NWQ’s Holiday Shopping Guide

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to be a chore. Make it an adventure by exploring six trendy local boutiques and dozens of suggestions for wonderful gifts found at locally owned stores throughout our area.

Rockford’s Midtown Rising

The Midtown District of Rockford is experiencing a rebirth as developers rescue its lovely old buildings from years of disrepair. Paul Anthony Arco leads a tour of this neighborhood where a new community is thriving.

101 ‘Buy Local’ Holiday Gift Ideas

Think it’s too hard to find locally owned stores to buy from? We respectfully disagree. Not only is “shopping local” good for our local economy, it’s a lot more fun than getting trampled at a big-box store. Janine Pumilia discovers dozens of great destinations.

Nicholson Hardware

1131 N. Second Ave., Rockford, Ill.
(815) 963-4821
www.nicholsonhardware.com

Buying Local: Why it Matters to You

In an age when so much about our economy feels out of control, it’s good to know that it’s within our power to impact our local economy. Learn why ‘Buy Local’ is not just a slogan for good business, but a strategy for economic recovery.