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Downtown businesses plan to keep shoppers at home

The Downtown Business Association is giving those planning to head out of town to do their Christmas shopping plenty of incentives to stay.

“We have what people need here,” said Karen Zimmerman, owner of Under the Aspen Tree. “Give us a chance to see if we have what you’re looking for.”

Those who take a look could save money or win gift certificates.

On Sunday, customers will save 7.15 percent on all their purchases. Participating business owners will pay the sales tax on all purchases made that day.

“We’re just trying to stir up a little interest in shopping downtown,” said Carol Wilson, owner of Neolithics on Yampa Avenue. “This has been pretty popular. We do it on a Sunday, which is a day downtown stores generally are not open.”

Participating businesses will have signs in their windows.

“It seems to bring people out,” Wilson said.

This is the fourth year the DBA has sponsored a Shop Tax Free day.

“Our goal is to have people shop Craig,” Zimmerman said.

On Dec. 12, shoppers are invited to participate in a game that could earn them gift certificates to downtown businesses.

The amount has not yet been determined.

Find a cardboard gingerbread man cutout at each of 12 participating stores. The gingerbread men will have a letter on them. Write down the letter. When customers have discovered all 12 letters, they can unscramble them to form a word, which is recorded on an entry form and placed in the prize drawing.

“It’s a way to get folks into a lot of different stores,” Wilson said. “Even if they don’t buy anything, at least they’ll learn about that store.”

Refreshments will be provided to shoppers and game players.

Each business will have extended holiday hours, but each are different.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in the downtown park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday until Christmas.

The Downtown Business Association has offered several different holiday events over the years, including a men’s shopping day, kid’s shopping day or working women’s shopping lunch.

“We’re sort of trying different things,” Wilson said. “We’re just making this up as we go along. We’re always looking for new ideas.”

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210 or at

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