Garrison Confection's factory shop (72 Ledge Street, Central Falls 401-725-0790) is open for pre-Valentine purchases, featuring their Lovers' Collection (the pretty little squares of exotic, sometimes goofy, flavors) and pink raspberry macarons à la Paris. www.garrisonconfections.com
Days/Hours: February 6th-11th; 13th-14th 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Cook & Brown Public House (959 Hope Street, Providence 401-273-7275) has two special four-course dinner menus for Valentine's Day. $55.00 per person with optional wine pairing. www.cookandbrown.com
If you really want to make a pretty point, order flowers from Studio 539 Flowers (174 Wickendon Street, Providence 401-454-4400) where elegant loose arrangements reign. The owners understand what you mean when you say "not too tall, no mums, no daisies, no ferns, just lovely please."