The “Wheel of Golden” which helps locals choose a restaurant to support with take- out as a part of the new shop local program. (Contributed)

The “Wheel of Golden” which helps locals choose a restaurant to support with take- out as a part of the new shop local program. (Contributed)

Chamber and Coop launch #DineInGolden program

They are hoping to help support and promote local businesses during the third wave

The Golden Community Coop and the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce have partnered to bring a new promotion to help support local businesses during this most recent wave of provincial public gathering restrictions.

#DineInGoldenBC is encouraging people to take pictures of their take out or patio experience and share them on social media, tagging the restaurant, for a chance to win a weekly draw price.

Every photo is one entry to the weekly draw, until April 19.

“As we continue to manage the changing PHO orders remember to be kind to each other and listen to any staff instructions,” read a statement from the chamber.

“Our hope is to have honestly just a bit of feel good in the community, for the restaurants but also other businesses and fitness studios that haven’t seen the same push for love when they’re coming up against the same issues,” said Tess Davies, marketing and communications manager for the Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re just trying to make things a little better.”

As a part of this program to show support for local businesses, the chamber and coop have unveiled the “Wheel of Golden” which features local dining options to help aid those looking for a business to support.

Davies hopes that the wheel will help bring to mind businesses that you may have otherwise looked over to help spread the love during a difficult time.

The idea for the wheel came from the Kootenay Chamber Network, with other communities in the region having similar programs in place.

Davies says support from the community has been great so far.

“All the restaurant owners and franchisees have been pretty excited about this and are happy that there’s something trying to keep our community working,” said Davies.

“The response across Golden has been lovely, it’s just such a fun way to support our community.”

Davies says it’s important to shop local and keep businesses open for Golden’s economy.

“It’s the reality that these are your neighbours, they’re the people who support your kids, sports leagues, if we can keep the doors open, the more vibrant our community will be,” she said.

She also encouraged people to reach out to gyms and other businesses affected by the new restrictions to see how you can support them.

For example, many fitness centres are moving products online with zoom yoga and other fitness classes, or offering memberships that can be postdated to start once you feel safe returning to the gym.

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