All you need is love, but a dozen roses and a romantic night on the town don’t hurt. Especially on Valentine’s Day.

This year, let Towny help you shop for + celebrate the day of love. Towny is the free online guide (or app!) with deals and rewards for supporting Waco’s locally-owned businesses.

Out on the Town

Beat the dinner crowds and invite your special someone to brunch or lunch at Sironia’s cafe. If you need extra convincing, just peek at a few photos of their dessert. Don’t worry - drooling is a natural response. And pro tip: we know you totally didn’t, but if you did accidentally forgot to grab a gift, just show up a few minutes early and snag some cute jewelry or a candle from their shop!

If fine dining is a must, then grab a ticket to wine and dine with your sweetie at the Waco Winery. Enjoy a romantic evening of live music, a 3-course meal (rumored to conclude with chocolate ganache cake - yes, please!), and of course, your fave local wine!

Rare Performance Memorabilia

Rare Performance Memorabilia

Celebrate Valentine’s Day a little early by catching some country music at The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill - they’ve got a weekend line up of good tunes to accompany the good food on your plate. Plus, their backyard is like the adult-sized version of the one you always dreamed about as a kid!

Tired of the same old same old? Take your partner for a spin to Rare Performance Memorabilia. You can check out their cool collection of signed LPs, autographed guitars, limited edition photos and other, well, rare performance memorabilia! What better way to finally uncover allll the deets about your S.O.’s guilty pleasures!

You know that cheesy movie line where she says of the sunset/artwork/view, “How beautiful,” and he gazes at her longingly and answers, “Yes, you are”?? Well here’s your chance to try it out! Take your loved one to browse the artwork on display at Cultivate 7twelve. Plus, they’ll be hosting a special Valentine’s dinner, so keep an eye on their website for details.

If you’d rather create your own piece of (he)artwork, we suggest a Valentine’s spent at Practically Pikasso! Choose from over a hundred different pieces of pottery and then paint your heart out. Then, every time you pour yourself a cup of coffee in that mug, you’ll also bask in the warmth of all those happy memories!

Where to get those flowers + gifts

Wolfe Florist

Wolfe Florist

Because roses are ALWAYS a good idea, you’ll need to know where to go to get some! Since 1892 (yes, you read that right), Wolfe Florist has been beautifying Waco with fabulous flower arrangements. Bring your boo a bouquet of fresh-cut flowers from the best!

If the question of the hour is “flowers or chocolate?”, our answer is, “yes.” Baylor Flowers not only offers a fabulous selection of darling arrangements to woo any lover, but they also sell gift baskets full of chocolates and other tasty treats (as well as scores of other unique + Waco-y trinkets and gifts!).

Lane’s on Austin is the place to find divine gifts that are sure to delight! Bracelets and heart-shaped platters, vases that perfectly complement the above-mentioned flowers - if you’re looking for something that sings classy, charming, stunning, or lovely, Lane’s is where you need to be.

For something with a little more pop or personality, Chatter Box is worth a visit. Chatter Box is full of bright home decor, vintage furniture, and other gifts you won’t find anywhere else. Bottom line, whatever you choose here is guaranteed to be unique and the talk of the evening!

Of course, sometimes the best gift is the one that comes from the heart. If the only way to say what you feel is through a lovely handmade card or watercolor masterpiece your honey will cherish forever, grab all the supplies you’ll need at MC Art Supplies and let your creative flag fly.

Celebrating Solo?

All Sugar’d Up

All Sugar’d Up

Show your skin a little TLC at The Alternative Touch Wellness, a medical day spa that provides a range of skin care + hormone therapy services. Book an appointment for a facial, lash extensions, brow tint or one of their many other offerings and leave feeling like your best self!

How ‘bout a little Galentine’s or Palentine’s Day get-together? Call up all the pool sharks you know and head on over to Shooters Billiards! There’s no lack of games available at Shooters, so get ready for an evening of fun!

What’s Valentine’s day without a little sugar? Whether you’re flying solo or celebrating with a sweetheart, sweet treats are a definite MUST. Luckily, the ladies at All Sugar’d Up can bake like it’s their job (probs because it is), and no matter if your sweet-tooth prefers cake, cookies, or pies, they’ve got the best.

Roses are red, violets are blue, shopping local is fun, so let Towny help you! Spread the love this Valentine’s Day by exploring Waco’s local businesses, and feel the love when you earn perks for doing so. Check out Towny now, online or on your phone!