrangement its own work of art, it's no surprise that Forevermark Flowers received the Best of Boston Award for its wedding arrangements.
The goal of Forevermark Flowers is to bring the joy of floral arrangements to everyday life. This Valentine’s Day we have the sense that Forevermark Flowers will be delivering joy to lots of households throughout Newton and beyond. You can see their varied selection of arrangements for your valentine on their website! Arrangements are available for pick-up or delivery. Hours heading into Valentine’s Day: Sat: 10-5; Open for delivery on Sun; Monday & Tuesday: 10-7.
Sugar-free ❤️ Snacks & Treats
Who says that Valentine’s Day Desserts have to be a dietary no-no? For those of us who shun processed sugar, 11:11 Healthbar makes tasty treats that we feel great about eating. Sure, they’re known for organic, top-notch smoothies and acai bowls, but our faves are the dairy-free chia pudding and the gluten-free acai energy bites—great for keeping on hand in the fridge. For Valentine’s Day this little health bar on Union Street is offering a bundle of their healthy treats, with details on pricing and bundles coming soon!
Self-Love ❤️ Specials
While not technically in Newton, Kink Pilates, right down the road in next-door Waltham, is such a welcoming environment and soul-cleansing experience that it’s worth crossing town lines. Kink is a reformer Pilates studio, using traditional machines, providing targeted workouts. With only 5 machines in the main room, classes are small with personalized instruction. Whether you’re brand new to Pilates or a seasoned pro, Kink’s no judgment studio can help you set and reach your fitness goals. For those who prefer a private experience, there are also individual reformer rooms for one-on-one lessons. Unlike other local Pilates studios, Kink’s Architectural Digest-worthy surroundings are awash with light, greenery, and lofty views, taking workouts to the next level. For a special Valentine’s Day gift, treat yourself (or someone special) to one of their two offers for new clients: 3 group classes for $79 or an $85 intro private session.
"Ti Amo," Newton ❤️
With a name like “Market-Tiamo”, you just know that this Italian market’s first Valentine’s Day in Newton is bound to be something special. Stocked with authentic Italian food and products, this new Italian market in the heart of Newton Centre has quickly developed a loyal following. Pick up a stunning charcuterie board of their Italian cold cuts, cheeses, and olives, or grab dinner of freshly made pasta, sauce, and baked-daily bread. Add a bottle of sparkling wine, a heart-shaped box of chocolates, tiramisu and Valentine’s Day couldn’t be any better or easier. Oh, and while you’re there, don’t forget to sign up for their rewards program, which really pays off once you become a regular!
The Silver Woman
Take advantage of The Silver Woman’s Winter Special for Valentine’s Day, while ALL jewelry is 30-50%. This Union Street shop is a local must-visit destination for value-priced jewelry that can be dressed up or down, layered, or worn as single pieces. Don’t let the name fool you—while The Silver Woman has silver pieces, it also boasts jewelry created from semiprecious stones, pearls, metals like brass and aluminum, as well as gold-plated work. The shop is also the only local retailer of jewelry by designer Ayala Bar, whose line is also currently discounted. During the Winter Sale, all sales are final.