Take a shopping trip through downtown Peterborough this holiday season and win

Popular Holiday Shopping Passport program returns, with 148 participating businesses and organizations

Terry Guiel, executive director of the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA), and Wendy Gillis and Malissa Almond hold up a giant Holiday Shopping Passport as they celebrate the launch of the annual downtown shopping program on November 12, 2019 at Save Our Soles (385 George St. N., Peterborough), one of the 148 businesses and organizations in downtown Peterborough participating in the program. Shoppers get a stamp every time they spend $10 at one of the participating locations, and completed passports are entered into a draw for "downtown money" that can be redeemed at participating locations. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)
Terry Guiel, executive director of the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA), and Wendy Gillis and Malissa Almond hold up a giant Holiday Shopping Passport as they celebrate the launch of the annual downtown shopping program on November 12, 2019 at Save Our Soles (385 George St. N., Peterborough), one of the 148 businesses and organizations in downtown Peterborough participating in the program. Shoppers get a stamp every time they spend $10 at one of the participating locations, and completed passports are entered into a draw for "downtown money" that can be redeemed at participating locations. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)

It’s back, and it’s bigger than ever.

The Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) has launched its annual Holiday Shopping Passport program, which rewards people when they shop, dine, or treat themselves in downtown Peterborough.

This year, almost 150 businesses and organizations in the downtown are participating in the program, which not only benefits shoppers but supports the local economy.

“Every year our Holiday Shopping Passport program gets bigger and bigger,” says DBIA executive director. “We have more businesses than ever taking part in the program. It rewards the community for spending their money locally at their favourite shops and restaurants.”

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Here’s how the program works: pick up a Holiday Shopping Passport at a participating business or organization and, every time you spend $10 at one of the participating locations, a box on your passport will be stamped. When your passport is filled (20 stamps or $200 worth in spending), you complete the form and drop it off at a ballot box at one of the participating locations.

Each passport you complete becomes a ballot for a draw to win “downtown money” — gift certificates you can redeem at participating businesses and organizations. Three early bird prizes of $500 in downtown money will be drawn on the first three Wednesdays of December (4th, 11th, and 11th) with a grand prize of $1,500 in downtown money to be drawn on Wednesday, January 8th.

It’s not just retail locations and restaurants participating in the program. For example, again this year, you can get your passport stamped when you buy tickets at the box office at Showplace Performance Centre and Market Hall Performing Arts Centre.

Shoppers who complete their Holiday Shopping Passports are entered into draws for "downtown money" (gift certificates that can be redeemed at participating businesses and organizations). Pictured is Avis Moores of Omemee (second from left), who won the grand prize of $1,500 in downtown money during the 2018 Holiday Shopping Passport program. Also pictured are Joel Weibe of the DBIA and  Anita Morris and Barb Collins at Simply Delicious at 197 Charlotte Street in downtown Peterborough on January 9, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)
Shoppers who complete their Holiday Shopping Passports are entered into draws for “downtown money” (gift certificates that can be redeemed at participating businesses and organizations). Pictured is Avis Moores of Omemee (second from left), who won the grand prize of $1,500 in downtown money during the 2018 Holiday Shopping Passport program. Also pictured are Joel Weibe of the DBIA and Anita Morris and Barb Collins at Simply Delicious at 197 Charlotte Street in downtown Peterborough on January 9, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)

And you don’t always have to spend money to get your passport stamped. You can also get a complimentary stamp when you use the Peterborough Public Library, or just by dropping in to the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Visitor Centre in the VentureNorth building at 270 George Street North (limit of one stamp per person).

See a list of all 148 Holiday Passport locations below.

You can also use the Holiday Shopping Passport on Black Friday (November 29), when around 100 participating downtown Peterborough businesses will be hosting some of their biggest sales of the year.

If you need another reason to shop downtown this holiday season, parking is free for two hours on Fridays in November and every day of the week in December — courtesy of the City of Peterborough.

The Holiday Shopping Passport program, which the Peterborough DBIA has been running annually for several years, is not only popular with shoppers, but it benefits downtown businesses and the local economy. When the program first launched, shoppers stamped $500,000 worth of passports. Last year, shoppers stamped more than $2 million worth of passports.

For more information about the Peterborough DBIA and downtown Peterborough businesses, visit downtownptbo.ca.

