The Manchester Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Team is out walking the streets this week to welcome tourists and connect the incoming Bonnaroovians to local businesses.
Misty Weaver and Ivy Petty are connecting with local businesses to bring deals and promotions to tourists. Weaver explained she had the idea last year, before she was an ambassador. She was talking with a group of tourists from Canada who were looking for things around town to do before the gates for Bonnaroo opened. This year, she wanted to take the answer to “what can we do in Manchester” to a larger scale.
“We’re going to some of the chamber members and see if they had any specials this week they wanted us to pass along to the people of Bonnaroo,” Weaver said.
The purpose is to catch tourists and get them going through local businesses and seeing what the city has to offer.
“Bonnaroo has been here since 2002 and we just want the Bonnaroovians to know they are welcome to the city,” Petty said.
The pair will be approaching groups they see around town to spread the word.
This is the chamber’s community event this year, Weaver added.
Businesses involved in special promotions, according to the list provided by Weaver and Petty, are as follows: Bites of Europe will have extended hours for their beer garden on Monday and Tuesday night as well as special ‘Roo hours and a brat stand on Wednesday, June 12; Prater’s BBQ has bingo nights, Trivia Tuesdays and lunch specials; Freddies Wings and Oysters has wings and beer specials; Jiffy Burger has the Bonnaroo Burger; Between the Burgers Bistro has a special Bonnaroo-themed menu; and Jefferson’s has daily lunch specials along with their regular menu.
For shopping needs, Spring Street Market has weekly specials, Tasty Vapes has Happy Hour pricing all week for Bonnaroo and Nature’s Elite has CBD gummies and dog treats.
Cool things to do include shopping at High Cotton during their surprise summer sale the week of Bonnaroo; Harvest Local Foods for beer on tap; Jehovah Java for vegan options and coffee; Owen’s Provisions and Apparel for outdoor gear; The mercantile for comfort food; and the Coffee Café for the Bonnaroo Wrap.