Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Buy it Downtown shopping card program
We are happy to accept the "Buy it Downtown" Card for goods and services!
Buy it* Downtown, the downtown Chattanooga gift and shopping card program, is a network of stores, restaurants and other locations... it is the largest electronically connected network of its kind of locally owned storefront locations in the our area -- possibly the largest in the state of Tennessee. Buy it* Downtown says that of the places where its gift card can be used today, currently most have local ownership.
A quote from the www.buyitdowntown.com website: "A total of 60+ participating locations and approximately 95% of its merchants are not only locally owned but also “Chattanooga enterprises” or locally created businesses. “Our rapid growth has helped us establish a high quality network of popular locations that everyone likes and makes the Buy it* Downtown card a great way to support downtown and also to keep your dollars local,” says Amy Walker Cherry, founder of Buy it* Downtown. “While our primary mission is to support downtown Chattanooga businesses, we are especially pleased that our Buy it* Downtown cards support so many locally owned businesses, since studies show these businesses contribute a higher ratio of their earnings directly back into the local economy. It just so happens that some of the coolest places in Chattanooga today are also locally owned.” Paul Brock, president of RiverCity Company,a partner with the public-private gift card program says, “In Chattanooga, our downtown has an unusually high number of distinct, locally owned establishments—which is one of the reasons why our downtown is so special and unique.” "
Please go to the website and see the list of businesses that participate in this program. You can see how this program truly benefits the local economy.