This year, skip the big-box stores and show some love and support to the small businesses in our area. Our latest guide introduces you to more than 100 ideas for every kind of shopper on your list. ...

Many things have changed over the past 100 years, but through all that time this family-owned business has remained a familiar sight in downtown Freeport. ...

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Born from a growing niche and a need to expand, Brenda Blumenladen's newest extension continues many of the same qualities that made the original a local favorite. These days, it's becoming a major competitive advantage. ...

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Each month, from January through August, Starline Factory's juried art show draws hundreds of visitors. Discover the dynamics behind this elite art attraction. ...

This Chilean native learned his trade from his father and has been sharing quality custom jewelry with the Rockford area for nearly three decades. ...

Discover a family business whose members have been part of downtown Freeport for more than a century and developed a reputation that's just as enduring as the jewelry on display. ...

Diamonds are a work of art for this Rockford jeweler. Discover how nearly 40 years of experience lend themselves to this unique jewelry. ...