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Need to Buy a Gift for Your Valentine?

The chocolate options abound and you can support local businesses as well.

Valentine's Day is Tuesday; it's coming up faster than you think. But, if your sweetheart likes chocolate or likes to support local business owners, we have a solution for you.

: Although they until Feb. 17, the creamery is offering its now, locally-famous chocolate strawberries for Valentine's Day. One dozen, double-dipped chocolate strawberries are $17.50 and they must be pre-ordered. Those berries must be picked up between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., Feb. 14th between 3-6pm. To order, call Cathy at 815-302-9699.

Aunt Nina's Sweets and Treats: Know your loved one loves chocolate, but not so sure about the berries? Get to this store. Aunt Nina's used to be in Shorewood, but moved to Crest Hill to get a larger space for all of its candy. The candy is made by hand including homemade marshmallows. If you go to the store, at 21121 Division Street in Crest Hill between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Feb. 11, you can take advantage of non-candy gifts as well. The Sweets to the Sweet Art and Chocolate Show is a public event to honor , who Patch wrote about recently. The show is open to the public, but children under 12 MUST be accompanied by an adult.

: is family-owned and first opened in 1948 on Jefferson Street. Currently, the store is located at 805 W. Jefferson Street in Shorewood. They have jewelers on staff and consider their customers family. 

: , which is in Minooka, a number of times over the years. Even though it is a hair salon, with a loyal following, it is also a great place to find unique gifts. From shoes, to purses to costume jewelry, this place has gifts you cannot find anywhere else.

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