I'll gladly champion Valentine's Day in all of its commercial overkill and dollar-sign eyes so long as I get to indulge my sweet tooth with some of the really worth it, really good stuff.

I'll gladly champion Valentine's Day in all of its commercial overkill and dollar-sign eyes so long as I get to indulge my sweet tooth with some of the really worth it, really good stuff.

So attention all you slackers out there looking for some last-minute gift ideas or even you well-prepared Valentiners still looking for a few more silk stocking stuffers: Here are a couple of truly terrific shops that make beautiful sweet treats the right way - and sell them for the right price (cheap!).

One has a very well-deserved high profile and the other's a bit more off the beaten path, but in actuality they're within just a few bricky blocks of each other in quaint old German Village.

Yosick's

Maybe people outside of German Village don't know much about Yosick's Artisan Chocolates, Pastries and Espresso, but they should. The certified-kosher confectionary has been open just over a year now and it's currently in high candy and baked goods gear.

A recent stopover there showed Yosick's to be generally the one-woman operation of avid traveler, lifetime sweets scholar and Master Chocolatier Kristy Yosick. Along one wall of her pretty little handmade candy factory and coffee shop, she sells nifty cookies and pastries, like rugelachs, for $1. But the big draws here are her shiny top-shelf chocolates. They absolutely gleam out at you in the glass case that stands in front of the busy kitchen.

Currently on display are lots of timely, dark, heart-shaped chocolates handsomely decorated and filled with a tempting variety of interesting centers. A mixed set of 10 goes for $15 and comes in a stylish chocolate-brown box with the place's pretty sky-blue logo on it.

Pistacia Vera

By now, what more can I say about Pistacia Vera, other than if you haven't been there then you know nothing about Columbus? And if you have visited our city's premiere dessert palace, then you know it's obviously the perfect place for a Valentine's Day gift.

Naturally there's the usual array of unusually beautiful, artistically crafted pastries and candies, like jellied pates de fruit ($1) in flavors like lemon Pernod, grapefruit Campari and yuzu coconut. For V-Day, you might go with a flourless chocolate torte dusted with cocoa powder and decorated with a thin dark chocolate heart.

In honor of the upcoming occasion, I definitely recommend some of Pistacia's incomparable French-style macaroons. Currently, loving couples of macaroons are suggestively sold in a little cellophane pack ($3) with a reddish bow and a tag that says "Be Mine" next to the trace of a lipstick kiss. Try pairing a pink (strawberry rose) with a white (Madagascar vanilla bean) for a thematically lovely S.W.A.K. combo.