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Green city officials are encouraging people to shop local this holiday season
by offering a unique way to do it.
circulating around the community is like blood circulating in your body," said
Barbara Ruland, executive director for Downtown Bowling Green. "If it flows
around and around freely, then you're healthy. Same is true for your community."
have been using "Downtown Dollars" in Bowling Green for several years. They are
like gift certificates that spend like cash, and they just hit a milestone:
more than one million Downtown Dollars have been spent locally.
why should shoppers use Downtown Dollars instead of cash?
really giving the gift of choice when you're giving a Downtown Dollar gift
certificate," Ruland said.
can be used at more than 70 local shops, including one called For Keeps.
they're awesome. It seems like they're building every year," said For Keeps
owner Amy Craft Ahrens. "We're always amazed at how many come through, and we
love to see that more people are going to purchase them to use them as gifts.
In fact, I have them out as gifts to my employees actually yesterday."
says buying local keeps her doors open and all the other stores that give
Bowling Green its charm.
these stores don't survive, it means job loss and it means loss for the
community in taxes and everything else," she said.
judging by the Downtown Dollars spending, that's not something she has to worry
about anytime soon.