Support Downtown Tucson businesses – updated


UPDATE: 2nd round of 1000 gift cards go on sale April 10 at 6 am. Get them via website, Help Tucson’s downtown. 1st set of 1000 gift cards sold out within 24 hours last week, raising $35,000.

UPDATE 3/16/20: 3rd round of gift cards starts tomorrow at 6 a.m.  2nd round sold out within 2 hours last Friday, so don’t delay.  Same website for purchase.

“Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) is stepping up during this challenging time to infuse cash into the downtown community through the DTP Gift Card Incentive Program.
Buy a $25 gift card from the Downtown Tucson Partnership for use at your favorite downtown business and receive a free $10 bonus. That’s right: For every $25 gift card purchased, the DTP is adding an additional $10 for up to 1,000 cards. DTP’s investment of $10,000 will result in $35,000 going directly into the tills of downtown business cash registers.
More than 50 businesses are participating, including your favorite restaurants, museums, breweries, boutiques, hotels, grocers, spas, gyms and more.

Get a great deal and invest in downtown’s future. Buy your gift cards now while supplies last. Visit for more information.”

To sign up for a gift card:

Carolyn’s note: From someone who still hears Small Claims cases downtown, this is a good list, but check with the individual businesses as some bars & salons/beauty parlors may just have shut down temporarily due to the latest news from the Governor’s office. But at least restaurants have take out, and the markets must still be open.  I just checked the gift card link, and it says 270 of these 1000 cards have been already sold. And this email just came to me last night (April 3, 2020). Stay safe during this Coronavirus pandemic.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. 3rd round of gift cards starts tomorrow April 17 at 6 a.m. once again. Chance to fund raise up to $105,000 over 3 week period, with $35,000 each week. Downtown Tucson really needs the assitance.

    Wow: what support — the 3rd round sold out in one hour this morning.

  2. 2nd round of 1000 more cards to go on sale tomorrow April 10 at 6 a.m. The first set sold out in 24 hours, raising $35,000. Good deal Tucsonans, and you get to help the Downtown businesses during this pandemic.

  3. Woohoo,just heard that all 1000 gift cards were sold in 24 hours. Well done Tucsonans for supporting downtown Tucson businesses during this crisis.

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