Helen Lovick receives $500 reward for shopping local in downtown Peterborough

Final early bird draw for Holiday Shopping Passport was held December 21, with $1,500 grand prize draw taking place January 11

Holiday Shopping Passport Early Bird winner Helen Lovick shows off her winning passport at Gentry Apparel with shop owner Andrew Damiany. Lovick won the final early bird draw of the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) annual Holiday Shopping Passport program. She completed her winning passport at the Avant-Garden Shop at 377 George Street North in downtown Peterborough, where she purchased clothing during the holiday season. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)
Holiday Shopping Passport Early Bird winner Helen Lovick shows off her winning passport at Gentry Apparel with shop owner Andrew Damiany. Lovick won the final early bird draw of the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) annual Holiday Shopping Passport program. She completed her winning passport at the Avant-Garden Shop at 377 George Street North in downtown Peterborough, where she purchased clothing during the holiday season. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)

Helen Lovick 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.

Lovick’s passport was drawn as the winner of the third and final Holiday Shopping Passport early bird prize on December 21 at Agave by Imperial, a new Mexican restaurant located at 376 George Street in downtown Peterborough. The first two early bird prizes were won by Heather Adey on December 7 and Karen Scott on December 14.

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Lovick completed her winning passport at Gentry Apparel at 377 George Street North in downtown Peterborough, where she purchased clothing during the holiday season. She was presented her $500 Boro gift card prize by Gentry Apparel shop owner Andrew Damiany.

“I love shopping downtown for the people, quality, and personal touch you experience,” Lovick says in a media release. “It’s important to support your community and neighbours. I have a deep respect for entrepreneurs and what they are able to build for our community.”

New this year, passport winners also received 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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The grand prize draw will take place on Wednesday (January 11), where one lucky shopper will win a $1,500 Boro Card and Musicfest Diner’s Book.

Stamp collectors eager to finish their passport cards before the grand prize draw can collect free stamps at the Peterborough Public Library at 345 Aylmer Street North and the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Visitors Centre at 270 George Street North.

Visit theboro.ca/holiday-shopping-passport-season/ for a list of all the participating businesses.