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Darryl Lamps has owned Lamps Flower Shop for 52 years.  He believes the passage of same sex marriage in Illinois would bring more business to his doors.  The additional marriages would mean more flowers to prepare for a client's big day.

"We'll take on a few more customers," said Lamps.  "It's like any other business. The more business you do, the more money you make and the more money you make would be a benefit."'

That's something Epiphany Events planner, Lisa Hunt is already seeing.  She says since Illinois lawmakers agreed to legalize same sex marriage , she's already gotten calls from same sex couples looking to plan their weddings next year.
 
"I'm getting more inquiries and more calls, generally on the services that we offer and provide to help people make their day special," said Hunt.

While it's hard to tell exactly how much money it will bring to the Quad Cities, the Illinois economy will see $103 million dollars, according to a Williams Institute study.  Local business owners have their projections as well...

"I'm generally expecting to see between a 25 and 30 percent increase in business," said Hunt.

"I really don't expect to see a lot more. I think there will be some," said Lamps.

Both owners say at the end of the day it's about boosting their bottom lines and making their clients happy.  

" I'm helping couples bring a dream to a reality," said Hunt.

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