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Thanks to a creative idea by the Downtown Modesto Partnership, your dollar spent locally may got a lot further than before while at the same time helping local business stay afloat during the pandemic.

While initially only available in Downtown Modesto, the organization has expanded the use of its RAD Card – a mobile-based app where users can load up to $100 and have it matched 100 percent by generous local donors – to include the rest of Modesto and all of San Joaquin County as a way to promote local business.

That means $100 loaded onto the card from your bank account is actually worth $200 at each of the participating merchants in the program – merchants that will receive 100 percent of the total cost of the bill paid with the app.

Participating businesses in Manteca include MasaLatina Latin American Kitchen, Round Table Pizza, Mountain Mike’s Pizza, Jack’s Pizza Bar, Sourdough and Co., Royal T Café, the Nested Owl, and Leonard Photography, while Lathrop businesses include Amici Sushi, Café Platano Bar and Grill, Round Table Pizza, Denise’s Farmers Market, Migliore Motorworks, Divine Nails and Spa, and The Doghouse.

Two dozen businesses in Ripon including Ede’s Taco Shop, My Garden Café, Togo’s, Smallcakes, Klean Eatz Market and Bakery, Coit and Studio, Studio Joy, Ripon Jewelers, and Main Street Floral – among others – are also participating.

For a full list of participating businesses visit the organization’s website at The app can be downloaded onto cell phones from either the Apple or the Android App Stores, and money can securely loaded onto the app to be used at participating businesses with a 100 funding match from anonymous donors – until the designated amount of funding is exhausted.

According to the Downtown Modesto Partnership – a non-profit founded to improve the opportunities for residents in Downtown Modesto – participating businesses are reporting an 80 percent increase in revenue that is attributable to the use of the RAD Card.

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.