Holiday Shopping Passports and Holiday Window contest return to downtown Peterborough

Downtown Business Improvement Area also partnering with Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism to attract out-of-town shoppers

For every holiday shopping passport you complete by shopping locally at 150 downtown Peterborough businesses this holiday season, you have a chance to win one of three early bird draws for a $500 Boro gift card during December and a $1,500 Boro gift card grand prize in January. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)
For every holiday shopping passport you complete by shopping locally at 150 downtown Peterborough businesses this holiday season, you have a chance to win one of three early bird draws for a $500 Boro gift card during December and a $1,500 Boro gift card grand prize in January. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)

The holiday season is now in full swing in historic downtown Peterborough with the launch of the annual Holiday Window contest and Holiday Shopping Passports, designed to get residents and visitors in the festive spirit and to reward them for shopping, dining, and enjoying small businesses in ‘The Boro’.

The Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) announced the return of the two programs on Monday (November 14) at the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Visitor Centre, where they also announced a new partnership with Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism to attract overnight tourists to the downtown.

The Holiday Window Contest sees downtown businesses decorate their storefront windows in the theme ‘Winter Woodland’, and downtown patrons can now vote online for their favourite windows until Friday, December 16th. The window with the most votes will see that business receive a $1,000 prize, with $500 prizes for the second and third place winners. With more windows being added throughout November, you can either go downtown to take a tour of the windows or see them online at theboro.ca/holiday-window-contest-2022/.

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Holiday Shopping Passports are also now available at 150 participating shops, boutiques, salons, restaurants, and cafes in the downtown (see the list below). For every $10 shoppers spend at participating businesses, they earn a passport stamp. Free stamps are available at the Peterborough Public Library, the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Visitors Centre, and the DBIA office.

When a passport is filled with 20 stamps, the completed passport becomes a ballot for one of three early bird draws on Wednesdays during December for a $500 Boro gift card and a grand prize draw for a $1,500 Boro gift card in January. The early bird draws take place on December 4, 14, and 21, with the grand prize draw on January 11. Find out more about Holiday Shopping Passports at https://theboro.ca/holiday-shopping-passport-season/.

“This year, we decided to launch both our Passport program and Holiday Window contest in tandem to really increase a sense of excitement and holiday ambiance in the downtown core,” says DBIA executive director Terry Guiel. “Our small businesses put a lot of care and love into the holiday season to capture the magic and charm of in-person shopping.”

The 2021 holiday window display at Wild Rock Outfitters at 169 Charlotte Street in downtown Peterborough. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)
The 2021 holiday window display at Wild Rock Outfitters at 169 Charlotte Street in downtown Peterborough. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)

Through the two programs, the Peterborough DBIA is encouraging shoppers to support the many unique locally owed businessse in the downtown core. Last year’s Holiday Shopping Passport program saw shoppers stamp more than $2.6 million worth of passports, representing a beneficial investiment in the local economy. For every $100 shoppers spend locally, up to $48 stays in the community — compared to just $14 at big box stores and nothing at internet giants like Amazon.

“The physical shopping experience and visual storytelling of our downtown business community is something you just can’t replicate online,” Guiel points out. “Interventions like our Passport program and the Holiday Window contest is what gives us an edge in the market during the holiday season.”

Along with supporting small business in the downtown, another priority for the Peterborough DBIA is attracting new customers and out-of-town shoppers this holiday season. They have teamed up with with Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism for the new Peterborough HAULiday Gifting Getaway Hotel Package.

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The new Peterborough HAULiday Gifting Getaway Hotel Package, a partnership between the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism and the Peterborough DBIA, aims to atract new customers and out-of-town shoppers to the downtown this holiday season by rewarding them for booking an overnight stay at a particpating hotel such as Peterborough Inn & Suites. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism)
The new Peterborough HAULiday Gifting Getaway Hotel Package, a partnership between the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism and the Peterborough DBIA, aims to atract new customers and out-of-town shoppers to the downtown this holiday season by rewarding them for booking an overnight stay at a particpating hotel such as Peterborough Inn & Suites. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism)

Visitors who book an overnight stay at a participating Peterborough hotel between November 14 and December 23 will receive a free swag bag with local gifts and a $100 Boro gift cart to spend in downtown Peterborough during their stay. For more details, including a list of participating hotels, visit thekawarthas.ca/ptbo-hauliday-gifting-getaway-package/.

“We are excited to be working alongside our partners at the DBIA to support local hotels during a need period in the late fall shoulder season and to encourage increased spending in the downtown during the holiday shopping season,” says Joe Rees, director of tourism at Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development.

