Businesses encourage shopping local, giving back

Colton Shone
November 22, 2017 06:57 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- West downtown businesses located on Central Avenue from 10th Street to San Pasquale are breathing a collective sigh of relief. After a stressful year of Albuquerque Rapid Transit construction, the traffic cones are coming down.


They're banking on an influx of shoppers this holiday season.

“When you spend $100 in your community at a locally owned business, $68 go back to that community versus $43 at a corporate business,” said Mona Ghattas, owner of Duran’s Central Pharmacy.

Ghattas said businesses around hers will keep $2 bills in their tills to give out as change starting Saturday to encourage shoppers to spend that bill at a mom-and-pop shop.

“They're stamped ‘Shop to give,’” she said.

The coalition is also teaming up with the organization Newday, which supports homeless youth in our city by putting out boxes collecting donated items. The $2 bill campaign and the donation boxes will start this Saturday and go through Christmas.

"Things like toothpaste, toothbrushes, different types of hygiene products, gloves, socks, things they need all the time that they often can't get," said Melody Wells with Newday Youth and Family Services


Colton Shone

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