Draper brings back 'Draper Deals' program to help local businesses during pandemic

Posted at 9:03 PM, Jan 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-09 23:34:41-05

DRAPER, Utah — "Draper Deals" is back for round two as a part of the city's efforts to help local businesses during the pandemic.

Every household in Draper is expected to receive a letter from the city in the next week.

In it are three $10 coupons to use at over 100 local stores. Once you spend the coupon, those businesses return those coupons for the cash with the city.

Restaurants, retail stores and even automobile repair shops are just some of the dozens of businesses participating in the program.

The initiative is funded by the CARES act and was wildly successful back in November. The city is now upping the number of businesses for round two.

“We had 25 more sign up this second round… really successful,” Mayor Troy Walker said.

It's something Walker and his family have looked forward to participating in since the first round of Draper Deals were mailed out.

“One night, we’re like, 'Where are we going to eat?' and we said, 'We have our Draper Bucks; let's go here,'” Walker said. “We spent probably $100, but you know, we went and we went to that business.”

The original idea came from neighboring city Herriman, and the city council of Draper decided to adopt the program. Even though Mayor Walker says he wasn’t sure about the program in the beginning, he believed it's been successful in helping many local businesses.

One of those is the Great Harvest Bread Company in Draper.

“Kind of that extra little boost that we all need,” owner Natalie Pennock told FOX 13. “Yes, it's us getting up every day and trying, but you know what? It's kind of your cheerleader on the side saying, 'We’ve got your back.'”

Pennock thinks more cities should get behind the idea.

"If you’re in a city position and you have the authority to make those decisions... your small businesses will love you," she said. “And they'll bring you treats — as much as you want!”

Residents have until Feb. 7 to redeem their Draper Deals. For a map of the more than 100 places that are participating, click here.

For more information on the program, click here.