Local business offer deals on unique Valentine’s Day outings


Photo: Andrew Carlson/Iowa State Daily

Sarah Pospisil, age 20, a junior in integrated studio arts and Sam Ehlen a Junior in anthropology eat dinner on Monday August 2, 2010 at Cafe Baudelaire in Ames, IA. Photo: Andrew Carlson/Iowa State Daily

Tedi Mathis

Not every Valentine’s Day ends in a dream date, but there is still fun to be had. Don’t have a date for Feb. 14, or looking for a new idea to avoid the dinner and movie rush? Businesses in the city of Ames as well as the Iowa State campus have plenty to offer.

Perfect Games, a bowling alley with laser tag, an arcade, food and drinks, has a special Valentine’s Day offer. This year, you can head in on Feb. 14 for two games of bowling for two, shoes included, a medium pizza and two $5 arcade cards all for the bundle price of $40.

“This is the first time we are doing this,” said Brad Boeding, a manager at Perfect Games. In the past, the business has offered smaller Valentine’s Day deals but hasn’t pulled in the size of crowd they were hoping for.

“Typically a lot of people don’t think about coming here. We are doing a different deal to try build business.” Boeding said. Perfect Games is requesting reservations for Valentine’s night.

If bowling and arcades don’t make the cut, other options are available to students and the broader Ames community on the ISU campus.

Stephen’s Auditorium has a concert called “Experience the Beatles with Rain.” Tickets to the concert by Rain, a Beatles cover band, are being offered to students at a reduced price of $35. To draw in a larger audience, Stephen’s is hosting a sampling from Snus Hill Winery and Chocolaterie Stam before the show.

Having a concert on Valentine’s Day is not a frequent occurrence for Stephen’s Auditorium, however. “We basically find dates that work, and it just happened to land on Valentine’s Day,” said Lisa Maubach, advertising and program coordinator for Stephen’s Auditorium.

The Margaret Sloss Women’s Center is also hosting a performance Feb. 14: “The Vagina Monologues.” This year marks the 15th anniversary of “The Vagina Monologues” at Iowa State.

“One-third of the women living on the planet today will be beaten or abused in her lifetime,” said Blair Gershenson, graduate student and employee of  Margaret Sloss Women’s Center. The performance educates people about the experiences of girls and women.

The Margaret Sloss Women’s Center chose Valentine’s Day for “The Vagina Monologues” because of the significance of “V-Day,” which stands for victory, Valentine and vagina. The theme for this year’s performance is “one billion rising” and taking a stand to end violence.

Don’t feel like attending an event or celebrating the holiday? Cyclone Cinema is playing “Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2” all weekend. Stop by Thursday for some chocolate from concessions and a good, old-fashioned chick flick.