Shop Local for Valentine’s Day. Here’s Why.

by | Jan 18, 2019

With some Valentine’s Day Planning, and by shopping locally, you can make this Hallmark Holiday more meaningful and romantic. Here’s how to make a Perfect Valentine’s Day. It starts with a “shop local” mindset and buying your flowers from an independent merchant.

Ordering flowers online v local florists

We read this article from American Independent Business Association (AMIBA) on why ordering flowers online can be an underwhelming experience and how to avoid the almost inevitable outcome. It is a quick read and we think it is very informative.

It reminded us of all the times we have had disappointing experiences buying flowers online. Somehow, the flowers you order online look so vibrant and beautiful but the delivered product, not so much. We all have been part of this scenario: the givers watch the recipient awkwardly exclaim “Oh… how beautiful!” when both can clearly see the bouquet is half dead.

But, the solution is so simple: Trust and consult with your favorite local florists.

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching amiba inspired us to think about local Valentine’s Day ideas for this upcoming Thursday, February 14th. Hint: we think by shopping locally, the big day can be  everything you want and more.

We call our solution the “Valentine’s Day trifecta.”

Ideas for a Local Valentine’s Day in Oakland

Or any city for that matter…

But, a google search for “florists in Oakland” will show independent flower shops all over Oakland, in practically every neighborhood.

Also important is that almost every neighborhood in Oakland has at least one independent wine store and a plethora of specialty/gift shops. This means that most neighborhoods in Oakland can help you put together the perfect Valentine’s Day trifecta: flowers, wine or bubbly, and indulgent chocolate… You can plus up the experience too with additional thoughtful and romantic gifts. So maybe it should be called a local “Valentine’s Day trifecta plus.”

No need for online ordering this Valentine’s Day!

But a little planning for Valentine’s day is essential. It makes it much easier if you already know where you want to shop. Then, go to each store and make sure you talk  to the staff about what you are looking for, and let them guide you to their products that will best help you create a most successful Valentine’s Day celebration.

How to Make Valentine’s Day Special: Local Steps 1,2,3

Here is what it could look like in Montclair Village

  1. Stop by Flowers by Myrna.
  2. Walk over to Farmstead Cheeses and Wines and pick up your bottle.
  3. They also usually have an assortment of chocolates that will surprise and delight.
  4. Then if you want to do the “Trifecta Plus,” head over to Pelago on Medau or next door to Mix Shade Store & More and find a little present that is sure to please. Now that is one-stop local shopping in Oakland!

Valentine’s Day Resources in Other Oakland Neighborhoods 1,2,3

These are ideas only, to stimulate thought and discussion about shopping locally for Valentine’s Day.


Jack London Square/Old Oakland/Downtown:

Uptown Oakland/Lake Merritt:

Grand Avenue/Lakeshore:


Please share with us your perfect Valentine’s Day trifecta plus. We want to know so we can update this blog with your input!

Also, please visit our Facebook page. We would love for you to like and follow us if you are interested in all things independent local merchants in Oakland and beyond. We are building a community of “localists” to talk, share, and shop local.


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