Celebrate your loved ones — or yourself! — with gifts from Ann Arbor
Treat your loved ones to something sweetly local this Valentine’s Day. From chocolate confections to coffee, Ann Arbor offers so many delightful ways to celebrate the holiday while also supporting area businesses. Here are a few fun ideas:
Bon Bon Bon
Located in the Nickels Arcade, the artisan chocolate shop Bon Bon Bon says it makes “good chocolate made from good things for the good people of the Motor City and the world ’round.” Build your own box of Bon Bon Bon selections or shop the V-Day Collection for unique flavors such as Hot Cheetoh! or Coffee & Donuts, as well as classic pairings, all made in Hamtramck.
5 Nickels Arcade, Ann Arbor. 734-369-8558. bonbonbon.com.
Pick your favorite flavors from the Cupcake Station’s signature offerings, like Champagne Dream or Butterfinger Bonanza, to create your own six or 12 pack of cupcakes. DoorDash delivery is also available.
116 E. Liberty St.,Ann Arbor. 734-222-1801. cupcakestation.com/c/pop-up.
J. Patrice Chocolate Studio
A pop-up shop in the Kerrytown Market & Shops every Friday & Saturday, J. Patrice Chocolate Studio crafts unique and visually stunning chocolates, available as Chocolatier’s Choice BonBon Boxes or Build Your Own Box.
407 N 5th Ave, Ann Arbor. 734-353-7097. jpatricechocolatestudio.com.
Kilwins Ann Arbor
Looking for the classic heart-shaped chocolate truffle box? The Liberty Street location of Kilwins offers curbside pickup of its best-selling products, including assorted chocolate truffles, chocolate turtles, sea-salt caramels, and chocolate cherry cordials.
107 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. 734-769-7759. kilwins.com/stores/kilwins-ann-arbor.
Le Bon Macaron
Le Bon Macaron’s sweet creations celebrate “the elegance of Paris.” Special-edition Valentine’s Day-themed boxes of macarons are available for pre-order by February 5, or select a regular gift box of macarons for curbside or local delivery.
209 S. 4th Ave. Ann Arbor. 734-997-5501. lebonmacaron.com.
Rock Paper Scissors
Rock Paper Scissors says “spread love, not germs” this holiday and offers a variety of gift boxes, cards, and items to help safely share affections. The Valentine’s Day Self-Care Box or the You Rock Kids Valentine’s Day Gift Box are excellent options for loved ones far away. Out of stamps? No problem, RPS will write your message on a card of your choosing, and stamp and send your single-card purchase.
16 S Main St, Ann Arbor. 734-531-6264. rockpaperscissorsshop.com.
Customize your own gift box for the coffee lover in your life at RoosRoast. Each box includes Valentine’s Day stickers and your choice of beans. Non-coffee offerings include the “Crazy Love Trail Mix” or the Roos Love Cocoa, an in-house blend.
1155 Rosewood St, Ste B, Ann Arbor. 734-222-9202. roosroast.com.
Sweet Gem Confections
Chief Executive Chocolatier Nancy Biehn of Sweet Gem Confections makes fine confections from her home on the west side of Ann Arbor. She says that if you’ve had the pleasure of trying her chocolates and confections made from single-sourced cacao, local fruits, teas, herbs, and cream, you are in the lucky group of folks who have experienced the “Joy through Chocolate” that she infuses in all of her creations. Find her Valentine’s Day treats at an outdoor, masked, pop-up at the residence of another loved local artist on Saturday, February 13, from noon until 4pm at 1655 Stadium Court in Ann Arbor, or email inquiries to email@example.com.
624 Fifth Street, Ann Arbor. 734-260-8082. sweetgemconfections.com.
For tea drinkers, TeaHaus offers a Valentine’s Day Sampler set of six tins of “romantic” tea, as well as their selection of loose leaf teas, spice blends, and tea accessories. TeaHaus’ curbside cafe sells Haus-made pastries including a full English tea service to go, hot chocolate bombs, and French macarons.
204–206 N. 4th Avenue, Ann Arbor. 734-622-0460. teahaus.com.
White Lotus Farms
For locally-made self-care items, White Lotus Farms has plenty of options. In addition to its food items, White Lotus Farms also sells plant-based skincare items including bath bombs, lip balms, lotions, shower steamers, and soaps. Products are available at the farm on Wednesdays or Saturdays, the Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, via their Etsy shop, or at select locations around town.
7217 W Liberty Rd, Ann Arbor. 734-210-0304. whitelotusfarms.com.
Zingerman’s Candy Manufactory
Zingerman’s carries curated craft chocolate and confections from all over the world in addition to their own fresh candy bars, nut brittles, spiced peanuts, and seasonal treats. Pick up one of Zingerman’s Candy’s seasonal treats, such as the Peanut Butter Crush “I’ve Got A Crush on You!” gift box or Valentine’s Day Mini Variety 6-Packs. Handmade marshmallows, peanut treats, and Zingerman’s signature candy bars are all available or can be ordered online. Additionally, Zingerman’s is carrying J. Patrice goodies. Patrons searching for J. Patrice candies but having trouble finding some are able to go to Zingerman’s to pick these delights up.
3723 Plaza Drive, Suite 3, Ann Arbor. 734-277-1922. zingermanscandy.com.