Online store opens to help Grand Valley businesses

A new online store offers Grand Valley businesses whose operations have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic a venue in which to sell products, services and gift cards.

The Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce, Western Slope Communications and Grand Valley Power joined to set up the store, which will remain open to customers through May 6.

The Love Local Grand Valley store is located on the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce website at www.fruitachamber.org/lovelocalgrandvalley.

Local businesses may submit an item form to the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce to participate. Participating businesses can submit item forms, company logos and inquiries by email to Selena Sanchez, marketing coordinator of the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce, at selena@fruitachamber.org

Once a form is received, items will be entered in the online store. Once the auction period has finished, payment will be sent via PayPal or check if needed. All proceeds of the sales will go directly to the participating business. Grand Valley Power will help cover processing fees.

Members of the Fruita Area Chamber will have the first opportunity to submit items to the online store. After April 24, other Grand Valley businesses may enter items as room allows. All participating businesses must have a sales tax license and report sales tax for all sales.

Information also is available from Kayla Brown, executive director of the Fruita Area Chamber of Commerce, by sending her an email at kayla@fruitachamber.org.