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Brief Overview and Analysis of the Northshore Visioning Project

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The Northshore Visioning Project is the initiative of the Northshore Community Foundation, who formed a task force comprised of representatives of the private and public sectors.  The task force was formed to answer the question of what the region should look like in twenty years, creating a vision that maintains the desirability of the Northshore through a Regional Visioning Process.
The $90,000 dollar Strategic Plan by SSA Consultants of Baton Rouge contains some very interesting observations on the process of economic development, some of which has been covered in local media.  Two of the bigger points of contention so far have been the merging of the East and West Chambers of Commerce and the question of how to handle the Tourist Commission.
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There is a dilution of civic leadership and a strain on resources and funding due to the large number of non profits and civic organizations on the Northshore.  Some reported a desire to see more representation from Washington and Tangipahoa Parishes in regional efforts.  At the same time, respondents said interplay between the Northshore Region and other economic development organizations is confusing, specifically citing the examples of GNO, Inc. and the LA Department of Economic Development.  Other findings include the recognition that there is a wide divergence of opinion on the role and scope of economic development, and the maintenance of the region’s quality of life is a high priority.
With a particular interest in the mechanism of economic development in the Parish, the next recommendation is particularly interesting:
“The first steps involved in moving toward a more high impact regional model would entail the consolidation of the organizations that have the similar missions and programmatic elements.  The first opportunity rests with the consolidation of the St. Tammany Parish Economic Development Foundation (STEDF), the St. Tammany Parish Development District and the St. Tammany Parish Economic Development Department.  The ability to leverage the strengths of each of these entities… cannot be underestimated.”       (Hybrid Model/Merging Elements)

The significance of this suggestion is that a large portion of Covington Weekly’s interest in the process of economic development has centered directly around the specific role of the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation.  It is the opinion of Covington Weekly that every individual paying taxes, whether a private citizen or business owner, is a stakeholder in local economic development, giving each said individual a say in that process.
“…the elimination of duplicated programs and services and the redeployment of those funds will provide an immediate improvement in the efficient and effective use of public and private dollars.”   (emphasis mine)
Identification of a need to improve the way that public dollars are used is also suggestive of a need for greater transparency with regard to public dollars in the realm of economic development. This has been one of the main points of divergence with issues addressed in CW and how the economic development process actually operates in St. Tammany Parish.
According to the St. Tammany Parish Development District Board of Commissioners Minutes, October 13, 2016:  “Chadwick Collings provided an overview of the Northshore Community Foundation’s Visioning Project.  The report offered no concrete recommendations, but does discuss the possible dissolution of STEDF with the District taking on STEDF’s role.  Legally it is possible, but there are numerous legislative/policy issues that would need to be addressed.”
The following is excerpted from the section, Key Priorities for the Northshore 2016-2020:
“There is a significant schism between the “no growth” or “slow growth” advocates and those who see the future being shaped by the attraction of manufacturers and greater industrial site development… the anti growth factions and well publicized protests and lawsuits will push away the best and most attractive companies.  St. Tammany Parish and the Northshore could find it increasingly difficult to find companies and jobs that will fit their desired mold and will not threaten the region’s quality of life.” (emphasis mine)
Again, it should be pointed out that although differences of opinion exist, those differences of opinion have just as much legitimacy as a briefcase full of money.  A lot of time is spent talking about quality of life, which is generally subjective depending on who is responding.
After five years of promoting and participating in the great events happening in downtown Covington, business owners and citizens continue to ask why the Parish is so intent on pouring millions of development dollars in outlying areas, which will only compete with municipal activities, while our historic downtown area still has vacant commercial space available.  A simple suggestion for the whole “visioning process” –  more inclusive public input.
Timothy Gates, CW Correspondent 985-288-9609

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Covington Massage & Wellness Centre Features Local Artist Jessica DeVun

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Jessica DeVun Art at Covington Massage & Wellness Centre

Jessica DeVun Art at Covington Massage & Wellness Centre

Local artist Jessica DeVun is displaying new work at Covington Massage & Wellness Centre, 503 N. Columbia Street in downtown Covington. Jessica’s high-relief textured painting style developed over a 14 year artistic journey into abstract mixed media. The pieces also exhibit symbolic and expressionist elements. Jessica participates in many art festivals nationally and also paints custom installations for private collectors. Contact the artist for more information: jessicadevun@gmail.com

Don’t forget that all original art is tax free in downtown Covington’s Cultural Arts District! Covington Massage & Wellness Centre participates in many local art events, such as STAA’s Spring & Fall for Art events.

