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Show Local Businesses Some Love This Valentine's Day

February 10, 2021

However you're choosing to celebrate Valentine's Day this year, you have a chance to make it extra special. When you're planning out gifts, dinner, or even something like a greeting card, don't shy away from shopping local. It's a great way to show some love for your special someone as well as keep supporting our local retail shops and restaurants during what is usually their slowest time of the year. On top of the headaches that COVID-19 brought our way almost a year ago, thinking local could go a long way this Valentine's Day!

Small ways to show some local love this Valentine'S day

It's fairly easy to think of flower shops and even dinner when planning out your Valentine's Day festivities. These are places we regularly turn to when it's time to grab something special. When it comes to gifts, you can also rely on our local businesses. The first three months of the year are traditionally the slowest in terms of business for small retailers. As a result, they run some of their best deals this time of year. That's good news for you and your grand V-Day plans. 

If you're planning on gifting jewelry this year, think Christopher's instead of a national chain. If you're planning on going with something for your loved one to wear, turn to an option like Joseph Kuhn & Co. or Bluebird Boutique instead of an online mega-shop. There's a special touch to a local gift that goes a long way.

If your Valentine shares your love for thinking local, then even consider a Chambana Proud shirt to promote the community in which you live, work, and enjoy everything from dinner dates to serene walks together. Whatever you're shopping for this Valentine's Day, there's a good chance you'll find it locally via our Shopping Directory. Don't forget dinner too! Indoor options, as well as takeout, are available and the latest business updates and hours of operations can be found here.

Need help planning valentine's day in champaign-urbana and beyond?

If you are struggling to come up with Valentine's Day inspiration this year, don't worry! We put together some Champaign County Valentine's Day ideas for you to help make this year a breeze. 

Be sure to let us know what your plans on are social media if you decide to work some local love into your celebration. Tag us @visitchampaign on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to show us what you're doing this Valentine's Day!

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