Make it an Extra Special Valentine’s Day

One year our Sheriff had to cancel Valentines as we southerners don’t do snow or ice. There’s a new sheriff in town and thankfully that is not the case this year. Oconee are you ready for Valentine’s Day?!

sweet treats with a twist

Can we all agree that chocolate and candy are traditional must-haves for Valentine’s? But who says you have to give it the same way every year?  This year kick it up a notch with breakable chocolate hearts from Bee’s Knees Bakery. These hearts can be filled with special items that fit your Valentine’s personality. They also can provide pre-filled hearts with chocolate-covered strawberries and chocolates.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

funky fresh valentine

Roses are a classic like Marilyn, but what if your sweetheart is more of a Madonna? It’s always a nice touch to give flowers that match someone’s personality. Check out The Petal Exchange for fabulous and modern alternative to impress your Valentine. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

romantic date

Even small towns have fabulous date night options for a romantic, candle lit dinner. Enjoy a night at Girasoles at an intimate table savoring every moment with one of Chef Jose’s delectable creations and perfectly paired wines. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Chops and Hops is accepting dinner reservations for you and your cupid. A special prix fixe menu for reserved Valentine tables includes selections such as a heart-shaped poke’ bowl and you can add on wine, beer, or one of their signature cocktails. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

cozy up at home

If your cupid style is more laid back enjoying a night in with your valentine, don’t worry because you can still make it special! Pick up some adorable and yummy heart-shaped pizza from Fox’s Pizza Den available on Valentine’s Day. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO

Local Holiday Gift Guide

Shopping locally is always on Santa’s list!  Whether it’s Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or last-minute shopping. Oconee merchants have you covered with gifts for all your loved ones.



Olive Basket carries premium olive oils and vinegars as well as gourmet items from around the globe. 

Bonus Tip: Specialty oils such as white truffle and Georgia made pecan oils are also available. MORE INFO


Inspired by the bakeries and food traditions of Europe, Kiki’s Bakeshop offers a wide assortment of baked goods. From cakes and pies to cookies you are sure to find something that pleases a sweet palate. 

Bonus Tip: Special treats and seasonal items are also available. Contact Kiki’s for details and current offerings. MORE INFO



Find the perfect gift for that person on your list who loves to decorate for all seasons.  Southern style and flair home décor items abound at Arthur and Arthur. 

Bonus Tip: Arthur and Arthur broadcast Facebook live shows several times a week allowing you to shop from the comfort of your home. MORE INFO


local love

The Oconee Market at the Welcome Center carries one-of-a-kind Oconee branded merchandise.  You’ll find hats, t-shirts, and bags to deck out your favorite person in Oconee swag. 

Bonus Tip: Check out the Oconee County candle. This 100 % organic candle is the perfect scent for the holidays.  MORE INFO


art enthusiast

Sunshine Village is a gallery that represents the southern artist, caring original art and custom art. MORE INFO

For the more hands-on artist, a workshop at Board & Brush makes the perfect gift where they will create their own one of a kind unique piece. MORE INFO

Support your local non-profit organization by purchasing that special someone e an OCAF membership. MORE INFO

Bonus Tip: Book a workshop at Board & Brush for you and your friends, pick up a bottle of wine and create your masterpieces for a fun, memorable night out. 


history buffs

“Antique Row” in Bishop has a wide variety of antique stores where you can find that perfect one-of-a-kind piece. Park once and shop multiple stores all in one spot. 

Bonus Tip: Stop by Refind @ The Frosted Lion and pick up a copy of Celestea Sharp’s book, The History of Bishop, Georgia that is sure to delight anyone that loves history.  MORE INFO


free spirits

Wildflower Clothing and Home has unique pieces for your home and wardrobe created by the owner, Genieve Gail. From tie dye to whimsical you can find that one-of-a kind piece at Wildflower Clothing and Home. 

Bonus Tip: Wildflower also offers UGA pieces to complement the wardrobe of the Dawg lover on your list. North Oconee and Oconee items are also offered to show that school spirit. MORE INFO


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