Shopping locally this holiday season will not only fill your sleigh with perfect gifts, you’ll be helping the Flagstaff economy and could win one of ten shopping spree prizes. Twenty-One independent businesses are promoting a “Shop Indie This Christmas” challenge aimed at boosting the festive spirit of local shopping. The challenge is filling out a “shopping passport” where businesses invite you to stop by, get to know them and possibly win a shopping spree. To qualify, players must make a purchase from seven out of the twenty-one participating businesses OR spend a combined total of $250. Pick up a sticker ornament from any shop you make a purchase at and decorate your Christmas tree map. When your tree map is decorated with an ornament from seven businesses OR you spend a combined total of $250, you become eligible for a chance to win one of ten shopping sprees from participating stores valued at $400-$25. The “Shop Indie This Christmas” challenge is from Monday, December 1 through Thursday, December 24.
“Our efforts are focused on generating awareness and interest in the diversity of our downtown retail area. This is an opportunity to increase exposure of local businesses and make a positive economic impact in Flagstaff during the holiday season,” said Kelsey Melvin, Northern Arizona Community Outreach Coordinator of Local First Arizona.
The “Shop Indie This Christmas” campaign is organized through the partnership and collaborative efforts of Local First Arizona, Flagstaff Independent Business Alliance and the Downtown Business Alliance. These organizations aim to promote the importance of investing in the local community to sustain the Flagstaff economy. The campaign is also part of Support for Independent Retail, an international organization that focuses on encouraging families to visit more of their local shops in the holiday season.
“When you buy from a mom and pop business, you are not helping an out of state executive go on vacation. You are helping a local family put food on the table, child pay for college and a local business owner expand their business to better serve its local customers,” said Katy Peterson, owner of Flagstaff Sports Exchange and member of Flagstaff Independent Business Alliance and Local First Arizona. “Our customers are the key to our success and they are the ones we strive to make happy.”
The 21 participating Flagstaff retailers include: Aspen Sports, Arizona Handmade Gallery, Fizzy Bella, Flag Sports Exchange, Mountain Sports, Peace Surplus, Rainbow’s End, Flagstaff Soap Company, Shane Knight Gallery, INCAHOOTS Vintage Clothing & Costumes, Babbitt’s Backcountry, Shoes & Such, Golden Hive, Absolute Bikes, Black Hound Gallerie, PJ Philcottage, Olive Oil Traders, Vino Loco, Zani Gifts, Ski Haus and Burly Fish Tattoo.
Participants can begin filling out their trees today and may pick up a map at any participating business. Maps will be collected December 26th and winners will be contacted by January 8th, 2016.
For information, contact Cara Corbin at 602-956-0909, ext. 4 or email [email protected].