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Rewards, events and summer ambassadors

The Durango Business Improvement District is pleased to announce that the Spring Rewards Program is now underway. The program is presented by Alpine Bank, and proudly sponsored by Morehart Murphy Regional Auto Center and Durango Chamber of Commerce.

BID created Rewards Program promotions in 2020 during the height of the pandemic as a way to reward you for shopping local. These programs were so successful that they are now part of BID’s annual work for businesses in the heart of Durango. Combined, the previous four programs BID has operated have produced more than $400,000 in spending at local businesses.

The Spring Rewards Program started April 1. Purchases made on or after April 1 at nearly every BID or Chamber business will qualify for a reward. The minimum purchase amount is $25. Save your receipts, and when they add up to at least $300, turn them into BID for your reward. Your reward is a $50 gift card, and you choose from a list of about 15 local businesses for your reward.

There are 200 rewards offered, when they are gone they are gone. Don’t wait too long as past programs have ended in two or three weeks. There are exceptions and rules to be aware of, so please visit DowntownDurango.org/spring-rewards to learn more and to submit your receipts for purchases made on or after April 1. BID will update the webpage regularly with the number of rewards that remain.

If you are going out to eat, if you are buying a gift for someone, if you are getting your hair cut, if you are booking a rafting trip, if you are making hotel reservations for someone coming to Durango – these are all eligible purchases for the Spring Rewards Program. If you received a tax refund this year, spend some of it locally and get rewarded! Visit DowntownDurango.org/spring-rewards to learn more.

With the onset of spring comes Durango’s event season. The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown will be held April 22 to 24 at several venues downtown. Visit DurangoMeltdown.com for tickets. The Durango Wine Experience is set for April 29 to May 1, and features seminars and classes, plus the Walkabout and Grand Tasting. Visit DurangoWine.com for details. Taste of Durango will be on May 15 in downtown Durango. There are several new features this year, so be sure to read the blog about the Taste at DowntownDurango.org/blog.

Do you know someone who loves to help people find what they are looking for in Downtown? BID is seeking Downtown Ambassadors to work this summer. Ambassadors are friendly, outgoing and knowledgeable about downtown Durango and the broader Durango area. Ambassadors will work at least three shifts per week, and shifts are typically two to three hours. Shifts start Memorial Day weekend and continue through the end of September.

If this is you, or if it sounds like someone you know, apply to be a Downtown Ambassador at DowntownDurango.org/jobs. This is fun job where you can get paid to meet people from all over the world and help them find what they need.

I hope to see you downtown and in the North Main District soon.

Tim Walsworth is executive director of Durango Business Improvement District. Reach him at timw@downtowndurango.org or 375-5068.