The Rolla Downtown Business Association (RDBA) will launch the ever-popular 2019 Shop Downtown Rolla for Christmas program on Saturday, Nov. 9.

The program rewards shoppers when they spend $10 at the participating businesses. Free punch cards will be available at each of the 30 participating businesses. 

When the shopper receives five punches, the card can be completed with contact information and turned in at one of the three downtown banks, including Central Federal, First State Community Bank and PCB. 

“We’re basically saying thank you for shopping locally and shopping with our downtown businesses,” said RDBA President Lonna Sowers. “Our shoppers seem to really appreciate it.”

Two winners’ names will be drawn from the entries. Each winner will win $250 in Downtown Dollars that may be spent with the participating businesses.

The deadline for entries will be Tuesday, Dec. 17. The two winning names will be drawn on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

“We like to leave a few days available prior to Christmas so the winners may use the Downtown Dollars if they choose to before Christmas,” said Sowers. “Some folks like to save them for after Christmas sales or a special birthday or whatever they prefer.”

The participating businesses include: Alex’s Pizza Palace, Bliss, Blossom Basket Florist, Dave’s Hair Shop, DiTrapani’s Bistro on the Square, Elissa’s at Benton Square, Forgotten Finds, 4th Dimension, Hoppers Pub & Restaurant, Il Bacio at Benton Square. John’s Firestone, Kent Jewelry, Locker Room Sports Bar & Grill, More Red Door Boutique, Murphy’s Hair Studio, NaCl + H2O Saltwater Fine Seafood Restaurant, O’Doggys (mobile locations only), Ozark Actors Theatre, P C Technologies, Public House Brewing Company, Red Door Gifts, Russ & Rena’s Place, Sidney’s, Soda & Scoops on Rt. 66, Studio 91 Photography, The Purest Food Market, Three Sisters Resale & Consignment, Trips and More, University Book & Supply and Uptown Bridal & Florist.