If you are a married man like me with kids and a full time job, planning Valentine’s Day is one of the last things on your mind. But, unless you want to sleep on the couch, be nagged to death, and reminded for years how you forgot Valentine’s Day in 2013, you better get your act together and plan something for the ol’ ball and chain.
You don’t have to fight the crowds at the Garden State Plaza or at the Route 4 and 17 super sized jewelry stores, you can shop locally right here in the Pascack Valley! Here is your guide of where to go in the Pascack Valley of Bergen County, New Jersey.
First, go get a nice card and maybe a little stuffed animal. Go to the EmersonPharmacy & Gift Shoppe in Emerson. Its been voted best gift shoppe for 2012 in 201 Magazine’s annual Best of Bergen readers poll. Tip: Buy
a blank card, but write in your own poem of a card or plagiarize it from another Hallmark card! Your girl will never know and she’ll think you’re so sweet and creative (no, I would never do this myself)
Ok next, women love candy, even if they say they are on a diet! Fortunately, we have 2 excellent candy shops in the Pascack Valley. If you want great chocolate covered strawberries, head over to Mindy’s Munchies in River Vale. Mindy’s is so good they have been featured in the NY Times, ABC, and on New York City morning radio show, Z100′s Z Morning Zoo. They have become so popular, they are moving to a much larger space a few doors down.
Conrad’s Confectionery of Westwood makes their candy homemade from high quality ingredients. They have all kinds of creative chocolate treats. They even have one shaped like a woman’s high heeled shoe with shiny red nonpareils!
You gotta get flowers. Sure they are going to die in a week and the prices are jacked up for Valentine’s Day, but they are a must have. Every town in the Pascack Valley has a florist, except Woodcliff Lake and Emerson. Emerson had one but it went out of business and is now a paint ball shop (no, don’t go buy yourself a paintball gun, focus on your woman right now jerk!).
There are various jewelry stores to choose from in the Pascack Valley. LaViano Jewelers, Parian Jewelers, and Bellagio Jewelry are all located in Westwood’s downtown shopping district. Avo’s Elegant Jewelry in Emerson, and F Silverman Jewelers in Montvale are also options to shop at in the Pascack Valley. You ask me, “Kevin, what should I buy my wife ?”. I don’t know! I have to worry about getting something for my own wife! Just make sure its not a Cubic Zirconia with a fake gold band that will turn her finger green.
You need a nice romantic restaurant to take your chick to on Valentine’s Day. Now, some of these places may require reservations, so don’t be a total slacker and wait until the morning of Valentine’s Day to call up. 3 good options are the Park Steakhouse in Park Ridge, Esty Street in Park Ridge, and The Melting Pot in Westwood. I went to Park Steakhouse last year and a couple a table over from us got engaged at the table, so you know its a romantic spot! If you got engaged at a hockey game on the big screen, then you really need this article for romantic tips.
If you don’t get embarrassed picking out sexy women’s lingerie in person, Tice’s Corner in Woodcliff Lake has a Victoria’s Secret. My friend Sam once shopped at this store for his girlfriend and accidentally knocked over one of the scantily clad mannequins to further the awkwardness of a male shopping for frilly thongs.
I don’t expect my fellow men to remember all this, so below is the list of places to go, addresses, phone #’s, and web sites. You can thank me later. Actually, you should send me some expensive gifts because I probably saved you from losing half your assets in a messy divorce.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Esty Street-86 Spring Valley Road Park Ridge, NJ 07656 (201) 307-1515
The Melting Pot-250 Center Avenue, Westwood, NJ 07675 201-664-8877
The Park Steakhouse -151 Kinderkamack Road, Park Ridge, NJ, 07656 201-930-1300
Conrad’s Confectionery-107 Westwood Avenue, Westwood, NJ (201) 497-6280
Avo’s Elegant Jewelry-179 Kinderkamack Road Emerson, NJ 07630
Bellagio Jewelry-14 Westwood Avenue Westwood, NJ 07675
F Silverman Jewelers-24 Chestnut Ridge Road Montvale, NJ 07645
LaViano Jewelers-175 Westwood Avenue Westwood, NJ 07675
Parian Jewelers-99 Westwood Avenue Westwood, NJ 07675
Hillsdale Florist-132 Broadway Hillsdale, NJ 07642
(201) 358-1500 Email: email@example.com (their web site is not working!)
Infinity Flowers-280 Pascack Road, Washington Township 07676 201-666-0808 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Montvale Florist-6 Railroad Avenue, Montvale 07645 201-690-6721 Email: email@example.com
Park Ridge Florist-145 Kinderkamack Road Park Ridge, NJ 07656
River Vale Flower Shop-669 Westwood Avenue River Vale, NJ 07675
Tyrells Flowers-45 Westwood Avenue Westwood, NJ 07675
Victoria’s Secret-441 Chestnut Ridge Road, Woodcliff Lake 07677 201-391-7752
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