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Story Retrieval Date: 5/21/2013 11:56:14 AM CST
TipsyCake in Humboldt Park has a hyperlocal base by bartering with neighboring businesses
Bartering for business
Bartering may seem like an age-old practice but it's becoming a popular new-age habit. Some businesses find it hard to keep a dedicated customer base when prices keep climbing. The economy may drive off some customers so the way to survive for some business is to barter with neighbors: haircut for you, wedding cake for her.