Did you know each dollar you spend locally returns an average of 3X more to our community than buying elsewhere? This summer, Downtown Cedar Rapids and The Gazette will launch a buy local program to encourage consumers to support small, locally-owned businesses in the heart of the city.
It’s no secret that this winter served up challenges for small businesses – many saw lower than average sales due to harsh weather conditions that kept consumers indoors, and some had to close their doors for multiple days. The Downtown Cedar Rapids Summer Passport program will invite locals to fill up their Downtown Passport with stamps from small businesses and community events in the district.
Much like filling up a passport with travel destinations, the Summer Passport invites you to take a bit of a “staycation” in Downtown Cedar Rapids. And of course, staycationers will be rewarded for their efforts. Fill up a Passport, and you will be eligible for some big prizes.
Passports are available now at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, The Gazette and all participating businesses. Return your completed passport to The Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance or to the Gazette by 4:00 p.m. on September 23.
Participating Businesses & Events
Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers’ Market
Della Viti Wine Lounge
Cedar Rapids Public Library Summer Dare Wrap Party
Food Truck Fridays
Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival Fireworks
Iowa Brewing Co.
Kamal’s Upholstery & Carpet Inc.
Kieck’s Career Apparel
Market After Dark
Rustic Chic Boutique
Simply Divine Premiere Chocolatier
Top Notch Boutique
Cedar Rapids Downtown Summer Passport Prize Packages
Cedar Rapids Staycation Package – $1,000 value
Do it up big in Downtown Cedar Rapids with a four course Chef's Dinner + paired wines for up to six people at Popoli Ristorante & Sullivan's Bar. Dine inside the People's National Bank original vault, then spend the night at the DoubleTree by Hilton's Presidential suite.
Country Music Fan Package – $900 value
Yee all the haws with two festival passes to the 2020 Country Thunder Music Festival, held in Forest City, Iowa in mid-June (formerly Tree Town) plus a private patio party - including an acoustic performance and a keg of beer - at Hazzard County Saloon in Downtown Cedar Rapids.
Pamper Package – $800 value
Treat yo'self to a night out for six at Della Viti - Cedar Rapids. Enjoy a wine & cheese tasting, a wine bottle craft activity, and six bottles of wine to take home. Relax and be pampered with a hydrafacial, lash extensions and a spray tan or other service of equal value from Allure Skin, Body & Brows in Downtown Cedar Rapids.
Participating businesses: inside the business
Participating community events:
- Freedom Festival Fireworks - The Gazette's booth on 2nd Ave. Bridge entrance
- Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers' Markets - Information Booth on 2nd Ave. and 3rd St.
- Food Truck Fridays - In Greene Square
- Cedar Rapids Public Library Summer Dare Wrap Party - The Gazette's booth in Greene Square
- Market After Dark - Information Booth on 2nd Ave. and 3rd St.
What is the Downtown Cedar Rapids Summer Passport program?
The Downtown Cedar Rapids Summer Passport program is a buy local initiative led by the Downtown Cedar Rapids Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) and The Gazette. Downtown Cedar Rapids is filled with many small, locally owned businesses and home to many of the community’s favorite events. The Summer Passport program encourages people to visit the District and explore everything it has to offer. The Downtown Cedar Rapids Summer Passport program invites locals to fill their Passport with stamps from small businesses and community events within the District.
Starting June 21, program participants can pick up the Passport at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance (501 First St. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401) or The Gazette (500 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401) or any of the participating businesses to start gathering stamps for a chance to win prize packages!
Downtown Cedar Rapids Summer Passport Rules
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.
Must be 21 years or older to enter.
The Downtown Cedar Rapids Summer Passport is an initiative of the Downtown Self-Supported Municipal District (SSMID) , the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance (Economic Alliance) and The Gazette. Contest begins on Friday, June 21 and ends on Monday, September 23.
Participants will pick up their Downtown Cedar Rapids Summer Passport (Passport) at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance (501 First St. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401) The Gazette (500 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401) or any of the participating businesses.
Participants will visit all 12 businesses and attend at least 2 community events and have their Passport stamped at each location during the contest period.
The Passport MUST be stamped by an employee of a participating business, a representative of the Economic Alliance or a representative from The Gazette with an official Downtown Cedar Rapids Summer Passport stamp.
Once a participant receives all 12 stamps from participating businesses and at least 2 stamps from community events, they can turn in their Passport to be entered to win one of three big prize packages.
Passports can be returned at the Economic Alliance or The Gazette Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The final chance to submit a completed Passport is Monday, September 23 at 4:00 p.m.
Content of Grand Prize packages aren’t guaranteed and may be substituted based on availability. Redemption of Grand Prize prizes are at the discretion of the business or organization providing the product or service.
Following September 23, three (3) prize package winners will be determined from a random drawing. Economic Alliance or Gazette staff will randomly select completed Passports and announce the three prizes the individuals have won. Prize package winners will be contacted by phone and/or by email, based on information the individual has provided in their Passport. Prize package winners' first and last names will be announced publicly.
Prize package winners will collect their prize at the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If a Prize package winner does not collect their prize by September 30, they will forfeit the prize and it will be awarded to another participant, selected at random.
Participants may not gather stamps on Passports that do not belong to them.
Participants may not combine stamps from multiple Passports to create a contest entry.
Limit is one (1) Passport per person.