Originally Published: November 20, 2018 2:56 p.m.
From jewelry to house cleaning to essential oils, a new program by the Prescott Chamber of Commerce has gift-giving covered this year.
On Thursday, Nov. 15, the Chamber launched its new gift-certificate program, which is intended to encourage gift-giving from local businesses.
Prescott Chamber President and CEO Sheri Heiney pointed that the gift certificates – packaged in pretty green-and-red-decorated gift bags – are available just in time for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 24.
Gift-givers can purchase the certificates for those hard-to-buy-for friends or employees, Heiney said. In turn, the recipients can use the certificates at a variety of local businesses.
So far, 25 local businesses have signed up for the participation in the program, and Heiney expects more businesses to sign on in coming weeks.
Among those participating already are Raskin’s Jewelers, Prescott Maid to Order, and doTerra Essential Oils.
Others include: Arizona Dermatology Group; Brown Bag Burger; Comfort Mobility & Medical Supplies; Dancing Porcupine; Digital Lockbox; Elks Theatre & Performing Arts Center; Fly-U-Shuttle; Heart Strings by Legacy Leaders; Immaculate Auto Detail; Joe’s Furniture; Laserium MedSpa; Massage Prescott; Kastle Keeper Cleaning Services; PuroClean Disaster Response; The Skate Stop LLC; Two Mamas Gourmet Pizzeria; Graller Bodywork; Watters Garden Center; Color Me Beautiful; Allan’s Flowers and More; Dancing Skeleton; and LeFebvre’s Boutique.
“We want to encourage everyone to continue to shop locally,” Heiney said, adding that $1,500 of the gift certificates already had been purchased by Thursday morning.
Margo Christensen of Ponderosa Hotel Management Services, the Chamber Board Chair, said she had purchased 40 of the $25 certificates, which the company plans to give to employees and as a part of packages with overnight stays for hotel guests.
“I love it; it’s much needed,” Christensen said of the gift-certificate program. “It encourages people to shop local, and it allows them to get familiar with businesses they might not know about.”
The gift card are now available for purchase, in denominations of $10, $15, and $25, at the Prescott Chamber, 117 W. Goodwin St., in downtown Prescott.