By Madison Fisler Lewis
Feb. 13, 2015. Today marks the first day of downtown Blowing Rock’s Valentine’s Rock, a Valentine’s Day themed stroll through the downtown area where merchants and business owners open their doors to locals and visitors alike to celebrate the holiday weekend. The Valentine’s Day Stroll will run from Friday, Feb. 13 until Sunday, Feb. 15.
Come sip, shop, eat and gather with friends and neighbors and celebrate Valentine’s Day with your favorite local merchants with Valentine’s Rocks in Blowing Rock. Enjoy special offers, one day sales and giveaways to kick off the spring season.
Attendees are encouraged to explore the downtown businesses and enjoy seasonal refreshments, special offers and exciting giveaways as a way to kick off the spring shopping season in the High Country. There is no entry fee or admission charge, simply grab your friends or loved ones and head on down to downtown Blowing Rock to visit your favorite shops and explore others that you haven’t yet enjoyed.
Jess Wehrmann of Monkee’s in Blowing Rock started the event last year to help take the edge off of the winter shopping lull, and to help kick off the spring shopping season. Although last year’s event was just one day, the success of the inaugural celebration led to this year’s event growing into a weekend-long affair.
“We really wanted to give customers something to do in February,” Wehrmann said in a previous interview.
“It’s a great way to get people up here and show people that Blowing Rock doesn’t just shut down in the winter. WinterFest does a great job of getting people up the mountain in January, but there aren’t many events in February. I think that the more events we have downtown, the more people will want to spend time here.”
The participating businesses are as follows:
Blowing Rock Art and History Museum: The Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) will host a Winter Exhibition Celebration on Friday, Feb. 13, to celebrate the opening of the newest spring exhibitions. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the BRAHM at 828-295-9099.
neaco: neaco will offer a special 20 percent off discount off of all lighting, including lamps and fixtures. neaco is located at 1081 Main Street. For more information, call 828-295-0709.
Spice and Tea Exchange: The Spice and Tea Exchange of Blowing Rock will offer a great gift with any purchase as well as samples during the Valentine’s Weekend. The shop boasts more than 120 spices, 76 blends and much more.
Carriage Trade Antiques: Carriage Trade Antiques will offer a special Valentine’s Day treat. Every purchase of $25 or more comes will a free box of Chapel Hill Toffee. Carriage Trade Antiques is located at 1079 Main Street and can be contacted at 828-295-3110.
Rustic: Rustic, which specializes in rustic home furniture, will offer a 10 percent discount during the Valentine’s Stroll, and anyone who comes in can enter their drawing for a $50 gift certificate. Rustic is located at 915 Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock. For more information, contact Rustic at 828-295-9033.
Monkee’s: Monkee’s of Blowing Rock will feature all of the latest spring fashions, as well as a delicious hot chocolate bar for guests to enjoy. Each purchase of $50 or more comes with a special gift. Monkee’s of Blowing Rock is located at 1179 Main Street. For more information, call 828-295-0708.
Christopher’s Wine and Cheese: Christopher’s Wine and Cheese, located at 110 Sunset Drive, will offer 10 percent off all sparkling wines in the store. The shop also stocks great wines and pairing items from all over the world. For more information, call 828-295-9111.
Cabin Fever: Cabin Fever, located at 915 Main Street, will offer 20 percent off all lamps and wall art and 10 percent off of the rest of the items in the store. For more information, call 828-295-0520.
100 W. Union: 100 W. Union will celebrate the Valentine’s Day Weekend with a special 10 percent discount off of any purchase of $200 or more, including items currently on sale. 100 W. Union is located at the Shoppes at Southmarke and can be contacted at 828-295-6993.
Unwound Yarns: Unwound Yarns, located at 1132 Main Street, will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a 20 percent discount on everything in the store. The shop stocks everything knitting and crocheting enthusiasts need to complete a variety of great projects. For more information, call 828-295-5051.
3rd Space Coffee Bar: The 3rd Space Coffee Bar will offer delicious coffees on the Lovebird Latte Menu.
Gregory Alan’s: Gregory Alan’s will feature a storewide sale just for the Valentine’s Day weekend, offering 20 percent off of the whole store. The shop, which offers some of the finest home-decor items in the High Country, is located at 110 Sunset Dr. in Blowing Rock. For more information, contact the shop at 828-295-3330.
Finley House: Finley House, located at 1121 Main Street, will offer a special Valentine’s Day gift to customers. The shop will offer a free bracelet with any $25 purchase. For more information, call Finley House at 828-295-6373.
Traditions Pottery: This weekend, Traditions Pottery, located at 1155 Main Street, will offer one-of-a-kind pottery and gift items with a generous offer of $10 off of purchases of $50 or more. In addition to the weekend discounts, guests are encouraged to enter the drawing for a handcrafted candle and candleholder. For more information, call 828-295-6128.
Blowing Rock Furniture Gallery: The Blowing Rock Furniture Gallery will offer 40 percent off of all accessories including local artist items. In addition, guests can save an additional 10 percent off of already reduced items. Blowing Rock Furniture Gallery is located at 8486 Valley Boulevard and can be reached at 828-295-7755.
J.W. Tweeds: J.W. Tweeds will host two grand prize drawings to celebrate this Valentine’s Day weekend. Prizes include a Southern Tide Yetti cooler and a $100 women’s apparel gift certificate. No purchase is necessary to enter to win these great prizes. J.W. Tweeds is located at 1129 U.S. 321 Business. For more information call 828-295-8918.
Gilded Lily by Patra: Gilded Lily, located at 1053 Main Street, will offer a special 20 percent discount off of all regularly-priced merchandise including French Laundry, jewelry, decor, gifts and much more. For more information, call 828-29-4277.
TazMaraz: TazMaraz will celebrate Valentine’s Day by serving wine and chocolates to customers, along with great giveaways. The shop is located at 1107 Main St.
Almost Rodeo Drive: Almost Rodeo Drive will offer 14 percent off of all regularly priced merchandise in the store on Feb. 14. The shop is located at 1132 Main Street. For more information, call 828-295-3422.
The Boutique Collection by Carriage Trade: The Boutique Collection by Carriage Trade will offer 50 percent off of all jewelry in the store. The one-day special will only take place on Valentine’s Day, so don’t delay! The shop is located at 1077 Main Street.
But Valentine’s Day isn’t all about shopping. After you spend your day at all of Blowing Rock’s great shops, be sure to take the time to grab a meal at one of the area’s great restaurants. For a directory of all the restaurants in Blowing Rock, click here.