Home + Work: Show your virtual team the local love this Valentine’s Day

We may not be gathering like we’d like right now, and we’re certainly not giving out excessive hugs, but there are still plenty of ways to show our virtual team some love this Valentine’s Day. – and locally!

Cookies and sweets

Savoring a treat is a no-brainer while celebrating Valentine’s Day. What better way to name together than by sharing specialty treats while supporting bakeries across town?

Jenny Cookies offers a variety of new treats and themes each month at their local bakeries. Of course, Jenny goes out of her way and has the cutest “Valentine Breakfast” buttercream sugar cookies. You can pre-order cookie sets by the dozen and pick them up in Alderwood or Lake Stevens.

Mixed by Jodi is a home bakery in suburban Seattle offering specialty baked goods from scratch. Enjoy a set of decadent raspberry cheesecake cupcakes! No one on the team will want to turn down a treat as whimsical as this and they’ll definitely be taking shots for the gram.

HouseWares in Edmonds is doubly local: they sell beautiful boxes of Fran’s chocolates that are easy to grab and give away!

Plus, Lynnwood’s sister-owned Sugar Belle Bakery has plenty of dairy-free (and dare we say…diet?) sweets that look as good as they taste.

flowers

Is it really Valentine’s Day without flowers? Pretty bouquets always put smiles on the faces of those we love and appreciate.

FIELD by Morgan and Moss focuses on fresh, local and seasonal flowers. They offer the sweetest arrangements for Valentine’s Day at various prices: from simple and beautiful bud vases to extravagant bouquets.

Twisted Bramble is another eco-friendly local florist with local and seasonal flowers. While she has beautiful bouquets for everyone, owner and florist Meghan also has special arrangements to celebrate Galentine’s Day! If you’re on an all-female team, these are the bouquets for you.

Gift boxes

If you’re looking for a more creative option, Carefully Curated Gifts is a safe bet. Owner and curator extraordinaire, Kaela, offers witty, quality gift sets that everyone is sure to love. Encourage your team to take care of themselves with a ‘First Things First, I’m the Chillest’ or ‘Mini Lavender Lovelies’ box or create your own! What better way to say “I appreciate you” than with a gift set designed with them in mind?

Art

There are few gifts more thoughtful than art. Whether you’re looking for adorable prints, stickers, or even a card, Still Blooming Co. has it all. They offer maps that reflect the beauty of PNW and prints that can go on your team’s desk or be displayed in their office! There will always be a sweet reminder of you in their space, and this is a gift that will keep on giving.

The well-being

Showing your team new wellness options is always a great way to enjoy them. If they only have a few minutes to spare, BodyWorks Massage in Edmonds is the place for you! Treat your team to twenty minutes of relaxation with a compression massage and red light therapy or call ahead to have Bizzy CBD reserved for them, which can also be purchased from BodyWorks.

The Sauna Hut is another great self-care option right next door! Their infrared saunas offer tremendous health benefits like pain relief, relaxation, and detoxification. Sessions can last thirty or sixty minutes and the whole experience is contactless!

Even men like to be pampered, some don’t know it yet. Splash Nail Bar in Mountlake Terrace is THE spot for manicures and pedicures. Your teammates’ hearts will swell knowing you’re investing in their rest-relaxation and tired punching fingers.

Finally, encourage your team to get up and move their bodies. Pure Barre is now open in Lynnwood and offers classes that offer a total body workout focused on low-impact, high-intensity movement.

Gift cards

There’s nothing wrong with gift cards! They allow the flexibility to organize your own experience. And, since everyone has their own dining preferences, a gift card to one of the area’s most innovative happy hour restaurants is a safe bet. Vinbero and Kelnero at Edmonds offer a fun dining experience, with the former specializing in wine and charcuterie and the latter focusing on cocktails.

In Lynnwood, send them to Isarn Soul Kitchen, where they can sip drinks made with real coconuts and take their palette on a tantalizing adventure through a delicious menu of Thai street food. Subs more their style? Sponsor their lunch at Tubs!

In Mountlake Terrace, send them to Double DD Meats to cook their own dream dinner. Or, if you want to hedge your bets on not knowing their favorite protein, grab a gift card to Cinnebarre where they can treat themselves to dinner and a show.

Hey, coffee and tea are easy. Same goes for those boxes of Safeway chocolates (not that we’d deny them if one landed on our doorstep, just saying). We wanted to kick your attention up a notch this year, especially since most working-from-home teams probably aren’t expecting you to like them for Valentine’s Day. In our opinion, that’s even more of a reason to grab one of these local goodies.

Love on your people. Love the local. We all need it more than ever.

XO,

Emily and Whitney

Whitney and Emily

Emilie Given owns a virtual assistant agency in Lynnwood and Whitney Popa is a copywriter and communications consultant in Edmonds. They are writing this column together to share work from home ideas. They love where they live and are grateful that the virtual world allows them to achieve greater harmony between their work and personal life. They also co-host a weekly podcast where they share their entrepreneurial journeys while learning about those of others. You can read more about Emilie here and more about Whitney here.

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