GET IN to supporting your local economy by shopping small and local with ‘Burlington Bucks’ in Downtown Burlington.

Spend Your Downtown Dollars

Look for this logo in the storefronts of participating businesses.

Look for this logo in the storefronts of participating businesses.

Shop Local in Downtown Burlington! The BDC and downtown business owners want to make your Downtown shopping and gift giving a bit easier. Downtown Burlington Dollars are gift certificates available in $5 and $10 increments and are accepted at over a dozen merchants in Downtown – including, restaurants and shops.

You received Downtown Dollars (lucky you!) and now you want to know where you can redeem them? Below is a list of merchants currently accepting Downtown Dollars (subject to change; we add new businesses to the program regularly.)

Downtown Burlington Dollars may be exchanged for goods and/or services (just like cash) at participating businesses in the Municipal Service District (MSD) in Downtown Burlington, NC. Downtown Burlington Dollars are not redeemable for cash. Lost or stolen Downtown Burlington Dollars cannot be replaced. Downtown Burlington Dollars expire one year after issue date.

Businesses Accepting Downtown Dollars

Updated January 2019

Updated January 2019

This list is subject to change; new participating businesses are added frequently so you are encouraged to check back regularly.

Purchase Downtown Dollars

Get In the Mix and give the gift of shopping, dining, and services in Downtown Burlington with Downtown Dollars! It is just like buying a gift certificate that can be used in over a dozen businesses in Downtown (with additions to list often!).

The recipient will enjoy their choice of locations to spend the Dollars, all while supporting small businesses and our community, keeping our money local.

Purchase Downtown Dollars online by clicking here. Orders will be sent via US mail within two business days of receipt of order. 

There are no service fees at time of purchase or time of redemption.

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Instructions for MSD Business Owners:
How to Accept as a Form of Payment at Your Business

To Redeem for Reimbursement:

  • Void without authorized BDC staff member signature or BDC seal.

  • Accept as cash for purchases of goods and/or services, do dispense change (just like a normal cash transaction), should purchase amount be less than Downtown Burlington Dollar amount presented for payment.

  • Downtown Burlington Dollars expire one year after date issued.

  • Bring to the Burlington Downtown Corporation office (422 S. Spring St., Ste. 203) for redemption between 10am and 1pm weekdays or by appointment (to schedule an appointment call 336.222.5002 or email; for reimbursements exceeding $100 a check will be issued, typically within one business week. For reimbursements under $100, cash will be given, funds can also be transferred via PayPal.

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Want to Participate in the Downtown Dollars Program?

Businesses interested in participating in the program should contact the BDC at We will add you to the complete list of businesses that accept Downtown Dollars and also deliver the storefront window cling to advertise your business’ participation.


Watch this video explaining how merchants in the Municipal Service District (MSD) in Downtown Burlington can participate in the Downtown Dollars program by accepting Downtown Dollars as a form of payment at their business.


Get In to Supporting Our Local Economy - Keep it Local

The Downtown Dollars program is a simple gift certificate program that unifies and promotes the Downtown Burlington.


Downtown Dollars are different than other gift cards because of their mission to support local shopping, services, and dining in the downtown area. By purchasing and using Downtown Dollars, you are directly supporting the local merchants who make our community a unique and vibrant place to be.

Downtown and small businesses financially reinvest twice as much back into the local economy as do chains. Locally owned businesses, compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.

Downtown contributes to a strong community by linking neighbors in a web of economic, cultural, and social relationships. In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve and support their downtown’s distinctive character have a long-term economic advantage.

Downtown is a sustainable, compact, walkable commercial neighborhood. Choosing to do business downtown reduces unnecessary automobile use, habitat loss from sprawl, and pollution.

Check out Main Street America’s recent article about the local impact of shopping small and Small Business Saturday.