Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas in South Orange, Maplewood & Millburn

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Haven’t planned anything yet for Valentine’s Day? Never fear; Village Green has you covered for the big day on Tuesday.

Whether you are pampering yourself or someone else, SOMA has the perfect Valentine’s Day treats for you. If you want the traditional dinner out and flowers, you have a lot of options. But there are plenty of less-well-known options, too. Here are a few to get you started.

Stop in at Chocolate Works (321 Millburn Ave, Millburn). They are fully stocked with candy bouquets, Oreos with messages (think: I heart Mom/Dad/You), and candy “kissy face” Emojis. It’s a one-stop shop for your entire list, and they are open all weekend, and 9am-9pm on Monday and Tuesday of next week.

How about pampering the apple of your eye with a Valentine’s Day special from Indulgence Day Spa (61 South Orange Ave., South Orange). Indulgence offers a blueberry soy mani/pedi for $80, a 90-minute Honey Ginger Massage/60-minute Essential Facial for $335, or the Sweet Indulgence Experience package which gets you two 60-minute Thai Herbal Compress massages, and two Honey Ginger Pedis, and two Classic Manicures for $400. You can call 973-826-5609 or visit The offer is good through February 19th.

For the artist in your life, Express Yourself Studio (1877 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood) offers a Valentine’s Day Cocktails & Canvas on February 14th from 7-9pm. Bring your favorite bottle of wine and explore your creative side. The cost is $35 per person, and you can reserve your easel here:

And finally, if you like the idea of eating with your loved one at a nationally renowned restaurant, but neglected to make reservations weeks in advance, try Lorena’s (168 Maplewood Ave., Maplewood) — for lunch. They still have reservations available for lunch on Valentine’s Day (check out the yummy menu here), and a great bonus for eating earlier is the cost: just $35-40 per person. Call (973-763-4460) or make a reservation here.

Happy Valentine’s Day, all!


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