Charm bracelet program latches on in Sandy

More than 500 participants collect bracelets and charms

The slew of sparkly wrists in Sandy is only growing.

Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce has sold more than 500 starter bracelets since launching its Shop Local Charm Bracelet Program in May.

With two and a half months remaining in the program, Karey Milne, chamber office manager, hopes community members will continue to shop locally and add to their bracelets.

The program encourages local shopping by providing $5 starter bracelets, available at the Sandy Area Visitor Center. The visitor center then directs program participants to 57 local businesses --some of which are home-based -- that have designed charms symbolic of their work.

For Penny Johnson, a Mary Kay beauty consultant, the charm is a lipstick tube. For Lisa Foster of LT Travel Inc., it's an airplane.

'It's fun to be a part of, and a great idea for the community,' Johnson said. She staffed the chamber table during the unveiling of the specialty centennial charm in June.

The program runs through Dec. 31, with new charm additions each month, Milne said. Five months ago, the chamber offered 24 bracelets. Now that number has more than doubled.

Among the various charms is a hammer for Ace Hardware, a glow-in-the-dark skeleton for Sandy Chiropractic Clinic and a flamingo for Clackamas County Bank.

'It's really a playful program,' said Hollis MacLean-Wenzel, executive director of the chamber. 'It encourages people to go into places they may have never been.'

Bracelets and maps of participating businesses are available at the visitor center, 38963 Pioneer Blvd. For more information, call 503-668-4006.