“All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” –Charles M. Schultz
This month we are continuing to promote the power of shopping local. Here, we list 7 Spectacular Places to Shop for the Best Valentine’s Day Gifts Ever. You’ll fall in love with each one and hey can all be found locally. From unique jewelry to dance classes and more– remember to show the love & shop local!
1. Lauren Rae Jewelry
NAPERVILLE–Lauren Rae Jewelry Boutique is a local family owned and operated business loaded with thousands of pieces of both trendy and classic jewelry styles and accessories! Lauren Rae has a large selection of sterling silver, semi-precious gemstones and most of their jewelry is handmade or made within the US. Choose from many unique styles & treat someone special. www.shoplaurenrae.com
2. Fred Astaire Dance Studios
ST. CHARLES–For over 65 years this local dance studio has been an expert in fullfilling all of your dancing needs - with expert instruction in ballroom dancing. They teach social dancing, health and fitness, with a competitive flair. Join them for your healthy lifestyle and give the gift of a dance class....or two. Experience top-notch dance lessons, anywhere! $20
3. Crystal House
AURORA–Owned by Chaz and Elias, this Aurora business specializes in making memories in crystal and personalization using engraving techniques to create custom awards, gifts with your images or theirs that are destined to become heirlooms including the ‘When I Follow My Heart’ White Wine Glass, $40
4. The Bookstore
GLEN ELLYN–Longtime customers, Shannon Burgess and Gail Dickson, purchased The Bookstore from the Strohs on January 1, 2018 and so far, so fabulous. Support local! Love Poems (for Married People) by John Kenney, $15.00 www.bookstoreofge.indielite.org
5. Floral Expressions
OSWEGO–Floral Expressions and Gifts Inc. has been hand-delivering premium floral arrangements and gift baskets to help strengthen relationships, give love and support, and celebrate life’s special moments since 2001. This Valentine’s Day, treat someone you love to their Indulgence Spa Basket, $66.95
6.The Sugar Path
GENEVA–This celebration bakery is owned by two sisters, Michelle and Nina. They offer cakes, cupcakes, pies and cookies for events and ship cake jars and cookies nationwide. Chocolate Peanut Butter—-Chocolate cookies crust, Peanut Butter filling, peanut garnish, fudge drizzle.
7. The Beer Cellar Glen Ellyn
GLEN ELLYN–Owner Dave Hawley is a craft beer geek who couldn't find a local store dedicated to craft beer, so he decided to start his own. The Beer Cellar is the first store and tap room dedicated to selling fresh, local craft beer in the western suburbs. Support local this year with the Liquid Love Glass, $7.99