Auburn has Valentine’s Day deals, treats, and good eats

Local businesses offer an assortment of specials
By: Amy Lobenberg, Special to the Auburn Journal
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Sweet deals around town
Auburn Alehouse
289 Washington St., Auburn
When: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Info: (530) 885-2537,

Where: 210 Washington St., Auburn
When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Info: (530) 889-2229,

The Chocolate Shoppe and Gift Emporium
823 Lincoln Way, Auburn
When: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Info: (530) 885-4822

Club Car
Where: 836 Lincoln Way, Auburn
When: 11 a.m. to midnight
Info: (530) 887-9732

Dingus McGee’s
14500 Musso Road, Auburn
When: 4 p.m. to close
Info: (530) 878-1000,

Mel’s Diner
1730 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn
When: 4-11 p.m.
Info: (530) 823-6357,

The Power Club Brewery
195 Harrison Ave. Auburn
When: 5 p.m. to close
Info: (530) 305-5052,

Valentine’s Day is Thursday and love is in the air in Auburn. In honor of the holiday, several local businesses are offering special deals and treats.
Shoppers can find gifts ranging from stuffed teddy bears to chocolate filled hearts at The Chocolate Shoppe and Gift Emporium in Downtown Auburn.
“Our claim to fame is we can fill boxes with what you want,” co-owner Lois Granstrom said. “We are really known for our truffles. We have been in business for 17 years and are kind of a tradition.”
For $28.95, customers can receive one pound of chocolate in a pink and red, all-red, or red velvet heart-shaped box.
Down the street from The Chocolate Shoppe and Gift Emporium, The Club Car is serving special artisan cocktails, starting now through Sunday, to help patrons get into the holiday spirit. Drinks will include: a cosmopolitan-inspired martini with an edible orchid called the “Wild Orchid,” a chili-chocolate flavored martini called “The Sweet Sting Martini,” and “The Cherub’s Cup,” which features muddled strawberries.
Valentine’s Day entertainment will be provided by instrumentalist and songwriter, Rocco, who will perform romantic music.
The Power Club has started its Valentine’s Day celebrations early with a special sweethearts ball for the military last Saturday. According to owner Alfred Lee, Thursday’s celebration will include a $40 steak-for-two special and seven specially brewed beers.
“We brew all of these beers special for Valentine’s Day,” Lee said.
Beverages include an I.P.A., a hefeweizen, a chocolate stout, and a red ale.
On Grass Valley Highway, Original Mel’s Diner of Auburn will be offering a sweetheart dinner special on from 4-11 p.m. Thursday. For $22, couples can chose between prime rib, grilled pacific salmon, and shrimp or chicken fettucini. The meal also includes a sweetheart dessert for two.
According to daytime manager Vanessa Martin, Mel’s will probably fill up at some point during the evening, but should not have too long of a wait for tables.
 “We are able to accommodate more people. We will have balloons and possibly streamers, and some other various decorations.”
For $150 per couple, romantics looking for somewhere off the beaten path can reserve a pre-fixed dinner package, including a complimentary limo ride, with Dingus McGee’s. Dinner entrees include a choice of New York Steak and lobster, bistro filet and prawns, rib eye and prawns, or a full rack of lamb.
According to owner Danielle Nelson, the limo goes down as far as Roseville and up to Colfax.
In Old Town, Auburn Alehouse will be featuring a pre-fixed menu at the cost of $30 per person. It includes four courses, ending with a chocolate cup or a red velvet torte.
According to Auburn Alehouse manager Dawn Maywald, a block will be kept open for last minute walk-ins.
 “We are taking reservations. There are still some open,” Maywald said.
Also in Old Town Auburn, Bootleggers will be opening at 11 a.m. and will be serving dinner all day long, except for their lobster and steak specials, which will begin at 5 p.m. Some of their other entrees include lobster pasta and salad, seared ahi, salmon Wellington, prime rib, as well as many chocolate-themed desserts.
According to shift leader and server Karen Filteau, reservations will be filling up the closer it gets to Valentine’s Day.
“We will be seating the full restaurant, both bar and dining room, for all of the people in love.”