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Rebecca Durant receiving her prize from the friendly staff at The Springfield Food Co-op.

The Springfield Regional Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the thirty-three businesses that participated in the first annual Springfield Holiday Local Loyalty Program! The concept was to distribute stamp cards with $100 values, so that shoppers could receive stamps in exchange for dollars spent at any of the participating businesses. Each time a shopper filled a card, they had the opportunity to enter it in any of the thirty-three raffles being offered by the merchants. This being the first year we attempted the program, we weren’t sure how many cards we were going to need, and we were amazed to discover that we distributed over 7,300 blank stamp cards to the participating businesses! Each merchant collected completed stamp cards for their raffles, and in the end, we tallied up all the completed cards valued at more than $244,100! And that’s not counting all the partially completed cards that folks also had started. We couldn’t be more excited about how great things went this first time around, and we certainly hope the program gave our wonderful businesses a bit of a boost!

We’d like to give a shout-out to Julie Jones of the Springfield Food Co-op for sparking the idea and having the persistence and energy to get people excited about the possibility. We also couldn’t have done it without the help of the Springfield Marketing Collaborative Committee – a group of local Chamber businesses with great ideas and lots of team spirit! We received so much wonderful feedback from the participating businesses as well as the folks doing the shopping – it was fun to see everyone getting excited, and the program was a truly fantastic way to generate comradery and community pride. We were so thrilled to bring this fun new program to the Springfield area, and we were blown away by the enthusiasm of local shoppers – thank you to everyone who got involved and assisted us in the collective endeavor to keep dollars local this past holiday season!

In addition to the thirty-three raffle winners, we also had a bonus raffle thanks to Dan Chapman of DEC Tech Computer! Dan’s business recently joined the Chamber, and while we didn’t connect soon enough for DEC Tech to be printed on the stamp cards and participate fully in the program, we were so impressed with his interest to become involved that we thought it would be fun to do a bonus raffle – Dan offered to provide 2 hours of tech service or tutoring – a $130 value! Also, Springfield Cinemas 3, in addition to awarding a $50 gift card to their winner also gave a movie pass to every person who entered their raffle!

Congratulations to all the winners of the first annual Springfield Holiday Local Loyalty Program:

Advanced Skin Care, Spa & Wellness: Elaine Menthe ($100 in skin care products & 2 $10 coupons towards massage or facial)

Bibens Home Center: Dawn Crary (Black+Decker 70 Piece Tool Kit)

Black River Kwik Stop: Frances Dawson ($100 variety of products)

Black Rock Steakhouse: Larry Butterfield ($50 gift card)

Boccaccio’s: Carolyn Tourville (variety gift package) ($100 value)

Clever Cow Designs: Donnie Bebee (choice of hooded or non-hooded soft shell jacket or an embroidered hoodie)

The Copper Fox: Jean Bolaski ($100 gift card)

Crown Point Country Club: Rick Martin ($50 gift card)

Dark Mountain Games: Spencer Olmstead (choice of either Mansions of Madness or set of metal Pathfinder dice - both $100 value)

DEC Tech Computer: Matt Sargent (2 hours tech service or training) ($130 value)

The EdgarMay: Paula Jensdotter ($100 gift certificate, water bottle & drawstring backpack)

Flying Crow Coffee Co.: Ashley Hensel-Browning (Two pounds of coffee & selection of items for the devoted coffee lover) ($70+ value)

Gallery at the VAULT: Anonymous (Knots with Cherry World Wide Woods Panel)

The Hartness House: James Collins (1-Night stay in the Hartness Suite)

The Inn at Weathersfield: Bonnie Ford ($100 gift certificate)

Jakes’s South Street Market: Margaret Gultekin (Basket filled with a cutting board, honey, maple syrup, fudge, pickles & jerky)

Joe’s Discount Beverage: Laura Peck & Betsy Lirakis ($50 gift certificate each)

Route 106N Market & Deli: Tracy Williams (Grinder Night for Two - includes grinders, chips, soda & dessert)

Shannon’s Upscale Resale: Sarah Call (Eddie Bauer Cirrus Lite Down Jacket, size medium) ($99 value)

Snap Fitness: Shannon Metzger (3-month Snap Fitness membership) ($150 value)

Springfield Animal Hospital: Stuart Rathbun ($100 gift certificate for any goods/services)

Springfield Art Gym: Suzanne Waldren (Gift certificate for One Class) ($35 value)

The Springfield Barber: Sue Beaulieu ($75 gift certificate)

Springfield Cinemas 3: Rodney Sheldon ($50 gift card)

Springfield Food Co-op: Rebecca Durant (Basket, Lake Champlain Chocolates, Equal Exchange Coffee, a Hydro Flask bottle, Springfield Food Co-op gift card and more)

The Sub-Way: Hollie Conway (Homemade bowl and wine cork made by Joseph Langton, and The Subway gift cards)

Tina’s Hallmark: Donna Thomas (Basket with blown glass ornament, gift certificate, Yankee candle, chocolate, and light-up snowman)

Trout River Brewery: Sean Murphy (mixed case of Trout River beer)

Up Your Alley Bowling: Aaron Streeter ($50 gift card for bowling, shoe rentals or pro shop items)

US Cellular: Cliff Petelle (Urbanista Melbourne Bluetooth Speaker) ($80 value)

Vianor: Kileen McCooey ($100 gift certificate)

Von Bargen’s Jewelry: Jennifer Genung ($100 gift certificate to Von Bargen's Jewelry)

Willow Farm Pet Services: Caroline Sullivan (gift bag with dog & cat treats, toys, and a $25 gift certificate) ($98 value)

Woodbury Florist: Rosann Sexton (gift basket with $50 gift certificate, night light, matching placemats and napkins (set of 2), kringle candle, ceramic trivet) ($137 value)

Caroline Sullivan, super excited about winning Willow Farm Pet Service’s raffle prize.

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