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A Last Minute Valentine’s Day You Can Trust

Let’s talk about something positive. This week, you will see a hundred articles, blogs and news stories from consumer protection organizations about romance scams. We don’t feel like talking about that this year.

BBB of Greater Kansas City wants to show some love for BBB Accredited Businesses that spread joy and cheer on a happy holiday. If you’re late to the game and scrambling to make last minute Valentine’s Day plans, we want to help. Not only have the following businesses agreed to uphold the highest ethical standards by becoming BBB Accredited, they might also save your romantic day if you just recently got a date.

First of all, get your date a card from the Hallmark Cards. Hallmark is known throughout the world, but has maintained a headquarters in Kansas City since 1910. Don’t forget the flowers. Hallmark is a florist, too!

For dinner, are you thinking heavy or light? Does your date like to dig into a big plate of ribs with little regard for your fancy outfits? Well then, you probably want Gates BBQ. Gates is routinely listed as one of the best BBQ restaurants in America. Maybe you want something a little lighter. How about Mr. Gyro Greek Food & Pastry? Grab a hummus appetizer and a classic gyro. You can check out their menu and visit any of their four Kansas locations. Lighter still? How about some coffee at Coffee Cove in Lake Lotawana. They have pastries if you get hungry.

It’s gift exchange time! If you’re looking at jewelry, you can’t go wrong with Helzberg Diamonds. Like BBB and Hallmark both, Helzberg has been in Kansas City for more than 100 years. If you think going straight for the diamond earrings is a bit much, how about a pass to the Chocolate Spa–a day spa that offers pedicures, manicures and massages? Ask about their sweetheart deal.

You still need to cap the date with entertainment. If you’re just now planning your date, your options will be limited. You’re not getting theater tickets this late. But don’t worry; you can stay low key. You could just stay home and watch The Lost Valentine, produced by Hallmark and starring Jennifer Love Hewitt (it’s regarded as one of the best Valentine’s Day movies). If you want fresh air, you can take a walk around one of the most romantic cities in America. Check out the plaza and visit the watches and jewelry at Tivol.

Perhaps you want a relaxing night away from home. The historical Hawthorne–a Bed & Breakfast in Independence is beautiful.

All the businesses found in this blog are dedicated to marketplace trust and transparency. No matter what you choose, just be sure to check out the businesses you solicit with the BBB. Even if they’re not BBB Accredited, we might have information that will help you make a purchasing decision.

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