Why Independent Businesses Matter
Keeps Decision Making Local
Independent businesses can make decisions by people that live in La Plata County, not by a larger chain elsewhere
Builds Community Well-Being
Local businesses build strong, resilient communities and contribute to local causes
Keeps Dollars Local
More money stays in the local economy and creates jobs right in La Plata County
Encourages Character and Prosperity
Unique businesses preserve the character of our town, preventing it from looking like Anywhere, USA!
Presented by the Durango Herald
How the Passport Challenge works:
1. Pick up your passport
You can pick up a passport for free anytime from July 1- July 7th at Local First, Maria’s Bookshop, Smiley Cafe, ACE Kroegers Hardware, Sante, Wagon Wheel Liquor, Animas Trading Co., Urban Market, The Durango Welcome Center, Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, Salt 360 Float Studio, The Soup Palette, the Spaaah Shop, La Plata County Humane Society any time during the week while supply lasts.
2. Spend Money, Get Stamps
Make a purchase at any local participating business to get a stamp. For every 5 stamps you get, you are entered to win one of our prizes!
3. Win Prizes
Turn your passport in by Monday July 9th into the box outside the Local First office in the Smiley Building. Winners will be chosen on Wednesday the 11th!
Awesome prizes donated by
Salt 360 Float Studio
Annual Float Pass for one or 6 month pass for two
Wagon Wheel Liquors
5 $25 Gift Cards
2 $25 Gift Cards
The Spaaah Shop
$25 Gift Card
Two Pairs of Stand Up Paddle Board or Kayak Rentals!
($90 value each)
1 $50 Gift Card
Check out our directory for the full list of local, independent businesses around town and look for the Independents Week decals outside!
Look for this sidewalk decal in front of participating businesses during Independents Week!
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