Spend, Gift, and Support Downtown Fort Wayne Businesses Using Digital Community Gift Card

Downtown Fort Wayne launches a community-based digital gift card, in partnership with Yiftee, that makes it fun and easy to keep local spending local. Purchase a Downtown Fort Wayne Gift Card to use at any of the participating shops in the 99-block District.

With this gift card, write a personal message and send it to family, friends, and colleagues via email, text, or physical copy. Recipients can spend it at one of 37 (and growing) participating merchants in Downtown Fort Wayne or mix it up and spend flexibly at multiple locations. All digital and always available on your phone, the Downtown Fort Wayne Gift Card is great for birthdays, holidays, teacher appreciation, or corporate gifting.

Participating in this program means supporting the heart of what makes our community unique. Purchasing a Downtown Fort Wayne Gift Card creates a pool of cash that local businesses in Downtown Fort Wayne can rely on. Studies¹ have shown that local independent retailers recirculate 47% of their revenue back into the community, while only 14% of national chains’ revenue stays in the community. More dramatically, restaurants recirculate 73% of their revenue back into the community, versus only 30% for national chains.

By supporting local businesses, more money continues circulating through the local community—this is achieved through a combination of profits paid to local business owners, wages paid to local workers, goods and services procured locally for internal use or resale, and charitable giving within the community. If you’re looking for a way to do some good or want to know how to help the community you love, send a Downtown Fort Wayne Gift Card today!

For more information or to participate as a merchant in the program, please contact Downtown Fort Wayne at Info@DowntownFortWayne.com.

¹ Andersonville Study of Retail Economics, 2012, by Civic Economics.

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Contact: Preston Wallace, Director of Marketing
260-203-1291, Preston@DowntownFortWayne.com