Downtown Management Board Encourages Local Shopping with eGift Card Program

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Local businesses in East Lansing.

Updated on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, at 2:10 p.m.

Spend locally. You’ve heard it before, and now it’s really time to heed the call. The City of East Lansing is hoping to make the mission that much easier with the launch of their eGift Card Program.

According to a press release, the Downtown East Lansing eGift Card Program included 23 – now up to 28 – local East Lansing restaurants, retailers and service providers.

The City’s Community Development and Engagement Manager, Amy Schlusler-Schmitt spoke about the program and its purpose in the press release. “Participating in this program means supporting the heart of what makes our community unique and supporting our local businesses at a time when they need it most,” she said. “We do hope that community members will consider giving the gift of shopping and dining local this holiday season and beyond.”

You can send these to family, friends, co-workers, delivery drivers, and anyone else you’d like with a personal text or email message. There are no physical gift cards or certificates. New businesses are being added every day, so be sure to check for the most up-to-date listing of participating shops.

At its kickoff, the program also included special bonus gift cards that accompanied purchases, utilizing a $3,000 allocation from the Downtown Management Board. As of December 12, the special bonus gift card promotion was sold out, but eGift cards still remain for all participating businesses.

These gift cards are available in $25, $50, and $100 denominations and can be used at any and all of the participating locations:

  • Beggar’s Banquet
  • Black Cat Bistro
  • Blue Owl Coffee
  • Campbell’s Market Basket
  • Campbell’s Smoke Shop
  • Campus Corner
  • Crunchy’s
  • Curious Book Shop
  • El Azteco East Lansing
  • Foster Coffee Company
  • Georgio’s Pizza
  • Harper’s Restaurant and Brewpub
  • J2 Tanning
  • Lou and Harry’s
  • MSU Broad Museum + Art Lab
  • Mad Eagle
  • Massage & Wellness LLC
  • PT O’Malley’s
  • Pitaya
  • Saper Galleries and Custom Framing
  • Seams Fabric
  • Sparties Barbershop
  • Splash of Color Tattoo & Piercing Studio
  • Student Book Store
  • Sundance Jewelers
  • Tin Can East Lansing
  • Underground Printing
  • Woven Art Yarn Shop

For more details, or to purchase an eGift Card, visit the Downtown East Lansing website.

UPDATE: On Thursday, Dec. 17, the City announced there would be a new round of matching funds for the eGift Cards, following an allocation of $5,000 from the Downtown Development Authority.

The eGift Card program originally had $3,000 in matching funds from the Downtown Management Board, but according to a City press release, within 29 hours of the launch enough gift cards had been sold to exhaust the matching funds.

According to that release, $12,095 has already been spent — including the original $3,000 matching fund — to support local businesses.

“We want to thank all of our early buyers for supporting our downtown businesses during this challenging time,” said Amy Schlusler-Schmitt, Community Development & Engagement Manager. “Our hope is that this second round of promotional funds from the DDA will help to keep the momentum going.”

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