Peterborough resident Arlene Petrany wins Holiday Shopping Passport grand prize draw

Annual program to encourage local shopping generated over $2.6 million in spending at downtown Peterborough businesses

Holiday Shopping Passport grand prize draw winner Arlene Petrany of Peterborough and her grand prize of $1,500 in Boro gift cards with Peterborough DBIA executive director Terry Guiel. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)
Holiday Shopping Passport grand prize draw winner Arlene Petrany of Peterborough and her grand prize of $1,500 in Boro gift cards with Peterborough DBIA executive director Terry Guiel. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)

Arlene Petrany of Peterborough has won the grand prize draw in the annual Holiday Shopping Passport program of the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA).

Petrany’s winning passport was drawn last Wednesday (January 12) at the Peterborough DBIA’s offices. Her winning passport came from Things from Mom’s Basement at 192 Charlotte Street.

“I absolutely love downtown Peterborough, I always have,” said Petrany, who was presented with her grand prize of $1,500 in Boro gift cards by Peterborough DBIA executive director Terry Guiel. The gift cards are redeemable at participating downtown Peterborough businesses.

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“There are so many amazing shops and restaurants,” Petrany added. “I can’t wait until everything opens up again.”

The Holiday Shopping Passport program ran from November 8 to January 12. Throughout the program, shoppers were rewarded with a passport stamp for every $10 they spent at a participating downtown Peterborough location.

Each completed passport (20 stamps) were entered into a draw, including three early bird draws of $500 Boro gift cards. Jonah Udovc, Derek Banville, and Gabi Hintelmann were the early bird draw winners.

According to the Peterborough DBIA, the Holiday Shopping Passport program saw a 15 per cent increase in participation over the previous year, generating just over $2.6 million in local spending.

“Congratulations to Arlene Petrany on winning this year grand prize draw and a special thanks to everyone who prioritized shopping downtown this holiday season,” Guiel said. “I am incredibly proud of our community’s steadfast support for our downtown and I am hopeful that local support will continue to flourish in 2022.”