QuadCities.com is offering a series of features running today between 2 and 5 p.m. showcasing local businesses in advance of Small Business Saturday. 

Lagomarcino’s in Moline and the Village of East Davenport has long been a sweet destination for Quad-Citians, and now it’s getting recognition statewide for its terrific treats.

The Illinois Office of Tourism has an annual Illinois Made Holiday Gift Guide, featuring one-of-a-kind products by small businesses

Lagomarcino’s has been a downtown Moline fixture since 1908.

around the state – including the iconic Lagomarcino’s in downtown Moline.

All products featured in this year’s gift guide are available for online purchase, with some accommodating curbside pickup, as part of a broader effort by the State of Illinois to encourage safe holiday shopping and support of small, local businesses as public health mitigations remain in effect.

Just in time for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28, the guide seeks to give shoppers new and original ideas for the 2020 holiday shopping season.

The only Q-C entry is the family-owned old-fashioned soda shop, Lagomarcino’s, 1422 5th Ave., Moline. You can order homemade fudge, caramel and truffle assortments. Tasty seasonal items for the holidays also include Peppermint Bark ($26) and two jars of the confectionary’s famous hot fudge ($20).

“All across the state, thousands of small businesses play an essential role in our communities as well as the economy,” said Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development director Erin Guthrie. “As the pandemic looms large this year, we are encouraging residents to consider supporting small and local in their holiday shopping plans.

“The businesses featured in this year’s Holiday Gift Guide are among the many Illinois businesses who are stepping up in new ways to pivot their operations to new online formats, putting great products and services within reach for new and existing customers, while protecting staff and their communities during this unprecedented time,” she said.

For the gift guide, visit www.enjoyillinois.com/illinois-made/holiday-gift-guide.

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Jonathan Turner has been covering the Quad-Cities arts scene for 25 years, first as a reporter with the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, and then as a reporter with the Quad City Times. Jonathan is also an accomplished actor and musician who has been seen frequently on local theater stages, including the Bucktown Revue and Black Box Theatre.