Hearts and Hops

At La Palmera, it’s time for Valentine’s Day, plus a party to welcome the Easter Bunny.

By: Sarona Winfrey

Whatever your heart’s desire this Valentine’s Day – dinner, chocolates or something shiny in a little box – La Palmera has what you want for that special someone. Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, falls on a Sunday this year, meaning restaurants will be especially busy on Friday and Saturday nights. Whatever your taste, you’ll find a variety of tasty date night choices including P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, LongHorn Steakhouse, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and Chili’s Grill & Bar at La Palmera, all of which will have dinner specials. And for added convenience, valet parking is available at the mall’s main entrance between P.F. Chang’s and Grimaldi’s. Guests using the valet on Valentine’s Day will also receive a complimentary rose.

Be sure to stop by Hallmark for the perfect Valentine’s Day card or keepsake. If your sweetheart is partial to sweets, head to Bourbon Street Candy Co. for an amazing assortment of chocolate treats, including gourmet chocolates and freshly dipped strawberries, guaranteed to please.

Perhaps you need something even more special for that special someone. You’ll find a number of fine jewelers including Gordon’s Jewelers, Kay Jewelers, Pandora, Reeds Jewelers, Salem’s Jewelers and Zales at La Palmera, as well as Jared The Galleria of Jewelry and Victoria’s Jewels at The Shops at La Palmera.

Treating your special someone to a shopping spree is also a great idea. You can’t go wrong with a La Palmera gift card, which can be redeemed at the more than 100 stores and dining locations throughout the mall. Available in amounts from $10 to $500, the cards may be purchased at the mall’s concierge or online at lapalmera.com.

If you’re still in need of suggestions, La Palmera’s “Cupid Concierge” can help. Available Feb. 8 through 14 on La Palmera’s social media platforms, including Facebook (facebook.com/lapalmeracc), Twitter (@lapalmeramall) and Instagram (lapalmeracc), Cupid Concierge will answer gift questions as well as provide helpful gift suggestions.

And no sooner have the candy hearts been consumed, it will be time for the Easter Bunny to hop into La Palmera. Easter is March 27 this year, and the Easter Bunny will be available Wednesday, Feb. 17, through Saturday, March 26, for photos in Center Court each day during mall hours.

La Palmera will also host a special party on Wednesday, Feb. 17, to welcome the Easter Bunny. Guests are encouraged to wear their favorite bunny slippers and pajamas for the Easter Bunny PJ Party from 6 to 8 p.m. in Center Court. The event is free and open to guests of all ages, and it includes arts and crafts, face painting, story time, a balloon artist and refreshments. The Easter Bunny will meet and greet party guests to kick off the event and then hop back to his traditional garden spot in Center Court for traditional photos with guests.

Pet lovers can also take their favorite canine or kitty for photos on one of four “Pet Night with the Easter Bunny” events. Pet Night events are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 23, and March 1, 8 and 15, from 5 to 8 p.m., with a portion of the photo proceeds benefiting local animal organizations. Only dogs and cats are permitted, and all animals must remain on a leash or in a carrier at all times.

For more information on La Palmera, go online to www.lapalmera.com, visit us on Facebook or call 361-991-3755.

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