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Last-second Valentine’s gifts waiting just for you, love, at Unique Finds Antiques and Vintage gift store …

… located at 1329 Main St., Worcester!!!

(in the Webster Square neighborhood – at the corner of Henshaw and Main streets)

Convenient free parking in back!

OPEN UNTIL 7 p.m.

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK!
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Cece!!! What are you doing here💙?!

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Cece!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Chef Joey?!😃

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Hair care Valentine’s tips and news from Jolleen!

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Cool Hand “Jo,” owner of Shear Dimension Hair Salon on Greenwood Street … and more!

Trade Secrets at Shear Hair Co.

By Jolleen

Raging Reds

The biggest complaints from redheads I hear is how much it fades and how it always fades to an “ugly” auburn color. Here are some tricks and tips to keep that color looking amazing with your Shear Hair Expert.

1. Invest in a Color Lock Keratin treatment. It is an amazingly affordable service, and ALL of my reds, fashion colors and platinum blondes get it.

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2. Purple shampoo….not just for blondes anymore! This will cut the underlying copper and create a more pleasant and gradual fade.

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3. Seal your red. I like to do a quick “glossing” service with my super bright reds. I will use a semi at the sink and just add that extra brightness. This will give your color not only an extra punch, but an extra 1 – 2 weeks before it fades.

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Just when you thought Shear Dimension couldn’t get any better we have expanded!! Now that Valentine’s
Day is right around the corner, you want to pamper your loved one (or yourself) in every way possible – am I right?

Well, at Shear Elegance Salon and Spa at 72 Hosmer St, Marlborough, MA, we offer Massage, Facials, Brazilian Wax, Manicures, Pedicures, Eyelash and Hair extensions and the same quality haircuts, color, conditioning and styles that you have always loved and expected at our Quinsig Village location.

Whether you want to relax with a Swedish massage, take out tension with a Deep tissue, get some luxury with Hot Stone … We have got you covered. Come as a couple and while one gets a massage, the other can get an amazing Signature Facial, Manicure and Pedicure or hairstyle.

This Valentine’s Day have your choice:

Get your hair done at our tried and true Worcester location at 508-799-2051 …

… Or expand your horizons and get all of your spa needs met at our NEW Marlborough location at 508-485-4712.

Mention this post and get our introductory pricing! Call now to book and relax, renew and rejuvenate your mind and body!

Valentine’s Day is just 1 week away! A little bit of $ can buy you a whole lotta love at …

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Rose’s Cece – 2/7. Every day is 💚💜💙💛 when you’ve got pets and kids… 😉 pics: R.T.

… Unique Finds Antiques and Vintage gift shop – 1329 Main St. – Worcester! (Webster Square)

Open 7 days a week!

Until 7 p.m.

BEST PRICES IN THE CITY!

pics: R.T.

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Rose’s shack – UF sells cute dishes, cups, tea pots and vases💙

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Shop early for Valentine’s Day! Sweet deals for your sweethearts🎵 …

… at Unique Finds Antiques and Vintage gift shop – 1329 Main St., Worcester.

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK!

Until 7 p.m.

Check out their furniture warehouse – a 4-minute drive from the shop!

(Our planet is gonna need a lotta love – every man, woman and child! – now that Donald Trump is the most powerful person on it!

Madness!!!

Bold-faced lies, “alternative” facts, destroying the EPA, shutting down the free flow of info to the people!

God save America, the new upside-down shit sandwich!)

– text/pics: R. Tirella

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Heart-healthy for Valentine’s Day!

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From the Worcester Historical Museum: a Whitney Valentine

By Edith Morgan
 
February is Heart Month, too, besides being the month for Valentine’s Day. 

And while, for most of us, Valentine’s Day means lots of sweets (many very sugary), big boxes of chocolates, candies of all sorts, cakes and cookies and cupcakes, I would like to suggest a few treats using healthy foods that nevertheless satisfy the sweet and living theme of this holiday:
 
Chocolate is always at the top of the list of emotionally satisfying treats, but nowadays we have at our disposal a number of varieties. Chocolate comes in many shades now, and the darker they are, the healthier they are.  So we can buy those chocolates that have at least 70% cacao and use them to create better treats.  You can recognize them by their deeper brown color, and usually their packaging identifies the percentage of cacao in them. Combined with healthy fruits, fresh or dried, makes them a delicious yet healthy choice.
 
You can buy dark-chocolate covered pomegranates, berries of all kinds, dried fruits, nuts – and put them into creative packages of your own invention.  Or you can buy fresh berries (large strawberries, for example) and dip the tips into melted chocolate and display them around your Valentine cake.

If you feel very creative, dip different fruits into melted chocolate, mount them on a shish-ke-bab skewer and create a “bouquet” of colorful fruits. Of course, they must be eaten fairly soon after you have put them together – but they make a stunning centerpiece for your Valentine’s Day brunch.
 
