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Burlington Downtown Corporation now has its own currency

BURLINGTON, N.C. — That’s right! If you’re going shopping in Burlington, you may want to pick up the city’s new “Downtown Dollars.”

This special currency is only accepted at participating restaurants and shops in Burlington and aims to keep local dollars local.

Burlington Downtown Corporation describes “Downtown Dollars” as gift certificates which can be purchased from the corporation in $5 and $10 increments.

Businesses then accept the dollars just as they would any other kind of cash.

The catch? There is not currently any kind of “Downtown Cents,” so bills must be paid in whole dollars. Also, unlike regular dollars, Downtown Dollars expire one year after the issue date.

The plus? The dollars help support the local economy and are already accepted at over a dozen businesses.

Here’s the full list as of Monday:

  • BeCute Imporium
  • Bella’s House
  • The Blend & co.
  • Boston’s Sandwich Shop
  • Burlington Nutrition
  • Christmas Cheer
  • Downtown Yoga & Barre
  • Front Street Bottle Shop & Tasting Room
  • The Glass Angel
  • Hargis Family Dentistry
  • Owl & Rabbit Gallery
  • Main Pointe Dancewear
  • Main Street Vinyl
  • Persnickety Books
  • STEAM Junction
  • Smitty’s Homemade Ice Cream
  • Skin Karma by Hannah
  • Wayne’s Attic
  • Zack’s Hotdogs