Depending on your relationship status, Valentine’s Day can be a mix of emotions, and there’s no better distraction than shopping. Regardless of whether you want to shop for yourself, a loved one or just see what is out there, visit one of these San Francisco stores below and get spoiled.
Hours: Mon, Weds – Fri 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; Tues 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Find unique women’s and men’s apparel designed by local designers at Mingle. Many items are handmade and materials are locally sourced so you will definitely be wearing something original on your date. Find budget-friendly pieces with many dresses under $70 and jewelry under $100. Shop fast, as stock is rotated on a weekly basis.
Gigi & Rose
Hours: Mon – Thurs, Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Fri – Sat: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
For the girly girl in you, visit Gigi & Rose and be transported into a world full of dreams and romance. Find everything you need for Valentine’s Day: the unique little black dress, one-of-a-kind jewelry and locally made accessories along with beauty products and perfume to leave you smelling irresistible.
Hours: Mon – Sat 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Bring elegant sexy back this Valentine’s Day with a little trip down to Agent Provocateur and try on some of its exquisite lingerie pieces. Choose from fine corsets, ladylike stockings, silky nightwear, bedding, naughty toys or pick from the classic collection featuring slips, bras and panties. A trip to this shop will make this February 14th an especially unique one. Gifts come gorgeously packaged in Agent Provocateur style, and for those who find lingerie intimidating, Agent Provocateur provides a personal shopping assistance to guide you through the wonders of products in-store.
Bath & Body Works
Hours: Mon – Sat 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Know mostly for their lotions and soaps, try the massage oils instead at Bath & Body Works for a night of relaxation and pleasure. Two scents to experiment with are the sensual massage oils: jasmine vanilla and blackcurrant vanilla, which are both reasonably priced at $16 (4 fl oz) a bottle. And as a bonus, these massage oils are not tested on animals, meaning you might just get some love karma coming your way.
Hours: Mon – Sat 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Customers can come into the Powell Street Sephora store daily and ask for advice from one of the beauty consultants. Whether you want to refresh your look for Valentine’s date or need help selecting a gift, experts are at hand to assist. Look out for Valentine’s Day special products; previous years have included Sephora by OPI nail shades such as “It’s Bouquet With Me,” and Sephora favorites lip sets. Easy shopping awaits you here.
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Parmeeta Ghoman is a freelance writer living in San Francisco. She specializes in shopping and style. Find some of her work on Examiner.com.