Jewelry, candy, flowers, a 1946 Mercedes Benz – they may be oh so retro; but they still ignite romance on St. Valentine’s Day. If you’re going the retro route this February 14th – do it “all the way” – as Sinatra (a desert denizen) sings. Sweep your sweetie off to the luxury capital of retro – Palm Springs. February 14 is a Thursday – perfect for a weekend celebration of love.
It’s so easy. Make a retro SHOPPING SPREE your Valentine gift. All you need to pre-plan is the accommodation. (I’d suggest a vintage love nest at one of the city’s fabulous mid-century era inns or hotels.)
Jewelry. Dazzles, in the Uptown Design District on North Palm Canyon Drive, is dripping with retro jewelry from ‘30s Bakelite bangles to glittery ‘50s rhinestone earrings and psychedelic ‘60s flower pins and more. Be sure to ask owner Mike Sauls “what’s new?” He always has fabulous finds hidden out of sight.
Across the street, Déjà Vu Vintage Finery specializes in mint-condition retro wear for women and men. Jewelry sparkles at the counter, and the racks are brimming with Audrey Hepburn-like sheaths, pretty-in-pink cocktail dresses, beaded sweaters, bow ties, plaid sport coats, handbags and shoes. Then troll for treasures at local favorites Revivals on South Palm Canyon Drive (I’ve found a tiny Judith Lieber coin purse for $7 and thick gold mesh snake-head bracelets for $10 a piece here) and Angel View Prestige Boutique on North Indian Canyon Drive.
Candy. See’s Candies is smack in the heart of town on South Palm Canyon Drive. Need I say more? A block away, Palm Springs Fudge and Chocolates features locally-made fudge, divinity, caramels and other delectable sweets.
Flowers. Palm Springs Florist is a go-to for heart-winning custom florals. In the same location on North Palm Canyon Drive (with an attached greenhouse) and run by the same family since 1947 – seven award-winning floral designers offer petal perfection. “Of course, you can walk in and buy an arrangement,” Jordan Hall, the second-generation owner, told me. “We have all the rose varieties; orchids, everything. Casablanca lilies with roses are especially popular for Valentine’s.” Bungalow Rose Florist, in downtown on East Tahquitz Canyon Way, is another local favorite. Its bouquet explosion of 72 long-stemmed red-roses is sure to be remembered forever. The cute twin puppy dogs made out of flowers in a basket is another Valentine charmer. Here is a list of all florists in Palm Springs.
Vintage Cars. Rev up your Valentine’s Day passion with a retro gift from McCormick’s Palm Springs classic cars. wChoose from among the 60-plus classic and exotic vehicles on display in the year-round showroom on North Indian Canyon Drive or arrange to attend McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auction, Feb. 22-24. I’m sure you’re loved one won’t mind if this gift is a few days late. This is McCormick’s second annual action and will include more than 520 beauties. Prices begin from $2,000 (not bad) to $250,000.