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February 14, 2017

Show a little love for small businesses

Flowers, candy, romantic dinners and thoughtful gifts – Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show a little love to the important people in your life, and the small business owners in your community. Whether it’s homemade cards from the gift shop, chocolates from the neighborhood chocolatier or reservations at an independent restaurant, there are many ways to support local businesses and make the day special for you and your sweetheart. Now, that’s a thought that makes our heart sing.

Join the Revolution this Valentine’s Day and pour a little love back into your local community by shopping at small businesses like two of our favorites from the first year of the Small Business Revolution.

St. Croix Chocolate Company

Robyn Dochterman lives in the tiny town of Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota, where she runs the St. Croix Chocolate Company. Inspired by the wild grapes, blackberries, and rhubarb growing near her home, she incorporates freshly picked, local ingredients into her exquisite, soulful artisan chocolates. Her passion for the business is contagious among the local teenagers she employs at her store, showing them it’s possible to turn something you love into a job – even your own business. Read more about Robyn’s sweet story here.

Robyn Dochterman left a career in journalism to study fine chocolate techniques and together with co-owner Deidre Pope they started St. Croix Chocolate Company making premium quality artisan chocolates since 2010.

Judd’s Hill Winery

Judd’s Hill Winery is a small family winery run by its second-generation owner, Judd Finkelstein. Some might say that Judd was destined to run the business because of its family name – the vineyard was purchased and named by his father – but Judd didn’t fully embrace the idea right away. After venturing into the entertainment industry, he found making movies wasn’t his true passion and decided to follow in the family footsteps. Judd’s passion for the business has continued to grow, fulfilling their motto: “having a good time making great wine with family.” Check out our feature on the winery and drink in more of this family’s story.

Devin Joshua, operations director at Judd’s Hill tasting different wine batches while deciding the blends for this year production.

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