With Christmas drawing closer, shoppers are busy searching for the perfect gift for everyone on their list. And for every purchase they make in Huron they can increase their own chances of having a very Merry Christmas, to the tune of $5,000!
This years Shop Huron & Win promotion continues for one final week. For every $25 shoppers spend on goods and services at Huron businesses now through December 17, they will enter online or at the Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau for a chance to win one of many prizes valued from $50 up to the $5,000 grand prize.
A “Shop Local Saturday” celebration will be held on December 19 at 3:30pm at Centre Plaza in Downtown Huron. Shoppers have an additional opportunity to make purchases that day and submit receipts at the event for a final chance to be a qualifier. Receipts from December 19 may only be submitted at Centre Plaza, online receipts will not be considered. Twenty finalists will be drawn from the qualifiers. The finalists must be present at the event and will choose a gift containing either the guaranteed $5,000 or another great prize. All finalists will win something.
Last year’s holiday Shop Huron & Win promotion focused attention on how shopping in Huron generates local tax dollars which helps support the services and amenities that everyone depends on. However, the contributions our merchants make to Huron go beyond sales tax receipts. Recently, Cara Osier from Rainbow Flower Shop, Jesse Schley from Trendz Day Spa and Sweet Trio Boutique, and Gene Clement from Fair City Foods talked about some of the ways their businesses help ensure a vibrant community and a strong, local economy.
The most obvious impact is in the form of job creation.
“We have about 55 employees, with most being longtime employees. Some are part-time. For some is it their first job. It means a lot to Huron to have those people paying taxes and spending their dollars in town,” says Clement.
There are six employees on staff at Rainbow Flower Shop, with that number fluctuating depending on the time of the year. Osier says she typically brings extra workers in during busy holidays such as Valentine’s Day and Mothers Day. Schley employs 4 stylists and a massage therapist at Trendz in addition to her two partners in Sweet Trio Boutique.
Several local agencies and organizations depend on contributions from the Huron business community in order to continue providing services that improve the quality of life of many of our residents. It is one more way that dollars spent locally help make Huron a better place to live, work and raise a family.
“We made a contribution to Peoples Transit this year and it has worked out well for us,” Clement says. “Fair City Foods also donates to the Heartland Region United Way, which does a lot of good for Huron. Something else we offer is the register receipt program with benefits to the local schools. It’s a very simple program; you turn in receipts here at the story and at the end of the year we total it all up. The schools can choose whatever they want from a catalog of all kinds of schools supplies.”
Osier says Rainbow Flower Shop is a big supporter of the United Way.
“Every opening day pheasant weekend, we invite our hunting widows and widowers to come in and shop with us. All the proceeds from that weekend go to the United Way Heartland Region. Since they serve so many different agencies in Huron, we feel like we are giving back to the entire community,” Osier says. Trendz and Sweet Trio Boutique contribute to Hope Ranch and participate in the organizations various fund raising events.
Clement, Osier and Schley realize not only how important local support is to the future of their own businesses but also to Huron in general, which is why they are committed as consumers to doing much of their own shopping locally.
Schley points out that it isn’t always convenient to shop out of town. “I don’t want to have to travel to shop. If we do more of our shopping in Huron we help our current businesses and make it more likely that new businesses will come to town.” For Osier the decision comes down to a desire to support fellow business owners. “I know how challenging it can be (to own a small business) and I want to support people who are in the same boat.” Clement says for the past several years he has done all of his shopping locally.
Some exciting changes were made to this year’s Shop and Win promotion that the Chamber hopes will encourage even more participation. One new addition is a special drawing for out-of-town shoppers entering the contest with zip codes from outside of Huron. Four names will be randomly selected at the Shop Local Saturday event to win $250 each in Huron Bucks.
Receipts must be a minimum of $25 and may not be combined to reach the minimum amount. Shopping at Huron Chamber member businesses doubles your entries. For a receipt of $500 or more, there will be a maximum of 20 entries (40 for Chamber member businesses). A list of Huron Chamber members is available online at http://www.huronsd.com/shopandwin.
Receipts must include name of the business and may only be submitted once. If your receipt entry is drawn you will verify with the Chamber that the information that you entered online matches your receipt. Receipts for credit purchases must be store receipts, not credit card statements. Receipts for regularly monthly or annual payments do not qualify. (Examples include: utility or energy bill, phone bill, house payment, insurance payment, etc.)
The Shop Huron & Win promotion is made possible in part by the Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau, Greater Huron Development Corporation, Performance Radio, and the Plainsman. Entries can be made online at http://www.huronsd.com/shopandwin. More information, including terms and conditions and additional event information, can also be found at this website. Please contact the Huron Chamber & Visitors Bureau with any questions at 605-352-0000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.