The Saline Area Chamber of Commerce invites people and businesses to join in The Local Pursuit – a scavenger hunt offering prizes to people who check in to local businesses.
The mobile-app based contest should begin later this month, said John Tripolsky, executive director of the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce.
“One of the biggest things we hear from our members is that businesses want more foot traffic. So we wanted to do something to drive people through the front doors, while offering people in the community a chance to have fun and win prizes while getting to know their community,” Triposky said.
The Local Pursuit app, available at no cost, will be available for IOS and Android devices. The app should be available in the app stores soon (follow the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce on Facebook to see the announcement.
Chamber officials are still working on some of the details, but Tripolsky was able to share the basic premise. Contestants can gain points by visiting locations on the map, and by doing tasks at those locations. They’ll use their phone to scan a QR code to show they’ve visited the location. Extra points will be available at some locations for those who make a purchase.
The app will provide a leaderboard, so contestants can track their progress. There is room for 175 contestants.
The contest will close after a month. Tripolsky said the chamber will have prizes for the top three finishers. Value of the prizes will be over a “couple hundred bucks each.”
Businesses and organizations can become a destination on the app by contributing $25 to the chamber of commerce (email [email protected] for more information). For an extra $20, they can have one of the tasks added to their location. Non-members pay $40.
“It’s a pretty small investment that might have a good payoff. Business owners love to see new faces come through the doors,” Tripolsky said.
The deadline for businesses to join the program is Friday. There’s been a positive response so far. Participants include Carrigan Café, Junga Ace Hardware, Enchanted Oven, Busch’s, Steadfast Chiropractic, Akervall Technologies and Texas Road House.
Amber Wardia, owner of Enchanted Oven at 103 N. Ann Arbor St., was eager to participate.
“We are really excited about the Scavenger Hunt. At first, I thought (Chamber employee) Laura (McClain) was asking if I wanted to participate as a scavenger hunter, and I thought ‘Wow, how fun!’” Wardia said. “On the business side, I am hoping it brings people downtown and they spend some family time together or time with friends doing something unique. Maybe someone will fall in love or make a new friend. Maybe someone will make a new discovery or find their new happy place.”
Karen Carrigan, owner of Carrigan Café, said The Local Pursuit is a great idea.
“The Carrigan Cafe is looking to have everyone enjoy the search, learn about places or new things, or have an adventure -- because that is what life is about,” Carrigan said. “We hope for people of all ages to visit and see the Carrigan Cafe and come back another time when they can stay longer -- especially people who do not know us, what we are about, or what we do. Most Importantly, we want people to have an adventure with smiles and be fun for all ages.”
Scavafi designed the app and modified it to fit Saline.