Valentine's Day

Snow In Charlotte Leaves Florists Scrambling

Feb 14, 2014
Tasnim Shamma

Governor Pat McCrory says he expects this week's winter storm will hit the state's wallet pretty hard.  


Valentine's Day is coming up and that means that men will be scrambling for the traditional gifts of roses and chocolate. A lot of chocolate. Tons and tons. Valentine’s Day is one of several holidays that has become synonymous with millions of dollars in candy sales. But candy is a huge part of our culture all year round. Confectioners sell $25 Billion worth of candy, use billions of pounds of ingredients and employ tens of thousands of workers each year. The Confectioner industry is also dominated by small and, often, family owned business. Beyond the numbers there is an intense relationship between American consumers and their candy. A relationship that impacts healthcare, the economy, and more. It’s a sweet edition of Charlotte Talks.

Love And Grilled Cheese

Mar 4, 2013
Flickr/L.Richarz

When I was a sophomore in high school, I had my first boyfriend.  We had just started dating that January, and I was thrilled to have a Valentine.  As the big day approached, I pressed him for what we might be doing for Valentine’s Day.  Each time I asked, he was a bit vague.  I reminded him that Valentine’s Day was one of the busiest days of the year for restaurants, and that if we were going to dinner he might want to think about making a reservation. 

A Very Special Meal

Feb 26, 2013

Pat FitzGerald's story is a winner of our WFAEats Valentine's contest, where we asked for your best food-themed Valentine's story.

In 2002 I brought my 89-year-old mother home from a long illness in California. I placed her in a lovely retirement community where she was happy, made new friends.

Then, Valentine's Day emerged and she remembered her husband who had died last year.

"Gosh," said my husband, Fitz. "Grams seems sad without Don and his Valentine corsage. Why not have a dinner party for her? We could invite our friends who lost spouses."

The Best And Last Cheesecake I've Ever Made

Feb 20, 2013

Karen Grochowsky's story is a winner of our WFAEats Valentine's contest. We'll be posting all five winning entries over the next couple of weeks.

I Loathe My Valentine

Feb 12, 2013

Giving chocolate is easy. But what if you want to send a different message this Valentine’s Day? Never fear, we’ve got great gift suggestions for those tasteless or unsavory people in your love life.

How about a life-sized gummi snake? You can curl it around your arm when you deliver it to that poisonous person, or let the recipient be surprised when he or she opens the box.