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Local is for lovers this Valentine's Day with Somerville Local First.

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Since 2008, Somerville Local First has been an advocate for local businesses, artists, and nonprofit groups. Their mission, according to executive director Kat Rutkin, is to “level the playing field” for organizations that don’t have the kind of big money behind them that larger businesses have. By gaining support for locally owned and operated groups, Somerville Local First stimulates the local economy while catering to what local consumers really value.

Since 2013, SLF has held several holiday markets featuring food, crafts, and other goods from local vendors and producers. The Local is for Lovers Valentine Market will be held on Sunday, February 9th, at The Center for Arts at the Armory, Somerville’s hub for eclectic local entertainment and other events.

There will be something for everyone at Local is for Lovers. The Armory Café will be open for snacks and drinks during the market, but don’t forget to stop by specialty booths such as Spindler Confections, Q’s Nuts, and jam artisan Doves and Figs. Other items on display and for sale will be jewelry from Stella & Dot, Jennifer’s Handmade Soap, gifts from children from Barefoot Books, and quilts from 13mL Designs, no name a few, so no matter who your Valentine is this year, you're sure to find something that will make them smile.

Don’t miss this opportunity to support your neighborhood businesses, and to meet the people who work hard to create the things they value. This event promises to be a great opportunity to shop, socialize with family or meet new friends, and join the conversation about the future of how we do business.

Somerville Local First Local is for Lovers Holiday Market will take place at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue in Somerville, Suite 1-A, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Sunday, February 9th. Admission is free.

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