A word of warning about melting chocolate: Whether you use dark chocolate chips or break up chocolate bars or try any other form of cooking chocolate, it is easy to try to melt it too fast, and to end up with hard lumps. Chocolate requires patience: If you are not using an old-fashioned double boiler but are using your microwave, as most of us do nowadays, it is important to melt your chocolate gradually – no more than 30 seconds at a time. Check and stir frequently, until the chocolate is smooth and creamy. And then work fast, before it solidifies again.

Lay the dipped fruits on a wax sheet to cool, poke the skewers through (if you are creating a bouquet) and enjoy!

Other fruits are also very decorative, if cut right. Of course, star fruit (carambola) always look good; but oranges and apples, if cut across, also have interesting designs formed by the seeds at their center.
 
And if you MUST have cupcakes and cakes, try the many new recipes using whole wheat flour, nuts, bran and other healthy foods – and throw in dried berries and nuts to your favorite recipe and make them more heart-healthy … so you can have a delicious, guilt-free holiday.

I wish you all a happy and tasty Valentine’s Day!
 

Skip the Valentine’s Day commercialism! Salmon for you and your lova any day of the year!

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Joey’s got his very own InCity Times category!

By Chef Joey

I was supposed to write an article about Valentine’s Day and share a recipe – I can still share a recipe, but my skew on this “hallmark holiday” has changed. I worked a double shift Friday night and, with the snow pending, many couples made their way to various establishments and dined to avoid the “Valentine’s Rush” – not unlike the “Mother’s Day Rush” (which is always a fun Sunday – just sayin’!).

So Valentine’s Day celebrations this year were about people going out early because of the winter storm that was bearing down on Worcester. And Massachusetts –  the very state that once had the “curse” but beat the Yankees – now exceeds the snowfall average for the entire union! (Sorry Southern States – Sherman had a dream).

So waiting for dinner for 45 minutes to an hour and a half is protocol because who wants to rush a romantic dinner? Never mind the Valentine’s Day $75 roses that cost just $20 today. It’s cheaper to feed chocolates to the neighborhood at Halloween than to buy a heart-shaped box of Russell Stovers!

So the legend begins with Saint Valentine of Rome, who was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire . According to legend , during his imprisonment, Saint Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell. Hence the ancient precursor to the “Valentine” cards or letters of today.

Valentine’s Day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer during the Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering sweets , and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart,” as well as to children, in order to ward off Saint Valentine’s Malady or illnesses.

Valentine’s Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the omni-present figure of the winged Cupid . Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards that seem obligatory to commemorate the day.

Here is a quick recipe that can be the precursor to any romantic encounter! This one involves salmon, but you can substitute chicken as well.

Ingredients:

1 lemon, thinly sliced

4 sprigs fresh rosemary

1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed 2

salmon fillets, bones and skin removed

coarse salt to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit

Arrange half the lemon slices in a single layer in a baking dish.

Layer with 2 sprigs rosemary and top with salmon fillets.

Sprinkle salmon with salt and layer with remaining rosemary sprigs. Top with remaining lemon slices. Drizzle with olive oil.

Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until fish is easily flaked with a fork. (Bake 30 minutes for chicken.)

Serve with fluffy basmati rice and a grilled veggie of your choice – I like asparagus.

Great Valentine’s date! The VAGINA MONOLOGUES!

VDAY WORCESTER PROUDLY PRESENTS:

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES

Saturday, February 14 at 7 pm

Sunday, February 15  at 3 pm

at Girls Inc. of Worcester

125 Providence St.

Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door

VDay Worcester T-shirts and merchandise will also be available!

Lots of great raffle prizes!

All proceeds will benefit VDay and Girls Inc. of Worcester.

For more information, please contact tvmworcester@gmail.com

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The perfect Valentine’s Day gifts for your sweetie!

Why “perfect”? Cuz all of ’em were made with LOVE – as in NO ANIMALS were killed/tested/harmed to create/make any of these products! Support companies that support animals!   -R.T.

From PETA.ORG:

CRUELTY-FREE VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS FOR YOUR SWEETIE!

CLICK HERE to see ALL THE GOODIES!  

“Share the Love” Valentine’s Day Temporary Tattoos

For the kid at heart, this package of 15 inexpensive temporary Valentine’s Day tattoos will leave a lasting impression. Each tattoo comes in a red custom envelope and has “To:” and “From:” fields, so it can be sent to a loved one miles away.

PETA Valentine's Day Cards

Vegan/GF Heart Marshmallow

February is filled with frigid temperatures, so spending a date night snuggled up by the fireplace with vegan hot cocoa is a must. Dress up your drink with this heart-shaped vanilla marshmallow, which is partially dipped in organic dark chocolate and sprinkled with real strawberry flakes.

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Edible Massage Oil in French Vanilla

Warm up your hands and volunteer to give your lover a sensual massage—with cruelty-free oil, of course. You’ll have him or her melting in the palm of your hands—and smelling great!

French Vanilla Edible Massage Oil