OAKHURST – There’s a new currency in town, expected to become a valuable asset to consumers and local vendors alike.
Mountain Bucks Gift Certificates are easy-to-use and designed to keep shopping dollars in Eastern Madera County. Anyone can purchase Mountain Bucks gift certificates, available from the Oakhurst Area Chamber Office with payment in cash or by check. The certificates can be used just like cash at a variety of local businesses to purchase merchandise, products, food or service.
The Chamber of Commerce announced the start of a Mountain Bucks pilot gift certificate program as part of the Shop Local Campaign. Signs will be popping up at businesses around the neighborhood to indicate their participation in the program.
“They make great gifts, and they are perfect for any occasion, including birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, showers, graduations, retirement and more. They make perfect rewards and incentives and can be used to celebrate important milestones,” says Chamber Executive Director Darren Soukup. Mountain Bucks come in $5 denominations which “never expire.”
Customers can choose to use their Mountain Bucks on a wide array of products and services including home and garden supplies, groceries, health and beauty aids, cards, stamps, gifts, paint, hardware supplies, electronics and appliances. Mountain Bucks are also redeemable for restaurant food and service, accommodations, pet and feed supplies, movies, tires and auto repair. Additional products and services associated with the program are being updated and added frequently.
The Mountain Bucks Gift certificates are believed to benefit the local community and economy by keeping sales tax dollars in Madera County, says the Chamber, leading to better roads, schools and infrastructure for all the mountain communities.
The program is open to Chamber members, participating Eastern Madera County businesses and the community at large. Any local merchant, retailer or service professional may accept Mountain Bucks as payment and be reimbursed by the Chamber.
Local businesses not need inform the Chamber before they begin accepting Mountain Bucks as payment, though it is encouraged.
The Chamber does not profit monetarily from the program. Sponsors have made the project possible for the business community. The next Chamber Merchant Retail Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 30 at 7 a.m. in the Chamber conference room.
The Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce is located at 40637 Highway 41.