Love in Langley
“Since ancient times the mystical power of the elegant kissing ball has been known to incite overwhelming magnetic attraction. The hearts, lips and soul of innocent bystanders will mysteriously be drawn together. Please use with caution.”
Sign by the Kissing Ball, penned by Gina Simoson
John L Scott: Loving your new home
Langley has the distinction of being named in the “Best Place to Kiss in the Northwest.” Couples enjoy the village by sea for it’s beauty, peaceful atmosphere, eclectic shops and restaurants and the whimsical surprises discovered right downtown. The kissing ball hanging under the eave at John L Scott has been destination for couples since 2013. First designed by Elaine Muchaelides of Art of Soil for the Christmas holiday season, the kissing ball became so popular it remained up year round and refreshed every year, most recently by Elly Erickson. There is a tally board next to the ball where couples can record their kiss. As of February, 7,000 couples have exchange a kiss there. Some declare it even possesses magical power. Just ask Joe and Katy Williams who met, fell in love, exchanged a kiss under the famous spot, and recently bought their first home. Katy grew up on South Whidbey, worked for a time with Cheryl Keefe, owner/broker of John L Scott and said the home buying experience was, “fantastic and easy, and working with Cheryl was fun.” There may be no greater gift for your sweetheart than a home and the staff here can offer the perfect expertise. Cheryl feels fortunate to live and work here in Langley and is an active supporter of the community. At the office on First Street, which feels more like a boutique then a large real estate office, you will find a high level of service, with over 10 brokers who love to take care of their clients and give them the true flavor of Langley. This may be just the place to find your sweetheart home and maybe a little magic to boot.
216 1st St 360 221-1828
Sweet Mona’s Chocolate Boutique
For Valentines Day your probably thinking chocolate, but any day is a good day to find chocolate from Sweet Mona’s. Mona Newbauer found her love when she starting making chocolate 15 years ago, then opened her own shop in Langley four years later. You’ll find everything made in house in a variety to satisfy any chocolate lover, from milk to dark chocolate, heart boxes with truffles or caramels, to heart lollipops. Then there are the marshmallow hearts, kissing love bugs and solid chocolate hearts. Come fill your own heart box or enjoy long stem strawberries, (call to see if there are any strawberries left). As a special gift, you will receive a free rose with every $25 purchase. Come fill your chocolate fantasy.
221 2nd Street ste. 16 Langley Village 360 221-2728
Rich with country primitive gifts and décor, the shop on First Street has any gift you could wish for. Owners Chet and Susie Creger, always wished for a store in Langley, thus the name. Reminiscent of walking into grandma’s kitchen, there is an abundance of items available for your sweetheart. From vintage Valentine cards, jewelry, love bird wall hangings to scented candles in vintage tins and jars. There is so much to explore inside, with reproduced primitive items in country store, farm or beach themes and the famous bunny t-shirts bearing their logo. The Cregers wish to share their thanks and love to this community, which has been so supportive.
208 First Street, Langley 206 965-0484 facebook: Wish in Langley
Kalakala Co. Mercantile
Come enjoy the Pedals & Sweets Weekend and Pop-Up Flower Shop on Saturday and Sunday, Feb 11 & 12. Melissa and Ben from Flying Bear Farm will artfully create special flower bouquets for your loved one. You’ll also find drink specials, yummy deserts and a photo booth. No better way to celebrate with your sweetheart. Owners Drew Cristie and Amanda Moore offer a café with delights for the senses and palate with everything exquisitely crafted and available to purchase.
138 Second Street 360 221-0161 facebook: Kalakala Co Mercantile
The Tipsy Gourmet
The gourmet wine and cheese shop tucked in the back of the Langley Village features wines from the Northwest, France, Portugal and Spain. You are sure to find that special Valentine wine at the Tipsy Gourmet. Owner Kate Johnson has her own favorites including Vina Tondonia Reserva from Rioja, which is only released when it is 12 years old, “like drinking liquid velvet.” To go with that wine find Italian Prosciutto di San Daniele del Frinli, aged 16 months or French Brie with Grand Marnier or with Truffels. That is just a taste of the treats available. Up-coming tastings will feature wines from Gamache Vintners on Saturday, Feb 25 from 3 – 6 pm. Come find the best gourmet treats from around the world right here in our own village.
221 2nd Street 360 221-4520 facebook: The Tipsy Gourmet