What: Local artist Jen O’Neal pens personalized love letters and poems ($50 and up) for your Valentine.
Why: Each gift arrives (via mail or hand delivery) in a Japanese paper-lined envelope sealed with wax.
When: Your heart is write.
Where: To order, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: The downtown watering hole returns with a ’60s, SoCal vibe courtesy of campy palm frond wallpaper and a wall of windows.
Why: Eddie “Lucky” Campbell mans the bar, serving local brews and beachy cocktails topped with tiny umbrellas.
When: Thurs. & Sun., 5 p.m.-midnight; Fri. & Sat., 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: 3030 Ross Ave. (214-823-8193).
Russian Winter Festival
What: Five courses of traditional Russian fare (piroshki, orange chicken Kiev, Russian honey cake) are paired with sips from the country, all amid reproductions of art from St. Petersburg’s Hermitage museum.
Why: It wouldn’t be a celebration without infused vodka shots from the outdoor ice bar.
When: Fri. & Sat., 7 p.m.
Where: Hotel St. Germain, 2516 Maple Ave. Reservations ($75 per person) at 214-871-2516.
Ruby Revue Burlesque Show
What: Treat your guy to live music and classy stripteases by a troupe of flexible female dancers.
Why: A sexy early Valentine’s gift might mean a bigger present for you.
When: Sat., 9 p.m.
Where: House of Blues Dallas, 2200 N. Lamar St. (214-978-2583). Tickets ($20-$44) at houseofblues.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Halo Calligraphy