Photo by Jeff Helminiak / Peninsula Clarion 
Jessie Duke, of Soldotna, browses books Monday with 7-month-old Danny Dommek at River City Books in Soldotna.

Photo by Jeff Helminiak / Peninsula Clarion Jessie Duke, of Soldotna, browses books Monday with 7-month-old Danny Dommek at River City Books in Soldotna.

Perks of shopping local

Program encouraging local spending goes live

Soldotna’s Holding Our Own Shop Local program, which incentivizes shopping locally in Soldotna by providing two $50 vouchers to people who spend $200 or more at certain Soldotna businesses, went live on Monday and will run through Dec. 16.

The program is being facilitated by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Soldotna, which approved the program at its Oct. 28 city council meeting, using CARES Act money.

Discretionary purchases made at participating Soldotna businesses are eligible for the program. Discretionary purchases include things like clothing, jewelry, books and haircuts, as well as purchases made at restaurants, cafes and bars. Non-discretionary purchases, which are not eligible for the program include things like groceries, gas, utilities and rent.

Participating patrons will be asked to submit up to 10 receipts totalling at least $200 to the chamber either online or in-person.

The chamber announced Monday that the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center would be closed to the public through Friday, Nov. 20 due to confirmation of a positive case of COVID-19 affiliated with the center. According to the announcement, those interested in submitting receipts in person can still do so by using a drop box that will be placed outside of the chamber’s front door.

Businesses interested in becoming voucher merchants can submit applications to the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce at any time while the program is live.

As of Monday, participating Soldotna Businesses include: Alaska Sleep Clinic, Alaska WildGear Clothing Company, Addie Camp, Brew602, Beemuns Variety, Belle Choses Alaska, Blush, Custom Seafood Processors, Dinner’s Ready, Dragonfly Gallery, Everything Bagels, Exercise Alaska, Frames And Things, Heather and Heather Inc., Dolifka & Associates P.C., Kelsis Kloset, Lucy’s Market, Mountain Magic Massage, Northcountry Fair, Orange Poppy, Pita Pit, River City Books, Soldotna Professional Pharmacy, Visit Soldotna, Odie’s Deli, River Sea & Marine, Soldotna Chiropractic Clinic, Wilderness Way, Redemption Mixed Martial Arts, St. Elias Brewing Co. and Yo Tacos.

Reach reporter Ashlyn O’Hara at ashlyn.ohara@peninsulaclarion.com.

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