Downtown gift card program that sold out is coming back

Grace Lane Boutique is one of 32 new business to open in downtown Dayton in 2018. Store owner Danielle Goodman adjusts a mannequin. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

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Grace Lane Boutique is one of 32 new business to open in downtown Dayton in 2018. Store owner Danielle Goodman adjusts a mannequin. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

A gift card program benefiting downtown Dayton businesses that sold out within about six hours is coming back for a second round.

The Downtown Dayton Partnership's Gift Card Bonus Buy program re-launches at noon on Thursday, and consumers again will be able to buy $25 gift cards to more than 60 downtown businesses, including bars and restaurants, and receive a special "surprise" $15 gift card.

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The 416 Special at the 416 Diner in Dayton's Oregon District, has two eggs and a choice of bacon, ham or sausage. The breakfast plates also come with toast and a choice of hash browns or fried potatoes. LISA POWELL / STAFF

The 416 Special at the 416 Diner in Dayton's Oregon District, has two eggs and a choice of bacon, ham or sausage. The breakfast plates also come with toast and a choice of hash browns or fried potatoes. LISA POWELL / STAFF

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The 416 Special at the 416 Diner in Dayton's Oregon District, has two eggs and a choice of bacon, ham or sausage. The breakfast plates also come with toast and a choice of hash browns or fried potatoes. LISA POWELL / STAFF

The second round was made possible by donations from community supporters, most notably with a lead gift from Charles Simms Development, the leading homebuilder in downtown. Other donations came from the Rubi Girls and community members.

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Blind Bob's, 430 E. Fifth St. in Dayton's Oregon District. LISA POWELL / STAFF

Blind Bob's, 430 E. Fifth St. in Dayton's Oregon District. LISA POWELL / STAFF

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Blind Bob's, 430 E. Fifth St. in Dayton's Oregon District. LISA POWELL / STAFF

The gift card program is supposed to help boost sales at local businesses that have seen sales and foot traffic plummet because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many businesses were forced to close during the lock down. Others had to scale back operations significantly.

Gift cards can be purchased at www.DowntownDayton.org/BonusBuy while supplies last.

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