Galentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day: the day of love. Hallmark stores across the nation stock their shelves with cards declaring love to share with significant others. The popular “Hallmark Holiday” tends to exclude single people from the festivities — until 2010 at least.

Leslie Knope from the hit TV show “Parks and Recreation” introduced February 13th as Galentine’s Day in 2010. The point of the holiday is women celebrating other women.

Since it was introduced in the sit-com, Galentine’s has become a popular holiday across the nation — even in Charleston.

Galentine’s Day celebrations are popping up all around the peninsula.

The new chic store Kittsona celebrated Galentine’s last Thursday with King Street Cookies, mimosas and a lip bar where visitors could try out different lipstick.

Every customer that entered the store was greeted with the chance to enter a raffle for a free styling session and the opportunity to indulge in sweets while browsing the store.

Kittsona may have celebrated a few days early, but there’s never a bad time to celebrate friends.

Treats at the Kittsona celebration (photo courtesy of Grace Samuelson)

Galentine’s can be for single people or people in a dedicated relationship.

Other exciting events are being put on to celebrate Galentine’s the rest of this week.

Kudu Coffee & Craft beer is having a Galentine’s free crafting event hosted by Artists & Craftsman Supply on the 13th.

Southern Bloom Press is hosting a pressed flower workshop at Charleston Art Brokers to celebrate the holiday on the 13th as well.

The special day may have come out of a funny idea from a TV show, but it’s the perfect way to celebrate love without having to face the stress of being single on Valentine’s day.

“What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh it’s only the best day of the year,” said Leslie Knope. “Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus, frittatas and coffee.”

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