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How do you say love?

Contributed | BDN
Contributed | BDN
By Kristen Andresen, Special to the BDN

Let’s keep this short — and sweet. Here at the Bangor Daily News, we’re gearing up for next weekend’s ShopGirl Style Awards spread. It’s going to be a Valentine’s Day extravaganza, and we’re planning accordingly. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t do my annual roundup of sweet nothings — or, sweet somethings, as the case may be — for your valentine.

Consider this your V-Day short list. And get ready for next weekend. Like all good things, it will be worth the wait.

• Valentine’s boxes, $10, BookStacks, 71 Main St., Bucksport; or

Made by Maine’s own Grammie Kat, these adorable handmade notecards with coordinating boxes are just the thing if you want to write love letters this Valentine’s Day.

• USB “Mix Tape,” $15.99,

Remember the mix tape? No, a mix CD doesn’t quite cut it. Nor does a playlist on the iPod. For all of us children of the late ’80s-early ’90s, the mix tape was the ultimate expression of love, friendship or plain old teenage angst. Bring back the memories — but not the big hair — with this digital version. The best part is, you don’t need to worry about your boombox mangling it.

• Decorative paper clips and goodie boxes, $1.50-$1.99, Judy’s Scrappin’ and Stampin’, Mill Street, Orono.

I love giving little things for Valentine’s Day, and Judy Smith’s paper clips and paper boxes, adorned with hearts and pretty patterns, fit the bill. So does the price tag. While you’re there, check out her hand-sewn heart pins, which have a decidedly country feel.

• Prayer box charm, $2.99, Between Friends Gift Shop, Center Street, Brewer.

Even if you’re not particularly religious, you can let your sister, girlfriend or daughter know that you’re truly blessed to have her in your life with these adorable charms. Like a miniature treasure box, the lid opens to reveal a tiny “prayer” inside. Send warm wishes of love and happiness her way.

• Something shiny, The Grasshopper Shop, Bangor.

Through the month of February, The Grasshopper Shop is offering 25 percent off its amazing selection of jewelry (hint, hint, guys). Stock up!

• Something from Maine, Metropolitan Soul, Bangor.

Though Metropolitan Soul isn’t exactly a hearts-and-flowers type of place, owner Tracy Darcy does love Maine artists. To show it, she’s offering 20 percent off all Maine-made items — including artwork — through the month of February. Get creative.

• LipLicious 2-in-1 Moisturizing Lip Color and Sugar Scrub, $6, Bath & Body Works.

Make sure your lips are smooch-worthy with this double-sided beauty wonder. The sugar scrub exfoliates chapped lips while the lipstick adds a burst of sexy pomegranate red color. Pucker up.

• Lover’s Leap, 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, Bangor Opera House.

There’s a lot to love about the Lover’s Leap, a follow-up to the successful Bangor Meltdown. Live jazz, dancing, desserts by J.B. Parker’s and a screening of “Some Like It Hot.” But fashion lovers will appreciate local designer Caitlin Cogan’s fashion show and sale. Cogan, whose style has a serious ’50s feel, will turn up the heat with pin-up-style lingerie, nighties and spring dresses. Shoppers can also buy handmade eye masks and knitted flower headbands. We heart Caitlin!

ShopGirl would love to hear from you! Send questions, comments or suggestions by e-mail to:, by U.S. mail to Kristen Andresen, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402-1329, or by fax to 941-9476. For exclusive online shopping tips, visit

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