Shop Cordova First
The Cordova Chamber’s “Shop Cordova First” campaign began in 2015, utilizing nautically themed custom artwork and fun slogans to encourage residents and visitors to “anchor” their business in Cordova. One of the campaign’s signature materials, the Shop Cordova First reusable shopping bag was especially popular, and reminded local shoppers of the significance of supporting Cordova businesses.
The branding recognizes that there are times when residents must shop outside of Cordova, but encourages them to give local merchants a shot at their business first because they are often willing to go the extra mile to serve customers. The program also emphasizes that ‘money spent here, stays here’ creating jobs, tax revenue and more. In Cordova, we are fortunate to have the support of local businesses not only providing jobs and services, but also supporting school groups, charitable organizations and other community groups that are the fabric of our lives. Every purchase made locally returns in multiples to the community.
Please do your part to keep Cordova as great as it is, and remember to Shop Cordova First whenever you can!
Shop Cordova First Passports
The Cordova Chamber created their Shop Cordova First Passports as a means to both incentivize local purchasing and also to begin gathering information about local spending trends. The handy booklets are distributed at events leading up to the holiday shopping season. Locals carry these around and get a stamp for each local retail purchase during the holiday shopping timeframe (mid November – end of December). The Passport are then turned in to the Chamber by January 1st, and for or every $20 worth of local spending recorded in the Passport, the shopper receives an entry to win a one of many prizes donated by local businesses.
The merchants of Cordova get a bit of “Moonlight Madness” every winter and keep late hours on the Friday nights before Christmas to give Cordovans extra opportunity to find that perfect gift. A list of participating businesses along with their holiday-themed sales, activities and treats is distributed and promoted by the Chamber. For this year’s list, click here. We encourage Cordovans to Shop Cordova First and do their shopping with your local merchants who support our community!