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The Ultimate Valentine
This edible hand-painted chocolate heart box filled with six hand-painted chocolate hearts is the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift. Made by renown chocolatier Ghyslain Maurais, it’s available in red or blush pink.
The hearts inside are Raspberry, Vanilla, Espresso, Amarena Cherry, Strawberry Caramel and Orange Chocolate Pearl; each one seems more beautiful than the rest.
A Bubbly Evening
Tie up a split of Champagne with a bottle of sweetly scented Spuma di Ciampagna bubble bath and some Champagne truffles. Make it a full bottle of Champagne and you may be asked to join her for a bubbly evening in the bath.
Love Is In The Air
Sometimes having love in the air is not enough. It needs to be in a box with a bow, personally presented on February 14.
If you’re looking for fine chocolates, let us help you. NOFO’s one of the few places left that allows you to build your own box by selecting individual pieces. We can do any size assortment, from 2 to 20 or more! Mix pieces from Moonstruck, Red Light, French Broad, A519, Christophe, & Ghyslain to suit your Valentine.
NOFO’s full of ways to express your love, and we’ve plenty of boxes to put it in.
A Cup of Carolina
“Nothing could be finer than a cup of Carolina” is the slogan of Steven and Ann Owens’ Carolina Coffee Company in Wilmington.
We’re featuring their Wedding Day Blend coffee this winter. Perfect for Valentine’s Day, it is rain-forest certified Honduras coffee flavored with silky chocolate truffle, buttery caramel and kissed with sweet vanilla crème. The Owens claim “it makes you fall in love all over again.”
Home is Where the Heart is
Call us to order your Valentine’s dinner, dessert, wine & Champagne. Set the table, lay the fire, lower the lights and have a sweetheart of an evening at home.
Send Your Love
We’ve plenty of gifts for those near and dear to you on Valentine’s Day, but what about those far away? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered there, too.
We’ve brought in a fun assortment of cards from vintage to modern in a wide range of colors and messages, featuring simple words and drawings, artwork, animals, and photography.
Valentine’s Day used to be for lovers only. Today, however, it’s been expanded to include all the folks in our lives whom we love.
Your expressions of love need not be big & expensive. NOFO has silly candies as well as fine chocolates. You’ll find Valentine’s cards, heart-shaped cookies, and small toys.
We’ve delicious smelling lotions, perfumes, soaps, and candles. We’ve lounge pants and robes for him and beautiful gowns for her.
Be smart. Play Cupid at NOFO.
Share the Love
Mary McKinney, who was part of NOFO from the very beginning, has returned with her beautiful, delicious iced shortbread cookies just in time for Valentine’s Day.
We have traditional hearts in several sizes, love letters, and X and O cookies to choose from. Mary also makes a large intricately cut heart cookie that is perfect for sharing.
Durham’s Carmella Alvaro grew up in a large Italian family. She is passionate about her heritage and culture and eager to teach folks about authentic Italian food.
Carmella makes Italian pastas, using traditional recipes and imported equipment for her company, Melina’s Fresh Pasta. She’s a regular vendor at the Triangle’s Farmer’s Markets and teaches pasta making classes.
Check out our freezer for Melina’s Lasagna Margherita and Rocco’s 4 Cheese & Roasted Garlic Lasagna. They’re handmade with imported cheeses, Melina’s own red sauce, homemade ricotta and freshly prepared pasta. Delizioso!
Today, many men are expressing themselves by wearing interesting socks, but their shoes remain boring. Dress up those dull wing tips with colorful, yet tasteful, shoe laces that will fast take you from staid to stylish.
Our laces made Oprah’s O List, and we bet Stedman is sporting them when he steps out.
Feast and Fast
Easter is late this year, making Mardi Gras start later than usual. Fat Tuesday, the last day of Carnival, is February 28, and is traditionally the day to feast on eggs, milk, cheese and meat before the Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday.
We have local eggs, cheese, bacon, sausage, ham, pancake and hoe cake mix, syrup, honey and Homeland Dairy milk so that you can prepare a proper Mardi Gras dinner celebration at your house.
Brighten up any spot in your home, as well as your attitude, with our colorful handmade pottery sea coral and flowers. Effective alone on a bookcase or side table, in a group on a coffee table or marching down the center of your dining table.
Wherever you sit them, they’ll make you smile.
The Personal Pound
Weighing in at 6 ounces and fitting in the palm of your hand, our petite pound cakes from Charlotte’s Fannie Bragg are the perfect size for sharing with a friend or for your own indulgence.
Dressed up with a black & white bow and available in Classic Sour Cream or Chocolate, they are so damn cute!
A Cut Above
The fish-shaped folding pocket knife by Uncorked Originals may be the ideal Valentine gift for that sportsman in your life. It’s crafted from white oak and German steel, and has both a large blade & a line cutter.
If your Valentine’s been especially sweet, you may want to include the matching hinged corkscrew with a 2-step wine opener, a foil cutter and bottle opener. Add the handsome oyster shucker to make his gift a cut above the rest.
…is the slogan of Good Grace’s dog treats, which Blair McKinney introduced at 5 Farmer’s Markets last year.
