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5 Non-Romantic Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Spokane


Happy Valentine’s Day, Zags! Some of us are rushing to to the closest store in search of a gift for significant others, while the rest of us are participating in a day filled with couple-watching and unusually frequent opportunities to eat free chocolate. I may side in the latter camp, but regardless, I look forward to Valentine’s Day each year: in my world, the day is usually spent with my closest friends, heart-shaped foods, and tried-and-true romantic comedies.

Check out the following activities to fill up your Valentine’s Day in Spokane, whether you’re single or swooning!


Lilac Bakery

Today, Lilac Bakery is offering a Valentine’s Day Special: you can spend $28 to receive a full order of brownies, cookies, and other goodies, or $14 for a half order. My house and I have already decided to split the full order amongst ourselves, and there will be no regrets! (Another alert: on snow days, Lilac offers a free 12 oz. coffee with any pastry purchase!)

The Vagina Monologues

Gonzaga’s Theatre department is partnering with the YWCA, Spokane’s Domestic Violence Safe Shelter to present The Vagina Monologues for one night only – Valentine’s Day! The show is a compilation of powerful stories that address themes such as sexual abuse, rape, and women’s sexuality. They officially SOLD OUT the Magnuson Theatre, so count your lucky stars if you have a ticket!

Splurge at a Downtown Restaurant (or elsewhere!)

Several restaurants will be offering Valentine’s Day specials this week, so grab your gal pals or your lover for some fine dining! Dress up in something a bit fancier than your typical class gear and head downtown, although staying clsoe to campus might be ideal in this weather. Clover, just around the corner from Jack & Dan’s, is a bit more expensive but possibly worth it for a once-a-year occasion.

For a more casual dining experience, D.Lish is offering a sweet deal: 2 double burgers, 2 fries, 2 drinks & made-to-order onion rings, plus dessert and a keepsake to remember the night – all for $19.99. (By the way, I have absolutely no affiliation with either of these restaurants – just a frugal college student looking out for other frugal friends!)

Cozy Up and Watch a Movie

The recent snowfall is a perfect addition to a movie night-in. How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is always a classic. You could choose to take a scarier route and test out the new Ted Bundy Tapes on Netflix, although I’ve only been able to make it through one episode.

Happy Valentine’s Day Zags, and use the day to get to know Spokane (and possibly a special someone)!

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