San Marcos Like a Local

LOVE Downtown San Marcos

February 5, 2014

February is the month of love, a time to exchange gestures of affection and appreciation. The San Marcos Main Street Program is presenting the community with a month-long event encouraging citizens to show their love for the community by shopping with our locally owned businesses during the LOVE Downtown campaign. 

For every $25 spent at a downtown business during the month of February, shoppers may share a picture of their receipt to be entered into a drawing for weekly prizes and a grand prize of $500 cash. 

Locally owned businesses are the heart of downtown San Marcos. Shopping locally not only shows your love and support for this distinct community, it creates jobs and increases community wealth. A growing body of economic research shows that about 73% of what you spend at local businesses remains in the local economy. 

The local businesses in San Marcos are a truly interesting mixture of food, shopping and services. These businesses do not carry products based on a national sales plan; they open their stores to provide a good or service based on their own personal passion or the needs of local consumers. In return, small business owners are highly knowledgeable about their products and are capable of providing expert opinions at a higher standard of service.

Participants may enter to win weekly prizes by taking a picture of their receipt and tweeting the hashtag #LOVEsmtx, texting the image to 512.763.1503 or emailing it to mainstreet@sanmarcostx.gov. Entries will also be accepted in person at the Main Street Office, 202 E. Hopkins. Weekly prize winners will be drawn on Fridays in February. 

Shoppers can also vote for their favorite downtown store by scanning QR codes on the sidewalks or commenting on the wall at www.facebook.com/downtownSMTX. The business with the most votes will also receive a $200 cash prize.

For more information, visit www.sanmarcostx.gov/lovedowntown or call 512.393.8431.