Gift Card Sale Raises Over $7,000 for Area Restaurants

CLARION CO., Pa. (EYT) – Area residents showed up in force to support local restaurants through the Explore Christmas Gift Card Sale held on December 21 at The Haskell House.

(Pictured, left to right: Lexis Twentier, The Haskell House Venue Manager, and Joanne Bauer, Vice President of Explore Your Town, Inc., and Co-Owner of The Haskell House.)

The event – which was organized as a way to help restaurants struggling due to the holiday season mitigation orders that limited restaurants and bars to takeout only – raised over $7,000.00 for businesses in our area.

“We were blown away by the response,” Joanne Bauer said. “The sale started at 10:00 a.m., and we were selling out of some certificates before noon. We had to call the restaurants to get more certificates.

“The people of Clarion really stepped up to help support their local restaurants.”

The following local restaurants had gift certificates available for purchase at the event:

  • Sweet Basil Restaurant and Bar
  • Cousin Basils Restaurant and Bar
  • The Washington House
  • County Seat
  • Daddy’s Main Street
  • Casey’s Restaurant and Lounge
  • Vince’s Tavern
  • Wanango Country Club
  • The Allegheny Grille
  • The Korner Restaurant
  • Cozumel Mexican Restaurant & Cantina
  • Deer Creek Winery
  • Lost in the Wilds Brewing
  • Clarion River Brewing Co.
  • Mechanistic Brewing Co.
  • The Wayside Inn
  • The Forest Nook Restaurant
  • The Meadows Frozen Custard

According to Bauer, what sparked the idea for the effort was seeing the way area restaurants were struggling under the COVID-19 restrictions.

“Selling gift certificates is a great way to help restaurants because the upfront costs for them are minimal. Most people don’t go directly to the restaurant and use the certificate.”

With the success of the event, Bauer also noted that Explore Your Town, Inc. is looking at opportunities for additional events in the future.

“We’re planning to hold another sale in early spring.”

Restaurants and other local businesses interested in participating in the spring event are encouraged to email [email protected]

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