For the love of Valentine's Day

. May 16, 2012.

February in Michigan can be cold — but with Valentine's Day, you're looking for a way to heat things up. Whether you're looking for the perfect gift or a fun and frisky night out, we've got great ideas for you.

The Bead Gallery
311 E. Liberty Street

Visit The Bead Gallery for the Trollbeads Valentine’s Day Event! February 10 through 14 we will be honoring the national Trollbeads Trunk Show, which features a free bracelet with the purchase of a decorative clasp. Also, if you buy 3 beads, you get the 4th bead free. Don’t forget to venture upstairs to Adorn Me for Valentine’s weekend sales. This boutique has tons of unique gift ideas including apparel, handbags and items made by local artisans.

Edible Arrangements
3386 Washtenaw Ave.

Tired of the same old box of chocolates/flowers combo? Try Edible  Arrangements, a unique pairing of chocolate-dipped fruit made into a bouquet that resembles flowers. With plenty of gifts under $50, get that special someone something they won’t forget — and can eat.

3203 Broad Street, Dexter

Artistica Gallery, gifts by Michigan Artists, located in downtown Dexter, is co-owned by four local artists: Pam O’Hara, Lisa Wandres, Jamie Valen and Anne Kornow. We will be celebrating our 4th Anniversary in February along with Valentine’s Day. Artistica also presents art from 20-25 Michigan artists. Local artists create works in jewelry, pottery, painting, photography, mosaics, fiber arts and other mediums that are great for many occasions, from a small thank-you gift to something special. On the Fourth Friday of each month (from 5-8pm) we feature one of our guest artists with a special show, refreshments, and camaraderie.

Treasure Mart
529 Detriot Street

This Valentines’ Day, present  your sweetie with a refreshingly unique gift from The Treasure Mart. Our constantly changing selection of furniture, art, jewelry, collectibles and other unique items guarantees that you’ll find something different to demonstrate your devotion. Is your guy a snappy dresser?  These mid-century signed Georg Jensen sterling cufflinks feature a geometric apple motif that will make him look more dapper than Don Draper.  Does your lady love lust for diamonds or pine for pearls? We have those too, set in necklaces, pendants, brooches and earrings.

Nichols and Stafford and The Home Store
8106 Main Street, Dexter

Nichols and Stafford, located in the historic building at 8106 Main St., Dexter, is the perfect place to find unique home decor. They have a mix of eclectic accent pieces that will compliment any decor, featuring lamps, accent furniture, clocks, mirrors, salvaged tin, pillows, throws, many table top items and gifts.  Just a few doors down is "The Home Store" for larger custom pieces, such as sofas, rugs and individual design services. The February special at The Home Store is 10% off all special orders. Nichols and Stafford is offering $10 off $50 purchases and $20 off $100 purchases, also 25% off all furniture in the store. Find that perfect item for your home at either store!

Ypsilanti Deja Vu Love Boutique
31 N. Washington St.
Ypsilanti, MI

Come check out Déjà Vu’s Love Boutique! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we have everything you need to make your night extraordinary. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff can help you find just the right lotions, lingerie, movies, and toys to make you and your special someone have the night of your lives. Couples get a special discount when you come in together Saturdays! While you are here, check out our live entertainment in the club! We are open 7 days a week! 31 N. Washington St. Ypsilanti, MI 48197 Phone: 734-487-2110

PJ Record Shop
617 Packard St. #B

Don't you hate when you discover that vinyl you've been relentlessly searching for, only to find it has been scratched and battered. That won't happen at PJ Records, where quality, condition and care are top priorities. With loads of new and used LPs, you're sure to find those gems your searching for — and probably, to bring even more joy, the ones you've forgotten about. It's true;  vinyl is the way to a music lover's heart.

205 E. Liberty Street

When it comes to buying something that a loved one can hold onto for years, it's hard to argue with jewelry; especially carefully-crafted jewelry with obscure stones. Abracadabra, founded by owner Steven Michael Lesse, specializes in custom creations that are perfect for that unique — that's why you hold them so dear, right? — someone. Check out the selection, and ask about each piece’s backstory — Lesse has even traveled across the country to mine his own stones. 


Laith Al-Saadi & Friends – Annual Birthday Bash

It goes without saying that Laith Al-Saadi is a treasure of the Ann Arbor music community. But if you haven’t yet experienced this bipedal force of nature with his signature beard, shredding guitar, and astonishing singing voice, then clear your schedule next Saturday… Laith Al-Saadi’s Annual Birthday Bash Sept 29 The Michigan Theater 8pm INFO

Grove Studios Grand Opening

If you’ve been following the pages (printed or online) of Current this past year, then you’ve probably heard a bit about Grove Studios already. Grove is a grassroots effort to provide musicians and artists from all around the Detroit metro area and western Washtenaw County a rehearsal and creative space for their work and development.

Audiotree Music Festival (Kalamazoo) – Sept 22/23

The Audiotree Music Festival returns to Kalamazoo’s Arcadia Creek Festival Place next Saturday and Sunday. The lineup features more than 20 artists, including Father John Misty, Khruangbin, Chicano Batman, Diet Cig, and many more! While the names we dropped in the previous paragraph are nationally renowned artists signed on to notable labels like Sub Pop or

saajtak featured among a genre defying lineup at blind pig – sept 13

  Genres are irrelevant. No one proves that assertion better than Detroit’s saajtak. Formed five years ago at U-M’s School of Music, saajtak’s made quite an impression with their stormy fusion of free jazz, noise experimentation, electronica, space-rock and opera. Their newest EP, Hectic, came out earlier this summer. Hectic EP by saajtak Thurs, Sept 13 saajtak