Chamber launches Buy Local Week in Grand Junction

Diane Schwenke

Grand Valley residents can win a prize for shopping at a local business this week.

Oct. 10-16 has been dubbed Buy Local Week by the Blue Band program, a project of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce that encourages locals to shop at businesses in Grand Junction and surrounding communities.

Anyone who lives here and makes a purchase at any local businesses through Sunday can turn in receipts from those businesses for a chance to win a prize in a drawing that will take place about 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Chamber Business Showcase plannd at Colorado Mesa University.

Receipts are due to the Chamber office at 360 Grand Ave. or Mesa Mall Guest Services by 5 p.m. Monday to be eligible for the drawing. Each receipt should have the purchaser’s name and phone number written on the back.

Receipt-holders do not have to attend the business showcase to win one of the prizes donated by local merchants, including an Amazon Kindle donated by CommWest, a Sony component stereo from US Tech that works with an iPod, two hair care packages worth more than $150 from Harrahs Hair Skin & Nails, a Mesa Mall gift card and snow cherries from Alida’s Fruits.

Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Diane Schwenke said the Blue Band committee made this week Buy Local Week because of its proximity to the annual business showcase and because the year’s busiest shopping season is approaching.

“We wanted to get it ahead of the holiday season to get people in the mode of shopping locally before they start holiday shopping,” Schwenke said.

If Buy Local Week is a success, Schwenke said the Blue Band program may have Buy Local Week events a few times each year.

Blue Band Committee Chairman and CommWest Owner Nathan Wallace said the week is one of a number of events designed to keep the message of shopping local fresh.

“We just want people to think about where they spend their money and to spend it locally when they can,” he said.

Harrahs Owner Luann Harrah said she has garnered at least 10 new clients because they found her in an online list of Blue Band program participants, who display the Blue Band logo and offer discounts to locals.

Harrah currently offers a 10 percent discount on Paul Mitchell products.

“It has definitely made a difference. Because of the economy, more people are aware of savings,” she said. “It also sparks a conversation about shopping local.”


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