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Covington Massage & Wellness Centre 2nd Annual Wellness Fair This Weekend

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Covington Massage & Wellness Centre will host their 2nd annual Wellness Fair this weekend during Three Rivers Art Festival! Each day has a line-up of 60-90 minute wellness presentations from local practitioners including – Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Yoga, Animal Reiki, Somatics and Alkaline Water. Mid-day on both Saturday and Sunday there will be an “open house” time frame (11:30a-1:30p) with booths set up expo style where attendees can sample products, try out the biomat, have aura photography taken, and make a bath salt to take home. Chair Massage will be offered during this time. RSVP 985-875-2030 or visit www.covingtonmassagewellness.com.

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Lineup for the Second Annual Wellness Fair announced:
Saturday November 15
10:30-11:30 Bonnie Poirier – Animal Reiki 11:30-1:30 Open House – Biomat Sessions, Chair Massage, Make-and-Take Station, Practitioner and Product Booths 1:30-2:15 Ellen LaRocca – Why Good Water 2:45-3:45 Sharon Murphy – Herbal Medicine: Make Your Own 4:00-5:00 Dr. Dennis Mutell – Two Great Lies About Your Health: Fat and Salt are bad for you.

Sunday November 16
10:30-11:30 Sally Dunn – Yoga (space is limited, please RSVP) 11:30-1:30 Open House – Biomat Sessions, Chair Massage, Aura Photography, Practitioner and Product Booths 1:30-3:00 Danny Burke – Somatics (space is limited, please RSVP) Aura Photography and Analysis provided by Mary Frost. Sessions are $25/each for 15 minutes.

Danny Burke instructs a class on Somatics at Wellness Fair 2013

Danny Burke instructs a class on Somatics at Wellness Fair 2013

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Meeting For Fracking Awareness Before Block Party

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Covington Massage & Wellness CenterJoin Covington Massage & Wellness Centre on Friday before the block party to learn more about hydraulic fracturing and what it could mean for our community. A representative of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation will share how fracking has affected her, and a short documentary will be shown. Starting at 5:30 pm.

503 N. Columbia Street, Historic Downtown Covington, Louisiana

 

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Shop Local This Holiday Season

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Carolina Mountains and Coastal scents 2History Antiques & Interiors Offering New Retail Items

History Antiques & Interiors is now carrying a lovely new line of candles by Blue Ridge Parkway! Carolina Mountains and Coastal scents make great holiday gifts and add a fragrant touch to your home! Stop by today, located on historic Columbia Street.

 

Therapeutic Touch Massage StudioTherapeutic Touch Massage – Give The Gift Of Wellness This Holiday Season

Therapeutic Touch Massage Studio is offering a special holiday deal this Saturday only of $10 off a 60 or 90 minute massage.  This is available in a gift card and can be ordered online at her website, www.therapeutictouchmassagestudio.com. Located in Covington Massage & Wellness Centre.

Rosemary's Closet Vintage Christmas AlbumsVintage Christmas Albums At Rosemary’s Closet

Rosemary’s Closet is featuring holiday classics on LP’s & 45’s such as Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Songs,” “A Cabbage Patch Christmas” or “Christmas With Patti Page”.  Rosemary’s Closet has a fantastic selection of vintage clothing & accessories for women & men. Stop by and knock off a few things on your list!

 

Covington Massage & Wellness CenterCovington Massage & Wellness Centre Offering Christmas Special

Covington Massage & Wellness Centre is offering a special on 60 minute massages for the holidays – Buy 2 massages, and get the 3rd one 1/2 price. This special is also available as a gift card. For more information, call 985-875-2030 or visit www.covingtonmassagewellness.com.

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doTERRA Essential Oils By Marie Humphries, Independent Product Consultant

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Therapeutic Touch Massage Web AddoTERRA is Latin for “Gift of the Earth”

The company was created in 2008 by a group of health-care and business professionals who shared personal experiences of the life-enhancing benefits of essential oils and had a common vision of bringing a new standard of therapeutic-grade essential oils to the world. The use of aromatherapy and essential oils dates back more than 10,000 years.

Aromatherapy, also called essential oil therapy, is the inhalation of plant oils, called essential oils, for improved physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Aromatherapy is one of many ways you can enjoy the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. We do not smell with the nose; we smell with the brain. With the sense of smell, aromatherapy can be used to relax or stimulate the nervous system. The olfactory bulb, located on the superior surface of the nasal cavity, is the only place in the body where the central nervous system is exposed and in direct contact with the environment. When olfactory receptors are stimulated, impulses travel along olfactory nerves to the brain. Essential Oils are concentrated liquids that contain natural aromatic compounds which are extracted by distilling seeds, bark, roots, flowers, stems and other parts of plants. Essential Oils are highly concentrated and are 50-70 times more potent than dry herbs. Essential oils are the regenerating, oxygenating and immune defense properties of plants. Essential oils are so small in molecular size that they can quickly penetrate the skin. Within 30 seconds of applying to skin the oil is absorbed in your bloodstream and starting to circulate in the body.

