Buy Local Bonus program returns with even more gift cards to local small businesses

Starting Monday, November 15, community members who spend $100 at San Luis Obispo businesses can get a $25 gift card to a local business while supplies last. 

To redeem a gift card, spend at least $100 on products at any qualifying San Luis Obispo business and e-mail a copy of your receipt(s) to the San Luis Obispo Visitor Center at Participants can choose between physical or e-gift cards (if available). When participants’ receipts are validated, they will get an email with instructions on how to choose their gift card. 

“Buy local this holiday season to support our community and get rewarded,” said City Manager Derek Johnson. “The City is re-investing in our community and we hope you will, too. This is a great opportunity to show your love of San Luis Obispo and support small businesses that are owned and operated locally. Keep in mind that supply chain issues may be impacting local businesses, so please shop early, shop local and shop small businesses, or consider services or activities as gifts instead of products.”

The City of San Luis Obispo and San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce partnered again this holiday season to bring back the Buy Local Bonus program, which incentivizes community members to spend their money locally. Using economic stimulus funds, the City is purchasing tens of thousands of dollars in gift cards from local businesses to support small businesses in San Luis Obispo struggling through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

“The goal is to pump hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy with the help of our community,” said SLO Chamber President/CEO, Jim Dantona. “Small businesses cannot survive without the community’s support. Buying local helps create a vibrant economy and the City of SLO is furthering those dollars by incentivizing shoppers to spend their money locally.”

Shoppers can participate up to three separate times. Qualifying businesses include retail, restaurant, fitness, or personal service business with a City of San Luis Obispo business license and a physical storefront or location within city limits. Receipts from the following business types do not qualify: Big box retailers, convenience and drug stores, grocery stores and supermarkets, lodging businesses, and fueling or gas stations.

For more information about the Buy Local Bonus program visit