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Shopping local: Mayo Clinic puts over $250K back into downtown businesses

More than a quarter of a million dollars in gifts exclusively from downtown Rochester businesses will go to Mayo Clinic staff over the coming weeks, thanks to a successful collaboration between the Clinic, White Space, and the Rochester Downtown Alliance.

Over a two-week period earlier in November, the Gift Rochester website — previously piloted in April — was open for Mayo Clinic managers and supervisors to buy gifts for their staff. Over 50 local businesses were included on the website, with eight receiving over $10,000 apiece in orders.

Gift Rochester Turns Into Bonanza for Downtown Business

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A pop-up online store allowed Mayo Clinic managers and supervisors to make over $257,000 in purchases from downtown Rochester businesses.

The Gift Rochester holiday shop was open from November 6 to November 20 and worked with over 50 businesses offering gifts and products for Mayo staff.

Mayo Clinic Makes More Than $250,000 Worth Of Purchases At Downtown Rochester Businesses

Gift Rochester, which is supported by the Rochester Downtown Alliance and Mayo Clinic, collaborated to support local downtown businesses, and the Mayo Clinic purchased $257,786.95 in merchandise from downtown businesses in Rochester.

An online pop-up local shopping experience was set up for managers and supervisors to recognize their staff this holiday season. Gift Rochester’s holiday shop was open from November 6th through the 20th and allowed Mayo Clinic managers and supervisors to shop for a variety of local gifts and products for their staff.