Knoxville Valentine's Day Gift Guide 2011

What do you mean when you say “love”? Some cultures have 20 or more words to express each nuance and degree of the emotion, from unbridled bedroom passion to the emotion stirred by a trickling fountain. Since we have just the all-purpose L word, how about expressing yourself with a gift instead—shopping local all the way? With this handy-dandy Valentine decoder, you’ll learn just what type of love you’re expressing with any selection—choose wisely, and your Valentine will do the talking for you.

An almost magnetic draw between our spirits

Poetry Anthologies from McKay

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...” Okay, don’t use that one, but if you’re no poet, do yourself a favor and find the perfect verse to express – or hint at – your affections this Valentine’s Day. McKay boasts shelves upon shelves of poetry anthologies to peruse. If you’re short on funds, shop smart at McKay by selling or trading your own goods in exchange for cash or credit! ($2-$10)

MCKAY USED BOOKS, CDs, MOVIES, AND MORE • 230 Papermill Place Way, 588-0331 • mckaybooks.com

Unmitigated attraction, despite your own attraction to sharp objects

Santa Fe Stoneworks Knives from Hanson Gallery

Guys need great gifts, too! These knives have a Damascus Blade with mammoth and jet stone inlays and will be attractive for years to come ($55). Doug Hanson’s really good at guiding you to other masculine-but-artful gifts, too, from wooden boxes to kaleidoscopes.

HANSON FINE ART & CRAFT GALLERY • 5607 Kingston Pike, 584-6097 • hansongallery.com

Heartfelt abandon

Mini Cooper

“Baby you can drive my car.” This is the year to go all out, plant that set of car keys at the bottom of the heart-shaped chocolate box. She’s gonna love it, from the 0-60 in 6.8 seconds engine to the state of the art safety technologies to... well, it’s sexy and adorable all at once. And the convertible might just be even more desirable than a diamond ring. ($19,600)

MINI OF KNOXVILLE • 10665 Parkside Drive at Grayson BMW, 888-575-0413 • miniofknoxville.com

Libido-felt abandon

“Risque” Lingerie

Can’t go wrong with a little satin and lace. It’s a win-win kind of a gift. Need we say more? (Available in all sizes, including plus sizes.) While you’re visiting, why not pick up some Romantic Touches massage oil and cream for, er, later.

ADULT VIDEO SUPERSTORE • 515 Lovell Road, 671-3836

With a fiery passion for all life has to offer

Seafood At Savelli’s

Italian is a romance language, and Savelli’s food speaks it with passion. Take her for a romantic, cozy candlelight dinner (they’ve had proposals at this restaurant, yes they have!), and plan on seafood from chef/owner Liz Savelli’s board of specials—sea bass, scallop picatta, maybe blue crab ravioli? It’s all authentic and cooked to order. Cannelloni? Tiramisu? Dessert’s great, too. She’ll love it all, and you, too.

SAVELLI’S • 3055 Sutherland Avenue, 521-9085

Noble stirrings to win your heart and protect your honor

Anne Koplik Crystal Jewelry

The romantic’s choice, from dazzling lockets to playful dragonfly charms, the Emporium houses a full line of crystal-embellished earrings, bracelets, and necklaces by Anne Koplik Designs. Among the featured jewelry designers for Dancing With the Stars, The Bachelor, and The Bachelorette, the folks at Anne Koplik know their sparkle. If you think you’ve reached the “jewelry place” in your relationship, that is. No pressure. ($35-$85)

GREEN EARTH EMPORIUM • 4481 Kingston Pike, 588-9882 • greenearthemporium.com

Tender, loving care

Mani and Pedi from Laura’s Nails

Pamper her, hand and foot, manicure plus pedicure. A key component of pampering is old-fashioned friendliness. That’s Laura’s secret at this cute little nail salon. Your overworked sweetheart will be relieved that Laura’s is an odorless and drill-free environment, offering manicures, pedicures, and artificial nails.

LAURA’S NAILS • 5201 Kingston Pike, 450-9254

An undefinable longing that’s not particularly serious, not quite yet

Candy!

Sweets for your sweet! For every pound of candy sold Saturday, Feb. 12 and Sunday, Feb. 13, Mast General will donate $1 to Second Harvest’s Feed the Hungry fund. Truly, there are endless confections to choose from: gummy candy, sour candy, chewy caramel candy, chocolate-covered candy, peanut candy, stick candy, marshmallow candy ($6/lb.).

MAST GENERAL STORE • 402 South Gay Street, 546-1336 • mastgeneralstore.com

Traditional feelings of noble love with a simmering passion just beneath

John Harvey Silver Round Stud Earrings and Sautoir Necklace

You’ll just know if it’s time to make a sweeping gesture, and this jewelry is as sweeping as it comes. Inspired by the woven bamboo walls of traditional Balinese architecture, these John Hardy earrings and necklace have been raised to art deco elegance with sleek geometry of a rattan motif. Recognized as the leader in luxury, handmade, designer jewelry, John Hardy designs are inspired by the essence of the earth. And you won’t find this just anywhere: Markman’s is the exclusive area purveyor of the John Hardy collection, at its Kingston Pike location. (Earrings, $350, necklace, $995)

MARKMAN’S DIAMONDS & FINE JEWELRY • (West) 6932 Kingston Pike, (East) Near Lowe’s At Isaiah’s Landing, 1-800-757-0247 • markmansdiamonds.com

The call of one adventurous spirit to another

UT Culinary Beer Enthusiasts Class

Something different that will appeal to both of your

spirits of adventure in a way that antiquing never could...

The Beer Enthusiast’s Class is taught by Dennis Collins, certified homebrewer and UT Culinary Institute alum, and this three-session course series covers a range of topics from brewing to food pairings. Secure a spot in advance for your sweetheart or for the both of you to enjoy together. Nothing says “Happy Valentine’s Day” like the promise of a little quality educational time, plus alcohol.

