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Local Places to Shop for your Valentine

Love is in the air and snow is on the ground, which could only mean one thing – it’s February in the Black Hills and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. During your stay in Rapid City, take advantage of the eclectic mix of local shops to find that unique gift for your special someone, as well as pick up some tasty treats for yourself. Below are just some of the area’s premier local retailers and events where you can pick up one-of-a-kind items that your Valentine is sure to adore.

Chocopalooza 2018

Head over to Rapid City’s Dahl Fine Arts Center on February 11th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. for their annual Chocopalooza festival. Tickets to the event are only $5 at the door, where you’ll also be able to enter for a chance to win prizes. Browse through jewelry, art, cakes, candies, wines and other gifts made by local artists and craftsmen while you enjoy free samples of chocolate and sip on drinks from the full bar that is provided. Activities will also be held for kids, making this a great Valentine’s Day gift shopping outing for the entire family.

Sweet Secrets Bakery

This Rapid City bakery, only open since November 2017, is already getting rave reviews for their wide variety of baked goods made from scratch, including an extensive selection of gluten-free goodies. Decadent cupcakes, delicious French doughnuts, and creamy Italian cheesecakes are just some of the treats that have Sweet Secrets customers coming back again and again. They also specialize in creating macaroons in such unique flavors as pinot noir, matcha tea and lavender. Indulge your loved one’s sweet tooth with some fresh pastries from Sweet Secrets Bakery this Valentine’s Day.

Roam’n Around

The outdoor and travel enthusiast in your life is sure to love a gift from Roam’n Around, the only locally owned and operated travel and adventure gear shop in Rapid City. They have a wide variety of equipment, from camping gear to suit those that love to sleep under the stars, to the latest and greatest in rock-climbing essentials and safety equipment. The shop also carries well-known brands of stylish, yet functional, clothes and shoes for men and women, including Patagonia, Marmot and Keen. Roam’n Around makes it easy to prepare for a romantic outdoor adventure, while also helping support local businesses.

Naked Winery

With names like Tease Riesling and Vixen Syrah, Naked Winery’s wines are the perfect choice if you’re looking for a flirty gift for your main squeeze. There are three locations in the Black Hills – Hill City, Custer, and Deadwood – so you can pick up a smooth merlot or refreshing sparkling wine no matter where your vacation plans take you. Pick up Naked Winery’s Outdoor Vino Six-Pack, a package including two red wines, two white wines and two sweet wines, to ensure your Valentine will have their wine of choice to savor during your candlelit dinner.


If you’re looking to give your honey a little bling this Valentine’s Day, stop into the oldest manufacture of Black Hills gold, located right here in Rapid City. A signature look of this region, Black Hills gold is comprised of three colors of gold that are formed into delicate grape and leaf designs. If you’re looking to really splurge on your sweetie, check out their Black Hills gold pieces that also incorporate sparkling diamonds into the design. A beautiful bracelet or pair of earrings from Landstrom’s is sure to become a treasured piece of your Valentine’s jewelry collection.

Shopping local not only helps support Black Hills businesses during your stay, it also guarantees that you’ll find a great gift that you won’t find back at home. Make sure you shop local during your February visit to Rapid City!