GOOD BUSINESS: Morwenna Harslett at Cherry Lane Nursery is just one of the local businesses participating in the promotion.
GOOD BUSINESS: Morwenna Harslett at Cherry Lane Nursery is just one of the local businesses participating in the promotion. Amy Kadel

Businesses blossom under Christmas promotion

BUSINESSES are reaping the benefits from the Stanthorpe and Granite Belt Chamber of Commerce Christmas Promotion.

Cherry Lane Nursery owner Morwenna Harslett said she believes the promotion is great for the town.

"I think it's lovely to encourage people to shop locally, it's really nice to support other businesses locally as well,” she said.

"For business owners like myself, I'm not sure you can put a price on it.”

Ms Harslett said that promotions such as this help small businesses who may struggle due to the demand of online shopping.

"The more awareness there is to shop locally, the better that is,” she said.

"What we hope to encourage as business owners is not just to have people shopping locally for Christmas, but to keep that going.

"Obviously at Christmas people are thinking about buying things, but what we want people to do is have them come into our stores at Christmas time and see what we've got and then coming in to 2017 and into the future, to continue to shop at the local businesses and that's how we as a town are going to survive.”

Chamber of Commerce president John Bylicki said the feedback from participating businesses had been positive.

"Generally the feedback is that's been a busy Christmas period,” he said.

"The promotion will finish up on Thursday and we're hoping that it will continue and pick up and finish on a high.”

Shoppers will receive one entry per $20 spent at a participating business, able to receive a maximum of 10 tickets per transaction.

Entries must be placed in one of the barrels at the Border Post, Granite Belt Cleaning and Hospitality supplies, Gleesons, Gracious Giving, Maddie's Gift Gallery or Furniture One by 5pm Thursday.

Entries will be drawn in the Piazza from 6.15pm.

Only the person whose name is on the slip can collect the prize and must be present on the night with a two minute window to make their way forward.

The pool prize is worth a total $2100 donated by participating businesses.

Entrants must be over the age of 18 and cannot be a member of the Chamber of Commerce Christmas Promotion Committee.

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