DO YOU HAVE AN INDEPENDENTLY OWNED BUSINESS IN DURHAM?​

The Shop Durham card helps the community get out and discover local businesses like yours. Simply create an unique offer for your business that Shop Durham cardholders can enjoy. By joining, you'll be part of the shop local movement and assist with fundraising efforts for local nonprofits.

Criteria for Joining

Your business must…

  • Be privately held and not publicly traded or registered as a franchise
  • Be regionally based with no corporate headquarters outside of North Carolina
  • Have owners with over 50% controlling interest living in Durham or one of the surrounding counties
  • Be independently owned and free to make their own business decisions without the need for approval by owners or affiliates outside of the area

Join Shop Durham for free

And align yourself with hundreds of independent Durham businesses in the movement to keep things local and support our community.

Why join?

The Shop Durham card helps the community get out and discover local businesses like yours.

You’ll get more loyal customers in the door, free advertising on our social media platforms, website, free mobile app, newsletters, and Guide to Durham series on BestoftheBull.com

The go-to source for local

Thousands of locals have the Shop Durham card in their wallet.

We’re their go-to source to find places to eat, drink, shop, get their haircut, work out- basically, where to spend their money locally.

It's Simple.

Simply create an unique offer for your business that Shop Durham cardholders can enjoy.

Choose your own reward, change it anytime, limit it to certain days or times. It’s up to you. Cardholders will just simply show you their card when redeeming an offer.

support the community.

We’re proud to support a number of local nonprofits like Duke Homestead, Scrap Exchange, Hope Animal Rescue, and many more with fundraising efforts. 

When you add your business to Shop Durham, you’re also helping them by building the value of the card.

With Shop Durham, you're rewarding the customers that actually come in your door and spend their dollars in Durham.

You know you're reaching the right audience because they're passionate about the local community and want to support you!

FAQs

A business must…

  • Be privately held and not publicly traded or registered as a franchise
  • Be regionally based with no corporate headquarters outside of North Carolina
  • Have owners with over 50% controlling interest living in Durham or one of the surrounding counties
  • Be independently owned and free to make their own business decisions without the need for approval by owners or affiliates outside of the area

Although we would love to support all business owners, our focus of the Shop Durham program is only on locally-owned businesses that are unique to Durham or the Triangle area. If you’re a franchise or chain, there are still opportunities for us to partner together though on our Best of the Bull platform! See our Partner with Us page for more details.

Nope! We have lots of local makers, online shops, and run-from-home spots that are part of the program. As long as you are a Durham based and grown business, you’re in! (We’re sorry, we do not accept franchises) You can create a coupon code or accept the card at local markets.

Yes! Feel free to choose a time or day that may be slower. That way it will encourage cardholders to come at that time.

When you give a small discount it allows us to do free advertising for you. And you’re rewarding the cardholders that come in and actually spend money. 

Say you do 10% off $10 or more. If 200 people come in because they have the card and spend at least $10, that’s $2000 – $200(10% discount) = $1800 in your pocket.

We think that’s a pretty good return for just joining Shop Durham for free.

Plus you’re giving them an incentive to come try your business and maybe even become customers for life.

Nope! You can apply to be part of the program anytime. We approve new businesses once a week.

Need some ideas for an offer? Check out these.

The Best Part? It's Free For You to Join.