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Holiday Passport Locations

  • Absolute Hair
  • African Mission-Growth Market African Dishes
  • Amandala’s Restaurant
  • Ann’s Hair Salon
  • Antoinette Bridal Boutique
  • Argania Natural Health Clinic
  • Arken Beauty Supply
  • Art School of Peterborough
  • B!KE
  • BioPed Footcare
  • Black Honey Bakery
  • Black Honey Desserts and Coffee House
  • Bluestreak Records
  • Boardwalk Board Game Lounge
  • Boater’s World
  • Brant Basics
  • Brothers Pizza
  • Buck or Two Plus!
  • Burgundy’s Hair Salon
  • By The Bridge
  • Cahill’s Outerwear
  • Carlson Wagonlit Stewart Travel
  • Chalk Therapy/Electric City Works
  • Charlotte Jewellers
  • Charlotte Paint & Wallpaper
  • Charlotte Street Comics and Collectibles
  • Charlotte’s Web
  • Chumleighs
  • Cork & Bean
  • Cottage Toys
  • Cozy Home: Designs by Lacey
  • Curry Mantra
  • Curry Village
  • Dan Joyce’s Classic Clothing
  • Dodrio
  • Dreams of Beans
  • Dueling Grounds
  • Earth Food Store
  • EC Catering
  • Elderberry Clinic
  • Euphoria Wellness Spa
  • Fab Factory
  • First Stop Swap Shop
  • Flavour
  • Fontaine’s Source for Sports
  • Frame It For U
  • Fresh Dreams
  • Full Tilt Cycle
  • Fusion Bowl
  • Gentry Apparel
  • Gerti’s
  • Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce
  • Green Street
  • GreenUp Store
  • Grey Guardian Games
  • Hi Ho Silver
  • Hobies Sports Ltd.
  • Hock Shop
  • Hunter Street Books
  • Hunter Street Tavern
  • Iceman Video Games
  • Insight Optical
  • Island Cream Caribbean Cuisine
  • Jack’s Hot Spot
  • John Roberts Clothiers
  • Just Like New
  • K and C Costumes
  • Kettle Drums
  • Kingan Home Hardware
  • Kit Coffee
  • Knock on Wood
  • La Belle Spa
  • La Hacienda
  • La Mesita
  • Larry Electric & Motor Service
  • Laurie Jones & Co Hair Designers
  • Lift Lock Escape
  • Lili’s Convenience
  • Marie Cluthé Antiques & Collectibles
  • Market Hall
  • McThirsty’s Pint
  • Mercado La Hacienda
  • META4 Gallery
  • Minh’s Chinese Grocery
  • Mr. Brock Barber Shop
  • Mr. Sub on George Street
  • My Left Breast
  • My Own Clouds
  • Naked Chocolate
  • Needles in the Hay
  • Needleworks
  • Nielsen’s Watches and Jewellery
  • Pammett’s Flowers
  • Pensieri Shoes operating as Blue Shoes Ptbo
  • Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism
  • Peterborough Inn & Suites
  • Peterborough Photo Service
  • Peterborough Public Library
  • Peterborough Travel
  • Pettigrew Spa & Salon
  • Pipe Dreamz
  • PJ’s Diner
  • Plant Goals
  • Providence
  • Rare Grill House
  • Rawscoe’s Sport Collectibles
  • reBOOT Canada
  • Renew MediSpa
  • Ritual Apothecary
  • Runner’s Life
  • S.O.S.
  • Sam’s Place
  • Sandy’s Cigar & Variety
  • Showplace Performance Centre
  • Silk Roots
  • Simply Delicious
  • Solid Leather
  • Sugar Me Right
  • Sustain Eco Store
  • T-Elle Boutique
  • The Avant-Garden Shop
  • The Black Horse Pub
  • The BrickHouse Craft Burger Grill
  • The Cell Shop
  • The Cheese Shop
  • The Edison
  • The Food Forest Cafe
  • The Food Shop
  • The Pasta Shop
  • The Publican House Brewery
  • The Publican House Restaurant and Taphouse
  • The Toy Shop
  • The Unicorn
  • Things from Mom’s Basement
  • Tiny Greens
  • Tonic Hair Salon
  • Tribal Voices
  • Turnbull Café
  • Under One Sun
  • Villa Auto Wash
  • Village of Thai
  • Watson & Lou
  • Whistle Stop Café
  • Wild Rock Outfitters
  • Wing House
  • Yo Yo’s Yogurt Café
  • You’re Welcome
  • Zap Records

 

This story was created in partnership with the Peterborough DBIA.

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