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Love is in the air at McDonough Square
by Christine Fonville
February 13, 2014 02:37 PM | 2252 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Katherine Frye. Bliss Bakery head baker Starla Ross displays Valentine's Day sweets.
Staff / Katherine Frye. Bliss Bakery head baker Starla Ross displays Valentine's Day sweets.
McDonough residents can celebrate Valentine’s Day by showing their love for some of their favorite dining, shopping and hang-out spots around town during the McDonough Main Street program’s Local Love campaign.

The campaign, which will run throughout February, includes a photo contest, Ladies Night Out and a live broadcast.

For the first time this year, McDonough couples had the chance to compete in a Sweetheart’s Giveaway contest by snapping a photo of themselves at their favorite places to visit around the city.

Photo entries will be available for viewing on the city’s Main Street program website to “give inspiration to other couples looking for a romantic and fun place to go in McDonough,” said Main Street Manager Kira Harris-Braggs.

“We will have our finalists’ photos, along with our winning photo, on our website to show residents the heart of our city and why people love spending time in McDonough,” she said.

The winning couple, who will be announced Friday, will receive a prize package valued at about $300 that includes an overnight stay at the Courtyard by Marriot in McDonough, a massage gift certificate from Scarlett’s Retreat Day Spa and sweets from Bliss Cake and Specialty Bakery.

Bakery owner Shelley DeLisle said along with donating edible goodies to the gift basket, her shop will also be offering romantically themed specials to the general public.

“We’ll have various sweet treats decorated pink and red for couples to enjoy while on they’re on the Square enjoying the Olympics on Valentine’s Day,” she said.

Local network 11Alive will broadcast an Olympic All Access Pass show Friday from 5 to 6 p.m. live from the Square.

“We’re encouraging residents to wear USA gear and patriotic colors,” Harris-Braggs said.

Pro-McDonough signs are available at the Welcome Center for residents to display on camera.

During Ladies Night Out today from 6 to 9 p.m., businesses including The Secret Garden, which sells many heart-shaped jewelry sets during February, will stay open late and offer exclusive savings.

“Even though it’s Ladies Night Out, men can come out and take advantage of the special offerings from businesses around the Square to get a great Valentine’s Day gift for their sweethearts,” Harris-Braggs said.

More information about these events as well as photo entries from the contest can be viewed at


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