Unique Date Ideas For Love Birds This Valentine’s Day

By Nicole Heubusch

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, now is the perfect time to plan what you’ll be doing for your romantic evening. With Cupid shooting his arrows on a Sunday this year, you might be looking at planning for the whole day, evening, or both.

Movie Under The Stars At The Tampa Theatre
On Sunday, February 14 at 3 p.m., the Tampa Theatre will be playing the 1998 romantic comedy, Shakespeare In Love. This movie is a little over two hours, rated R, and stars Gwyneth Paltrow as Lady Viola and Joseph Fiennes as Will Shakespeare. This movie also stars Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush and Ben Affleck. Tickets cost $10 each and can be purchased at tampatheatre.org/. The Tampa Theatre is located at 711 N. Franklin St. in Tampa.
Couple’s Painting At Sketch and Sip
Enjoy a fun night of painting for couples at Sketch and Sip on Saturday, February 13 at 7 p.m. $25 per single or $45 per couple with connecting canvases. This event includes appetizers from Acropolis, champagne toast, live music, a rose and jewelry for the ladies and free raffles. Schedule online at sketchandsip.com. Located at 11242 Winthrop Main Street. 644-5954.

Dinner For Two A Crumb & Cork
Looking for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day? Crumb & Cork is offering a special Valentine’s Day special for couples. The cost is $50 per person, and will include a Prix Fixe menu that consists of a bottle of wine, salad, your choice of prime rib, fig glazed duck, or penne alla vodka, and dessert. Along with dinner, couples will enjoy a live jazz show. This Valentine’s dinner offer is available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 12-14. Space is limited, so RSVP at 221-7680. Crumb & Cork is located at 501 N. Franklin St.

 Intimate Dining At The Loft
Celebrate Valentine’s Day on Saturday, February 13 or Sunday, February 14 at the Loft, located at 709 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. Each couple will enjoy reserved intimate private cabana style dining for each couple (larger cabanas available for up to three couples reserved as a group). On Saturday, a five-course French cuisine plated dinner and dessert with DJ Dancing Music and on Sunday, a five-course French cuisine plated brunch with a live jazz trio and mimosa/bloody Mary bar. On Saturday and Sunday there will be complimentary wine, specialty cocktails, ice cold beer, French roast coffee, purified water, fresh brewed tea and soft drinks. A personal photograph will be taken upon your arrival. There are two reserved seatings: Saturday from 7-10 p.m. or 8–11 p.m. or Sunday from 1-4 p.m. or 2-5 p.m. Only advance reservations are available. Payment is required at time of booking. The cost is $125 per couple. To make reservations, call 685-8777.