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Traditional, eclectic gift ideas abound for Valentine's Day

Traditional heart-shaped jewelry continues to be a popular choice for those celebrating with a loved one on Valentine’s Day.

This month, Zeke’s Jewellers, located at 902 Rosser Ave., has a variety of specials on their popular heart-shaped earings and necklaces, said store owner John Zeke said.

But for those looking for a more unique piece for their loved one, Zeke suggests their new line of pendant earrings and necklaces that shimmer at every angle, he said.

“We also offer different designer lines, such as an Italian silver line and many more unique pieces,” he said. “Heart shapes are a little more traditional, but still popular among our clientele.”

With Valentine’s Day just three days away, Zeke said they’ve had quite a few customers coming in wanting custom pieces. Custom engagement rings are also popular for those hoping to pop the big question on the most romantic day of the year.

But custom engagement rings aren’t only popular around Feb. 14, he said.

“That type of business is more steady year-round,” he said. “Engagement rings are definitely a year-round business, but it does increase around this time of year and during the Christmas season.”

For those seeking other jewelry options, Abby Rose, located at 912 Rosser Ave., is a downtown Brandon gift store specializing in an wide arrangement of art pieces, as well as new and second-hand clothing. But it’s their jewelry collection that gets all the attention around Valentine’s Day, according to assistant manager Kathleen Friesen.

Friesen said they tend to sell a variety of sterling silver pieces around this time of year.

“We try to keep it eclectic,” she said. “Things you wouldn’t see in other stores and unique pieces and some are handmade.”

Some jewelry is made locally or ordered from across Canada and range in price from $8 to $100, Friesen said.

“We have a lot of statement pieces, so it’s kind of fun stuff,” she said.

This year, they are also carrying something new — a variety of fruits soaked in liquor bottled by a company in Quebec.

“This winter we’re trying that out and so far it’s been popular,” Friesen said. “We have peaches, blueberries and apricots soaked in kind of a liquor syrup, so those are a really nice treat for Valentine’s Day or for a date night or whatever.”

Friesen suggests using the liquid as a topping for ice cream, in a cocktail, while cooking or just drinking on its own.

When in doubt, Friesen said their wide variety of colourful scarves are always a popular gift for women.

“It’s cold, so a scarf is always nice.”

For those looking to support a good cause while celebrating with a loved one, the Keystone Centre’s UCT Pavilion is hosting the sixth annual Love for Chocolate event in support of KidSport Westman region on Feb. 28.

Individual tickets are $45 or $320 for a table of eight and are available for purchase until Feb. 24 at the Keystone Centre box office or by calling 204-726-3500. All proceeds go to assisting children from low income families with sport registration and other related fees, said Sport Manitoba Westman regional manager Lindsey Kyle.

Kyle said the event raised close to $6,000 last year and they are hoping to raise $10,000 this year.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. The event will feature Winnipeg comedian Kelly Taylor, a variety of chocolate desserts prepared by Keystone Centre chefs and a fashion show by North Shore Outfitters, Promises Bridal, Catwalk Clothing Company and Jockey Person to Person.

“We know that kids love chocolate, so we thought we would incorporate chocolate,” Kyle said. “It’s a really great event.”

» Brandon Sun

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 11, 2014

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Traditional heart-shaped jewelry continues to be a popular choice for those celebrating with a loved one on Valentine’s Day.

This month, Zeke’s Jewellers, located at 902 Rosser Ave., has a variety of specials on their popular heart-shaped earings and necklaces, said store owner John Zeke said.

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Traditional heart-shaped jewelry continues to be a popular choice for those celebrating with a loved one on Valentine’s Day.

This month, Zeke’s Jewellers, located at 902 Rosser Ave., has a variety of specials on their popular heart-shaped earings and necklaces, said store owner John Zeke said.

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