(Class sessions April 1, 15, and 29, $79 plus $25 materials fee)

UT CULINARY INSTITUTE • Call Carol Costello, 974-6241 or e-mail costello@utk.edu • culinary.utk.edu/beer.html

A passion so strong I live to impress you

Tickets to Massenet’s Manon

We keep hearing phrases like “insatiable, bewitching seductress” and “the pursuit of love, fame, and fortune in Paris” thrown around in describing the Knoxville Opera’s Valentine’s Day weekend production of Manon. Sounds like a plan. Throw in dinner before the show, and you’re in for serious brownie points. Also, there should be brownies. (Feb. 11-13, matinee and evening shows. $18-$91: child, student, and senior discounts apply)

KNOXVILLE OPERA • 524-0795 • knoxvilleopera.com

A warm and comfortable affection, like a favorite flannel shirt

Life is good® Cadet-Style Cap

Wear your heart on your head. This is just right for the one who loves you, but maybe not the fancy hearts and flowers jazz. The short-brim cap is 100 percent cotton twill weave and features two overlapping hearts on the right side; one tattered, one stitched. One size fits all.

LIFE ACCORDING TO JAKE • 11481 Parkside Drive, 671-3589 and at the Village Shops in Gatlinburg (436-4008) • LifeAccordingToJake.com

Unrivaled attraction to your physical attributes with an ever-increasing appreciation for your intellectual charms

Kama Sutra “Sweet Heart” Gift Box

Let’s not forget the reason for the season. Succumb to heartfelt (or libido-felt) abandon with this lusty gift box set, complete with Strawberry Crème Brülèe Body Soufflé, White Chocolate Body Paint with body brush, and Strawberry Dreams Honey Dust with feather applicator. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon. ($40). And it’s worth a visit to the reassuring sales staff at Intimate Treasures if you’d like to try some hot lingerie to go with it, or to check out the “too steamy to be pictured here” sex toy that’s very popular this Feb. 14. (Ask for the We-Vibe. That’s all we’re allowed to say.)

INTIMATE TREASURES • 7212 Kingston Pike, 584-3199

With a heart-swelling rush of shared laughter

Side Splitters Comedy Club Valentine’s Package

Side Splitters is making it easy for you and your Funny Valentine. One basic package covers two tickets to see funnyman Frankie Paul, a bottle of champagne, candies, flowers and a stuffed “love bear”—just $40 per couple. Or, go another nine yards with a buffet dinner served 6-7:30 p.m. before the show. It’s laden with Valentine’s favorites like cheesecake, shrimp cocktail, and chicken marsala, and will run you just $20 more per couple. Eat, laugh, love! (Monday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m.)

SIDE SPLITTERS COMEDY CLUB • 9246 Park West Blvd., 924-5233 • sidesplitterscomedy.com

A fine appreciation of the style you bring to all you touch

Handcrafted Metal Flowers

Denice Bizot, exclusive to Liz-Beth, handcrafts these beautiful metal flowers and just like in nature, no two are alike. The flowers come in singles or groups and in an assortment of sizes and colors. Come in today and choose the “Dancing Flowers,” shown here, or pick one of the many others from their gallery. These flower are the perfect gift—they last forever and no water required!

LIZ-BETH & CO. • 9211 Parkwest Blvd., 691-8129 • liz-beth.com

With approval for what I know and see, and a fascination for what still lies hidden

Art from Red Line Gallery

This piece by Shana Kohnstamm titled “Languish” is just one of the many artworks from Red Line Gallery that might be her—or his—heart’s desire. Consider a pre-Valentine’s date to browse the gallery together. Red Line represents both emerging and established local, national and international artists who work within a broad range of styles and subject matter.

RED LINE GALLERY • 11519 Kingston Pike, 288-0277 • redlinegallery.net

An overwhelming impulse to look after you, come what may

Knoxville Hilton Romantic Getaway

She doesn’t need Calgon to take her away, how about you? A getaway really is within reach, right at the Knoxville Hilton. Romance packages valid Feb. 12-15 all include luxury accommodations, champagne, breakfast in the Market Cafe, turn-down service, and valet parking. You can ramp it up a bit by choosing to pay a little more for, say, dinner for two or handmade truffles. ($159-$209)

HILTON KNOXVILLE • 501 West Church Avenue, 523-2300 • knoxville.hilton.com

Sweet affection, hopeless devotion—yeah, both of those

Four-Course Dinner at Sequoyah Grille

Whether for a really hot date or a lifelong mate—or both!—Sequoyah Grille has really outdone itself in planning an unforgettable Valentine’s meal. It’s four courses of the fresh, distinct foods that have locals flocking to the Grille. A few of the temptations to choose from include Salmon Oscar or Wrapped Bleu Cheese Stuffed Filet in the entree slot, and Creme Brülèe or White Chocolate Pudding doing the dessert honors. The neatest thing for you busy folks: The special is on all weekend and into Monday, Feb. 11-14, so you can dine romantically at your convenience. ($75)

SEQUOYAH GRILLE • 4429 Kingston Pike in Western Plaza, 766-5331 • sequoyahgrille.com

Forever and always

Pampering at St. Toussaint Salon

Let’s not take anyone for granted, okay? Instead, line up a gift certificate from the salon named for the Patron Saint of Hair Dressers! She’ll be assured of lots of attention and coddling in a very personal setting, all of it coming from experienced color specialists and stylists. When she comes home feeling like a new woman, you’ll be there—like you always are.

ST. TOUSSAINT SALON • 7822 Montvue Center Way, 584-9411 • sttoussaint@knology.net

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