Loomis awash in love-ly ideas

There are plenty of Valentine's gift and dining options
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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It’s Valentine’s Day – when sweethearts must be gifted, carded, flowered and dined – or at least acknowledged. Jim Victorine, of Loomis, said he plans to have dinner with his daughter Carrie Hodges on Valentine’s Day. Victorine was hinting that he’d like a new shirt as a gift. Hodges said she’s an avid hunter and would like a new shotgun as a gift on the big day. She also said she loves fishing and is hoping her dad, whose business is The Rod Doctor, will make her a new fly rod. “I’m just a simple girl,” Hodges said. Those with more traditional Valentine gift wishes might want to try Divine Desserts, on Doc Barnes Drive. They sell sweets for sweethearts. Mini heart-shaped confections, like a chocolate cake layered with chocolate truffle filling or white cake with white chocolate and raspberry filling, are sure to please. The cakes can be pre-ordered in a larger size that serves 10. The bakery is also creating a Valentine’s special – four-packs of chocolate-dipped straw-berries filled with white or dark chocolate truffle. For little Valentines, a newly opened toy store called Skadoodle Toys, located on Taylor Road near the post office, carries unique and entertaining toys and gifts for children. The shop sells toys in a price range to fit any budget. Business partners Marin Lombardi and Debbie O’Neal, co-owners with their husbands of the Loomis Pizza Factory, don’t have any big plans for Valentine’s Day. “I’m working. Eric and I will probably just give each other a kiss,” Lombardi said. O’Neal has big plans. She’s taking her 14-year-old son, Steven, to a cow show in San Luis Obispo. “He’s showing his heifer and steer,” she said. O’Neal said her husband will probably give her flowers and she’ll give her children candy. If wining and dining are a must for true love, Loomis restaurants have just the thing. All have created special meals just for Valentine’s Day. Reservations should be made in ad-vance, as the holiday to celebrate love tends to book up quickly. High-Hand Conservatory restaurant is offering a-three day celebration of amour begin-ning on Friday, Feb. 12, with the grand-opening celebration of their Flower Market. Free wine tastings and light appetizers are available. On Saturday evening, Feb. 13, the Conservatory presents a special Valentine’s dinner, with music and dancing to the Joey Ventittelli Band and a bouquet of flowers from their Flower Market. The price is $120 per couple. On Sunday, Feb. 14, they will serve a spe-cial Valentine’s Day brunch. Alexander’s Horseshoe Bar Grill presents a Valentine’s Day dinner on Friday and Satur-day nights. A special four-course dinner will be served for $75 per person. The restaurant will cook up a Valentine’s brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 14. A three-course meal and a glass of sparkling wine will be served for $29.95 per person. Café Zorro is serving a special four-course dinner on Valentine’s Day along with an a la carte menu.