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Washington Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Washington working together to stimulate downtown economy

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The Washington Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Washington have teamed up to create events to help stimulate the downtown economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Submitted photo The Washington Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Washington have teamed up to create events to help stimulate the downtown economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WASHINGTON — The Washington Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Washington are working to ensure community members stay connected with each other and the downtown businesses.

Recently, staff have initiated social media campaigns to encourage shopping local while still practicing social distancing.

Alisha Davis, Event Coordinator for the Washington Chamber of Commerce, said showing support to one another during difficult times is what Washington does best.

One of the campaigns the chamber has started is “Washington Dines-In” where on Fridays, residents are encouraged to order-in from businesses in town to show support. An event has been created on Facebook and citizens are encouraged to take photos with their food and post them on the social media page.

This effort began last Friday and has been a big success, she said. On Saturday’s the chamber and main street are trying to promote local shopping with the event “Washington Shops Local.”

Many local retailers are struggling because it is difficult to get people in the doors during this time of quarantine, she said. However, many have adapted to the change with creativity.

Jazz It Up, a popular clothing store in town has launched a new website where online shopping can be done and Repurpose It is offering paint packs, which have all the supplies needed to create a masterpiece in the home.

“I think the retailers are feeling it more than the restraints are right now because food is a necessity and shopping is something we do for fun,” she said.

Local businesses are encouraged to get in on the community bonding as well by putting up signs in the windows to promote “We Heart Washington.” Davis said citizens are also encouraged to put hearts in the windows of their homes to promote love and community and create new scenery for those who leave the house.

For those who do not, the chamber is doing several challenges on its Facebook page and rewarding citizens with Chamber Bucks to be spent at a variety of businesses all over the county. Davis said everyone is encouraged to check out the Facebook page, Washington Chamber of Commerce, for more information and to continue to support the community and spread light during dark times.

“These are just ways we can reach out to the community and share some positivity,” she said. “We’re just trying to constantly stay connected and provide fun things for our families to do.”