Written by Melissa Argueta Friday, 09 December 2011 00:00
It’s the season of giving and there’s never been a better time to help support Garden City merchants than in the upcoming weeks. Shop locally and shop in the Village of Garden City has been the impassioned message promoted by John Wilton, the chairman of the Merchant Professional Retailers Group.
Garden City’s Merchant, Professional and Retailers Group, a Committee of the Garden City Chamber of Commerce, is a coalition of local merchants, shopkeepers, business, medical and professionals. The Group’s collective goal is “to continue to develop an ongoing advertising and marketing campaign to encourage Garden City residents and members of the business community, to direct their consumer dollars to core village businesses; additionally, to create a marketing campaign to draw consumer dollars from neighboring communities,” according to its website.
At a recent board meeting, Wilton encouraged residents to shop and dine in the village during the holiday season. “Now is the time… with the holidays coming up, catering, purchasing things,” he said.
“If you don’t have a Garden City Friend of the Chamber Merchant Card, come to my office, come to Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, or come to the Chamber and they give you 10 percent off anything you want to buy. I don‘t think there are many restrictions,” Wilton added.
The Friend of the Chamber Merchant Card is free of charge. It is an initiative put forth by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce and the Merchant, Professional and Retailers Group to encourage shopping locally.
Veterans can also take advantage of discounts throughout Nassau County. The Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce, Inc., the umbrella organization for more than 40 local Chambers of Commerce in the county, recently announced its “Veterans’ Discount Program” open to all past and present veterans of the U.S. Military.
According to a release from the Council, the organization is coordinating with local chambers and their members to provide discounts from 10 to 20 percent off products and services sold throughout Nassau County. Whether a veteran requires a new transmission, new flooring, or wants to have his or her teeth cleaned, for example, the Council anticipates there will be a choice of some 250 quality merchants, businesses and professional members who will participate in the program and offer a variety of products and services while providing discounts in honor of our veterans’ service to the country. There is no time limit on this program and it is hoped that participants will keep it open indefinitely.
“The members of the Council representing their respective chambers deeply appreciate the service provided by the men and women of our military, and feel that this discount program is the least they can do to show their gratitude,” stated E. Christopher Murray, president of the Nassau Council. Mr. Murray added that the Nassau Council is grateful to the offices of Senator Charles Schumer who informed the Nassau Council of a similar program being run by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce.
“We anticipate that this program will be a great success for our veterans as well as our merchant, retail service and professional Chamber members,” Murray said.
For a list of village merchants, visit www.gardencityshopping.com.