Can’t figure out what to get some folks on your holiday list? Downtown Evanston today launched a solution to that perennial problem — a gift card that’s good in more than 100 downtown shops.

Can’t figure out what to get some folks on your holiday list? Downtown Evanston today launched a solution to that perennial problem — a gift card that’s good in more than 100 downtown shops.

At a news conference this morning, Downtown Evanston Executive Director Carolyn Dellutri showed off a window decal that merchants honoring the card will display, and noted that the gift cards can be purchased at both the Downtown Evanston office at 820 Davis St. and at the First Bank & Trust office at 820 Church St.

Alderman Don Wilson, whose 4th Ward includes portions of downtown, cut a ceremonial ribbon to kick-off sales of the gift card, which was developed as a project of a team of participants in last year’s Evanston Community Foundation Leadership Evanston program who were looking for ideas to stimulate sales for local merchants.

More information about the gift card program is available online.

In the ribbon-cutting photo: Carolyn Dellutri, Howard Kain of First Bank and Trust, Bridget Calendo of Northwestern University, Evanston City Clerk Rodney Greene, Alderman Wilson, and Kim Perutz of the Evanston Community Foundation.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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