Looking for something new to do for your significant other on Valentine’s Day?
Consider treating them to a singing telegram presented by no fewer rock musicians.
Jeff Silverman, owner of Rockstar Singing Telegrams, got his start in Oregon a few years ago. But his creative business model proved so successful that it has since expanded across the West Coast and nation, including San Diego.
“I sent my wife a singing telegram for Valentine’s Day in 2009 and it was delivered by a quartet,” Silverman said. “As a lifelong musician and ex-rock star, I thought to myself, ‘Why isn’t there something this cool (anymore)?’ I thought, ‘There has to be something cooler.’ And there wasn’t.”
So Silverman put his own spin on Telegrams and launched Rockstar Singing Telegrams in his hometown. “After a few years, I expanded nationally,” he said. “And San Diego is one of my best markets.”
Silverman described singing telegrams as a “blast”.
“It’s so much fun to put a big smile on people’s faces and give them an experience they’ll never forget,” he said. “We can do videos, or they can upgrade to a dozen roses if they want.”
Singing telegrams are delivered by professional musicians playing guitar and dressed thematically for the occasion, be it a birthday or Valentine’s Day.
“They usually wear fun ’80s rock star outfits,” Silverman said. “But it’s very customizable. They can dress up fancy and nice, or country and western, and so on.”
Typical romantic songs that Silverman’s musicians serve up for Valentine’s Day are “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker, “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor or “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars.
The price of a Rockstar Telegram delivered by a musician is $199. “That comes with a song or two and a single rose and a balloon or a chocolate for a man,” Silverman said. “It’s just a shocking five-minute piece of epic. And we get ready for some photos.”
For more information on Rockstar Singing Telegrams, visit rockstarsingingtelegrams.com.
For those looking for standard Valentine’s Day picks, the Peninsula offers a selection of shops offering flowers, groceries and entertainment. Here are a few:
Beach Candy: 5022 Newport Ave., 619-222-3322
“Treat your Valentine to something very special this year. Beach Sweets has premium handmade chocolates, truffles, chocolate dipped strawberries and more,” said owner Laura Smith. “We have a wide variety of Valentine’s boxes that we can customize with our goodies.”
Small flower house: 1017 Rosecrans St., 619-284-5288
A full-service boutique florist owned and operated by women, the store offers a variety of products such as pre-made and custom bouquets, floral and succulent arrangements, plants, candles, and chocolates. They will be extending business hours to take all in-person or online orders from 9am to 5pm every day through Valentine’s Day and are offering free delivery to 92106 and 92107 areas with promo code: XOXO. Come by or place an order LittleHouseOfFlowersSD.com.
Apricot Yarn & Supplies: Wrap that special someone in a scarf or sweater made with a variety of quality yarns, tools and take-home kits. Don’t know where to start? Check out the variety of 30 minute classes to find everything to get you started in the art of knitting and crocheting.
The night sky: Capture a special moment in time with a custom star map from the night your heart missed a beat. Each card is designed to last for generations, printed on museum-quality matte fine art paper with archival inks.
Craft Collective San Diego: From succulent dream catchers to mosaic trays, the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating something special for your loved one.
Pinot Palette: Channel your inner artist and capture your love on canvas during a painting class with your loved one. Choose from a variety of romantic scenes including scenic getaways and vacations, Disney-inspired masterpieces and more.
Gallery: Say “I love you” with gifts from around the world, no passport required. Shop from a wide variety of curated handcrafted jewelry, inspirational home decor, personal jewellery, custom water features, floral designs and more.
Straw: Luxury pieces for everyday, show that special someone in your life how special you are with handmade and woman-designed jewelry. From traditional heart charms and delicate pendants to bold rings and the popular constellation collection. Shoppers can also personalize their pieces with engravings or create their own necklace from a variety of charms and chains.
Gilmore Jewelers: Family owned and operated for 40 years, create a custom design or shop from a variety of one-of-a-kind pieces that will leave that special someone speechless.
AG Ambroult: Shop from a selection of handcrafted jewelry designed to experiment with your style. From bold statement rings and earrings to modern takes on trendy designs, help that special someone express their sense of style.
Solar Ristorante: Enjoy a taste of Italy without the need for a passport, with classic antipasti, homemade pastas like handmade short rib ravioli, wood-fired pizza, and traditional Italian desserts like tiramisu and panna cotta. Plus, on Valentine’s Day, enjoy a romantic four-course meal with a rose for each couple.
The whole: The LOT offers a full selection of movies including The Eternals, House of Gucci, Ghostbusters and more. Plus, enjoy a three-course meal and a Valentine’s Day movie with a complimentary glass of champagne.
The Loma Club: Treat your Valentine or Galentine to a date night at the Tappers miniature golf courses at The Loma Club February 11-14. This Valentine’s Day special includes nine holes of miniature golf, one cocktail per person and an appetizer such as pimento cheese poppers or a clubhouse snack board to share. Tickets are $45 for two players and can be redeemed at The Loma Club with no pre-registration required.