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Local businesses help lovebirds for Valentine’s Day
by Angela Spencer
February 06, 2013 12:00 PM | 6253 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Staff / Angela Spencer Pat Hodges, owner of The Best Little Flower Shop in Roswell, said she and her staff want to help customers think outside the box for Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and there are plenty of local options available to express feelings to someone special.

Love in bloom

A dozen red roses sent to that special someone is a sure way to say “I Love You,” but Pat Hodges and her staff at The Best Little Flower Shop in Roswell are coming up with creative ways to either change up the dozen roses or introduce something entirely different to their customers.

“We try to get real creative so they see something new and different,” Hodges said. “The long-stemmed dozen roses has been around a while. Now there’s just so much you can do to make it different.”

She said bubble bowls, cubes and curly willow are all ways to include red roses in a new look.

The Best Little Flower Shop in Roswell will also have different blooms, exotic flowers and fun add-ons such as Ghirardelli chocolates for Valentine’s arrangements. The staff will be able to help guide customers to make the perfect arrangement within their price ranges.

The flower shop is at 10800 Alpharetta Highway, Suite 228 in Roswell. Images of new creations will be up on their Facebook page or

Information: (770) 642-7878.

Music to your ears

The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra will be serenading sweethearts at their concert Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.

The gala concert, entitled “A Beethoven Romance for Valentine’s Day,” will feature internationally renowned cellist-Caroline Nicolas performing the popular Boccherini Cello Concerto in B flat, San Francisco Opera House baritone-Igor Vieira interpreting arias of Mozart, Wagner, and, with local soprano- Elizabeth Claxton, Bizet’s exciting Toreador Song from Carmen.

Rounding out the evening of romance will be violin prodigy-Tracy Du of Johns Creek in her debut with the Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3.

To make the night extra special for the women in attendance, every lady will be given a rose at the concert.

The Roswell Cultural Arts Center is at 950 Forest St.

Tickets are $22 for adults, $19 for seniors and $12 for students.

Information: (770) 623-8623 or

Sweet celebrations

For an intimate dinner for two or a sweet treat to take home, Alpine Bakery and Trattoria will be serving up a special Valentine’s Day menu for its customers.

General Manager James Goodson said the reservation-required event on Valentine’s Day weekend will feature a special menu including dishes such as cranberry salad, filet and prawns, fresh Chilean sea bass and Strawberry Romanoff in caramel boxes.

Alpine’s head baker will also have a special treat available for guests.

“We always do romantic-themed desserts,” Goodson said.

The evening will be accompanied by live piano music played on the restaurants baby grand piano.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (770) 410-9883 and asking for James.


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