Essential oils can affect every cell in the body within 20 minutes and then be metabolized like other nutrients. Essential oils are so concentrated that only small amounts, or drops, are used. Essential oils enter the body either through absorption through the skin or through mucous membranes by inhalation. Warmth and massage enhance absorption.

As a massage therapist, I use essential oils to enhance treatment effectiveness and to create an inviting atmosphere-the pleasant aroma helps clients relax and feel welcome the moment they walk into the room.

If you would like to learn more about essential oils or attend one of my essential oil classes you can call me at 985-590-7490 or email me at mariesmassagetherapy@yahoo.com

Marie is an Independent Product Consultant for doTERRA Essential Oils. She is also 1st Vice President American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Louisiana Chapter, Treasurer for  the Covington Business Association and is on the Advisory Board Member Delta College’s Massage Therapy Program.

www.mydoterra.com/mariehumphries 

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Covington Massage & Wellness Centre Offers Holiday Special

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503 N. Columbia Street(985) 875-2030

503 N. Columbia Street
(985) 875-2030

Covington Massage & Wellness Centre was founded in February 2013 with a goal of reaching out to the community, increasing awareness about the benefits of massage, and helping clients find their path to wellness through both education and relaxation.  The Centre is comprised of three certified massage therapist – Marie Humphries of Therapeutic Touch Massage, Melissa Pearson of Master of Massage and Kelly McGee of Northshore Chair Massage. They are offering a special on 60 minute massages for the holidays – Buy 2 massages, and get the 3rd one 1/2 price. This special is also available as a gift card. For more information, call 985-875-2030 or visit www.covingtonmassagewelness.com.

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Covington’s First Wellness Fair This Weekend – Presented by Covington Massage & Wellness Centre

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Covington Massage & Wellness Centre Wellness Fair 2013On November 9th & 10th, Covington Massage & Wellness Centre will host their first Wellness Fair. Events include presentations from various practitioners on health related topics, and Massage Therapists will be offering chair massage for $1/minute throughout the day. Light healthy refreshments will be served between classes and various wellness products and gift certificates for massage services will be available for purchase throughout the weekend.

The event begins Saturday November 9th at 10 am with a presentation on Chakra Balancing by Paige Schneider, a local Yoga Instructor, Reiki Practitioner, and Metamorphosis Technique Teacher. At 12 pm Marie Humphries & Dina Pace will present the basic uses of Essential Oils and a Medicine Cabinet Makeover. From 2:30 – 3:30 pm, Tammy Shea will present “Paleo 101: The Basics of the Paleo Diet and Lifestyle”, and from 4:30 – 5:30 pm, Donna Caire (LMT and certified abdominal massage therapist) will be giving a presentation on the importance of massaging the belly. The day will end with a Meeting of the Alliance of Northshore Massage Therapists hosted by Melissa Pearson from 6 – 7 pm. This is a quarterly meeting of Licensed Massage Therapists who practice in the Northshore area. Contact Melissa at melissakpearson@gmail.com if you are interested in joining the group.

The Wellness Fair begins again on Sunday, November 9th, starting with Kelly McGee presenting Applications for Herbal Medicine with basic information about teas, tinctures, infusions and topical applications from 10:30 – 11:30 am. From 12 – 12:45 pm Susan Tarasova of Kombucha Girl Living Beverage will talk about the benefits of drinking and eating fermented foods and beverages. At 1 pm Danny Burke, a local Hanna Somatic Educator, will present a 30 minute discussion of Somatics followed by a 90 minute Somatics movement class. From 3:30 – 4:15 pm, Cerenna Timphony presents The Sugar Blues, addressing the effects of sugar consumption on emotional health. Terri Puglia presents the quantum energetic technology of the Amethyst BioMat from 4:30 – 5:15 pm.

There is no fee to attend, however a $5-10 donation per class is suggested. Anyone interested in attending the presentations should reserve a seat by calling 985-875-2030, or e-mail Kelly McGee at kem_lmt@yahoo.com. For more information on presenters and the

event, check www.covingtonmassagewellness.com or their Facebook page www.facebook.com/CovingtonMassageWellnessCentre.