Realizing that dogs deserve good, natural food and can suffer from allergies just like their owners, Blair developed recipes using real cheese, bacon, green beans, cranberries, and chicken broth. She also makes wheat grain, peanut, gluten free and vegetarian biscuits.
Handmade in Cary with human-grade ingredients, you may be tempted to sit and enjoy them yourself!
Cute and Sweet
If you’re expecting a baby in your family or are going to a baby shower, you’ll want to check out our new onesies from Milkbarn. The prints are adorable, and they’re made from certified organic cotton.
Choose a doe print or one with whales, elephants, hedgehogs or giraffes. They are all as cute and sweet as the baby who’ll wear them.
To the Last Drop
During the holidays, one of our customers told us a story. Seems she had her girlfriends over to watch a movie. Several of them settled in on the couch with their own bottle of wine and a straw. This apparently did not work out well, as the straws kept falling in the bottle and her guests were frustrated.
At Market in January, we were pleased to find straws with only one purpose…to reach the bottom of a wine bottle! Get a single straw or a tube of straws for your next BFF movie night.
Food and Frivolity
February is chock-full of holidays and happenings. There’s the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, the Academy Awards, and Mardi Gras for example. Something for everyone!
To make sure you have what you need for each of these occasions, shop NOFO. We’ve both the food & frivolity that February requires.
You Nailed It
Nail polish is usually a personal purchase. It’s normally not chosen for a gift. That’s all changing! With B’Livinn’s vegan, paraben-free nail polishes, you get to choose the color of the polish and the appropriate gift box to present it in.
Have fun with green, blue, or black polishes or stay safe with nudes, reds and pinks. Choose a box with funky graphics or an appropriate message, and you'll know you nailed it.
Greta McCoy of Mooresville worked for two years to perfect her recipe for Hudson & Lee Honey Simple Syrup. She was determined to create a healthy organic substitute for the sugar in her favorite cocktails, lemonade and iced tea.
Working with food scientists at UNC, Greta has succeeded in making a simple syrup with less sugar, calories and carbs, while providing the benefits from the vitamins, minerals and amino acids & anti-inflammatory properties of honey.
Bottled right here in Raleigh, Hudson & Lee is fast becoming a favorite for local bartenders.
Double Does It
A chocolate covered chocolate Oreo cookie is a doubly delicious treat loved by adults as well as children. Ours are wrapped in colorful foil, ready for gifting.
They are a great way to spread love to friends, teachers, neighbors, classmates and such on February 14 or on any day of the year.
Back when, we decorated our jean jackets, trendy denim overalls, and our coat collars with scatter pins and patches. They’re back again and more fun than ever.
Scatter them on jackets, hats, and high tops. Splash decals and patches on your phone, iPad, notebooks, school locker and such. Many can be peeled off and repositioned.
Don’t miss the Stick-On Mirror meant for your phone. After all, every girl needs to reapply her lipstick and check her teeth after dining.
Whether you are a regular UNC or NC State tailgater or are hosting March Madness parties to support your team, you’re going to want our new Fan Pan and Ice Cube Molds.
These silicone molds are shaped in the team’s logo and presented in team colors. Be the first to serve a logo pound cake for dessert and drinks with logo ice cubes..
In Atlanta, we found the most enchanting white felt animal heads suitable for a nursery or young child’s room. There’s a sleepy elephant wearing a crown, a gorgeous giraffe, and a charming unicorn.
Hang these three heads up together and create a little magic for your child.
That Damn Toffee
Raleigh’s Terry McManus makes That Damn Toffee you’ve heard so much about...the one in the glossy red box with the silver seal and the black & white grosgrain ribbon.
Terry’s been making her toffee for years for friends, and now that she’s retired from the school system, she’s offering it at select shops. We are so happy that Terry chose NOFO for her damn toffee.
Mer-Sea’s popular travel wrap has been a must-have for globe trotters for several years. The lightweight shawl comes packed in a pouch that can serve as a pillow, and both pouch and wrap are machine washable.
This year Mer-Sea has made subtle design changes that make the shawl even more comfortable; and they’ve added pockets!
Think like a squirrel. They don’t venture far this time of year. They stay tucked in with their food supply and wait out winter.
Gather food from our freezers; chicken pot pies, spaghetti pies, casseroles, baked zitis, soups, ham rolls, biscuits, cakes, pies, chili and such. Stock up and stay in.
Chocolate for the Stars
Johnathan Grahm, at the age of 24, shook up L.A. and the world of chocolate when he took over Compartè, the movie star’s favorite shop since the 1950’s.
He transformed it into an internationally recognized brand famous for its L.A. vibe and stylish flair that marries chocolate and art.
We welcome Compartè’s bars to NOFO. Made by hand in Compartè’s L.A. kitchen, the bars are crafted from organic chocolate and the freshest & best ingredients. Known for their unusual flavor profiles, their unique artful inclusions and their beautiful wrappers, these bars will not disappoint.
Throw away all your koozies! You’ll only need the brand new Corksicle Koozie that’ll keep your drink 3 times colder 3 times longer than the average koozie.
Designed with dual walls, vacuum insulation, a stainless steel core and a twist-on freezer base, this koozie is a keeper! And, it comes in fashionable colors for both men and women.