Mayor Barlow announces $50,000 in Blizzard Bucks for sale Feb. 17 – Oswego County Today

Photo courtesy of Mayor Barlow’s office.

OSWEGO – Mayor Billy Barlow today announced that another set of the Buy One Get One (BOGO) coupon program “Blizzard Bucks” will go on sale Thursday, February 17 to encourage residents to shop locally and support the small businesses in Oswego.

The BOGO program partners the city government with local businesses to provide in-store deals and restaurant discounts. For $25, residents will receive $50 in “Blizzard Bucks” gift cards to use at participating local retailers and restaurants. This matching funding will be provided by the City of Oswego, using $25,000 in funding from the federal government‘s US bailout.

“We are pleased to be able to host another round of the popular Buy One Get One Blizzard Bucks program in February to help businesses and give residents another opportunity for local deals and special discounts,” Barlow said. “February is typically a very slow time for local business owners, so a mid-winter BOGO round will help entice residents to get out and shop locally during a critical time.”

Two thousand Blizzard Bucks certificates will go on sale Thursday, Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. at the City of Oswego Visitor Center located at 201 W. 1st St. next to Nora’s.

Certificates will be on sale while supplies last on a first-come, first-served basis. Certificates can only be purchased in cash. The Visitor Center will remain open until 8 p.m. on February 17. If all certificates are not purchased on Thursday, the visitor center will reopen on Friday at 9 a.m. until they are sold out.

The certificates will be valid until February 28.

Any local small business located in the town of Oswego who would like more details on how the program works and how to participate by accepting gift certificates, please contact Amy Murphy via email at [email protected] This program is free for small businesses and requires no monetary investment.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How much does this promotion cost?
    • The promotion costs $25, cash only. In exchange for paying $25, you will receive five $10 Blizzard Bucks coupons.
  • What do I have to do?
    • Buy the Blizzard Bucks at the Visitor Center (201 W. 1st St.) starting at 4 p.m. Feb. 17 while supplies last.
  • When do Blizzard Bucks expire?
    • The promotion ends on February 28.
  • Why do Blizzard Bucks expire so quickly?
    • At the Economic Development Office, we work hard to help local businesses. This is a promotion to encourage a local spending bargain.
  • Can I buy Blizzard Bucks at a participating business?
    • No, the Visitor Center will be selling all gift certificates on February 17 while supplies last. Participating companies only buy them back.
  • Can I spend all five cash promotions at five different participating businesses?
  • Does each individual gift voucher have to be spent all at once?
    • Yes. You will receive five $10 gift certificates and they can be spent together or separately, but must be spent completely. If, for example, your total is $8, the remaining $2 will NOT be refunded to you.
  • Can a customer use Blizzard Bucks to purchase a gift certificate from a participating business?
    • Yes, and we encourage it.

You have more questions ? Call 315-343-3795.

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