Written By Vicki Anzmann

When Cupid strikes, satisfy your sweetheart’s desire for something trendy, stylish, chic and up-to-the-minute from one of these singular sources in Carroll County. Indulge a sweet tooth or delight your love with a new bauble. Here are just a few of the exceptional items available for Valentine’s Day.

HEART ARMOR
These one of a kind, hand made body adornments by local artist Linda Van Hart, are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Each piece sculpted of gold or silver, some with opals or freshwater pearls, is unique. Heart Armor is featured at Unique Jewelry at the Winchester Exchange, 15 E. Main Street, Suite 113 in Westminster, 410-876-5390. Linda will be hosting a trunk show in the store on February 9 (noon-8 p.m.) and February 10 (noon-4 p.m.). Pieces range in price from $35 to $3,500. www.tollhousestudio.com, 443-340-0955.

TREAT YOUR SENSES
This year’s Pet Rock, a reed diffuser, complete with fragranced liquid and rattan reeds, will help create ambiance for your Valentine rendezvous. The diffuser comes in several different scents and sells for $25. It is available at Pier 1 at 405 N. Center Street in Westminster. Call 410-857-7511.

YUMMM!
Indulge that sweet tooth with one of these scrumptious goodies from Snickerdoodles Bakery. The shop offers a wide range of hand made treats, from Žclairs and sugar cookies to Danishes and special cakes. This chocolate heart cake is $26, and an individual treat like the Grand Marnier truffle and the white chocolate and raspberry Bavarian is $3 – $4. The Hampstead sweet shop is slated to move in March or April to a new, larger location as a coffee house and bakery. Currently Snickerdoodles is located in Robert’s Field Shopping Center, 721 Hanover Pike in Hampstead. Call 410-239-6077.

OPEN PANDORA’S BOXÉ
And design your own bracelet. Pandora, based on Danish design and inspired by the legend of Pandora, is jewelry that you create to reflect your personal taste. Start with a blank chain and choose from beads, gemstones, and spacers to make your own bracelet, necklace or anklet. With more than 600 beads and matching pieces to choose from, there are nearly endless options. Blank chains start at $36.50, and charms start at $16.50 each. Pandora jewelry is available at The Olde Liberty Shoppe, located at 39 Liberty Street in Westminster. Call 410-751-5818.

ONE STOP ART
These colorful printed clay bracelets by Cynthia Beljan (BeljanArt@comcast.net) sell for $35 each, are just a few of the distinctive items by local artists available at the Carroll County Arts Council. Other one-of-a-kind items suitable for Valentine’s Day include colorful felt purses, stamped picture frames, and handmade teddy bears. Visit the Arts Council at 91 West Main Street in Westminster. Call 410-848-7272.

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