Whether it’s to get a jump on holiday shopping or to purchase household necessities, Brighton continues to encourage its residents to shop locally.
The Municipality of Brighton launched a “Buy Local” community passport program on Aug. 1, which gives shoppers a chance to win gift certificates at local businesses of their choice. Each time a resident or visitor makes a purchase in Brighton, a passport is stamped and once the required number of stamps are collected, the passport can be entered into a draw.
Ben Hagerman, the municipality’s manager of economic development and communications, said the initiative has been successful so far and he hopes more people will take advantage of the program in the coming month.
“The Passport program is still running through to Nov. 1,” Hagerman said.
“It has gone fairly well. It’s just getting people in the habit of having it on them and remembering to get the business to fill them out. It’s a brand new concept (for Brighton).”
To participate, shoppers make a purchase at a business within each category listed on the back of the passport. A business representative will mark the passport verifying the visit. Once the customer has collected a mark from at least four categories, he or she can drop off the completed passport in the drop box at the Brighton Public Library at 35 Alice St. to be entered into the draw.
“The entire community is included,” Hagerman said, noting, the categories are designed to be broad in the hopes of encompassing every business in Brighton.
Three winners will receive a $150, a $100 or a $50 gift card for local businesses.
Blank passports can be picked up at the library in the drop box or can be printed off of the municipality’s website.