To make it easier and more affordable to shop in downtown Peterborough, the City of Peterborough will be providing free two-hour parking in the downtown beginning Black Friday (November 26) until the end of December, courtesy of Wolfe Lawyers.

For more information on businesses in downtown Peterborough, visit theboro.ca.

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For every $10 you spend a participating location in 'The Boro', you earn a stamp in your passport. When your passport is filled, it becomes a ballot for one of three early bird draws for a $500 Boro gift card during December and a $1,500 Boro gift card grand prize in January. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)
For every $10 you spend a participating location in ‘The Boro’, you earn a stamp in your passport. When your passport is filled, it becomes a ballot for one of three early bird draws for a $500 Boro gift card during December and a $1,500 Boro gift card grand prize in January. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)

2022 Holiday Shopping Passport Locations

Free Stamp Spots

Peterborough Public Library
Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism

Great Eats

Crook and Coffer
Island Cream
Gerti’s Pub
Karma Café
Dirty Burger
Kettle Drums
La Hacienda
Sam’s Place
Crepes of Wrath
One Eighty Pub
The Night Kitchen
Food Forest
St. Veronus
Fresh Dreams
OMG
Black Horse Pub
MadoiSushi
Papas Billiards
Brothers Pizza
Speak Easy Café
BrickHouse Craft Burger
Capra Toro
Amandalas
The El P
Mr. Sub
Maple Moose
Taso’s Pizzeria
Poco Burro
Curry Village
Curry Mantra
Whistle Stop
McThirsty’s Pub
Nateure’s Plate
Champs
Jasmine Thai Cuisine
Fork It
Board Walk Game Lounge
La Mesita
Village of Thai

Sweet Treats

Bobo Tea
Black Honey Café + Bakery
Cork + Bean
Dreams Café
Providence Cafe
Kit Café
TurnbellCafé
Canoe Café
The Eddison
Revelstoke Café
Tragically Dipped
Couture Candy PTBO
Naked Chocolate
YoYo’s Yogurt Café
Artisanal Food
The Cheese Shop
The Pasta Shop
The Food Shop
Minh’s Chinese Grocery
Goodies on George

Boutique Fashion

John Roberts
Gentry Apparel
Cottage Toys
Flavour
S.O.S
Cahill’s Outerwear
Providence
Hi Ho Silver
Dan Joyce Clothing
Just Like New
Solid Leather
Grady’s Feet Essentials
Antionette Bridal
Sinders Bridal
The Neighbourhood Vintage
The Capitol PTBO
Reiker by Cheslers
T-Elle Boutique
Insight Optical

Plant Shops

Pammett’s Flowers
Plant Goals
Tiny Greens
Avant-Garden Shop

Pet Shops

Turner and Pooch
Paws Plus

Cannabis Shops

Pipe Dreams
Sparq Retail
Fallen Giants

 

 

Sports Stores

Wild Rock
Runners Life
Boaters World
Fontaine’s Source for Sports
Rawscoe’s Sport Collectibles
Hobies Sport

Bike Shops

B!ke: Community Bike Shop
Dream Cyclery
Full Tilt Cycle
Green Street

Speciality Stores

Blue Streak Records
Liftlock Escape
K C Costumes
Grey Guardian Games
Dueling Grounds
IceMan Video Games
Kollect This

Personal Care

Sugar Me Right
Pettigrew Spa
Studio East
Starks Barber Shop
Tonic Hair Salon
Laurie Jones & Co Hair Salon
Riverside Tattoo

Health & Wellness

Elderberry Clinic
Ritual Apothecary
The Earth Food Store

Sustainable

GreenUP Store
Sustain Eco Store

Homeware

Knock on Wood
Metaphor Home
Cozy Home Design
Tribal Voices
Lavender Moon
Electric City Works
Luminary Emporium

Artisan & Craft

Art School of Peterborough
Needle Works
Needles in the Hay
Peterborough Photo Services
Charlotte Paint

Makers Markets

Cheek
Watson + Lou

Tools & Hardware

Kingan Home Hardware
Larry Electric

New to You

Chumleighs
The Hawk Shop
First Stop Swap Shop

Book & Zine

Mark Jokinen Books
By the Books

Services

Peterborough and the Kawarthas Chamber ofCommerce
Sullivan Law
Smiles to You

Toys

Boardwalk Games
Things from Mom’s Basement
The Toy Shop

Electronics

Reboot
The Cell Shop

Accommodation

Peterborough Inn & Suites

Convenience

The Smoke Shop
Sandys Variety