CityScape Downtown Discount Cards Return for 2022
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown CityScape Downtown discount cards are making a return following a hiatus last year.
The card, which is available for $10, provides discounts and offers for 19 businesses in and around downtown Youngstown. This will be the seventh year that CityScape has offered the cards. They are available to order at YoungstownCityScape.org starting today.
“The intent is to drive business downtown,” said Sharon Letson, CityScape executive director.
The card features discounts that can be redeemed though November 2022. Participating organizations include various downtown area restaurants, museums and other attractions, as well as the DoubleTree by Hilton Youngstown Downtown hotel.
The discount card also can be used repeatedly, Letson emphasized. “People don’t get sometimes this isn’t a one-use card,” she said.
In addition to being available though the CityScape website, the cards are being sold by Youngstown State University students involved with the YSU Center for Nonprofit Leadership, she said.
For a cardholder who uses the discount card repeatedly, it pays for itself, said Adam Lee, CityScape program director. Even if the holder doesn’t use the card at all, it serves as a reminder of dining and entertainment options downtown.
CityScape doesn’t have data on how often the cards are used, Letson said. One innovation being considered for future versions is a card that could be swiped and permit merchants to track their use.
Participating merchants this year include OH Donut Co., which opened earlier this year in the Erie Terminal Building space occupied for years by its sister company, One Hot Cookie. In previous years, response to the card has been great, said Bergen Giordani, co-owner of One Hot Cookie and OH Donut Co.
“We’re always happy to support CityScape and all of their activities because of all that they bring to downtown,” she said.
This year will be at least the second year that the Youngstown Phantoms hockey team has participated in the discount card program, according to Megan Ellashek, vice president and director of sales.
“The Phantoms take pride in our hometown of Youngstown. We have been in the community for over 10 years and want to continue to revitalize and grow the city in which we play,” said Kelsey Moreton, Phantoms’ senior vice president. “Participating in the CityScape discount program is just one way to bring people into our hometown.”
Proceeds form the website card sales will benefit downtown beautification efforts, Letson said.
CityScape and the YSU Center for Nonprofit Leadership will split the money raised though the student sales of the cards.
Pictured: CityScape Executive Director Sharon Letson and Adam Lee, program director.
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