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Wellness Fair At Covington Massage & Wellness Centre – November 9th & 10th

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503 N. Columbia Street(985) 875-2030

503 N. Columbia Street
(985) 875-2030

Covington Massage & Wellness Centre, located at 503 N. Columbia St., is hosting a Wellness Fair November 9th & 10th during the Covington Three Rivers Art Festival. Events include presentations from various practitioners on topics such as Essential Oils, Chakra Balancing, Paleo Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Somatics and more. There is no fee to attend, however a $5-10 donation per class is suggested. Anyone interested in attending the presentations should reserve a seat by calling 985-875-2030 or emailing Kelly McGee at kem_lmt@yahoo.com. In addition to the presentations, Massage Therapists will be offering chair massage for $1/minute throughout the day. Light, healthy refreshments will be served between classes and various wellness products and gift certificates for massage services will be available for purchase. Please check the website, www.covingtonmassagewellness.com, or Facebook page, www.facebook.com/CovingtonMassageWellnessCentre, for full schedule updates.

Covington Massage & Wellness Centre was founded in February 2013 with a goal to reach out to the community, increasing awareness about the benefits of massage, and to help clients find their path to wellness through both education and relaxation. This is their first Wellness Fair – come out and show your support!

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Fall for Art Happenings Around Town

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Three Rivers Shows Carol Hallock & Gallery Artists

Three Rivers Gallery (333 East Boston Street) will feature the works of Carol Hallock and gallery artists, including David Barfield, Suzanne King, Harriet Blum, John Preble, Louis Morales, Mary Helen Seago, Mary Monk, Max Ryan, Mickey Asche, Roy Pfister and Valerie Stangl Melancon.

Henry Hood GalleryHenry Hood Gallery Shows Featured Artists

Henry Hood Gallery (325 E. Lockwood Street) features Andrew Boyd, Lynda Katz, Maggie McConnell, Laura Mitchell, Robin Hamaker, Dale Newkirk, Jeff Mickey, Jean Flint, Gail Hood, Dennis Sipiorski, Ruth Siporski, Barbara Tardo and Wes Koon.

"Stryder" by Scott Ewen

“Stryder” by Scott Ewen

Tripolo Gallery Shows Featured Artists

Tripolo Gallery (323 N. Columbia Street) features Donna Duffy, Craig McMillin, Scott Ewen, Rebecca Rebouche’, Gale Ruggiero, Ken Tate, Al Ormsby, Juli Juneau, Kevin LeBlanc, Joel Blazek, Laura McCombs, and Danny Saladino.

Other Art Happenings

Local and regional artists will have their work on display at over 40 participating businesses. Peggy Hesse will have a number of new pieces at History Antiques & Interiors on 317 N. Columbia Street. Uncommon Market, a recently opened shop on 316 Lee Lane, will be open late with new work from featured artists Michael Vezse, Dee Bumgarner and Wess Foreman.

Heather Vallaire

Heather Vallaire

Shop Soul Boutique at 529 Boston Street will feature many local artists, including Heather Vallaire, Gabriel Shaffer, Amber Damare and Corey Ryan. Rosemary’s Closet on the Trace off of Gibson Street will be open late as well, showing off vintage clothing and accessories, LP’s and framed sheet music from the early 1900’s.

There will be a judging for the Annual Fall for Art Youth Art Contest at Covington Massage & Wellness Centre. The contest is for artworks created by residents in grades 7th-12th.

Full List of Live Entertainment & Artist Showings at www.facebook.com/StTammanyArt

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Yoga & Meditation Workshop – Blissful Saturday at Covington Massage & Wellness Centre

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503 N. Columbia Street(985) 875-2030

503 N. Columbia Street
(985) 875-2030

Make your Saturday a blissful one! Join Covington Massage & Wellness Centre as they explore yoga and meditation this Saturday, June 8th from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Dustin Edwards will guide you through a beautiful basic yoga practice for all levels that is both relaxing and strengthening.

After Shavasana (the final pose of yoga practice), stick around for a guided meditation and discussion with Ellen LaRocca. Admission is a suggested donation of $15. All are welcome!

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Meditation Classes by Ellen LaRocca at Covington Massage & Wellness Centre

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Ellen LaRocca, LMT la107, has been practicing massage and health related therapies for more than 30 years. She has studied with some of the best, forward thinking instructors and luminaries in the USA. Besides massage, she has been a meditation instructor since the eighties and certified with The Chopra Center (Dr. Deepak Chopra), in 1996, to gift students of meditation with personal Mantra. Her passion for her chosen field has given her opportunities for self-growth and happiness, as she is able to pass on whatever she has gleaned from her cadre of selfless teachers and clients.

