In an announcement that went out on our local list serv yesterday, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce is launching a local buying program similar to Groupon.
Called "Try It Local", the program offers savings of 40-90% from retailers, service providers, and restaurants who are members of the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce.
An email notification goes out each morning with that day's special offer (s) and you have until the end of the day to purchase the coupon. The length of time available to use the coupon depends on the business offering the discount.
While still in it's infancy, "Try It Local" was developed specifically for Chamber of Commerce affiliates and is currently available in 26 cities - a nice benefit for travelers who sign up.
Some of the other Chamber cities on the roster include Cape Cod (!!!), Amelia Island, Baltimore, Las Vegas, San Diego and San Francisco.
We signed up right away and, sure enough, got our first coupon offering this morning from Union Public House in Old Town.
We'll keep you posted on how we like it but we think it's a great way to support Alexandria's local businesses.