Beginning Monday, customers can go to the www.downtowndayton.org/dollars to purchase the e-cards for themselves or to send as a gift card in a selected amount. The pre-loaded e-card will then be delivered via email or text message. An option to “print for hand deliver” upon checkout is available.
There is an e-delivery fee of $1, in addition to 5% of the cards’ value, which DDP said supports its technology partner.
Benefits of the program, DDP officials said, include: no monthly inactivity fees; Downtown Dollars balance is listed directly on the card and is updated as it’s used; it’s a great option for a last-minute gift; funds become available immediately after purchasing; and monthly reminders are sent via email or text to remind the user that the Downtown Dollars are available.
A “small inactivity fee” does kick-in if the card is not used after 12 consecutive months, DDP officials said.
Downtown Dollars is a free program for qualifying downtown Dayton businesses, the partnership said. Business owners who are interested in becoming a participating merchant can contact Laura Woeste at email@example.com, according to DDP’s website.