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Charlotte Valentine's Day deals

Did you know that Valentine’s Day is the third biggest holiday for consumer spending, according to an IBIS World report (2011) highlighted in a CNBC article? In 2010, over $17 billion was spent during this holiday and although gifts are the most common of all purchases, food and drink comes in at a close second.

Although the economy has been reported as in recovery, lovers are strongly expected to purchase gifts. Here are a few Valentine’s Day weekend food and drink deals ($ - $$) offered around the Charlotte, NC area that may help to keep the spending in perspective.

Show off like a baller as you visit not one, not two, but six bars in one night as presents a Valentine’s Bar Crawl on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. The crawl includes six participating bars starting on 201 E. 5th Street at Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub at 6 pm. With a $17 a person ticket, drinkers will receive a T-Shirt; a Koozie; and a heart shaped candy necklace. Purchase tickets/t-shirts online at Eventbrite.

What Valentine’s gift would be complete without some chocolates? Impress your loved one at BLT Steak with an assortment of Chocolate Truffles and two glasses of Champagne for $20 available at one of the most impressive luxury hotels in uptown - The Ritz Carlton. Click Valentine's Day Truffles for information and reservations.

Perhaps you’re looking to Wow your wine enthusiast with a full day of touring and tasting. If so, Wine Me Down is offering “An Affair to Remember” on a round-trip group tour of three NC wineries that includes Davesta Vineyards.

The afternoon begins in uptown at Vivace with a 3-course lunch. Afterwards, sit back and relax as the designated driver tickles your taste buds with a variety of Carolina wines. The all-inclusive packages start at $129. For more information and reservations visit the event flyer at Wine Me Down.

This Valentine's Day take advantage of retailers' quest to recover from a "modest holiday shopping season," (National Retail Federation 2014) with deals that will not only impress your sweetheart, but will not make a big impression to your account balance.

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