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Valentine's Day Reboot

New takes on an old tradition

no big whoop bakery!

Flowers, candies, and sexy-themed menus are so last year (spaghetti with clam sauce, really?). Upgrade Valentine’s Day to a less orthodox model.

Forget the Box
Try before you buy at The Mercantile (Thursday, 6-8 p.m.). Mess your teeth with Chocolate South ganaches (Mississippi mud and lavender vanilla) paired with quality ports, both for sale in holiday packaging. Or get your big softy a dozen dark chocolate-dipped, heart-shaped marshmallows from No Big Whoop Bakery ($15 at Casseroles starting tomorrow; to guarantee availability or for delivery info, email info@nobigwhoopbakery.com).

cellairis!Phone It In
Leave nudity behind closed doors and dress up your mobile/tablet in one of Atlanta-based Cellairis’s new personalized Shout cases. Customize photos (vacation, wedding, selfies), colors, and text. Prove you’re in <3 with a his-and-hers set.

Grow a Pair
Whether you’re bellied up to the bar with your main squeeze or flying solo and see someone you’d like to squeeze, Del Frisco’s Grille calls serves the shots with its Call Me Maybe drink special: one for you and one for your crush for $8. Go crazy and have the bartender deliver the sip with your phone number.

Skip the Nails
Wear your heart on your hooha. Get groomed in the shape February 12-14, and Wax will send you home with a bottle of red or pink Betty dye ($60). Or get a Brazilian on V-Day and receive a free vajazzle.

serpas true food!Get Messy
Dig into a three-course feast at Serpas True Food (February 14-17; $50 per person, $80 per couple), then heat things up by the patio firepit with a gourmet s’mores kit ($10 for prix fixe couples, $15 a la carte), which includes a blanket for snuggling. Low-key lovers: Head to Cypress Street Pint and Plate for the Blackout Valentine’s Day party (Thursday, 7 p.m.-midnight). Get wired with $1, $2, and $3 brewskis and half-priced bottles of wine, plus donut and beer pairings by candlelight.

Installation complete.

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Photos: Courtesy of No Big Whoop Bakery; Courtesy of Cellairis; Stockbyte / Getty Images