Whether you celebrate that mid-February day as the holiday of romance or celebrate being liberated from a relationship, here are just a few ideas about what you can do this month with your significant other, friends or maybe even Mom or Dad. Shake off any blues you might have, and go out and have fun, regardless of the reason for the celebration.
Here are a few suggestions on doing something perhaps a bit different than the typical restaurant reservation.
Val-O-Ween
Here�s a great way to celebrate Valentine�s Day on Feb. 11 and help the AIDS Service Foundation raise money for needed services. It�s our cover this issue. Read more about this evening of entertainment in CampBiz on page 4.
Sharp�s 63rd St. Grill
Marty Junkins is always coming up with a creative way to celebrate the holidays at Sharp�s in Brookside, and Valentine�s Day has some great specials. On Saturday night, Feb. 12, they are having a Singles Party in the bar, starting at 7 p.m. On Monday, Valentine�s Day, they are offering free cheesecake and champagne in the dining room for all couples.
Sharp�s 63rd St. Grill
128 W. 63rd St.
Kansas City, Mo
816-333-4355
www.sharpsgrill.com
Bistro 303
Gene and Jeffrey are always doing something special at this Westport bar and restaurant, and I�m sure Valentine�s Day will be no different. They serve a delicious brunch on weekends and have nightly specials. Become a friend of Bistro 303 on Facebook and you�ll be up-to-date on all they�re doing. When that warm weather finally arrives, check out their patio -- it�s one of the most pleasant in town.
Bistro 303
303 Westport Rd.
Kansas City, Mo.
816-753-2303
www.bistro303kc.com
Hamburger Mary�s
This hamburger hot-spot on Southwest Boulevard has been a hit since opening in Kansas City last year, and I�m sure it will be popular on Monday night, Valentine�s Day. For those not interested in celebrating on the specific day, you might want to go to their Sunday Drag Brunch. It�s become very popular. What could be more romantic than a drag queen lip-syncing showtunes in your ear over brunch?
Hamburger Mary�s
101 Southwest Blvd.
Kansas City, Mo.
816-842-1919
www.hamburgermaryskc.com

Missie B�s
Dirty Dorothy will be hosting a Sweetheart Dance on Sunday night, Feb. 13, at the 10 p.m. show. And later that week, on Feb. 18, they will be hosting the Girl2Girl social in the upstairs bar (where they will host all monthly Girl2Girl socials in the future).
Missie B�s
805 W. 39th St.
Kansas City, Mo.
816-561-0625
www.missiebskc.com
OutABounds
For the slightly cynical among us, OutABounds is having a �Cupid�s Broken Arrow� evening on Feb. 14. (They serve great food, so I�m sure the romantic diners can still find a nice meal there that night.) On their Facebook page, they say, �Come on down to Outabounds for the overly commercialized, unimaginative, poor definition of a romance day. Happy hour from 4-7 with $2 wells. $3 mini pitchers all night long. Specialty drinks: He Loves Me Not, Cupid�s Broken Arrow. Specialty shot: Love Stinks. Wear all black (from stem to stern) and get a free shot (bartender�s choice). Why are we having this event? Because my knight in shining armor turned out to be a loser in aluminum foil.�
OutABounds
3601 Broadway
Kansas City, Mo.
816-756-2577
facebook.com/outabounds
Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates
If you haven�t been to this locally owned, exquisite chocolate boutique, you�re in for a real treat. Their chocolates are not only delicious -- they are also works of art in terms of design. They have special Valentine�s day assortments of chocolates that will be sure to impress your significant other. And if hot chocolate on a cold winter day sounds good, you have to try their European-inspired �Drinking Chocolates.� You can find more information at www.elbowchocolates.com or make your purchase at these two local locations.

Christopher Elbow Chocolates
1819 McGee St.
Kansas City, Mo.
816-842-1300

Au Marche
931 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence, Kan.
877-386-5551
Studio Dan Meiner
This beautiful floral and gift shop has been an institution in Kansas City since 1993. Last year it moved into a new, much larger building that also includes a great event space. Their floral arrangements are truly unique, and they also have some great prices on beautiful orchids, if you�d like some floral beauty you can enjoy all winter long.
Studio Dan Meiner
2500 W. Pennway
Kansas City, Mo.
816-842-7244
www.danmeiners.com/
Magnetic Valley Resort
This men�s resort in Eureka Springs, Ark., is a great place to spend time around the private pool when the weather�s nice. But it�s also a great weekend getaway in the off-season if you don�t care about sunning, and you benefit from great winter rates. For their winter special, through March 15, all rooms are 25 percent off. This one�s good for celebrating both Valentine�s Day and Mardi Gras.
Magnetic Valley Resort
597 Magnetic Rd.
Eureka Springs, Ark.
888-210-8401
www.magneticvalleyresort.com
And while you�re at it, help Eureka Springs, our gay mecca of Arkansas, reach the status of one of �America�s Coolest Small Towns.� It�s a city where you can walk hand in hand with your partner down the main streets, with lots of LGBT-owned businesses, and it�s the home of Diversity Weekends throughout the year. You can vote at this link, and by the way, Greensburg, Kan., where the tornado struck in 2007, is one of the 20 cities spotlighted on this map as well.
www.budgettravel.com/bt-srv/coolestsmalltowns/CST2011.html
The Elms in Excelsior SpringsLove Birds Getaway Package
The Elms Resort is a lovely historic hotel, and it�s now in its current third incarnation since 1912. It�s a beautiful resort with great food, spas and other amenities. They have a Love Birds Getaway special through February. The booking date was to expire in January, but they have extended it for Camp readers on this package through the end of February if you mention �Camp� when making your reservation. The package includes an overnight stay and a 45-minute Love Birds Couples Massage.
The Elms
401 Regent St.
Excelsior Springs, Mo.
816-630-5500
1-800-THE ELMS
www.ElmsResort.com

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