At Locals Love Us, we’re on a mission to find and celebrate the best of the best in The Quad Cities. YOU – the voter – help us achieve this by telling us about your favorite, go-to businesses!
When your favorite businesses win, we get the chance to work with them by featuring them in our printed guides and on our website. Only winner have the opportunity to place ads in our guides, and our website offers them a winner page, where we highlight their products/services, testimonials, and information!
This voting and sharing process goes far beyond counting votes and sharing the results – we also get to learn about how the businesses are connecting and helping the community!
Share the Love Stories feature businesses and their efforts to help make The Quad Cities a great place to live and work. From annual fundraisers, to stepping up in times of need and donating goods/services, these short stories are a way to thank businesses for sharing the love with the community that supports them.
Here are a few examples of how local best businesses give back:
Crawford Brew Works
After helping raise nearly $60,000 in the first six months of the Crawford Culture of Care (3C) initiative for local non-profits, Crawford Brew Works (CBW) has selected its 2022 Care Partners and are ready to take their mission to the next level by dedicating quality time, energy, and resources back to the Quad City area.
3C partnerships shine a two-month spotlight on a local non-profit organization doing great things for the community. The aim is to support each organization through mission awareness and fundraising. This focus is mapped out through three aspects of the partnership: fundraising through beer sales, a Guest Bartending Series, and a large event and/or series of events celebrating the culture of the non-profit organization.
A pack of Boy Scouts joined together near Eldridges’s pickle ball courts to construct a community bench with the help of local businesses. White Roofing workers gave the Scouts lessons for putting shingles on the bench’s roof while Scouts on the ground built the seats. Credit 14-year-old Aidan McLaughlin for leading this Eagle Scout project. Aidan wanted to build the bench to allow people playing pickle ball and bike riding to rest.
“I figured it would be good for anyone to rest and take a break,” Aidan said. After deciding to build the bench, Aidan searched for similar projects online to help plan the construction of his own bench. Aidan and his fellow Scouts calculated the amount of lumber, concrete, and other materials needed. He presented his project to the city of Eldridge over Zoom and the council and staff backed the project. Aidan met with the city to choose the location of the bench, and the park board approved Aidan’s project and its location.
All of our stories can be found online:
We love learning about the amazing businesses in The Quad Cities and the love they show their community, so don’t forget to VOTE for your favorites so we can feature them in a Share the Love Story!