Spots On the FOX Blog


Check out the latest articles on the Spots On The FOX blog, which brings you news and trends relevant to this fabulous online marketplace, its vendors, and customers in the Fox Valley area!

Why You Need to Shop Local in 2023 with Spots On The FOX

Why You Need to Shop Local in 2023

Shopping local has become a hot topic in recent years as more and more people are starting to recognize the benefits of supporting small, locally-owned businesses. Whether it's a small corner store or a family-owned restaurant, shopping local has a number of benefits that can have a big impact on both the community and the economy. One of the biggest...

Spots On The FOX - LIVE on WGN Chicago TV!

LIVE on WGN Chicago TV!

What a fun experience & opportunity to showcase local talent in the Fox Valley. In case you missed it... check out our spot on WGN TV below & Shop Spots FIRST! Do your part & support a small business today at


“Spot”light on Vendor Incentive Winner: Forget Me Not Cookies

Spots On The FOX is thrilled to highlight our most recent Vendor Incentive Winner: Wendy Spencer, the creative cookie artist behind Forget Me Not Cookies. Established in March 2015, the Yorkville-based Forget Me Not Cookies  is a small business focused on celebrating life’s special (or just-because) moments with cookies and treats. Through Forget Me...


How to Start Your Own Business from Home

Every business begins with two things: an idea and the passion to make it a reality. Of course, several practical steps are involved in the process after that, but that’s where it all begins. If you’ve ever found yourself itching to start a small business from home and become your own boss, you’re not alone. But many stop there because they are unsure...

Introducing Spots Junior!

Introducing Spots Junior!

All youth have potential—incredible potential to learn, create, innovate, and turn their dreams into reality. Harnessing that potential requires encouragement as well as opportunity. Imagine a world in which teens who have the ideas, creativity, and drive to make their mark on the world also have a platform on which to begin their journey while...


Sharing is Daring

Beyond being a convenient site for buying and selling local goods, Spots On The FOX has become a thriving online community of vendors and customers who embrace the power of sharing with and supporting their neighbors. The simple fact that you’re engaging with Spots On The FOX means you want to be part of this community and the impact it can have in...


Give the Gift of Love This Valentine’s Day

When done right, gift giving is an art form, and giving the perfect gift to that special someone on Valentine’s Day can really make a statement about how you feel. But what is the perfect gift? Personally, I’m not the flowers, chocolates, and perfume kind of girl, but give me something thoughtful, experiential, or personalized, and I feel all warm and...


Spots On The FOX Poised Ahead of the Trends

Since 2020, the world has experienced a significant shift in how people view shopping, products, and everything in our consumer-driven society. Some businesses have failed while others have adapted and thrived, and some, like Spots On The FOX, have proven to be ahead of the curve and able to forge ahead in this changing economic landscape by providing...


Have You Met the Tredreas?

Spots On The FOX is rapidly becoming known throughout the Fox Valley area (and beyond) for its convenience and ability to support local business and customers alike. But how much do you know about its founders?  Personally, I’ve known Kiel and Ana Tredrea for years, and I believe there’s no better couple to spearhead this company with its amazing...

The 12 Reasons for Shopping Spots On The FOX

The 12 Reasons for Shopping Spots On The FOX

In the spirit of the holidays, we thought it would be fun to give you 12 amazing reasons to shop on Spots On The FOX this Christmas. Go ahead and sing along (you know you want to) then read about these great features that provide joy for this season and beyond. On the twelfth day of Christmas, Spots On The FOX gave to me… 12 buys in one...

Show another 10 pages

Do your part & support a Local Business today.


About the Author ~ Victoria Hyla Maldonado

Victoria Hyla Maldonado has been writing all her life and has worked professionally as a writer and editor for more than 20 years. She is the author of the substantive women’s fiction Hearts Drawn Wyld trilogy (Victoria J. Hyla) as well as several anthology-published short stories. She also is the author of several children’s books. She lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with her husband and children and is working on a new romance trilogy as well as several other short stories and more children’s books.

Visit Her Storefront on Spots!