Meditation is one of the most powerful tools there is to help us restore the harmony within and to gain access to our body’s inner intelligence. In meditation we re-connect with our essence. This connection extends to our daily lives and can result in improved health, more fulfilling relationships, enthusiasm for life and increased creativity.

These classes will be open to anyone and held at Covington Massage & Wellness Centre, 503 N. Columbia Street from 6 – 7 pm on Tuesdays this month.

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Alliance of Northshore Massage Therapist Meeting

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All licensed Massage Therapist in the Northshore area are invited to attend the first ever Alliance of Northshore Massage Therapist Meeting to network and identify the needs of local therapist. The meeting will be held April 15th at the Covington Massage & Wellness Centre, 503 N. Columbia Street, starting at 6 pm. For questions or to RSVP contact Melissa Pearson at (504) 400-7934.

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New Business Ribbon Cuttings Thursday February 28th, 9 – 11 am

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies with Mayor Cooper and other City Administration will be held at the following locations:

Studio 311 Salon – 311 E. Gibson St. – 9:00 am
Here We Grow Child Care Center – 706 W 13th Ave – 9:20 am
Rattlin’ Bones Gallery – 203 N. New Hampshire St. – 9:40 am
Winos and Tacos – 321 N. Columbia St. – 9:55 am
Covington Massage & Wellness – 503 N. Columbia St. – 10:10 am
The Cottage Garden – 827 B Walker Alley – 10:25 am
Hi-Ho BBQ – 336 E. Boston St. – 10:40 am

Covington welcomes these new businesses!

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Covington Massage & Wellness Centre GRAND OPENING!

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20130219_141803Covington Massage & Wellness Center logoFormed by Marie Humphries of Therapeutic Touch Massage, Kelly McGee of Northshore Chair Massage and Melissa Pearson of Master of Massage, Covington Massage & Wellness Centre offers a variety of massage services. They will be celebrating their grand opening this Saturday with live music, refreshments and door prizes. Future plans for this centre include esthetics, yoga, fitness and meditation classes, as well as a wellness lending library.

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Things You May Not Know About Getting a Massage by Melissa Pearson

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CovMassage&Wellness pic2Massage Therapy is an amazing form of preventive maintenance for the body. It assists all body systems to heal, repair and perform at optimum levels. In order to benefit the most from your services, it is important to be relaxed, yet so many times clients are too worried about their appearance to really relax and enjoy the experience. Below, some tips to help get all you can from your next massage.

Massage therapists do not care if your legs are shaved or your feet are pedicured. We are focused on what is going on underneath the skin, not on top of it.

Schedule your massage for a time when you are not worried about your hair and makeup. It is hard to relax when you are focused on not getting oil in your hair.

You will get a better massage if you remove all your jewelry. It breaks up the flow if we have to skip over areas with jewelry.

Cellulite does NOT show up when you are lying on the table. The lighting is dark, your body is covered by draping, and everything looks smooth stretched out on a massage table.

Melissa Pearson is a Nationally Certified, State Licensed Massage Therapist with 10 years of experience. She owns Master of Massage in the new Covington Massage & Wellness Centre on North Columbia Street and can be reached at (504) 400-7934

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Enjoy Valentine’s Day Locally! Local Specials for Local Love

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Roses wilt, a healthy body doesn’t! Share a Start-Up Pack with someone you love, and you will both get 1 Month Unlimited Group Training, Yoga, Pilates & Body Combat Classes!

wino&taco4Valentine’s Dinner And Drinks

What better way to celebrate the holiday of romance than with a dinner for two? Winos and Tacos will be offering a special dinner and drink menu, with live music by Chris LeBlanc. No reservations required!

english tea room logo2A Special Valentine’s High Tea

Featuring baked brie, chocolates and special finger sandwiches. In celebration of the month of romance the Tea Room is also offering a special dessert all February. The Chocolate Ciao Amaretto Crème Torte is infused with tea to create a truly unique and exquisite taste sensation!

Chef Special at Thai KitchenValentine Pastries at Thai Kitchen

Looking for a unique Valentine’s dinner you won’t soon forget? Bring your loved one to Thai Kitchen and receive a complimentary authentic Thai dessert! This pastry is stuffed with mung beans prepared in the traditional fashion. Enjoy live acoustic music by Timothy A.G. while you dine!

Covington Massage & Wellness CenterNeed to Relax?

Valentine’s massage special! Buy one, get one half priced! That’s two 90 minute massages for $150 or two 60 minute massages for $105. This offer can be used to purchase a gift certificate as well, and runs till March 1st. Get the gift you both want!