Holiday Open House in Oxford NC Touted “Downtown Dollars”

Downtown Open House, Oxford, North Carolina. Source: Mary Yount, DOEDC
Downtown Open House, Oxford, North Carolina. Source: Mary Yount, DOEDC

By Mary Yount, DOEDC

Earlier this month, the Town of Oxford, North Carolina, held a Holiday Open House in its historic downtown.

The rain held off for at least the morning. Downtown had a joyous sound abounding on every street. Buskers — street performers — were playing tunes, children searching for their snowflake art and bragging to family and friends, and a host of volunteers from Merck providing a visit with Santa Claus.

If you missed the downtown Oxford Holiday Open House, you missed the magical energy needed to kick off the holiday season. Downtown Oxford Economic Development Corporation (DOEDC) also gave away $100 in “Downtown Dollars” — currency meant to create commerce in the downtown MSD (Municipal Service District). This created currency is accepted just like real dollars, coming in $5 and $10 increments.

The DOEDC intends to use the created currency as promotional incentives during a variety of events held downtown. During the Holiday Open House, the promotion was “spend in downtown and get entered into a $100 drawing,” which produced 84 entries for the one-day promotion. The winner was Ms. Farrah Preddy, a teacher/coach at Mount Energy Elementary School in nearby Creedmoor NC.

Thank you to everyone who came out on that soggy day to participate in the Oxford Holiday Open House!

Downtown Open House, Oxford, North Carolina. Source: Mary Yount, DOEDC
Downtown Open House, Oxford, North Carolina. Source: Mary Yount, DOEDC

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Oxford, North Carolina is located in Granville County, North Carolina, northwest of Wake Forest. Historic downtown Oxford is home to the popular NC Hot Sauce Contest, organized by the DOEDC and the City of Oxford.

For more information about the Town of Oxford, visit www.oxfordnc.org.

The Downtown Oxford Economic Development Corporation, a 501 (c)(3) organization focused on “downtown revitalization and enhancement while preserving the historical character of the business district and immediate surrounding areas” may be found on Facebook here.

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