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If you’re looking for anti-Valentine’s Day sentiment–you know, like those hater parties where lonely, angry people sit in a circle and drink heavily while pretending they’re totally at peace with being single and loveless–Downtown Phoenix isn’t the place for you. Try Old Town.
Downtown Phoenix is all about embracing Valentine’s Day and here’s what we’re doing as Cupid’s Accomplices. Seriously, if you don’t have a Valentine just hang out with us for awhile and you’re bound to find one.
Design a Date Contest: Visit the blog post or our Facebook page and submit your idea of a perfect Valentine’s Day date Downtown. We want to know where you’d go, what you’d eat, and what you’d see. The greater the detail, the better. Two winners will receive a $25 gift card to Kincaid’s.
candy_heartsFestive Friday: From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, the Ambassadors will be stationed outside the Information Center [US Bank Building, 101 N. First Ave., Ste. 190] sharing sweet treats courtesy of Downtown businesses. You can also pick up coupons for FREE food items from participating restaurants to be used throughout the month. Plus, music by FATIGO!
Heart Grab & Dash Contest: Approach five (5) different Ambassadors Friday morning before 1 p.m. and ask each one for his or her heart. The first five people to collect five hearts and deliver the lot of them to the Information Center will receive an awe-tacular Valentine’s Day gift bag filled with gift cards and goodies from generous Downtown businesses. We won’t tell you exactly what’s in the gift bags but suffice it to say the street value is well over $40. Now go get those hearts!

14 Downtown Loves

We polled our thousands upon thousands of Facebook and Twitter followers and concocted this essential list of things you love about Downtown Phoenix.
Phoenix Public Market — When you care enough to send the best, make sure it’s grown locally.
The Ambassadors  — Your significant other might leave you, but the Ambassadors never will.
The Herberger Theater — Some of you got more specific and referenced the “naked dudes” out front. Go check out “13” playing now and “[title of show]” coming soon!
The Phoenix Suns — Steve Nash, in particular, got mad love.
Majerle’s — You said if you couldn’t watch the Suns play at US Airways Center in person, then the next-best option was cheering the team on from Thunder Dan’s joint. Beer might also be involved.
The Light Rail — Can you believe we’ve had light rail for a year? For more light rail love, check out ace Light Rail Blogger and Downtown Phoenix contributor Tony Arranaga.
First Fridays — If you ever need a good first date idea, take him or her to First Fridays.
Chase Field — Roof open when possible, please.
Coffee — Conspire, Daily Grind, Cartel, Lola and Fair Trade all received votes.
Matt’s Big Breakfast — You heart Matt’s pancakes. Proof that good things come to those who wait.
Dodge Theatre — Three of you mentioned the recent comedy acts to hit Dodge–Joel McHale, Gabriel Iglesias and, soon, Chelsea Handler.
The District — Their music and drinks tested very high in this market.
Civic Space Park — From acoustic lunches to yoga, Civic Space Park offers a little something for everyone.
The People — Yes, you’re what really make Downtown Phoenix a special place to work, live, and play.
Happy Valentine’s Day!