DownTown Monroe City Revitalization and the Monroe City Area Chamber of Commerce are encouraging locals to shop in their neighborhood this upcoming holiday season with their Buy Close By passport event. Chamber President Jaycee Neice stated, “We hope to see community members excited to shop local, get their stamps and win big prizes that can support our small-town economy. This event is a win - win for everybody.”
The event kicked off on November 22 and runs until November 28, to encourage and promote Small Business Saturday. “Buying locally ensures a greater investment in Monroe City by increasing jobs and keeping more money flowing through our local economy as opposed to other areas. Shopping local also has an effect in strengthening community relationships. It keeps us all moving forward economically and socially, creating a stronger and more vibrant community. We encourage you to spend money right here in MC any way you can this holiday season, and all year long,” stated DTMC President Mindy Hays.
Passports may be picked up at any of the following participating locations: H&Co, Everything Under the Sun, Mudd Pie, Applebee Tree, Maddie’s on Main, CW Trophy & Awards, Ben Franklin, Robey Building Supply, Opera House Antiques, Ground in Grace, Dumpster Divas, The Dugout, The Lake Gazette, Monroe Family Restaurant and BK’s Place.
Customers will be asked to obtain seven shopping local stamps at participating businesses, getting one stamp per location. After completing the stamps, customers can turn the passport in to be entered into a drawing to win either $100, $200 or $300 gift certificate to local businesses via Monroe City Cash.
Passports must be turned into any participating business listed above by November 29 to be entered into drawing.
When local people shop local, 100 percent of their purchase’s profit stays local. This includes the taxes paid on their items. When a person travels outside of their hometown, the money they are spending supports the taxes for the town and county they are shopping in. Shopping local is beneficial to keeping your hometown thriving.