Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce Partners with App for Virtual Treasure Hunts | Nvdaily
The Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with a Staunton-based smartphone app to empower residents and visitors to further engage with local businesses.
The app, called Traipse, is used for “puzzle hunting” tours of historic city centers and local small businesses. The app will offer treasure hunts, which work like “virtual geocaching,” according to a press release from the chamber.
Visitors interact with different businesses by answering questions that can only be answered correctly “by being physically present at each site”.
At each stop on a Traipse visit, users get information about that site and are presented with a location-dependent riddle or puzzle. Traipse “gamifies” the experience of visiting a tourist attraction or leisure destination, or attending an event, while involving local businesses and organizations.
“Small businesses are the character of the places we love, and local shopping is more important than ever. Traipse is thrilled to partner with the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce to help people discover new favorite stores and have fun while doing it, ”said Darren Smith, CEO and Founder of Traipse, in a Press release.
The first treasure hunt is already “live” and is called a “purchase passport”. Another hunt is scheduled to start July 19 and last through August 14 with a yard crawl theme in conjunction with the 16th annual Route 11 Yard Crawl. “Explorers” will have the chance to win a Route 11 Yard Crawl t-shirt by visiting 10 companies on the app.
“We wanted to create something very special for businesses in Shenandoah County this year that will encourage people to get out there and explore,” said Sharon Baroncelli, president and CEO of the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce. . “Partnering with the Traipse app will allow us to create unique shopping experiences and encourage people to discover retailers they haven’t visited yet.”
Other scavenger hunts will take place on Small Business Saturdays and during holiday shopping. During the shopping tour and scavenger hunts, explorers can unlock special discounts for the businesses they visit by completing challenges in the Traipse app.
Traipse is available free for iOS (Apple) and Android devices and can be downloaded from: https://www.traipse.co/shenco
The following companies are participating in the inaugural version of the Traipse app and more companies will be added: Artisan Avenue, Woodstock; Clémentine Vintage, Strasbourg; Divine Consignment, Woodstock; Forgotten Curiosities Antiquities, Edinburgh; Furry Friends Antiques, gifts and more, Woodstock; Jon Henry General Store, New Market; Wardrobe with clothes of Lydia, Strasbourg; Nate and Main, Woodstock; Natural Art Garden Center, Toms Brook; Prime Time Meats, Strasbourg; Stuff from Shenandoah, Woodstock; Skyline Paintball, Strasbourg; Suzanne’s Studio, Woodstock; The ButterCup, a new market; The welcome store, new market; Virginia Farm, Woodstock; Three thirty-three models, Woodstock; Travelers’ Treasures, Woodstock; Treasures of the Valley, Woodstock.