This Valentine's Day, why limit showing your love to your significant other? Show your love to the whole community by supporting local businesses for your Valentine's Day gifts, activities, and more! When you spend your money at local businesses rather than national chain stores, up to four times more money stays and circulates in the local economy, creating more jobs, funds for public safety and schools, and overall more vibrant neighborhoods. Here are 6 ways to Go Local for Valentine's Day:
1. Purchase a unique piece of jewelry from a local jewelry artist or store
Image via Twisted Sisters' Designs, Mesa
Find the most unique pieces (and at great prices) when you visit local and independent jewelry artists and stores. Click here to start shopping.
2. Spend a romantic evening enjoying dinner at a local restaurant
Image via Agustin Kitchen in Tucson
If the one you love is a foodie, treat him or her to an amazing dining experience at one of the best local restaurants. Many are offering special Valentine's Day menus, so get your reservations in before spots fill up! Click here for a list of local restaurants across Arizona.
3. Choose Arizona-made wine or beer when eating out, or pick some up for enjoying at home
Image via Arizona Stronghold, Cottonwood
Did you know that Arizona is home to some highly ranked and nationally recognized wineries and breweries? Drink local for this special day and taste what Arizona has to offer.
4. Select locally made candy or sweets to really please your sweetie's sweet tooth
Image via Wei of Chocolate, Phoenix
Who doesn't love chocolate? Avoid the big boxes and bland flavors by going with the local sweets producer.
5. Head to your local florist to get the freshest bouquet of flowers
Image via Atelier Lafleur, Tucson
Go local? Grow local! Go with the local florists (and perhaps some native Arizona succulents?) to pick a bouquet that will really impress your significant other.
6. Choose a local business for other gifts and cards
Image via Made Art Boutique, Phoenix
Show your love by getting him or her a one-of-a-kind card, many local boutiques carry handmade ones and offer other great gifts.