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Parkersburg paper offers ‘I Shop Locally’ initiative

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Seeking to further stimulate the local economy, The Parkersburg News and Sentinel has joined forces with more than 20 local businesses to once again offer the “I Shop Locally” program.

Matt Tranquill, The News and Sentinel advertising director, described the program as a way to give back to local business partners and readers.

“The shop local contest is designed to encourage and reward customers for supporting local businesses,” he said.

Customers can pick up the “I Shop Locally” cards at reward centers in participating business. The “I Shop Locally” cards are stamped each time customers make purchases at participating merchants. Collecting three stamps on a card allows a carrier to register for a monthly $500 gift card drawing. Participants can drop the completed cards off at the area rewards centers to enter.

Businesses in Wood and Washington counties, including Parkersburg, Vienna, Belpre and Marietta, are involved in the program, which will run until Oct. 12.

“You can have all three stamps done at one business or at a variety of them,” Tranquill said.

Participating businesses will be listed in the daily editions of The News and Sentinel three times a week, beginning today.

Any businesses wishing to participate can contact Tranquill at 304-485-1891, ext. 360.

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