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News Release, St. Mary’s County Public Information Office

LEONARDTOWN, MD – The Museum Stores at St. Clement’s Island & Piney Point Museums are now offering a discount incentive to anyone who purchases an e-gift card for the online museum store. Small businesses like the Museum Stores continue to face economic challenges due to the COVID-19 shutdown.

MarketWatch recently listed buying gift cards as the number one way consumers can support local businesses during the pandemic. The Friends of St. Clement’s Island & Piney Point Museum Store added a brand-new e-commerce website at the beginning of the year and everyday new merchandise is added to the online offerings.

Jayne Walsh, Museum Store Manager, recently announced the new “Gift-Up Program,” designed to encourage electronic gift card purchases that can be safely used through the secure online museum stores portal. “If you buy an e-gift card valued at $25 to $100, you’ll receive 20% off the purchase price of that gift card, now through Labor Day, September 7, 2020. For example, a gift card valued at $25 would be only $20, a $50 gift card for $40, or a $100 gift card for $80” says Walsh. “It’s a simple purchase – a customer can order from our e-gift card order page, where they can choose preset or custom amounts, time of delivery, as well as add a personal message and the recipient’s information.”

Purchasers will then enter their payment information and receive an email confirmation of their order. The recipient will get an emailed gift card with a 16-digit code and a shopping link to the Friends online Museum Store. To use the gift card, once the customer gets to the checkout page after shopping, underpayment information, they will choose the “add a gift card” option and insert the 16-digit code. The museum store is also offering free shipping so e-gift cards can be sent to friends and family outside the Southern Maryland area.

Walsh adds: “This is an amazing way to support our local non-profit Friends organization and brighten someone’s day with an online shopping treat. We have over 250 items available to purchase through the online store – everything from regional books to our popular Maryland flag merchandise, to kids crafts and games, and we will ship it free or deliver locally contact-free.”

To participate in our new Gift-Up program purchase an eGift Card follow the link: https://squareup.com/gift/TJM6Q9HF5F2SW/order Or, purchase through the Friends online Museum Store at https://friendsmuseumstore.square.site/

The Friends of St. Clement’s Island and Piney Point Museums raise funds in order to support historical interpretation, education programs, and special needs of the sites managed by the Museum Division of St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks. The Friends organization is a 501(c) 3 organization sponsoring events, assisting with acquisitions, and supporting efforts to broaden the understanding of our culture and community’s heritage.