Finally a smartphone app that rewards you for shopping local!

Taking its lead from national stores & restaurants that offer customers rewards for continued purchases, the Utica Proud app is taking that model and applying it locally. The app hopes to push more business toward smaller "mom & pop" establishments that make up the backbone of our great city.

Utica Proud
Utica Proud

Utica Proud is a free app and can be downloaded from the Google Play store, or the iPhone app store. It went live on Thursday morning, November 3rd.


By making purchases at the featured stores & restaurants, users earn "Halfmoons," which is the app's term for rewards points. Those "Halfmoons" can then be redeemed for future purchases.

To start redeeming "Halfmoons," users are required to link the app to an existing credit card. As part of its launch incentive, users can earn 10 "Halfmoons" just by signing up.

Just a small handful of local businesses enrolled so far include:

  • O'Scugnizzo Pizzeria
  • Nail Creek Pub & Brewery
  • Top of the Morning Diner
  • Chanatry's
  • The Tailor & The Cook
  • Bossone's Sausage & Meat Co.
  • 16 Stone Brewpub 
  • Golden's 
  • Hemstrought's Bakery
  • Slice Pizzeria
  • Willie's Bagel Cafe

The Utica Proud app was developed by Colu Technologies Ltd, an Israeli-based technology company. There will be an official kick-off event to celebrate the app's launch on Friday, November 4th at Munson-Williams Proctor Arts Institute beginning at 5pm.


Business owners can fill out the onboarding form at this link. 

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