OSWEGO, N.Y.– Mayor Billy Barlow announced the city will be hosting its second round of “Buy One Get One” gift certificates, to promote shopping locally and support local businesses during the month of March.
This time around it will be called “Blizzard Bucks”. The program is partnering with the city of Oswego’s government in efforts to offer store deals and dining discounts for local businesses. Director of Economic Development Nathan Emmons said last time they ran this program it sold out fast.
“It was so successful the first time that right afterward we started conversations about how we could do this again, is there funding to be able to do this again and when could it happen,” Emmons said.
Community members will be allowed to purchase a gift certificate for $25. Using $10,000 provided by Oswego City Revitalization Corporation (OCRC) they will match the certificate you purchase and provide you with a second $25 certificate for free that you can spend on any of the more than 50 local businesses participating.
As March can be a slow month for small businesses in Oswego this program will be a good way to ensure local shoppers. Emmons expressed how important it is to put money back into the community especially now.
“Without the small businesses community in a town you don’t have a town, you have people living indoors behind their computer screens all the time, and Im not sure that’s how you define a community,” Emmons said.
The “Blizzard Bucks” certificates will go on sale Saturday, February 27 at 9 a.m. at the City of Oswego Economic Development Office, located at 44 East Bridge Street.
There will be 400 gift certificates available, on a first-come, first-serve basis, limited to one per customer. Certificates will expire on March 31, 2021.