IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) – The Iowa Metropolis Downtown District has been delivering folks gadgets from native companies for the final 15 weeks. Through the vacation season, it is actually beginning to choose up.
The “Downtown Delivers” program is sponsored by Toyota of Iowa Metropolis and MidwestOne Financial institution. Folks can buy items via the Downtown District’s virtual Holiday Market and get them delivered without spending a dime in the event that they dwell in North Liberty, Coralville or Iowa Metropolis.
Thus far, this system has delivered over 1,500 items to folks.
“We have been approached by one in all our retailors downtown –it was most likely again in July or August– saying the subsequent want will probably be for supply,” Betsy Potter stated, director of operations for the conglomeration of native companies.
It helps folks keep away from crowds –and attainable publicity to COVID-19– by staying house and provides a lifeline to native companies.
“We have heard a ton of appreciation from our companies,” Potter stated. “With this program, a variety of them have been in a position to preserve their employees hundreds the identical.”
One other objective of this system is to assist folks get their items by Christmas, which has been a problem with the U.S. Postal Service and UPS getting backed up with vacation orders.
Potter delivered about 25 orders on Friday, some clothes, library books and even chocolate.
“There’s a variety of clients which can be ordering from a number of shops,” Potter stated.
The Christmas model of this system is scheduled to finish on Dec. 22 however for the reason that demand is prone to keep after the vacations, they’re hoping to restart it in early January.
“We’ll proceed it throughout these darkish months of the winter time the place usually enterprise is slower anyway however throughout this season, we simply do not know what it’s going to entail,” Potter stated.
Folks may also ask Iowa Metropolis/Coralville companies in the event that they’re a part of this system when ordering over the cellphone and a few companies have a tab about it on their web sites.