Program pays off for participating shoppers
TwispWorks has partnered with the Twisp and Winthrop chambers of commerce to launch a local shopping campaign that begins this week.
Called “What Local Looks Like,” the program offers cash rewards for those who shop locally and enter weekly drawings through New Year’s Day. Winners will receive a $100 gift card to be spent at a Methow Valley restaurant.
“The ‘What Local Looks Like’ program is launching during the holiday season, but will be an ongoing program with seasonal themes, a focus on buying local services, and weekly cash mobs,” TwispWorks Executive Director Don Linnertz said in a press release.
Here’s how it works:
• Spend $50 or more at a Methow Valley store.
• Text or email a picture of yourself with your purchase to email@example.com, and you will be eligible for the weekly drawing for the restaurant voucher.
• Winners will be announced every Wednesday starting Dec. 2 and continuing through Jan. 6, 2021.
• Tag @TwispWorks, @WinthropWA or @TwispWA on Facebook or Instagram with #WhatLocalLooksLike after submitting your qualifying purchase and receive one bonus raffle entry.
Submissions must include full name and phone number. Online purchases are valid for entry. Shoppers may enter the raffle every time they spend $50 or more at a unique location. Entries do not expire until the end of the campaign or until a shopper wins a raffle.
For information, visit www.twispworks.org or call 997-3300.
Linnertz said studies show that money spent with local business continues to circulate in the community. “Keeping more of our spending local increases job opportunities, keeps wealth in our community and supports the character and diversity we all want to build,” he said.
The partnering organizations came up with “What Local Looks Like” after the planned Mistletoe Madness outdoor “winter market” was canceled because of the state’s latest coronavirus protocols. The event had been planned for Dec. 4-5 on a closed portion of Glover Street in Twisp.
In a statement last week, the organizing committee for Mistletoe Madness said that public safety concerns were behind the decision to cancel the event, particularly the challenges of observing coronavirus protocols in an outdoor environment. The statement also cited a concern that the event might draw visitors from outside the valley and increase the chances of COVID contacts. The statement also noted that staging such an event after the state’s latest protocols were issued might generate negative feedback “no matter how safely we can execute it.”