Heather Adey receives $500 reward for shopping local in downtown Peterborough

Holiday Shopping Passport $500 early bird draws continue on December 14 and 21, with $1,500 grand prize draw on January 11

Heather Adey (left) displays her winning holiday shopping passport with The Toy Shop owner Jean Grant. Adey, who completed her passport after purchasing a selection of board games and ice bubbles for her two young daughters, receives a $500 Boro gift card as well as a Peterborough Musicfest Diner's Book. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)
Heather Adey (left) displays her winning holiday shopping passport with The Toy Shop owner Jean Grant. Adey, who completed her passport after purchasing a selection of board games and ice bubbles for her two young daughters, receives a $500 Boro gift card as well as a Peterborough Musicfest Diner's Book. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)

Heather Adey has won a $500 Boro gift card for shopping local in downtown Peterborough, as part of the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) annual Holiday Shopping Passport program.

For ever $10 people spend at any of more than 150 participating downtown business, they receive a stamp in their holiday shopping passport. When a passport is filled with 20 stamps (representing $200 in spending), the completed passport is entered into a draw for three $500 early bird prizes and a $1,500 grand prize.

Adey’s passport was drawn as the winner of the first Holiday Shopping Passport early bird prize last Wednesday (December 7) at The Neighbourhood Vintage, a new vintage clothing store at 391 Water Street.

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Adey completed her winning passport when she purchased a selection of board games and ice bubbles for her two young daughters from The Toy Shop at 176 Hunter Street West, where owner Jean Grant presented her with a $500 Boro gift card. Boro gift cards can be redeemed at any of the participating businesses in downtown Peterborough.

“I just love coming to the Toy Shop,” Adey says in a media release. “It’s our go-to place when shopping for the little ones in my life. Jean always has the best suggestions for what to put under our tree. I can’t wait to use my gift card and explore all the new restaurants and shops downtown. We love supporting small businesses, they are just so unique and offer a personal touch that really makes the shopping experience something truly special.”

New this year, passport winners will also receive a Peterborough Musicfest Diner’s Book alongside their Boro gift card. The Musicfest Diner’s Book is filled with coupons valued at $600 in savings at local restaurants, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going directly towards musician fees for the summer outdoor music festival.

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“It’s a perfect fit as many of the restaurants and eateries featured in this year’s Diner’s Book are located in downtown Peterborough,” says Musicfest board chair Paul Rellinger. “Musicfest remains grateful for the support it has received from the downtown restaurant community and, now, from this partnership with the DBIA.”

The two remaining $500 early bird prizes will be drawn on the next two Wednesdays in December (14 and 21), with the $1,500 grand prize to be drawn on Wednesday, January 11th.

You can get a holiday shopping passport at any of the participating shops, boutiques, salons, restaurants, and cafes in downtown Peterborough. Visit theboro.ca/holiday-shopping-passport-season/ for a list of all the participating businesses.

To start off your holiday shopping passport with no purchase necessary, you can get complimentary stamps at the Peterborough Public Library at 345 Aylmer Street North and the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Visitors Centre at 270 George Street North.

To make it easier to shop downtown, the City of Peterborough is now offering free two-hour parking in the downtown until the end of December, courtesy of Wolfe Lawyers.