By  Sandra Meyer

Celebrate your love this Valentine’s Day by dining at one of the fabulous local restaurants.  Or choose to pamper your loved one, or yourself, at one of the many fine spas and salons.  Whatever your pleasure, there is something nearby to celebrate this day of love.

 Area Restaurants

Bonefish Grill located at 1015 Providence Rd. in Brandon offers a variety of fresh seafood entrees that will delight your special someone.  In addition to regular specials, Bonefish is offering a Valentine’s Day special of a 6 oz. sirloin with 5 oz. lobster tail for $22.90.  Find out more at or call ahead at 571-5533.

Brandon’s Grillsmith has many options on its menu and even the pickiest date is sure to find something pleasing.  The refined-casual atmosphere is a perfect mix for a relaxing yet elegant night out with your loved one.  Grillsmith is located at 459 Brandon Town Center Dr.  Call 651-1610 for more information.

Dining at Sumatra Bistro is a unique experience. For Valentine’s Day, they will be doing a four course pris fix dinner with wine pairing. There will be two seating’s at 6 and 8:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Sumatra is located at 1602 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon.  For more information on pricing and the menu or for reservations, call 655-6200.

Located in Brandon at 612 E. Bloomingdale Ave., Stonewood Grill is a great choice for just about any appetite.  Stonewood will be serving up their regular menu as well as a Valentine special of a 6 oz. filet and 5 oz. lobster tail with two sides for $39.95.  Orders and reservations can be made by calling 655-9561.


Local Spas and Salons

Amani Medspa located at 3440 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico is offering the following specials: 10 units free Dysport (Botox competitor) with the purchase of 30 units.  Buy one syringe of Restylane or Perlane and get $100 off the 2nd syringe, and  one SkinMedica, Vitalize Chemical Peel plus one Hydrafacial MD and Post peel kit from Skin Medica for just $220.

Boulevard Salon in Brandon is the perfect place to relax and indulge.  Choose a massage or facial or come in for a mani/pedi and feel the tension leave your body. The salon is located at 210 E. Brandon Blvd. and appointments can be made by calling 571-5800.

DayDreams Day Spa located at 658 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon is offering a Cupid’s Massage which includes a 50 min Relaxation Massage and the heavenly DayDream’s face and scalp massage. Escape while tension is released as you experience the Anti-Fatigue Back Treatment with warm Moor Mud. Call 657-2992.  Gift cards are also available for purchase

Brandon’s Divine Designs at 1606 Oakfield Dr. is a spa for both men and women. With a wide array of spa treatments, including massage, facials and nail care, it is the perfect option for a Valentine’s Day retreat.  A full listing of their offerings and pricing can be found on their website at or by calling 661-3737.

Look your best for your Valentine by getting a cut and color at New Identities Hair Salon in Riverview.  An experienced and talented staff is standing by to assist you in your pursuit of the perfect style.  New Identities is located at 10639 Big Bend Rd. and appointments can be made by calling 741-1177.

Avante Salon & Day Spa located at 953 E. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon wants to pamper you.  For chocolate lovers, come in and enjoy the chocolate lovers delight pedicure for only $35.  Includes a complimentary glass of wine, organic chocolate exfoliation and organic chocolate mask removed with warm towels. Special valid Feb 12–16.


Other Lovely Ideas

Whidden Florist in Brandon wants to make sure you say it with flowers. A Valentine’s Day special of a dozen red roses for $75 plus delivery is being offered if the order is placed at least 3 days prior to the Valentine’s Day delivery.  It is located at 425 W. Robertson and can be reached at 689-8105.

Rolling Pin Emporium in Brandon is offering Valentine’s Dinner: “Love at First Bite” at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, February 13 and 14. The cost is $75 per couple and includes Chambord Kir Royale Cocktail, Pancetta, Manchego, Apple and Rosemary Skewers, Butter Poached Lobster in a Vanilla-Saffron Sauce over Fettuccini, Balsamic and Rosemary Marinated Florentine Steak served over Arugula, Chocolate Soufflés with Crème Anglaise. Fine wine, beer, sparkling water and soft drinks are included in this demonstration style class. Rolling Pin Emporium is located at 2080 Badlands Dr. in Brandon. To register, visit or call 653-2418.

Sketch and Sip, located in Winthrop in Riverview, is offering “Get toasted with your Sweetie on Valentine’s Day.”  $50 per couple gets you platters from Acropolis and other party trays, a champagne toast, two wine glasses to paint, romantic live music from a French guitarist. Ladies receive a rose and a piece of jewelry with free raffle to all who attend.Its address is 11242 Winthrop Main St.  Call 644-5954 for reservations.

Edible Arrangements in Valrico is offering a variety of delectable treats, including a Sweetheart Swizzle Bouquet, Berry Chocolate Star Bouquet and a Berry Lovely Cupcake.  Go to or call 571-7200 for more options.  Edible Arrangements is located at 3455 Lithia Pinecrest Rd.

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