This Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Gift Shop Might Just Save Your Bacon

Take advantage of this opportunity to look like you put a lot of thought into your gift—even if you didn’t.

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Yes, it’s a corporate-sponsored Hallmark holiday, but if you have a significant other, you should probably get on the ball with a Valentine’s gift. Thankfully, there’s no need to spend an hour feverishly searching for a last-minute something at Walgreens—this year, Cheapside Café and Linger Flowers are partnering up for a Valentine pop-up shop that has you covered.

Floral designer Nikki Shenk’s obsession with flowers started long ago, but it wasn’t until after her own wedding that she realized her creative passion. After teaching a flower-arranging workshop at Shoppe Class, she decided it was time to bring Linger to wider audience. “I had a wonderful time teaching a flower arranging class in the fall, and I knew I wanted to do something for Valentine’s Day. I’ve had the idea for a while.” Once she hooked up with Cheapside, everything came together.


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Influenced by the Dutch Masters’ flowering branches, lush greenery, and extravagant blooms, Linger’s designs exemplify the trend of garden style arrangements currently popular at weddings.“Their florals were over the top with exquisite blooms, hanging fruits and natural movement,” says Shenk. “That type of extravagance really inspires me, even if it can be ridiculously expensive to create.”

The popup will offer everything you need to impress your sweetie, including hand-tied bouquets, flower bunches, and garden roses from $5-$50. A thoughtfully curated selection of cards from Rock, Paper, Scissors will be available as well, and for those on top of their Valentine’s game, romantic arrangements in handmade CGCeramics bowls can pre-ordered for $100 and picked up at the event.


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V-Day will be here before you know it, so take advantage of the opportunity to look like you put a lot of thought into your gift—even if you didn’t.

 Cheapside Valentine flower pop-up, Saturday, Feb 14, Cheapside Café, 7 a.m–4 p.m. (or until sold out)

 Images courtesy Jess Zwolinski, Our Life in Balance Photography

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