Downtown Middletown Inc. is encouraging people to shop and support local businesses through its website.
“Our downtown businesses have been the key to the revitalization of our downtown and impact the City in positive ways. For many, this is their dream and the uncertainty of the future really puts that dream at risk” said Jeff Payne, DMI executive director.
The Middletown Visitors Bureau has also created a webpage to update residents on which restaurants are open for delivery and carry-out.
Payne said the team gathered an easy reference list of some common and unique ways to support small businesses.
Payne said with revenue being the lifeblood of any organization, purchasing gift cards, buying carry-out food and drink and shopping on online stores are often most helpful. In addition, there are other less expensive options including sharing and promoting business social media pages, which allows them to gain better exposure and potential new customers.
One of the unique sections includes an area where you can “Send a Smile” to a downtown business.
“Our downtown is a community and sending them a message of support during maybe the scariest part of their entrepreneurial career can really make a difference,” Payne said. “Small businesses are people too.”
He said many businesses are offering discounts, promotions or free gifts with purchase. In the “Thank you, Middletown” section of the page, you can find codes or free offers. The list will continue to expand each day.
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