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Marketplace

Benedeck: Shop Sycamore this Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and now is the time to find unique gifts for the special people in your life. Shopping Sycamore this Valentine’s Day is the perfect way to give love to both your sweetheart and the community.

It is easy to hop online and buy something from a “big-box” store, but buying from Sycamore’s wide variety of local businesses can provide you with one-of-a-kind and quality gifts. When you opt to purchase your gifts locally or stop into a local restaurant for your special Valentine’s Day dinner, you are directly strengthening the community and preserving the diversity of your city.

Studies have shown that for every $100 spent at local businesses, $65 goes right back into the community. Taxes that come from these transactions can help improve the quality of things such as roads, schools, parks and other public services. This money is kept circulating in the local economy and can benefit everyone living in Sycamore.

If you are looking for a way to help improve the environment, shopping local is a great step. Although it may seem cheaper to buy items online, there are environmental costs associated with the purchase. Locally sourced gifts produce less waste from packaging and transportation, which means emptier landfills and cleaner air.

Buying a gift in Sycamore is more than just a transaction, you will be helping families in the community put food on their tables. Instead of helping a CEO buy their fifth sports car, you will be assisting members in your community make dreams such as buying a house, going to college or taking piano lessons possible. Even a small contribution to a local business makes a difference to them. Local businesses genuinely value their customers and want to make their shopping experience memorable.

Small businesses can help make a community more interesting and attract more people. This can bring in both visitors and other businesses who will feed into the local economy. It is also demonstrated time and time again that small businesses are likely to donate to the community and support nonprofits. They have a vested interest in improving the place where they do business and call home.

You can be sweet to your loved ones and your community when you choose to follow the Sycamore Chamber’s “Shop Local, Eat Local, Spend Local and Enjoy Local” campaign this Valentine’s Day.

Visit discoversycamore.com for a complete list of local shops and eateries to enjoy in Sycamore.

• Lacey Benedeck is an intern for the Sycamore Chamber of Commerce.

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