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Cyphr: Get Awesome Deals While Supporting Local Businesses

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Growing up, my mom owned a quaint gift shop and tearoom that was a local’s favorite. Whether people were grabbing a quick coffee or wanted a delicious lunch, The Olde Curiosity Shoppe was something special–not just to the regulars but also to our family. I was a waitress there for years and it helped pay for college. The purchases clients made put food on my family’s table and helped fund our many needs. 

In the world of corporations and franchises, #ShopLocal has fallen to the wayside.  Though Groupon offers great deals for consumers, did you know when a local merchant offers a 50 percent discount, they have to give another 50 percent to Groupon as commission? You do the math and the equation is that so many “Deals” companies are not pro-small business. 

The point is that every dollar spent has a REAL impact on the community. By shopping at locally owned, independent businesses, more money is kept in the community. 

Introducing Cyphr

Getting the attention of new customers has become much more difficult in the digital age for local business owners; the digital marketing solutions they’ve been given have been costly and ineffective. But there’s a new kid in Denver that has figured out a fun way to support local businesses and be rewarded for it!

With Cyphr’s free app, you unlock local businesses you choose. Those businesses send you time-sensitive “Secrets.” If you see a Secret you want to use later, you just press the “lock” button and it saves in your vault. At that point, it becomes like a mobile coupon you use before the expiration date. Cyphr provides a cost-effective solution where business owners can send the message they want, to the audience they want, at the exact time that they want that audience to receive it. They don’t take a percentage of their sales; they don’t even charge them until after it works for them. 

 I put Cyphr to the test and was pleased to find an ever-growing list of local businesses that included the Denver Bouldering Club, A Kneaded Touch Massage Therapy, Blowout Hair Studio, Bonnie Brae’s Tavern, Max’s Wine Dive, in-Tea, Nixons Coffee House and Outlaw Yoga. From five star restaurants in downtown Denver to nail salons to pet food, I love knowing that I am not only supporting local businesses directly but also being rewarded for it. And of course, businesses are delighted when someone brings in a Secret!

How Does It Work?

Instructions to download/get started:
1. Open your app store or click this link if you’re on a mobile device
2. Search “Get Cyphr” 
3. Select the Cyphr app (a blue icon with white key)
4. Create your profile and select Denver as your city
5. Select businesses you’d like to receive Secrets from. Press and hold on a logo on the Explore screen to view more details about the business. 
6. Swipe up on the “Secrets” button to see what Secrets are there for you!


It’s just that easy. “Local businesses need a way better way to reach their favorite customers in a way that delights and rewards them,” says Dawson Barksdale, CEO of Cyphr. Their mission is for everyone to fall in love with local businesses again and this unique, innovative and straight-forward app is just the way to do it.
Go to for more information. In partnership with Mile High Mamas.
Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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