First, in the interest of fair and balanced reporting, let me tell you that I completely disagree with what I’m about to write.
Lawrenceville has made a national list of “Least Romantic Cities.”
Ow. It near about broke my heart to type that.
But here are the sad facts. Foursquare has rendered this depressing verdict. Foursquare’s Cupid Division, an outfit that does not actually exist but should, assessed data compiled by cities with at least 100,000 check ins (that’s the nifty function where you announce to the world your every move before you get around to tweeting it three seconds later).
Anyway, Foursquare decided that the cities with most check-ins at lovey dovey spots like French restaurants, wine bars, flower shops, lingerie boutiques and jewelers, could safely be declared the most romantic. Topping this smoochy-poo list was Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Disney World in other words), Napa and Venice, Calif., St. Louis and New York. The cities considered least romantic using those criteria were Beaverton, Ore., Bethlehem, Penn., poor ole Lawrenceville, Sterling Heights, Mich. and West Chester, Penn.
Hmmpff. Ok here’s where I take my earrings off.
Memo to Foursquare: Did y’all consider using check-in data from the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, where Gwinnett Magistrate Court judges will perform wedding ceremonies or vow renewals for free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Valentine’s Day? Mmmm hmm, that’s what I thought.
And I see where y’all consider fancy-pants French restaurants a plus in the romance department but how about bonafide biscuit joints like Little Barn? I think I saw the face of Jesus in a bowl of grits there once, for real.
And how about the Aurora Theatre, where “A Body of Water” is playing through Feb. 12?
The venue is a gorgeously renovated church building right off the square and brings quality theater OTP (that means Outside the Perimeter, Mr. Foursquare), thanks to the talents of Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez, Associate Producer Ann-Carol Pence and the rest of their gang.
The Aurora started out in a former hardware store in Duluth before making the move a few years ago, and is a jewel of the Gwinnett County seat today.
There’s never been a more ardent labor of love, a closer-knit crew, more dedicated supporters and .. oh Law, now I’m getting all emotional.
Anyway, like I said, Foursquare (which, kidding aside, is a pretty cool site) compiled these ratings.
As for me, I say: Viva LawrenceVegas!
- Jennifer Brett/The Buzzfirstname.lastname@example.org