Helping the Economy, Three Stores at a Time

By: Joe Gagnon Email
By: Joe Gagnon Email

One woman is doing her best to spur the local economy, borrowing an idea from a Minneapolis woman who helped her city with a program called the 350 Project.
Now, the local business owner wants to get as many businesses involved in this new plan.
The owner of the store hopes local businesses get a little more:
more customers, more attention and, most importantly, more money.
Some shoppers have a liking for independently owned stores, but others like the national chains.
Mandy Barnes owns the local second hand shop on Highway 6&50, and she is trying to bring in a program to help the Pablo's Pizza and Mesa Jeweler's of the area.
It's called the 3/50 Project.
The idea is for consumers to spend at least $50 per month in at least three different locally owned businesses in the city. Not $50 in each store, but the total spent among the businesses.
Barnes says 68% of the money spent locally comes back to the community, but, if you buy at a national chain, 43% comes back.
Purchase online and Grand Junction will see none of it.
If you do spend the $50 throughout the county, bring your receipts to Encore.
Barnes will give you a 10% discount on whatever you buy at her consignment shop.
She says it's a fair trade to help the Grand Valley economy any way she can.
For more information about the project click on the link for the 3/50 Project below.


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