Help keep our business infrastructure running, so shops and restaurants will be here once the pandemic fades and people can get out and about again. The Town of Arlington is doing what it can to keep our local economy healthy and has come up with a fun way to keep in touch with town businesses and patronize them at the same time. Pick up a gift card or get a meal to go, then enter the name of the business you just patronized on Arlington Shop Local’s Small Business Bingo cards. Here’s the deal:
“The Town of Arlington is partnering with the Arlington Chamber of Commerce to encourage support for local businesses, while adhering to local safety advisories and protocols, during the coronavirus pandemic.
HOW IT WORKS: Each bingo card contains 24 local businesses and restaurants in Arlington that are offering take-out, food delivery, gift cards, or online shopping. Cross off a box each time you place an order. If a business closes temporarily while you are playing, it becomes a free space. One winner per board will be chosen to win a $100 Shop Arlington First gift certificate from the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. To be eligible to win, submit your completed bingo card with proof of each purchase by May 31st to the Arlington Chamber of Commerce at firstname.lastname@example.org with the word “BINGO” in the subject line. Winners must purchase an item from at least one business in each column, (B,I,N,G, and O) to win.
“We hope that people will have fun with this and be motivated to support Arlington businesses. Now, more than ever, shopping local is essential to the survival of our ‘main street’ businesses,” said Beth Locke, Executive Director of the Arlington Chamber.
Ali Carter, Economic Development Coordinator for the Town, collaborated with her colleague Kelly Lynema, Senior Planner in the Department of Planning and Community Development, to design the cards and cultivate the list of participating businesses. “Create a competition with your neighbors, friends and family. The more who play, the stronger our local business community will remain,” says Carter.