On October 21, 2020

Hartford Dollars support 40 local businesses

A new Covid recovery program aims to boost Hartford’s local economy with “Hartford Dollars,” an incentive-based stimulus program that sells a discounted special “currency” to be spent at locally.

Many small Upper Valley businesses have been devastated by the economic disruption caused by the pandemic. Vital Communities, the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce, and other Hartford partners created the program to increase foot traffic and sales for struggling businesses, using a Restart Vermont Regional Marketing and Stimulus Grant from the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

Economists have long known that dollars spent on local businesses add the most to the local economy.

A recent study commissioned by Vital Communities found that, for every dollar they earn, locally owned retailers and restaurants return a share to the local community that’s up to four times as big as that of chain or online businesses.

Hartford Dollars can be purchased in $30 and $50 values for $15 and $25, respectively (a 50% discount).

Hartford Dollars are available for purchase online on the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce website and at the Quechee Gorge Visitors Center.  You can print out the currency or use unique codes.

Hartford Dollars can be spent at the following participating businesses:

BE Fit Physical Therapy, Cloverleaf Jewelers, Deirdre Donnelly Jewelry Art, Dynamic Natural Athletes, Elixir Restaurant, Fat Hat Clothing Co, Flourish, Beauty Lab, Jake’s Market & Deli, JUEL Modern Apothecary, Little Istanbul, Living the Dream Alpaca Farm, Long River Gallery, Massage Eminence, Northern Stage, Open Door Integrative Wellness, Piecemeal Pies, Pizza Chef, POST, Public House at Quechee Gorge, Public House Diner Quechee, Raq-On Dance, Revolution, Scavenger gallery, Scout Hair Design, Small Batch Design Company, Stern’s Quality Produce, Steven Thomas, Inc., Strafford Saddlery, Sugarbush Farm, Sunrise Farm, The Collection, The Skinny Pancake-Quechee, The Uncommon Home, Thyme, Trail Break taps + tacos, Tuckerbox, Upper Valley Aquatic Center, Upper Valley Yoga, Valley Flower Company, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Wicked Awesome BBQ, and Wolf Tree.

Hartford Dollars need to be spent by Nov. 30, 2020 and may not be used to pay for  tobacco, cannabis, alcohol, lottery tickets, fire arms, tax or tips. No change will be given for Hartford Dollars.

Hartford Dollars is a locally coordinated Covid recovery project between the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce, Vital Communities, the town of Hartford and Hartford Dev. Corp. and partially funded with federal funds.

Do you want to submit feedback to the editor?

Send Us An Email!

Related Posts

Large turnout for Hartland school budget info session

May 23, 2024
By Curt Peterson The May 21 Hartland school budget information session may be the best-attended school board gathering in recent history — an estimated 40 people attended in person at Damon Hall in Hartland, and another 41 tuned in online. Hartland voters had already approved the $11,040,567 budget 320-311 on April 2. But a petition…

United Way of Rutland County names new exc. director

May 22, 2024
The United Way of Rutland County (UWRC) announced the appointment of Tina Van Guilder as its new executive director, May 17.  Van Guilder officially assumed her role as executive director May 6. With over seven years of direct non-profit leadership experience in the Rutland County area, coupled with recent roles focusing on grant coordination, budget…

Slate Valley school district to hold fourth vote on district budget

May 22, 2024
In response to the results of the last vote on May 9, and valuable community feedback during the school board meeting on May 13, the Slate Valley Unified Union School District will hold its fourth vote in an attempt to pass the budget on May 30. It will be a revote on the third FY25…

Where is the road construction this week? 

May 22, 2024
The Agency of Transportation produces this weekly report of planned construction activities that will impact traffic on state highways and interstates throughout Vermont. Hartford: Monday, May 20, through Friday, May 24, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., multiple concrete mixers will be moving in and out of the project area at either end of the…