Gift certificates are always a welcome present, but the McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce has taken the idea and given it a twist.
Chamber Cash, a new program, will allow people to give and receive gift certificates for use in local businesses, explained Carolyn Gilbert, Chamber executive director.
"Chamber cash helps keep our money here in McDuffie County and promotes businesses and industries," she said.
To give Chamber Cash as gifts, people purchase certificates in any denomination at the Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce office. The recipient can then use the certificates just like cash at any of the 35 participating businesses.
"Chamber Cash offers something for everyone," Ms. Gilbert said, noting a wide range of goods and services can be purchased by the certificates.
To find participating merchants, look for the sign in the store window CHAMBER CA$H ACCEPTED HERE.
Thirty-five businesses have signed on to accept Chamber Cash:
Aunt Tique & Uncle Junk's
Chinaberry Antiques & Cakes from Chinaberry
Quarles Cleaners & Laundry
B.C. Moore & Sons, Inc.
Wallace & Sons Equipment Company
McDuffie Feed & Seed
Farmers Furniture & Appliances
Stacy Turner Furniture
W.S. Badcock Home Furnishings
Hughes Furniture Company
The Furniture & Mattress Gallery
Culpepper Lumber Co.
The Remnant & Rug Shop
Lee Ann Cowart Interiors
Thomson Carpet & Decorating
1810 Country Inn & Winery
McDuffie Office Solutions
Richards Flowers & Gift Shop
Felicity & Co.
Brier Patch Gifts
The Frame Gallery
When the merchants accept Chamber Cash, they simply bring the certificates to the Chamber to redeem them.
For more information, call Mrs. Gilbert at the chamber offices at 597-1000.