CLEVELAND, Ohio — Holiday shopping during a pandemic raises presents its share of challenges, particularly if you prefer to shop local.
Stay-at-home advisories and deep discounts, free shipping and massive inventory offered by eCommerce giants can make it difficult for smaller, independent retailers to compete. But Cleveland Shops, the recently launched organization of independent, locally owned, brick and mortar retailers, is making it easier with a gift card that can be redeemed at any of the organization’s 41 locally-owned shops.
“Our original concept focused on educating the public about the importance of supporting local retail establishments. During the pandemic this is more important than ever,” says Geiger’s owner Gordon Geiger, who also serves as president of Cleveland Shops. “We realize that shopping online is easy, but shopping local is crucial. It impacts our economy, our landscape, our finances and our communities.”
Local stores also have the advantage of offering unique products and personalized customer service that national retailers don’t.
The gift cards can be used like cash and have an expiration date of five years. The list of participating stores includes Alson Jewelers, Amy’s Shoes and Apparel, Blush Boutique, Cara’s Boutique, Casey’s Irish Imports, Contessa Gallery, Evie Lou, Geiger’s, Knuth’s, J3 Clothing Company, Lovely Paperie and Gifts, Rozi’s Wine House, Second Sole, The Wine Spot, and more.
The Cleveland Shops gift card is available in denominations of $50 and $100 and can be purchased at clevelandshops.org.
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