Shop Local in Clare

Clare Fashion and Fabrics owner Kate Jenner with Clewers Betta Home Living staff member Alison Fuller. Both businesses are part of the shop local campaign.

Clare Fashion and Fabrics owner Kate Jenner with Clewers Betta Home Living staff member Alison Fuller. Both businesses are part of the shop local campaign.

Clare traders have taken steps to revitalise their business community through customer loyalty.

The #ShopLocalClare movement began late last year with a Facebook page which traders could join and use to promote their business offerings.

Within a few weeks the page had garnered several hundred likers and is now creeping up to 1,000 ‘likes’.

Regional Development Yorke and Mid North Economic Development Officer Lynn Wallace chaired a meeting of Clare CBD traders in November which aired some concerns and shared ideas for the future.

As a result of the meeting a small number of traders formed a steering group to look at initiatives which would help revitalise the CBD.

A couple of late-night shopping evenings prior to Christmas got the ball rolling and have been followed by a Traders Loyalty Card launched this month where a shopper can win a $250 voucher to be spent locally.

“We have had great uptake in the loyalty card program, with 34 businesses investing in the six month trial,” Ms Wallace said.

“We now hope the community will come on board with this great idea and think about shopping locally more often.”

Shoppers can pick up a card at participating businesses and will get a stamp every time they make a transaction – 20 stamps will fill the card which goes in a monthly draw for the $250 voucher. The more cards a shopper fills, the better their chances are to win.

“As part of our role in regional development we see it as important to support business of all sizes across the region through economic and business development opportunities,” RDYMN CEO Kelly-Anne Saffin said.

“RDYMN does its best to ensure the success of businesses in our region and we see supporting the Clare business community as part of our commitment.”

Businesses involved this month, February 2019, include: AC Podiatry, Bentleys Hotel, Beyond Hair on Main, Clare Fashion and Fabric, Clare Shoes, Clare Tyres, Clare Valley Flowers, Clewers Betta Home Living, Clewers Carpet Court, Indulge Day Spa, Indii of Clare, Knit Spin Weave, Lalt Collective, Lifeline Retail Clare, Looking Good Boutique, Matriach and Rogue, MGA Insurance Brokers, Miss Gracie Taylors Preloved Books, Oak and Elm, Open House Gifts and Homewares, Peekaboo Kidz, RAA Clare, Specsavers, Swanky Mode, Rejuvination Massage Therapy, Richard Elkhoury’s Terry White Chemmart, Sportspower Clare, Stihl Shop and WG Bikesa nd Gear, The Barber Shop by Kim, The Corner Patch, Tim Siv Terry White Chemmart, Wild Saffron, WSB Distributors and Zest Cafe.