…these were the first words that I heard Charlie say, when he realized that his love letter to his lovely wife Penny, had just won them a $5,000 shopping spree at Zachary’s Jewelers, in downtown Annapolis! I just LOVE to hear a man refer to his wife as his bride, and doing so after 39 years of marriage makes his winning letter that much more heartwarming.
I just love LOVE.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, Zachary’s announced a “love letter contest” and received over 250 entries! Many of those who entered waited outside of the store on Sunday morning, eager to be let in to hear who’s name would be announced to receive the big prize! At 11am, the doors opened and they literally POURED into the store – wow – what a CROWD! To help add to the festivities, Zachary’s provided a light mimosa brunch, and attendees noshed while waiting for the big moment to arrive! Let me tell you navigating that crowd to take photographs was a challenge!
In addition to the Big Prize from Zachary’s, many local businesses donated prizes to the event, so several couples walked away with fabulous gifts from one of Annapolis’ favorite spots for fine dining Harry Browne’s Restaurant, and Even-Keel Spa, (more about them below) amongst many others! The first runner up (and they are cute as pie) will receive a downtown photo session with Heather Crowder Photography, and a 20 x 24 portrait from that session! I am so excited about their shoot – they told me that they don’t have a great pic of them together since their wedding day a year and a half ago, and I assured them that we would take care of that!
The look on Penny’s face was priceless when she realized that it was her Charlie’s letter that had been chosen as the winner. When he got down on one knee to read it to her, as she stood there (ok, a little shaky ) holding her bouquet of red roses, well, let’s just say there were more than a few teary eyes in the place! WOW! Events like this are so great to be a part of, and in a community like our “little town” of Annapolis to see local businesses doing fun things like these, well, it just makes me glad to be an Annapolitan.
So, all of this talk of Love surely reminds you that Valentine’s day is just a couple of days away! Need ideas? I can’t think of anything better (hint, hint, Johnny, in case you are reading) than a 90 minute hot stone massage from Even-Keel; that would top my list. For that matter, give me anything on the Even-Keel menu and I’ll call it a Happy V-Day. If you’re not familiar with Even-Keel (and I am not sure this is possible), the Eastport spa’s owner, Alexa Zaledonis has such a great offering that I don’t know where to start. The Thai massage has been on my list for sometime, but just as is the case when I dine at my favorite restaurants, it’s hard not to stick with what you love. If I am not mistaken they have some Valentine’s specials going on so give them a call and make your loved one VERY happy this Valentine’s Day!
Charlie & his Bride!
Gift bags for all of the participants
Cute couple alert!
hmmm – wonder what she just said?
little do they know, they won more than the raffle!
A shot of Zachary’s beautiful new interior
just one view of the crowd!
Zachary’s Owner Steve Samaras, Errol Daly and the Grand Prize Winners!