Roses are red, violets are blue, Columbia’s famously hot, and so are you.
So show your love this Valentine Day’s, just how much you care with a night out on one the town’s main thoroughfares.
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Still in need of a token of affection this Valentine’s Day? Duck intoin the Arcade building on Main Street. This boutique’s founder and manager works exclusively with artists from South Carolina and fills her shop with local art made from the heart — the perfect selection of jewelry, clothing, ceramics, and housewares from 20 local artists. From modernist art work to vintage dresses, Pelliclaude carries a little something for everyone, with each piece as unique your love story.
Where to find it: 1332 Main St., suite 105. Open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
Make your Valentine’s Day as iconic as the World War II “kiss” photo at the restaurant that got its start by serving spaghetti and meatballs to WWII soldiers stationed at Fort Jackson. It was Sadie, or Mama Tronco’s, home cooking that built Villa Tronco Italian Restaurant on Blanding Street. She and her family established Villa Tronco as the first Italian restaurant in Columbia, and it’s her grandchildren and great-grandchildren that are carrying on the family tradition today. Whether it’s the saltimbocca or the tiramisu, this restaurant’s classic dishes are sure to tie the knot between you and this Italian eatery. Call 803-256-7677 to make a reservation.
Where to find it: 1213 Blanding St. Open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 5-10 p.m. Saturday.
After dinner, treat your special someone to a movie at The Nickelodeon. On Valentine’s Day, South Carolina’s only independent theater house will screen the 1990s classic romance “Love Jones.” The romantic drama has become one of the standards for greater inclusion in the film industry and exemplifies the Nick’s commitment to showcasing diverse voices on screen. Founded in 1979, the Nickelodeon has grown to include specialty curated film series, along with a roster of independent films, and is host to the art organization Indie Grits Lab.
Where to find it: 1607 Main St. www.nickelodeon.org.
Rekindle a romance or add wood to an already burning fire at Bourbon, Columbia’s whiskey bar. Stop by this cocktail bar and Cajun-Creole restaurant for a liquor creation made by bartender Kat Hunter. For those seeking a little libation experimentation, order the Heart of Darkness. This smoke-filled cocktail is tall, dark and handsome in a glass, without all the commitment and potential heartbreak.
Where to find it: 1214 Main St. Open 4 p.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday; 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-midnight Saturday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Sunday.