Support Cambridge Local Businesses and Win Great Prizes!

I received this email from Cambridge Local First and I think it’s GREAT idea.  Certainly this winter weather, now record breaking, has been hard on all of us.  But it has been especially hard on local business who don’t have a national or international infrastructure over which they can spread the cost and losses.

Join Cambridge Local First in this innovative and fun way to bring some of the lost revenue back into our local community.  And, if you’re one of our readers who isn’t local to the greater Boston area, give your own local businesses some love.  Shop, eat, bank, and do business locally!

From Cambridge Local First:

This winter has been rough on both Cambridge residents and businesses. The good news is that spring is just around the corner. In an effort to encourage shopping at Cambridge businesses, the City of Cambridge is launching the Lovin’ Local raffle card game from March 16 – April 3, 2015. Prizes include gift cards from local businesses, a Hubway membership, and the grand prize of lunch with Mayor David Maher.

Here is how it works:

Residents, visitors and area workers can pick up a game card at one of the following locations:

Mayor’s Office, Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge Public Library’s Main Branch (449 Broadway), and Cambridge Community Development Department, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway.

OR Customers will be able to download the raffle card starting Monday, March 16th at:

Rules of the game:
Step 1: Shop at a local business.
Step 2: Have the local business sign a cell on the card
Step 3: Take a picture of yourself visiting at least 1 business and tweet, Instagram or Facebook a picture using the hashtag #LovinCambMA. Please tag the business you are visiting, too!

3 completed cells from 3 different businesses gets a contestant 1 raffle ticket, 9 cells = 6 raffle entries. If the contestant hands in a card with a business from each of the different Cambridge commercial districts, they will receive 4 extra entries into the raffle.

How can you help?

Make sure your staff is aware of the raffle card. It is a 5X7 postcard, blue on one side, white on the other. We ask that each business initial a cell with the business name and the date of purchase.

Use the #LovinCambMA hashtag on your own social media to encourage your followers to participate in the contest. You should direct them to: for all the information they need to participate. We will retweet you!

If you want to give a discount to people who show up with a Lovin’ Local raffle card, that is OK, but it is not required to participate.

Questions? Please contact Pardis Saffari at 617-349-4654 or via email at: Full rules and entry information for the contest can be found at:

Copyright © 2015 Cambridge Local First, All rights reserved.


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