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Baraboo area boasts Valentine’s treat options

February 13, 2019

There’s a lot to love about Valentine’s Day options in and around Baraboo this year.

Two local theater groups are planning weekend performances, while the CAL Center in Reedsburg welcomes “Guys on Ice” and Palace Theater in Wisconsin Dells opens its run of “Lend Me a Tenor.” Several upscale Dells eateries are promoting Valentine’s Day specials. And at Baraboo Candy, the staff is hand-decorating treats that won’t stay on the shelves long.

“A lot of that stuff goes quick,” General Manager Don Carroll said. “By the weekend everything’s gone.”

Baraboo Candy can ship anywhere in Wisconsin -- and parts of surrounding states -- in one day, making Wednesday the last day to make orders online for Valentine’s Day delivery. Also Wednesday, the candy factory will begin selling chocolate-dipped strawberries.

The factory uses Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to get shoppers’ attention with quirky products like jewelry boxes made out of dark chocolate.

“It’s a chance for us to get in front of some new eyes,” Carroll said.

He often sees male shoppers swing through on Valentine’s Day on their way home from work. He’s not alone. Jewelers Edge owner Sarah Fay said she was busy all day Tuesday despite several inches of snowfall.

“I was surprised people were out and about,” she said. “The snowbanks are pretty high down here.”

Items such as diamond earrings and heart pendants are popular at Valentine’s Day, with most shoppers -- mostly men -- spending $50 to $100. Fay expects to stay busy right through closing time Thursday. “It’s a guy thing,” she said. “They just kind of wait to stop until they have to.”

Those looking to enjoy a night out have plenty of choices this weekend. On Thursday, CAB Theatre will continue its two-weekend run of “Sleeping Indoors,” a comedy performed at the Ringling House Bed and Breakfast. The 20-seat living room setup creates an intimate experience. The bar will be open, and Neat-O’s Bake Shoppe will sell cupcakes at intermission.

“I think we’ve created the perfect night out,” director Molly Arbogast said.

Down the road at Baraboo Arts Banquet Hall, another community theater troupe -- the Baraboo Theatre Guild -- will open its production of the dinner theater comedy “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” on Friday.

“The play is very funny and just a tad bit naughty,” producer Autumn Elliott said, “and the cast is a great mix of new and familiar faces.”

Dinner options abound, whether couples are eating before a show or making a Valentine meal their entire outing. Kaminski’s Chop House, Sarento’s, House of Embers, Sprecher’s and Trappers Turn all are promoting Valentine’s Day specials to bring customers to Wisconsin Dells.

Carroll just hopes all the lovebirds save room for dessert, and that they bought their candy ahead of time. He can help with after-dinner drinks, too: Baraboo Candy sells not only Cow Pie Liqueur, but chocolate shot glasses from which to sample it.

“We try to have a pretty good variety,” he said.

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